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St. Brigid's Cross | 9.5" x 9.5" x 1" | Made in Ireland | All Handcrafted, All Natural Saint Brigid's Cross | Mounted On Unique Irish Scenic History Card

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February 1 marks a special time in the Irish calendar because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Trying to bring comfort to the dying man, Brigid picked up rushes from the floor and began to make a cross while explaining its symbolism. Traditionally they were hung by the door to ward off evil or in the rafters or near the chimney to protect the home from fire. These offset angles evoke the image of a wheel in motion and may have originally represented the sun, or "the great wheel in the sky". The ancient Irish people held Brigid in high esteem and regarded her as a powerful deity who played a vital role in their daily lives.

Hopefully this was of help for you and you should now have your own Brigid’s cross to protect your home or animals. The Cross is hand made from Irish rushes (Juncus Effusus) and was traditionally hung above entrances to dwellings to invoke good fortune and health. It is this unique history of craftsmanship, experience and a contemporary fresh attitude to design, that puts us on the cutting edge of modern living.The symbol began when St Brigid, Ireland’s only female patron saint, was by the sick bed of a dying pagan chieftain. Brigid’s Day is celebrated on the 1st February which was also the feast of Imbolg in the old Celtic year which marked the beginning of Spring. The origins of Brigid’s Cross can be traced back to pre-Christian Ireland and the ancient festival of Imbolc where communities would gather to honour Brigid with songs, dances, and offerings. As he negotiated with the king, she took her father’s rare and beautiful sword and gave it to a leper. Regional styles and variations of St Brigid’s crosses existed throughout Ireland and often many styles were made in each home.

Also known as “Mary of Gael," she’s one of the most important figures in Irish culture, hovering between historical and mythological. Followers of the ancient Celtic traditions in Ireland believe that the cross was associated with the pagan festival Imbolg, which signaled the end of winter and the beginning of spring. In 2007, a novice monk suggested making traditional beeswax furniture polish, as a way of using up the surplus beeswax from our apiary. It was removed from the RTÉ logo in 1995 in favour of "a clean striking piece of modern design", a decision which Carol Coulter of The Irish Times opined, "Saint Brigid's cross has lost its place as a symbol of our national identity, well at least as far as our national broadcasting station is concerned. The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is undergoing improvement works in the Rotunda area to enhance your museum experience.

By rejecting non-essential cookies, Reddit may still use certain cookies to ensure the proper functionality of our platform. In rare cases, Brigid's cross may be set fully inside a circle; this is known as a "wheel cross" or "St. As the daughter of the mighty god Dagda, Brigid occupied a significant position among the Tuatha Dé Danann. For the devout, the well where she had baptized people is still a pilgrimage site, and the wishing tree there remains lively with ribbons.

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