The symbols of Celtic culture and heritage have become a very popular visual style in modern times, even though most of the symbols are many centuries old. There is something intrinsically beautiful, however, about the Celtic knots and crosses that captivates people today, whether they are descendant from Celtic heritage or not. Unfortunately, the meanings of these symbols are not entirely clear. Although there are many stories and theories, and some of these explanations quite old themselves, there are few definitive facts about these Celtic icons.
In part, that mystery is due to a fundamental part of Celtic culture: the Bard. When today we think of a Bard, we tend to think of simply a storyteller or poet. However, this was actually a very important position in Celtic times. The Bard was someone responsible was remembering and repeating the important stories and news of the culture. Therefore, the Celtic people did not keep as many written records as some other early civilizations. Since the Bards have been lost, so have most of the tales explaining the Celtic symbols.
Still, there are many theories about Celtic symbols. Some of the most important and diverse visuals of Celtic culture are knots. There are many different types of knots, and most of them are intricate interlocking patterns that seem to have no start and no end to the knot. The Triquetra or Trinity knot may be the most widely known, featuring three interconnected rounded triangle shapes. There are many other ornate Celtic knotting patterns that symbolize a deep connection and spirituality, and they will usually have an elaborate and interlocking pattern.
The other most significant Celtic traditional symbol is the Celtic cross, which features a cross with a circle surrounding the intersection of the cross. There are many different versions of the cross, some of them featuring multiple circles and intricate knotting patterns in the cross while others are much simpler. There are also many interpretations of the significance of the circle and cross. For some, the circle means eternity. Others believe the iconography relates to the sun and a focus on earth forces in the early days of the Celtic civilization. Still others say that the circle comes from an actual measuring tool in ancient times that had crossing arms within a circle. However, regardless of its origin, the Celtic cross has developed important meanings to many peoples who have utilized the sign in their lives.
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