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« Topic Start: July 22, 2010, 03:33:38 pm »

Have you ever wondered what the first Brighid's cross was meant to represent?

I mean, thinking about whoever wove that first one out of rushes -- why?  Was s/he trying to create an artistic representation of something specific?  Or was it a more-or-less abstract design?

And how did it come to be associated with Brighid?

It looks like a galaxy to me.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1: July 22, 2010, 04:28:37 pm »

Have you ever wondered what the first Brighid's cross was meant to represent?

I mean, thinking about whoever wove that first one out of rushes -- why?  Was s/he trying to create an artistic representation of something specific?  Or was it a more-or-less abstract design?

And how did it come to be associated with Brighid?

It looks like a galaxy to me.   Cheesy

Doesn't it come from the swastika (pre-nazi, yadda yadda) that came from Indo-European cultures (like the Celts?) 
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« Reply #2: July 22, 2010, 05:56:23 pm »

Have you ever wondered what the first Brighid's cross was meant to represent?

I mean, thinking about whoever wove that first one out of rushes -- why?  Was s/he trying to create an artistic representation of something specific?  Or was it a more-or-less abstract design?

And how did it come to be associated with Brighid?

It looks like a galaxy to me.   Cheesy

Personally I see it as a solar symbol. Which seems to be very appropriate considering Her connection with things fiery. Smiley And that it's made out of rushes - a watery plant, touches on Her connection with water and healing wells. And the shape implied movement. A neat and tidy symbol of fire and water together.
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« Reply #3: July 22, 2010, 06:08:52 pm »

Doesn't it come from the swastika (pre-nazi, yadda yadda) that came from Indo-European cultures (like the Celts?) 

Do you have a source for this? I've never heard that before.
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« Reply #4: July 23, 2010, 12:02:16 pm »

Do you have a source for this? I've never heard that before.

Well, when doing a painting for Moon Ivy, I did a little bit of research about Brigid's cross... and I came across things like this page:

http://www.khandro.net/swastika.htm

Which states:  "The Romans identified a group of Celts as Brigantes after their goddess, Bridey, or Bridget, and there is an Irish mark that to this day is known as "Brigid's cross."

http://www.jstor.org/pss/25510514
And that as well, which the info is towards the bottom.

Craptasm, I have to go to work. I'll see if I can find any more links today.  They were a mix of "official" and "unofficial" type things that lead me to the belief-- which it may just turn out to be, a belief, not a fact! I'm fully aware I could be wrong. Smiley
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« Reply #5: July 23, 2010, 11:37:07 pm »


Thanks for the links!  Especially the second one.  I'll be purchasing that article now.  Cheesy

I've seen Brighid's cross classified as a type of swastika -- or at least associated with the swastika design -- several times.  It seems plausible to me. 

But it still raises the question of what the first person to weave one was trying to communicate.  Did it mean the same thing it meant in other cultures?  Which seems to vary a bit from what I've read.

I know we'll never know.  It's just something that's interesting to me.  Smiley
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« Reply #6: July 24, 2010, 07:47:03 pm »

Thanks for the links!  Especially the second one.  I'll be purchasing that article now.  Cheesy

:: waves ::

And I'll happily compensate you/send good karma/love you forever for a PDF of that article.
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« Reply #7: July 25, 2010, 02:12:54 am »

:: waves ::

And I'll happily compensate you/send good karma/love you forever for a PDF of that article.

:: waves back ::

The download wouldn't work for some reason.  But I'm going to try it again tomorrow.  If it still doesn't work, I'll get in touch with them on Monday.

I'll let you know when I have it.
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« Reply #8: July 26, 2010, 03:20:42 pm »

Thanks for the links!  Especially the second one.  I'll be purchasing that article now.  Cheesy

I've seen Brighid's cross classified as a type of swastika -- or at least associated with the swastika design -- several times.  It seems plausible to me. 

But it still raises the question of what the first person to weave one was trying to communicate.  Did it mean the same thing it meant in other cultures?  Which seems to vary a bit from what I've read.

I know we'll never know.  It's just something that's interesting to me.  Smiley

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Well, if it IS based on the swastika, that's a sun design... the rays of the sun, right? So.. since Brigid's a goddess of light, then... that makes sense, I suppose.
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