This Celtic design is named for the Goddess Brigid, which predates Christianity in Ireland. Her spirit was thought to herald spring and was celebrated on February 1st. When Ireland became Christian, this protective and fertile female spirit became St. Brigid, becoming on of the Patron Saints of Ireland. Her ancient symbol, now known as St. Brigid’s cross, is associated with health and safety, and decorates many households for protection of the home and those who dwell within.
May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its rood
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy
Bless every foot that walks its portals through
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.