The Story of Brigid’s Hammer

November 30, 2018 3 min read

The Story of Brigid’s Hammer

Under Her Watchful Eye: The Story of Brigid’s Hammer

You may have heard of Thor’s Hammer – it’s a well-known part of Norse mythology, the iconic weapon Thor used to protect Asgard from its enemies. But Brigid’s Hammer is probably new to you. Keep reading to learn the story of what is one of my personal favorite designs.

Who is Brigid?  

Brigid is one of the oldest known Goddesses. Some researchers suggest her origins go way back to the earliest days of sun worship, when she was revered as an aspect of the dawn – a time of new hope, visions, and creation. When we look at early Irish mythology – before the Church came to the Emerald Isle – Brigid had a place of honor among the Tuatha Dé Danann as the Goddess of spring, fertility, healing, poetry and – my personal favorite – smithcraft.

The Design of Brigid’s Hammer

Many of you know that my mother founded our family business, Deva Designs. Deva Designs is all about jewelry that inspires and celebrates women. So it was no surprise when Mom suggested reworking the classic Thor’s Hammer design to include some Goddess imagery.

The initial design was very Celtic. To me, the image of the Goddess with her arms over her head evoked Brigid in her aspect as a smith – forging destinies and dreams alike with mighty blows of her hammer. The rest, as we say, is history.

A Positive, Nurturing Energy

Thor’s Hammer is symbolic of protection and blessing – but there’s no ignoring the fact that it’s also a weapon. Thor is who Thor is – the God who delights in battle and takes pride in defending his own.
Brigid’s Hammer is different. Among the Celtic people, it’s known that Brigid keeps a watchful eye on the creative folk. Poets and artists are special to her. And later, when Brigid became known as St. Brigid, she became associated with perpetual, sacred flame.
The most famous perpetual, sacred flame associated with St. Brigid is in Kildare. All around the shrine where the sacred flame was kept, a mighty hedge was said to grow – and any man who tried to cross the hedge ran the risk of going mad. Today, Brigid’s flame burns in Solas Bhride, under the care of the Brigidene Nuns. It is regarded as a beacon of hope, justice and peace for Ireland and our world. At this time, it appears, men can approach Solas Bhride without fear for their well-being.

The Brigid’s Hammer Pendant

The Brigid’s Hammer Pendant is very wearable. It’s 1” tall and 7/8th” wide, and is exquisitely detailed. I incorporated a triple knot in the base of the hammer because Brigid is often considered a triple Goddess – in that tradition, there are 3 Brigids: one dear to poets, one to healers, and one to smiths.

At the top of the hammer, Brigid's arms are raised above her head, as though raising her smithing hammer for her next act of creation.

What is Brigid making? Her blessings are said to be artistic creation, inspiration, and strength. It may be that when you ponder the sounds her hammer would make while she worked, you’ll hear a message that’s meant just for you. The Brigid’s Hammer pendant is double-sided, and we package it with a 21” stainless steel chain.

Celebrating Brigid

While a Brigid’s Hammer Pendant would make a great holiday gift – and don’t forget, there’s free shipping when you spend $30 – the traditional time to celebrate Brigid and her creative, nurturing spirit is on Imbolc, the festive start of spring that happens on February 1. In the Catholic tradition, St. Brigid is celebrated on the same day – usually with a feast!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Celtic Inspiration Blog

Romantic Irish Jewelry for Christmas
Romantic Irish Jewelry for Christmas

December 14, 2018 3 min read

Irish style for your sweetheart! Last minute shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount on Celtic knot work jewelry and gifts. Buy by 12/20 for Christmas delivery. Buy on 12/21 and save 21% - these items won’t arrive in time for Xmas but are gorgeous, original designs made completely in the USA!

Read More
Special Holiday Savings on Celtic Knot Work Jewelry + A Solstice Surprise!
Special Holiday Savings on Celtic Knot Work Jewelry + A Solstice Surprise!

December 12, 2018 2 min read

Good things come to those who wait! Last minute shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount on Celtic knot work jewelry and gifts. Buy by 12/20 for Christmas delivery. Buy on 12/21 and save 21% - these items won’t arrive in time for Xmas but are gorgeous, original designs made completely in the USA!

Read More
Which Celtic Knotwork Pendant is Right for Your Guy?
Which Celtic Knotwork Pendant is Right for Your Guy?

December 10, 2018 3 min read

As the holidays approach, award-winning jewelry designer Bob Heiney shares his inspiration to create Celtic Knotwork Jewelry for men, as well as some of his best-selling designs with gift giving suggestions. Find the look that’s right for your guy – and remember, no one says you have to choose just one. Great ideas for sweethearts, sons, brothers, friends, and more!

Read More

Subscribe