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The Most Popular Celtic Symbols and What do They Mean to Us

By Jennifer Murphy January 05, 2021 0 comments

Long rooted in lores and legends, Celtic symbols are centuries old, and their power holds beyond imagination. The Celts hold a deep connection to the real world, and it reflects on the symbols that they created. Here are the most popular Celtic symbols and what they mean to us.

Celtic Cross

1. Celtic Cross

Representing the four elements of life, which are earth, air, fire, and water, the Celtic cross symbolizes the human desire to discover and experience how life’s mysteries unfold. It also represents the power of wholeness, inclusion, totality, and unification.

2. The Tree of life

The ancient Celts called the tree of life crann bethadh and believed that it had magical powers. They believed that it had the power to care for all life. A tree is the ancestor of man that connects us to other worlds. The tree of life symbolizes rebirth, strength, and wisdom. It also represents harmony and balance in nature. It also holds a symbol for rebirth as it loses leaves during the fall season, goes through the hibernation stage during winter, and is reborn once the spring season begins.

 The Tree of life
The Triskele

3. The Triskele

Often referred to as the Triskelion, the Triskele was derived from the Greek word Triskeles, meaning, three legs. Researchers believe that it’s one of the oldest Celtic symbols, dating back to 3200 B.C. or during the Neolithic period.

It has many different symbolism, which include:

- Life, death, and rebirth.
- Past, present, and future.
- Mind, body, and spirit.
- Creation, preservation, and destruction.
- Mother, father, and child. Power, intellect, and love.

4. The Claddagh Ring

Claddagh comes from the Irish phrase, A Cladch, which means flat stony shore. It was the name of the village on the coast of Ireland, where the Claddagh design originates. It’s a traditional Irish ring, which symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship. The two hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown on top of it represents loyalty.

The Claddagh Ring
The Triquetra symbol

5. The Triquetra

The Triquetra or the Trinity Knot symbolizes and honors the Mother, Maiden, and Crone of the Neo-Pagan Goddess, which represents the three life cycles of a woman as related to the phases of the moon. It is also believed to be the oldest symbol of spiritualities and eternal spiritual life with no beginning and end. It can also pertain to the unity and endless love of the family. Eventually and in the most recent times, it became a symbol of the Son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.

 

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