Saint Brigid, the Celtic goddess of fire, poetry, healing, childbirth, and unity, is celebrated in many European countries. She is associated with the spring season, fertility, and a continuation of the Indo-European dawn goddess. She is known by many names, Brigit or Bridget, Brigid of Kildare or Bride, and is the most powerful religious figures in Irish history. Imbolc, celebrated on February 1st or 2nd, is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, representing the feast day of Saint Brigid.
The story behind Brigid's Cross - There was an old pagan Chieftain who lay delirious on his deathbed in Kildare (some believe this was her father) and his servants summoned Brigid to his beside in the hope that the saintly woman may calm his restless spirit. Brigid is said to have sat by his bed, consoling and calming him and it is here that she picked up the rushes from the floor and began weaving them into the distinctive cross pattern. Whilst she weaved, she explained the meaning of the cross to the sick Chieftain and it is thought her calming words brought peace to his soul. He was so enamoured by her words that the old Chieftain requested he be baptized as a Christian just before his passing.
It is said that Saint Brigid's Cross bears her name. Her cross is a powerful emblem, a symbol of protection to ward off evil spirits, fire, or hunger from the homes in which it is displayed.