Celtic Symbols and Meanings

Celtic Eternal Knot


Celtic Eternal Knot


This type of Celtic knot has been around since the 5th century and as the name suggests, it symbolises eternity. The Celtic eternal knot was first documented by monks and descriptions of it were found in the Book of Durrows and the Book of Kells. It was never recorded by the Celts exactly what the meaning of the Celtic eternal knot is however, speculation suggests that it symbolises eternal love and interconnection with nature. There are designs of the Celtic eternal knot that represent the figures of humans and it has been suggested that this was a way in which two people can show their eternal love for each other.

Celtic Shield KnotCeltic Sheild Knot

 



You will be able to recognise a Celtic shield knot by the fact that it has four very distinct corners. Normally they are square, however they can often be found as a square within a circle. All Celtic knots have no beginning and no ending, however this type of Celtic knot is said to protect anyone wearing it from evil spirits or danger.

Celtic Triquetra

Celtic Triquetra Knot



The Celtic Triquetra is triangular in shape, in fact, it was one of the most intricate shapes that can be found with Celtic symbols and is never ending, and this particular Celtic symbol is very pretty to look at. There are a few meanings behind the Celtic triquetra; people that are interested in Wicca will see this symbol as a form of protection and all of the triple aspects of their chosen Goddess. In Christianity, this symbol is said to represent a person in triplicate and also to denote The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.

Celtic TriskeleCeltic Triskele

 



The Celtic triskele is spiral in form and it has three that all come from the centre, this is one of the oldest Celtic symbols known to man and was first found in the ruins of a temple in Ireland, however, it has also been found in other cultures such as Central American, Greek and Columbian. It is said that the Celtic triskele symbolises the cycle of life, birth, death and re-birth

Celtic SpiralCeltic Triskele

 



Celtic spirals have been around for centuries and it is considered but not known for sure that the Druids adopted them. The reason for this is that many scholars have attempted to find the meaning and histories behind Celtic spirals however, have come up with nothing; this is probably because the Druid faith forbade any of its details about their faith to be written down.

Celtic Heart KnotCeltic Heart Knot



Celtic heart knots are relatively new to Celtic symbolism and have only been around for about 10 years. As the name suggests this particular type of knot symbolises love.

Celtic Trinity KnotCeltic Trinity Knot



The trinity knot is the simplest in design of all the Celtic knots. It was used to symbolise trinity and the Celts were no strangers to this. They believe that everything comes in three’s The Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost; the three natural elements, fire, earth and water and so on. The trinity knot can be found in many places and in modern times is often used with bridal wear as it is said to symbolise eternal love.

ShamrockCeltic Trinity Knot

 



The shamrock is one of Ireland’s most famous Celtic symbols and can be found everywhere. It is said that St Patrick picked a shamrock from the ground in Ireland in order to prove the existence of The Son, The Father and The Holy Ghost. Shamrocks, in the past have been used by mystics because when a storm is approaching its petals will stand up. It is also a little known fact that the shamrock was used to ward off evil.

Claddagh

Celtic Irish Claddagh Symbol

 



A man was fishing off the coast of Ireland in the 16th century just before he was due to be married. Unfortunately for him, his boat capsized and he was captured by pirates, taken to Africa and sold into slavery. Many years later, he managed to escape and return to Ireland and found that is love had never married. In order to celebrate this Richard fashioned a ring which we know as the claddagh today, the hands represent friendship and they hold a heart that symbolises love and is topped off with a crown symbolising loyalty.

Celtic CrossCeltic Cross



The Celtic cross has been around since the era of St Patrick, when he first came to Ireland the Druid faith was the strong hold of Ireland. It is said that St Patrick drew a cross on a symbolic Druid rock in order to tempt them into Christianity. One of the circles included with a Celtic cross symbolises eternal life and the other represents the sun.

St Brigids / Bridgets CrossSt Brigids / Bridgets Cross



Next to St. Patrick St Brigid is one of the most revered saint in all of Ireland, she was important in spreading Christianity in Ireland. She was born near Dundalk in 453ad.

Little is known of the history of the St Brigids cross however legend suggests when St Brigids pagan father was ill, she was sat with him on his deathbed and wove a cross from rushes. The cross was presented it to him and when her father saw the cross he repented and asked to be baptised.

The St Brigid cross is one of the less well known Irish symbols, it symbolises the beginning of Spring which officially in Ireland is the 1st of February.

These crosses are traditionally hung by on on doors and are said to protect houses from Fire and Evil quite ironically the crosses are normally made from rushes, perhaps not the most fireproof material!

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