Sunday, January 17, 2016

Make a St. Bride's Cross


As February approaches, 
and the Sun returns,
Oakmist members begin preparing for the Sabbat of Bride, 
also known as Imbolc. 
Here is a link to a post about this Sabbat: 


Image by Helena Reed
Oakmist Grove makes all the beeswax candles for the year at Bride.
After a fun day of candlemaking, 
we celebrate a ritual,
where all the candles for the year are blessed.

We prepare an altar, just for Bride, and decorate it with her symbols.
One item that is beautiful on the altar is a Brigid's Cross.
Traditionally, the Brigid's Cross is made from Wheat. 
You can purchase wheat on Etsy. 
But it's just as good to find a reed-like plant that grows locally 
and use it for your Bride's Cross.
I've seen them made with straw, wheat, willow, and bullrushes.
You will need 12 to 16 pieces of reed.

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How to make a Brigid's Cross 




Get at least 12 pieces of reed or straw (16 is better).
Take the shortest one and hold upright. 



Take a second straw and fold it in the middle. 



Wrap the second straw around the first straw
at the center so that it opens to your right. 



Pull it tight. 



Rotate the assemblage 90 degrees counter-clockwise,
holding it at the center where the straws come together. 



Take a third straw and wrap it around the second straw
so that it is opens to your right. 



Pull it tight. 



Rotate the assemblage 90 degrees counter-clockwise,
holding it at the center where the straws come together. 



Take a fourth straw and wrap it around the third straw
so that it opens to your right. 



Pull it tight. 



Rotate the assemblage 90 degrees counter-clockwise,
holding it at the center where the straws come together. 



Take a fifth straw and fold it around the fourth straw
so that it opens to your right. 



Pull it tight.

Repeat this process until at least 12 straws are used.

You will always be adding a straw at the top
 so it opens to your right, 
then turning the entire assemblage 90 degrees counter-clockwise, 
and repeating 
("Add to the right, turn to the left").

Secure the ends of the arms of the Cross 
with twine, elastic, ribbon, etc., 
I prefer using RED.
Trim the ends of the straws so that they're even.

Making Brigid's Crosses with children 
is fun and easy.
Use red, white, and green pipe cleaners.

Hang your Bride's Crosses up near the door
as well as placing one on your altar.
They are said to protect your home
from fire, theft, and sickness.

Blessed Bride!
May the warmth of the Mother
bless your life
with light and love!






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