We have heard a lot about Celtic symbolism, their heritage, their culture, and how they are rooted from generations over time and practiced in today’s society. The term “Celtic People” or “Celtics” generally refers to those who live in Western Europe and Great Britain. However, Irish symbols have slowly molded with the same practice and have now become sides of the same coin. We shouldn't assume that they have the same meaning and practice, but their symbolism and meaning is interesting and something we can learn from.
Some of the symbols that we are about to share with you may be familiar at first glance, or it may be easily recognized but you aren’t quite sure about the meaning that they possess. Let’s walk through these symbols together and take pride in our Irish and Celtic heritage.
We immediately assume that the Celtic Cross wrapped within a circle would symbolize christianity and religious faith. It may have been believed so after decades, however there are representations that the cross would symbolize the four cardinal directions with the circle of life embracing it.
Then again, we believe that your practice and faith matched with the symbolism is all that matters, it can be a significant belief of the Holy Trinity, the Neo-pagan goddesses, or even the circle of life (birth-death-reincarnation) wrapped with faith. It’s good to know that the historic practice would predate to different meanings as time progressed but now is a choice of what we want to believe in.
2. The Shamrock
This is one of the symbols that has not changed over time, yet has been believed to be the national symbol of Ireland or of Celtic people. The shamrock is a three-leaf plant with leaves that are shaped like a heart and was believed to be a carrier of goodluck.
There are even instances wherein you may stumble upon a rare four-leaf clover which means even greater luck. It isn’t harmful to believe in but, then again, what’s there to lose? So if you happen to stumble upon that rare piece of four-leaves, take it and keep it!
3. The Celtic Tree Of Life
We all know that trees have been a symbolism of life and heritage as a general rule of thumb. With the Celtics and Irish culture on the other hand, it means more than that, the Celtic Tree Of Life also symbolizes balance and harmony, there are even different variations of this symbol that can match one’s personality.
Some Celtic practices even believe that their loved ones after death will materialize in these trees and they would still have a special connection to those on earth. It’s as if it serves as a connection between the living and the dead.
Celtic eternity knots are those that intertwine and have no ends, which simply symbolizes the belief of no beginning and end. Our lives are part of an endless cycle that we all can manifest in. Each opportunity given to live life to the fullest, give back to those that need it, and to do it all over again is a practice that we can surely apply in today’s society.
We are blinded by the belief that there is no life after death, but why not make the most of the life you are currently living.
One of the most recognizable symbols in Celtic and Irish practices, it symbolizes the trinity of family, eternal love, and strength. Over generations, those who wear this symbol are true believers of values that are embedded in it and are those who practice such in everyday life.
The elaborate symbol is designed with a knot that is continuous to showcase that there is no limit to how much you can express your values, especially to those who mean the most to you.
There are more Celtic and Irish symbols that you can learn about as you further invest in their rich culture. The beauty about these symbols is that they are being designed in modern and elegant pieces of jewelry and even in other apparels. These symbols keep us grounded and they give us the opportunity to share what we believe in with people that become part of our existence.
Exploring these different symbols are not just fun, but they are also enlightening in ways that we can unlock our inner personalities and express these values and meaning with those who are in the dark of what we believe in.
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If there are symbols that you would want to discuss with us, feel free to comment down below and we would love to hear your thoughts and insights on these symbols.