Monday, February 01, 2016

How To Make The Iconic St. Brigid's Cross

Feb.1 is St. Brigid's Day. The Irish celebrate a tradition of weaving crosses of straw on Imbolc or Lá Fhéile Bhríde. St. Brigid is said to have invented the cross herself while attending a sickbed and  picking up rushes from the floor to craft them into a sacred cross. The spiral of the Brighid cross invokes the North Star and the pattern that the Big Dipper makes in the sky over the course of a year. As the night sky turns around the North Star, the Big Dipper turns through the seasonal year like the hand of a clock. Here's how it's done:

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