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Celtic Symbols & Meanings

The Celtic Symbols and Meanings listed are a collection of the most widely know Celtic, Irish and Scottish symbols associated with these cultures.  The Claddagh, Celtic Cross, Scottish Thistle, Celtic Knots, Tree of Life, Luckenbooth, St. Brigid's Cross, Scottish Thistle, Shamrock, Trinity, Celtic Knots and Designs.
 
Some symbols and meanings have stood the test of time while others are pieced together from stories and myths of the past down.  The Symbols are often crafted in Celtic Rings, Pendants and clothing to tell a story, kept alive in through Wedding Traditions, Irish Blessings and little rituals that are past down from parent to child and shared with friends.  Give the Gift of Heritage.
Ardagh Chalice
The Celtic Warrior Collection has been inspired by one of Ireland's foremost treasures, The Ardagh Chalice. In 1868 it was found in Ardagh Co. Limerick by two men digging potatoes. The Ardagh Chalice is made of silver and decorated with 354 pieces of gold
The Tree of Life
The tree of Life is common to many cultures. Often regarded as an all-nourishing, and all giving. Britain was once covered by mighty oak forest, and the tree reverence is a major feature within Celtic religion. The tree reflects a link between heaven and
The Celtic Knot
The interlacing lines of the Celtic Knot stands for "no beginning, no ending, the continuity of everlasting love and binding together or intertwining of two soul or spirits." Christianity has embraced much of the ancient Celtic symbolism and had adapted m
The Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross can be found throughout the countrysides of Ireland, Scotland, England and all the Celtic Islands today. Some of the cross date back to the period of the Druids when St. Patrick came to Ireland to bring Christianity to them. The Druids us
The Claddagh Heart
In the early 16th century an Irish man by the name of Richard Joyce was fishing off the coast of Galway a week before he was to be married when his currach (boat) capsized. Richard was captured by pirates, taken to West Afr
The Trinity Knot
The simplest of Celtic Knots symbolizing a triune God. The Celts were very familiar with the idea of the trinity, everything came in threes; the three stages of womanhood:maid, mother, crone, and the three elements: earth, fire, water and Christianity emb
Scottish Thistle
The national emblem of Scotland, one thistle is said to have saved an entire Scottish army. A thousand years ago, during the Vikings invasion of Scotland, an advancing enemy warrior stepped on a thistle and cried out in pain inadvertently waking the sleep
Shamrock Plants
Long age, when Ireland was a land of the Druids, a Christian bishop known to us now as St. Patrick, came to teach the word of God. Although the origins of the shamrock are lost in antiquity, legend suggest that St. Patrick plucked a shamrock from Irish so
The St. Bridget's Cross
St. Brigid, " Mary of the Gael", abbess and patroness of Ireland, and founder of the first Irish monastery in Kildare, was born near Dundalk in 450 A.D. Traditionally tells is that her unbounded charity drew multitudes of the poor to her door and much enr
St. Patrick
Their is so much history behind the man, St. Patrick. Millions of people celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, the day St. Patrick died. St. Patrick was the first to go to the Celtic lands to preach the gospel to the Druids and Pagans of his day. He
The Animals in Celtic Designs
Animals have characteristics and abilities that were once considered strange, yet at the same time, desired by people : movement, such as flying, diving, swimming long distances, jumping far and high, and running fast, as well as the qualities of fine hea
The Luckenbooth brooch was so called because it was sold from the "locked booths" on the Royal Mile adjacent to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland,in the early 1700s. Traditionally, it was exchanged between lovers on betrothal. The intertwining he
The Tara Brooch
The Irish tradition of metalworking dates back to 3000 years to the Bronze Age; the Tara Brooch is considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient Irish metalworking craftmanship. It is a "ring brooch" dating back to the late 7th or early 8th centu
Based on the ancient lyre, the Irish harp is one of the world's oldest instruments. The ancient Irish kings employed harpist to entertain them. At one sad point in Irish history conquering invaders made it illegal to posses an Irish harp and set out to bu
Welsh Lovespoon
The centuries old Welsh custom of giving love spoons meant a would-be suitor gave a spoon to a girl he wished to court. Begun in the 15th century, the suitor often carved the spoon himself or commissioned a spoon. Spoons became very ornate with symbols of
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