A traditional craft for Imbolc is the Brigid’s Cross. Also known as the Celtic Sun Wheel, these crosses can be made with rushes, wheat, palm frawns, and if working with children, pipe cleaners. They are found throughout the home, but primarily in the kitchen to ward off fire, since Brigid is associated with fire, its productive uses, and destructive power.
Traditionally, these crosses were woven on the feast of Imbolc, the festival of the pagan goddess Brigid, to mark the beginning of Spring.
Brigid of the Tuatha de Danaan, in Irish Celtic mythology, was known as a life-giving goddess which is why the beginning of Spring with the birth of new lambs and the flowers beginning to bloom again, was associated with her.
It’s at this time when Brigid walks upon the Earth, and by creating Her Sun Wheel we invite and welcome the Goddess, and Springtime, into our homes.