Here you'll learn how to make this Solar Cross, and it's easy... at least easier than you might think. With a little practice, it's a snap. Have fun!!
At olden Imbolc rites, the stalks would be gathered on Imbolc eve (since to the Celts the day starts and ends at sunset, the evening of Feb 1st would actually be the beginning of Imbolc).
At midnight they would be brought into the house with some ceremony -- a woman with a covered head would bring them to the door and knock for entrance. When the rushes were brought into the house, everyone would exclaim, "Welcome, Brigid!"
You could adapt this, if you're doing this on your own, by calling out a welcome to Brigid when you bring in the stalks... no matter what time of day.
Making Brigid's Cross can be (and is best) done in Sacred Space, so you can cleanse yourself, ground, and Cast a Circle... invoking Brigid of course. At the very least, begin with a prayer and setting an intention for this crafting.
The intention would be whatever you want your Solar Cross to be for -- honouring the Sun Goddess, protection for your home, blessings for your loved ones, etc.
When making ritual crafts, you want to imbue them with magick and power. In order to accomplish this, you need to maintain your focus and intention as you work.
One way to do that is to chant. You can sing a song of Brigid, to bring Her essence into the ritual craft. Or you could sing something that relates to your intention for this object -- for instance, a song calling for artistic inspiration or to invoke Spring.
If you're not comfortable with singing, you could memorise and recite over and over like a chant some lines that suit your work. Something out of the Brigid Invocations would do well, for example...
Light-wielder, victorious Brigantia
Of the straight shining spear
Spread Thy verdant mantle of protection
Over all of us here
One hand will always be holding the centre of the Cross together, while the other hand adds each new stalk.
You can then trim the thread and the stalks if desired.
After the making of the Crosses, there would traditionally be a family feast. After all, the Goddess has just joined you in your home! How rude would it be to not offer Her refreshments?
It may also be given as a blessing and protection to someone you care about.
Another option is to offer it to the Goddess. You can hang it on a tree (particularly hawthorn) or leave it in nature somewhere, or burn it in a ritual fire (a bonfire or cauldron).
You could also hang it above your altar, to keep Brigid's presence near you all year long.
What do you do with last year's Sun Wheel?
At Imbolc, the Brigid's Cross from the previous year should burnt (carefully and safely, of course), and the ashes offered to the Earth.
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