Never A Saint With Red Hair

A Russian proverb states, “There was never a saint with red hair”, meaning all red-heads are prone to evil tempers and dissolute ways. In fact, one of the most famous Irish saints, Brigid, was a red-head.

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It all began with Brid, the goddess of fire, patroness of hearth and home, smiths and forges, healers and herbs, poets and language. Honored in ancient Ireland, it was claimed that at birth, a column of fire reached from her red curls up into heaven. Many girls were named Brid, or Brigid, in her honor.

One such girl was Saint Brigid. Born in 435 AD to a chieftain and a slave girl, and raised by Druids, she was beautiful and iron-willed. She refused to be married off, instead choosing to follow the revolutionary teachings of St Patrick and embracing Christianity.

She worked many miracles, from controlling the weather to improving the yield of crops and livestock, and even outwitted Irish Chieftains. She travelled far and wide, eventually building an Abbey in Kildare where she welcomed travelers with legendary hospitality. She was fond of ale, and said to be the best brewer in all of Ireland! She also kept a magic red-eared cow that gave the most and best milk in the land.

Brigid’s feast day is still celebrated on February 1st, the old feast of the goddess Brid. On that day it is said Brigid travels through Ireland with her magic cow, blessing those who remember and honor their sacred roots.

Did Mary Magdalene have red hair?

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Regnier Penitent Mary Magdalene

Did Mary Magdalene have red hair? Will we really ever know? We can surmise the reasons why many artists throughout history have illustrated her with golden, curly long hair. Red hair often signifies passion, intelligence and perhaps rebelliousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a harlot in early history. Recently discovered gnostic gospels, such as The Gospel of Mary Magdalene depict her with leadership roles and independent. Labeled as the Disciple to the Disciples, her feast day is July 22nd. Today, some argue that she was the bride of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

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Damsel of the Sanct Grael by Rosetti

 

The legend of the Rose Line is about the lineage of Jesus & Mary. Could the Rose Line possibly be about the lineage of red hair instead? Interestingly, red hair does have secrecy about it, skipping generations, thus having the ability to survive without notice. This knowledge could have resurface during the Renaissance as many of the painters had red hair. The Inquisition is known to have burnt over 45,000 red-haired women. Coincidence?

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Magdalen in a Grotto by Lefevre

 

 

 

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Mary Magdalene with her Sacred Jar by the fifteenth-century Italian painter Andrea Solari

 

 

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Modern Interpretation of Leonardo Davinci’s Last Supper