As with all Sabbats on the wheel of the year, Yule has powerful Deities associated with it. For Yule, perhaps the most well-known and honored Deities are Dagda and his daughter, Brigid. Both hold a role in making Yule the celebration that it is as they go hand-in-hand in bringing the magick of Yule for people to celebrate. If you do not know about Dagda and Brigid, then this is the time to learn as you will want to leave offerings to this parent-child duo this coming Yule. We will go over a brief history, their symbolism with Yule, and what you can do to show your respects to these Yule deities.
Lore of Dagda
Dagda is a well-respected Irish god who holds a strong position as a father figure deity in lore. He is also called the “All-Father” but not because he is believed to be the father of humanity, but due to his desire to protect everyone as a father would. His role as a father god gives Dagda supreme power of both the supernatural and mortal realms, thus giving him the ability to kill and resurrect people as he sees fit. Due to his power, Dagda is considered to be the leader of the Tuatha de Danaan or a race of powerful Irish deities that tend to interact with mortals more than other gods would.
Aside from his fatherly figure role, Dagda holds other titles and positions. Amongst the Irish druids, he is seen as a deity of wisdom and magick, as well as a warrior who holds great manliness and strength. In some lore, his name translates to “The Good God,” but it is not fully understood why; the cause may be in his caring nature or because of all the power that he has.
Aside from the power symbolism, Dagda is known for carrying three objects with him that help with his abilities. He is often depicted carrying a large club known as the “lorg mor” which has the power to both kill and revive people. He also carries a harp called “Uaithne” that can change the seasons whenever it is played. But perhaps the most well-known object that Dagda is depicted with is his large, black cauldron known as the “Cauldron of Plenty.” The cauldron is believed to never empty of food, plants, seeds, and much more. Due to the abundance of food within the cauldron, Dagda has also been associated with being a god of agriculture and wealth.
Dagda Yule Connections
During Yule, Dagda comes down to the mortal realm with the “Cauldron of Plenty” and pours the contents of it onto the Earth. By doing this, he is helping the people who believe in him have abundance, plenty of food, inspiration, and meet the everyday needs to have a comfortable and pleasant life. The world is also renewed, and he can help guide lost souls towards the afterlife or rebirth, whichever he decides fits the souls best.
Offerings You Can Leave to Dagda
If you want to leave an offering for Dagda, there are some accessible offerings that you can give. On your Yule altar, you can place objects of abundance or items you have made or grown yourself. You can get a cauldron and load it with vegetables, baked goods, and other goodies that you enjoy for Dagda to appreciate as well. You can also offer some porridge, ale, and butter for him to eat and refuel while on his journey around the Earth.
Lore of Brigid
Brigid is the Hearth Goddess of Ireland. She is the daughter of Dagda, which makes her a formidable goddess as she is also part of the Tuatha de Dannan. She has two sisters who are also named Brigid, who represented healing and crafts respectfully. The three Brigid’s are often linked together as representing different sides of a single deity, so she is considered to be a Triple Goddess.
Symbolism of Brigid
Brigid holds two significant positions in Celtic and Pagan beliefs. For some, Brigid is seen as a patron of the poets and bards, as well as healers and magicians. In other faiths, Brigid is seen as the goddess of the hearth and home and tends to watch over pregnant women or becomes a pivotal presence in childbirth to make sure that the new lives are as happy and healthy as possible.
Even though Brigid is most often celebrated during Imbolc, she can still be honored during Yule. She is a goddess of the home, hearth, and children, so she is often the center point of festivities done amongst the family. You will often see symbols of Brigid during family celebrations as she will help bring everyone together during the night of Yule, even if the family members have not been near each other all year before Yule.
Offerings You Can Leave to Brigid
Brigid does not ask for much when it comes to leaving offerings, especially since she is more prone to going far and beyond to care for her children and those who worship her. If you do want to leave her an offering during Yule, you can leave her some stalks of grain from the last harvest of the year, some freshly brewed herbal tea, freshly baked goods, butter, or blackberry jelly.
Now that you know all about Dagda and Brigid, you can start collecting offerings for them to have ready for when the Yule celebrations begin. The best time to leave out offerings for Dagda and Brigid is on the eve of Yule. During the eve of Yule, Dagda and Brigid will start to make their rounds to bless those who celebrate Yule, and if they see your offerings, then there is a chance they can gift you a little extra magick, but no promises. So long as you show them the respect that they deserve, you will have a merry Yule and a blessed year to come.