Celtic Knot & Spiral Tattoos | Tattoo Images

Celtic knots and spirals are unique tattoo designs. They can be your latest style statement! You can combine them for being considered as Haute Couture. These are prominent Celtic symbols with subtle inner meanings. One must understand these meanings before inking such a design. In this article you’ll find all the necessary information related to Celtic knots and spirals, including Celtic Triquetra and Triskele.


Celtic Knots

Celts are famous for their knot-work designs. Celtic knots symbolize the eternal and intertwined nature of the human soul. Sometimes a Celtic knot symbolizes the continuous cycle of life. Celtic knot-works consist of intricate interlacing knots and interlacing patterns. Celtic knot-works can look really impressive as tattoo designs that are well suited for bold, black tattoos as well as vibrant multicolored tattoos.

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Celtic Knot Tattoo on ArmCeltic Knot Tattoo on BackCeltic Knot Tattoo with Tree, Crow & DoveCeltic Triquetra Tattoo on ArmCeltic Triquetra Tattoo on Upper Back
Celtic Knot Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Knot Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Knot Tattoo on Back
Celtic Knot Tattoo on Back
Celtic Knot Tattoo with Tree, Crow & Dove
Celtic Knot Tattoo with Tree, Crow & Dove
Celtic Triquetra Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triquetra Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triquetra Tattoo on Upper Back
Celtic Triquetra Tattoo on Upper Back

Celtic Triquetra or Trinity Knot

Apart from knots in general, there are specific Celtic knot designs with special meanings, for example the Triquetra or Trinity Knot. Triquetra consist of three distinct and interlocked points. The word Triquetra originated from the Latin words ‘tri’ (means three) and ‘quetrus’ (means cornered). This symbol represents different meanings in different contexts.

The Triquetra represents different layers of the body of a human being, which are physical, mental, and spiritual. Sometimes the symbol represents the three phases of the life of a woman which are the virgin, the mother and the old wise woman. The Triquetra made with a triangular heart inside symbolizes family, motherhood, sisterhood, and love. The Christians adopted Triquetra to represent the Holy Trinity, i.e. the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. To the Christians the symbol is known as the Trinity Knot.


Celtic Spirals

Celtic spirals are one of several famous Celtic patterns with an extraterrestrial inner meaning. In ancient Celtic cultures this symbol was representative of eternal life – the whirls represent the continuous creation and destruction of the universe; the spaces between the whirls represent the divisions between life, death and rebirth.

Celtic Triskele or Triple Spiral

A Celtic Triple Spiral or Triskele usually symbolizes the Triple Goddess i.e. Maiden, Mother and Crone, which means the old wise heavenly woman. A Triskele often symbolizes the three Celtic spheres (Land, Sea and Sky). This Celtic symbol is also known as Triscle, Triskelion or Triscle Celta.


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Celtic Triskel within a Celtic Knotted Ring on Lower BackCeltic Triskele Tattoo on Lower BackCeltic Triskele Tattoo on ArmCeltic Triskel Motherhood Symbol within a Celtic Knotted RingCeltic Triskele Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triskel within a Celtic Knotted Ring on Lower Back
Celtic Triskel within a Celtic Knotted Ring on Lower Back
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Lower Back
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Lower Back
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triskel Motherhood Symbol within a Celtic Knotted Ring
Celtic Triskel Motherhood Symbol within a Celtic Knotted Ring
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Arm
Celtic Triskele Tattoo on Arm

Celtic Knots & Spirals as Tattoo Designs

The usual Celtic Knot tattoo is suitable for both men and women. They can look wonderful especially on arms and backs! They are generally done on small sizes in black. But a multicolored Celtic Knot done on a grand scale on the entire back is something very uncommon and unique! An image of such a huge Celtic Knot tattoo with tree, crow and dove can be seen in the photos provided with this article.

Celtic Triquetra and Triskele tattoo designs are cute designs and loved by people of all age groups for their universal appeal! If you’re too confused with selecting a unique tattoo for yourself, choose a Celtic Triquetra and Triskele. They are not only unique and uncommon but also highly fashionable. A Celtic Triple Spiral inside a ring formed by Celtic knot-work is an excellent idea! In the photo section you can find two such tattoos, one on a woman’s lower back and another on arm with a triangular heart shape inside the spirals signifying motherhood.


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lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

I don’t have a single tattoo but I am fascinated by them. From why a design is chosen to the amazing artistry of tattoo artists it is a astonishing art form.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Have you ever looked into the meanings behind the celtic knots and spirals? It is truly an intriguing topic. I recommend a book called "Celtic Inspirations". Thanks for sharing!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S. Author

@ lpanfil: Thank you so much for your visit and I really appreciate your comment!

@ kittythedreamer: I will read the book you recommended as early as possible! Thanks for the visit and for an excellent recommendation. Your comment is much appreciated!

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