February 1st is St Bridgets Day in Ireland, celebrated by school children making St. Bridget’s crosses, like all good little catholic children do in Ireland.
Only it is a pagan celebration, a pagan symbol and a pagan goddess. Brigid was an Irish Celtic Goddess long before the Christians came. The “St. Bridget’s Cross” is in fact a pre-Christian pagan sun motif, celbrating the arrival of spring. Brigid was a goddess of fertility. Imbolc is the first cross quarter day of the Celtic calendar, lying halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Brigid had a sanctuary in County Kildare where an eternal flame was kept forever burning. The sanctuary was surrounded by a hedge. Any man who attempted to enter the precinct could not pass through the hedge without becoming confused, being driven mad, or dropping down dead.
Irish Celtic women never needed a feminist movement. They were boss.
Brigid was also the Celtic goddess of smiths, healing, midwifery and poetry!