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Celtic Symbol Meanings

Updated on April 12, 2017

Celtic Symbols And What They Mean

Have you ever seen a beautiful Celtic symbol and wondered what was it's meaning? So have I. I was in awe of these intricate and lovely designs but really did not know the meanings behind them. I was so mesmerized by these symbols that I began to do a little research about them. I also came to find hundreds or even more pictures of them. And now I can't get enough!

Some of the symbols you will find on this page are:

The Celtic Cross ... Cetic Knots ... The Triple Spiral

...Triskele ... Triskelion

Here's just one of the many beautiful Celtic Cross Necklaces you can find at Amazon.  Image is from Amazon and is available for sale on this page.
Here's just one of the many beautiful Celtic Cross Necklaces you can find at Amazon. Image is from Amazon and is available for sale on this page.

The Celtic Cross

A Celtic cross is a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. Are you a fan of the beautiful Celtic cross, but have no idea what it represents? This ancient symbol has a rich and fascinating history. Read on for some quick information on its history and meaning!

The Celtic cross is, in the most basic sense, a connection between the Christian religion and archaic Irish pagan beliefs. It is widely believed that the legendary St. Patrick created this symbol by combining the Christian cross with the Irish "sun cross" which symbolized the power of the sun and its ability to heat the earth and bring life and energy to all who live in the world.

Examples of Celtic Crosses that stand today are Cross of Kells, Ardboe High Cross, Monasterboice, Clonmacnoise and Iona in Scotland.

Celtic Crosses

Here are some examples of the Irish Symbols you are most likely more familiar with.

Romantic Irish Gifts

Celtic Cross Tattoos

Tattoos are very popular and the Celtic Symbols are some of the most popular Tattoo designs available.

Celtic Knot Pendant image from Amazon.com
Celtic Knot Pendant image from Amazon.com

The Celtic Knot's True Meaning

Do you know how to recognize the Celtic Knot but are not sure what it truly means? Do you admire its beauty but still want to know more about it? If so,here are some quick facts about this interesting Celtic Symbol.!

- The Celtic Knot, which is widely used in traditional Irish art, can trace its roots back even farther to the art of the ancient Roman Empire.

- This Knot is recognized as the symbol of no begining, no end and they date back to the 5th century. No beginning and no end like eternity...the eternity of life, of nature, and of love.

- Oval Knots represent life and it's eternal cycle...birth, death and rebirth.

- Triangle Knots represent the three forces we find in nature, earth, sky and sea. Others believe it is the Holy Trinity God, Son, and Holy Spirit that the tri-knot symbolizes.

- Celtic Round Knot round shape represents the sun and the inner triangles represent the earth, the sky and the sea.

- Square Knots are the symbols of love. The unbroken line symbolize love and faithfulness.

- Celtic Four is four knots that represent togetherness and love.

- Serpent Knot seen in the Book of Kells represents eternal life.

Draw A Celtic Knot

Triskelion,The Triple Spiral or Triskele - Three Names For This Celtic Symbol With Three Spirals

The triskele, also known as triskelion or triple spiral, is three interlocked spirals, or sometimes three human legs, with rotational symmetry around a center point. This ancient symbol has been found in many Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites including the Newgrange passage tomb.

- Three Spirals one for each realm, land, sea, sky

-The Triskele is believed to be a symbol of the cycle of life. Since the sun's movement forms a spiral approximately every three months, a triple spiral represents nine months, the length of pregnancy. Because of this, it is a symbol often associated with the Mother Goddess.

Triquetra

  • Find a lovely piece of jewelry with your favorite Celtic Symbol on it. This symbol is called the Triquetra and we see the triangle in it - the three. The meanings I found for it all had three parts.
  • The Spirit, the Mind and the Body.
  • The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • Mother, Father, and A Child


How To Draw The Ancient Celtic Symbol "TRIQUETRA

Learn More About Celtic Symbol Meanings And Celtic History

The Celtic history and folklore is wonderful reading for anyone interested in this theme. Find out more about the symbols and their meanings, the history amd the people , the Celts.

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The Book Of Kells

Find Some Of The Most Beautiful Celtic Symbols In This Book

The Book of Kells, also known as the Book of Columba. is an illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. This book was created by Celtic Monks in the year 800 AD. This beautiful book is kept at Trinity College in Dublin and each year thousands of visitors come to see it.

Beautiful Celtic Symbol Jewelry

The Rising Sun that's intertwined with Celtic Knot Tree and Roots of Life pendant, The Celtic Double Heart Knot Necklace, An Amber Celtic Love Knots Ring or a Claddagh Celtic Knot Pendant with 18" Rolo Chain to choose from.

Celtic Music From A Pan Flute - Played By Brad White

Haunting, lovely Celtic music played by Brad White on his pan flute. The music is from the Enya song, May It Be.

Stonemarket Celtic Knot Circle For A Garden

Ancient designs like this Stonemarket Celtic Knot circle will make a beautiful addition to your patio area, your yard or to a private garden. Take a look at this practice run these builders went through.

Can you imagine this beautiful Celtic Knot circle in your yard? Isn't it beautiful, and it's so different.

Pictures Of The Book of Kells

From it's home in Trinity Church see The Book of Kells ,sometimes known as the Book of Columba. This video is pictures of different pages. This book is illustrated and in color, you've got to take a look at the vellum pages. The monks of 800 AD used Insular illumination and calligraphy to create this work of art.

Celtic Art And The Book Of Kells

Look at this quick history of Celtic Art and The Magnificent Book of Kells from Gaelic Publications. From 800 AD monks created the Book of Kells, also called the nown as the Book of Columba. It is the most famous Illustrated manuscript in the world. I just saw the Book at Trinity College during a trip to Dublin Ireland. It was beautiful and now you can see it for yourself by watching these YouTube videos. The video below gives you a little "how to" instruction. It's very interesting.

While we were at Trinity College there were production crews setting up the area to film "Penny Dreadful". Have you seen it yet?

Making A Celtic Knot Garden Hedge

Look at this amazing Knot Garden. It's made with dwarf boxwood and lots of flowering plants for early spring. This video shows us how to clip a boxwood hedge to get the over and under effect that makes it look like a Celtic Knot...quite amazing! I never wanted a hedge before, but after seeing this design, I might just try my hand at it.

Annual Celtic Christmas Ornaments From Towle - Christmas Ornaments Decorated With Celtic Symbols

Let's see what years we can find for the sterling silver annual Celtic Christmas ornament that comes from Towle.

2010 is the Celtic Knot

2009 is the not found

2008 is another Knot

2007 is theTriquetra

2006 is not found

2005 is a Knot in a Circle

2004 is a Celtic Cross

I love holiday ornaments and when I saw these had a Celtic Design, I just couldn't resist putting them up for the collectors out there!

I Just Got Home From Ireland

I got home from Dublin, Ireland just three weeks ago and during my visit I stood gazing upon the Book of Kells with my very own eyes. I've always loved Irish things, so Dublin seemed like the perfect spot to stop during our vacation. We also visited Germany and Scotland, both beautiful and interesting countries.

We spent each evening in Ireland at a different pub in the Temple Bar section of the city. It was quite an experience and this is one country I would love to re-visit. The people were friendly, the hotel we stayed in was grand, the food was good, and we raised glass after glass in toast. Slainte

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Great to learn more about the meaning of Celtic symbols, loved your Lens! Thank you for all the interesting information!

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      MysticHipGyp 4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm studying Celtics for my own self-pleasure, and they're really interesting! This lens is a great beginners' guide!

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      MysticHipGyp 4 years ago

      Great lens! I'm studying Celtics for my own self-pleasure, and they're really interesting! This lens is a great beginners' guide!

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      MysticHipGyp 4 years ago

      @sierradawn lm: I, myself, would love you to build a Celtic Knot Garden in California! I would come see it! :)

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      I have built Celtic Knot Gardens in Oregon, Hawaii, & Nevada. I am 62 years old and I want to build at least one more here where I now live, in California. I have been wishing for all of the things that I found here in your lens, to help me to build an Amazing & Mystical Celtic Knot Guardian. Thank you this Lens! I wished you up & here you are!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      The Ancient Egyptians had a symbol equivalent to the Celtic Knot, called the Shen Ring. The name is derived from the root "shenu (to encircle). It was a symbol of eternity. The symbol consisted of a stylized loop of knotted rope. This symbol also carried the idea of protection, so the names of pharaohs were written within Shen Rings to give eternity & protection to pharaoh. These are known as the cartouche.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      I have seen a petroglyph of the triple spiral (triskele/ triskelion triple spiral) at a paleolithic site on the Truckee River in Nevada.

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      NoYouAreNot 4 years ago

      Celtic symbolism, mythology and cult is very interesting. Thanks for putting up this lens.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      @GreyHee: Thanks for visiting my Celtic Symbol Meanings page!

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      GreyHee 4 years ago

      Very interesting fact on Celtic symbols that I often see. Thanks for explaining their meanings here.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am happy to understand these symbols. I see them often.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, learned alot, thanx.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Love reading about Celtic symbols and their meanings. Great lens!

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      Sandra Kennington 4 years ago from South Manchester

      What a fabulous lens! Really interesting and I love all of the silver jewellry

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous lens - being half Irish I am drwan to the designs and these are reasonbly priced as well.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Lovely pictures. I borrowed a book from the library one time by George Bain on Celtic Art: The methods of construction. It is available on Amazon every so often and is available at present. It contains very simple diagrams to help you draw these items. As a non-artist, even I was able to follow them.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Brillant lens-I am Irish and I learned some-Blessed

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I learned a few things I didn't know...thanks.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Celtic symbols also fascinate me. The information here is great. Thanks for putting it all together.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      This lens is really interesting lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the Celtic Jewelry.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @ismeedee: Thanks for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that you've been inspired and I am sure you will find just the right words to bless your friends when they "tie the knot"! Check out some Irish quotes for interesting ways poems to read at the ceremony.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      This lens is a treasure trove. My friends will soon be 'tying the knot' at their handfasting and I've been asked to write and read out a poem for the ceremony! I am inspired by this lens!!

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      Celtica 5 years ago

      Nice to read a good lens from a fellow Celtic symbols enthusiast! 5 stars for you :-)

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Very informative lens!

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      Sone great ideas here and good illustrations of celtic knotwork. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      This is really such a great lense! and these symbol meanings really have such great stuff behind them.

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      mermaidlife 5 years ago

      I also like Celtic symbols. It's so magical and mystical.

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      christmasbaby 5 years ago

      Really like this lens and the videos are wonderful.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Finally I know what Celtic symbols mean :)

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens, thumbs up

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have always loved Celtic symbols but never knew the meaning of each. Thanks!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I find Celtic shapes to be very soothing, probably because of their fluidity.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: I found that how to draw video very helpful. I have many talents, but drawing isn't one of them. I am always amazed at the talent of anyone who can draw...I have actually visited and liked many of your lenses. I really appreciate you leaving a comment.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @greenmind: Thanks for you kind words. I really like your pic...

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Thanks for visiting! I, too, like symbols and their meanings, it's a very interesting subject.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Really liked the simple but workable method for drawing the Triquetra.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I learned something new today, thanks for sharing!

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      GreenMind 5 years ago from USA

      uber cool lens, thanks! I learned something here...

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you for you kind comments. I, too, really like the celtic symbols and their meanings.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: It must be the luck of the Irish! Of course, everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      @angelsigh: Thanks for the kind comments. This was a fun lens to create!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Great lens. I learned a lot. I love symbolism and these celtic symbols are rich in meaning.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      It's perfect that I discovered this on St. Patrick's Day! Really nice, informative lens.

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      angelsigh 5 years ago

      WOW!! Awesome lens. Love the Pan Flute. This is very interesting and beautifully inspiring. Thank you....wish I could give this many Squid likes :)