Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings - Page 3

The Celtic symbols represented below include old Druidic, Pictish, Christian, and the symbols of the Irish and Scottish druid, as well as of the popular symbols. Celtic art and architecture are abound with symbolism, under the extract and the forms informed. Here, you can learn some from possible interpretations of these symbols. The significance of Celtic symbols can change considerably. It can change according to the tribe, the period, and the gods and preferred goddesses' of the area. In that it was modern Celtic regard that many symbols could be assigned with several significances. Celtic symbolism takes when a group of people is appropriate that an artistic ornament will take certain significance. This can also change area and culture, in one period date to still. A design of the symbol and to take more one that means.

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Celtic Symbols


Claddagh The Irish symbol of the Claddagh is named for the Irish coastal city of Claddagh (pronounced "clah-dah"), where the design of ring is allotted to an ancient local legend. The now famous tale, about a townsman removed in the slavery, which turns over to present a ring at its true love, is one of the romantic tales most popular of Ireland. In spite of the romantic history, the rings of Claddagh are a traditional mark of fidelity and friendship as well as the romantic love. The design of Claddagh usually appears on rings, but is now employed on all the kinds of articles, of jewelry to the towels with the peaks of family. The hands in the design represent the friendship, the heart, the love, and crowns it, fidelity. The various traditions allot various significances to the ring, according to the way in which it is carried like wedding ring, it is related to the left hand, with the heart directed towards the interior. Like ring of interlocking, it is related to the right hand, with the heart moving towards the interior; for the friendship, it is related to the right hand, external turned heart. There is probably a certain relation between the claddagh and the Norse rings of "fede" (interlocking/engagement), which have sometimes depicts hands pressures around a heart.

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross The Celtic Cross (ionic cross) has its roots in a variation of pre-Christian of the solar cross. The examples of the Celtic cross go up until 5000 years of BCE. Its origins are not known, but was known it to be a symbol early of the Taranis god of the sun. After the conversion of the Celtic people into Christianity, the Celtic cross became an emblem of the Celtic Christian church. The Irish legend supports that the cross was presented in Ireland by the street Columba, thus it indicated sometimes under the name of the cross of Columba, or the ionic cross, after its monastery on the island of Iona. There are many representations of the crosses combined with a circle, even before Christianity. "Crosses of the sun" often called, they can be found in the age bronzes Europe of it (Scandinavian culture of age out of bronze, of Urnfield). The old English word for the cross as instrument of torture is rood (literally "post", related with the stem). The cross of word in English derives only indirectly from the Latin node via the old men Irish Norse and probably old men, introduced at the 10th century.

Solar Cross

Solar Cross The Solar Cross is probably the spiritual symbol most ancient in the world, appearing in the religious art Asian, American, European, and Indian of the paddle of the history. Composed of equal cross armed in a circle, it represents the solar calendar the movements of the sun, marked by the solstices. Sometimes the equinoxes are as well marked, giving a wheel armed by eight. (The swastika is also the solar shape of cross, underlining the movement.) the cross in its more simplified form (shown above) is known in Scandinavian Europe like cross of Odin, after God in chief of the Pantheon of the Vikings. It is often employed like emblem by Asatruar, disciples of the religion of the Vikings. The Celtic cross is a symbol of the Celtic Christian church, borrowed from the Celtic pagan emblem of pre-Christian of Taranis God.

Pictish Symbols

Pict Mermaid Pictish Symbols came from the Picts, a tribal people that lived in Great Britain and in Scotland and Scandinavia for approximately one thousand years. Their language is lost, except fragments, although they left a richness of the "stones of image," large monoliths cut out with the mysterious symbols whose significances are most of the time unknown. There are approximately fifty principal symbols. Some are easily identified like mythical animals or creatures; others are completely mysterious, like the "crescent and the V-stem" and the "double disc." They could have started like tattoos or amulets. After the fifth century, majority of Picts converted into Christianity, and the majority of their cuttings reflect this change; several of the alleged "Celtic" crosses dotting England and Scotland are in fact of the stones of Pictish. Animal signs of Pictish could have been dependent on the gods and of the goddesses, and the boars, salmons, the wolves, and the birds included. Some of most famous cuttings of Pictish are monsters, sirens, and other creatures of sea.


Triskele The Triskele, or the triple spiral, a symbol closely related to will triquetra, is a tripartite symbol composed of three engaged spirals. The spiral is an ancient Celtic symbol related on the sun, the life after death and the reincarnation. The example above comes from the Neolithic "tomb" at Newgrange, where it is supposed by certain being a symbol of pregnancy (the sun describes a spiral in its movements every three months; a triple spiral represents nine months), an idea reinforced by the uterus like the nature of the structure. The symbol also suggests the reincarnation that it is drawn in a continuous line, suggesting a continuous motion of time. Triskeles are one of the most common elements of Celtic art; they are found in a variety of models in ancient and modern Celtic art, particularly compared to descriptions of the goddess of mother. They also evoke the Celtic concept of the fields of the material ground of existence, water, and sky, and their inter-dependencies.

Shield Knot

Shield Knot The Shield Knot is an ancient and almost universal symbol. The knot of shield was employed for thousands of years by a variety of the cultures for protection and to keep. While the common design is generally associated Celts and the ancient Vikings, the most fundamental form is much older. The quadruple version with the right-hand side is Mesopotamian of origin and is associated guard spells to call the gods of the four corners of the ground. Later, it was employed in Kabbalah like symbol of Shema, the prayer/charms to call the four archangels; it is the origin of the ritual across "Qabbalistic" always used today. This knot is sometimes mentioned like the cross of place" or street Hans of the "ground. The Vikings and the Celtic versions of the knot are employed for the same goals of protection but are related to the quadruple solar cross.


Shamrock The Shamrock is the omnipresent symbol of all things Irish. Although today it is usually regarded as a good simple charm of chance or a decoration of the day of Patrick of street, it is one of the Celtic symbols oldest. The shamrock is indigenous clover species in Ireland. A catholic legend supports that the street Patrick employed is three lobes like device to teach the holy trinity. With the druids before whom came, it symbolized of "the three similar ones in a" concept the three dominions of the ground, sky, and sea, the ages of the man, and the phases of the moon. In the Celtic folklore, the shamrock is a charm against the evil, a belief which deferred in the modern belief in thorough clover of the sheets by four as good charm of chance.


Salmon The Salmon figure in obviousness in Celtic tales, and are mainly associated with wisdom and prophecy. They often lived the crowned wells, feeding on the fruits (often, hazel nuts) of the tree of the life. Devices of such of salmon in obviousness in the history of the legendary Celtic hero, imper Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) of Fionn. Fionn is the apprentice of the Finneigeas druid, who captured salmons of wisdom and leaves Fionn to tighten fire while the fish makes cook. When Fionn usefully tries to jump a blister of heat developing on fish, it burns its inch. Sucking on the finger flaring steals the price of the druid whom the wisdom of salmon is transferred to the hero, who can point out his powers by sucking his inch. The fish like the symbol of wisdom in Celtic art persisted with coming from Christianity; the association of Jesus with fish was right one of many coincidences which made with Christianity a relatively easy sale in the Celtic islands.