Saint Brigid’s Day, Imbolc and the 1st of Spring!
Making a St. Brigid’s cross is a special traditional ritual here in Ireland.
Brigid, the goddess of fire, whose manifestations were song, craftsmanship, and poetry, which the Irish considered the flame of knowledge.
This ritual marks the end of winter and the beginning of early spring, 1st February.
Brigid’s crosses are made of rushes that are pulled from the ground and made on the day.
The rushes must be pulled,rather than cut.
It is the custom to hang the cross by the door, as this is regarded to protect the house from fire and all negative energy.
Imbolc marks the centre of the dark half of the year.
Following the darkness of midwinter it is the time to prepare for growth & renewal
According to tradition a new cross is made each St Brigid’s Day.
The old one is then burned to keep fire and all bad energies away from the house.
Imbolc fell midway between the winter solstice & spring equinox of the Celtic calendar, but now falls on 1 Feb in the Gregorian calendar.
I have been making Brigid’s Crosses today for sale in the Bealtaine Cottage Etsy Shop.
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