CELTIC KNOT SYMBOLISM
The more spiritual meaning of this symbol points towards beginnings and endings
When viewing these beautiful knots, we cannot see a beginning or the end, reminding us of the timeless nature of our spirit. This translation calls to our most primal selves as we think about the infinite cycles of birth and rebirth in both physical and heavenly realms.
How to wear a Claddagh ringThe meaning of the Claddagh goes further than the symbolism represented in the ring itself - the hands clasping the heart adorned with a crown. The meaning also extends to the hand upon which the ring is worn, and the direction the heart is pointing. For a single person, the ring is meant to be worn on the right hand with the point of the heart facing outward, away from the body. For someone who is in a relationship, whose heart is taken, or who isn't interested in a relationship, the ring is meant to be worn on the right hand with the heart pointing inward. For someone who is engaged or married, the ring is meant to be worn on the left ring finger with the heart pointing inward, toward the body.
North, which represents wisdom, stability, and winter
East, for knowledge, learning, and spring
South for vitality, passion, strength, and summer
West, representing intuition, emotion, and inner knowledge.
The circle connecting the four arms of the Celtic cross symbolizes the unity and the eternal cycle of life and rebirth.
Another interpretation of the Celtic cross is found in the Chi-Rho monogram, a cross made by combining the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek, Chi (or X), and Rho (or P). The Celtic cross is illustrated by monuments of crosses in Britany, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Ireland, and Cornwall.
The Celtic Motherhood Knot is a stylized holy trinity knot depicting a parent and child embrace. It is representative of the Madonna and child. Combined with a Celtic trinity knot it is a true testament to the enduring bond between a mother, her child, faith and their Celtic heritage.
The Celtic motherhood symbol looks like 2 hearts made out of knot work. One heart is lower than the first heart and both hearts are intertwined in a continuous knot.
To add children to the Celtic motherhood symbol, you add dots. 1 dot per child. These dots can be placed anywhere inside or outside the motherhood symbol.
The Four Directions, North South East West
The four seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
The four Latin Gospels in the Book of Kells
The four elements Earth Fire Water Air
The four Celtic festivals Samhain, Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh
An emblem of Brigid also known as the Queen of the Four Fires she demonstrates four branched wisdom of hand hearth head and heart.
In Druidic philosophies, there were four major energies, or Gods, if you will governing a specific quandrant of the world...this four-cornered emblem was used to invoke these powers for protection (in the home, corporeal protection during battle, etc.)
Celtic Five Fold Symbol Meaning
They deal with classic structures. Such as:
-Four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, Water
- Four directions: South, North, East, West
- Four seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring, Fall
Trinity (Triquetra) Celtic Knot
Early Christian understanding views the symbols as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Steadying of mind, Observing the soul, Reestablishing balance, Grounding ourselves, Intuitive channel, Understanding our ancestral origin
Triskelion Meaning as a Celtic Symbol
When we observe this symbol, we are taken with the concept of motion. All three legs are positioned in such a way that makes the symbol look as if it is in constant forward motion.
This feeling of motion represents:
The three legs have significant symbolic importance. Various representations of the three protrusions found in the triskelion include:
- Spirit, Mind, Body
- Father, Son, Holy Ghost
- Mother, Father, Child
- Past, Present, Future
- Power, Intellect, Love
- Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer
- Creation, Preservation, Destruction
The Otherworld: Where spirits, gods and goddesses live.
The Mortal World: Where you and I live along with plants and animals.
The Celestial World: Where unseen energies live and move about. Like the forces of sun, moon, wind and water.