Geometric motifs

Celtic Stone Carvings Ireland

Celtic artwork has always been famous for its geometric motifs. Some of these outstanding works date back to 3000 BC and can still be found on stone carvings today.

Celtic Energy Motif

The picture shows a single clockwise spiral. This design has the oldest history and is the most recorded of the motifs. In some culture, the single spiral may symbolize growth, expansion and even cosmic energy. For instance, the ancient inhabitants of Ireland used the spiral to represent the sun and a tightly wound, clockwise spiral to signify their shrinking winter sun.

Spiral Symbolize

This loosely wound anti-clockwise spiral is a symbol of the large summer sun.

Ancient Spiral Symbols

The dual centered spiral is also frequently used in stone carvings. It has associations with motifs from other cultures such as the Yin Yang symbol. It signifies the duality of nature and balance.

Spiral Double

A double spiral is used to represent the equinoxes, the period of the year when the length of the day and night are the same and they occupy twelve hours each of the entire day.

Geometrical Motif

The Christian monks in earlier times used this Triple centered spiral in their illuminated manuscripts. The design originated as a symbol of the Triple Goddess, pre-dating Christianity.

Old Hungarian Symbol Goddess

This pattern is known as Chevrons. It resembles the arrowheads used by hunters and warriors and was a symbol of power among the Celts. The motif looks almost heart shaped and occurs in repeated patterns in ornaments.

Illuminated Manuscript Circles

Flowing scroll patterns were mainly used for decorative purposes. Many examples of such patterns can be found in the Book of Durrow, an illuminated manuscript.

Ulbster Cross

Known as the Ulbster Cross, the design is an illustration of knotwork interlace pattern. A single thread is used to finish the entire design and it symbolizes eternity.

Eternity Celtic Knot

The Eternity Celtic knot symbolizes the never-ending eternal circle of life.

This Shield Celtic knot has protective significances. Found on shields of warriors, children's clothes, the ancient Celts also believed that the knotwork can protect the sick.

The Triquetra Knot is also known as the Trinity Knot. It is used by the Christians to stand for the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. However, this information may not be entirely accurate because the Catholics of Ireland were the first to use the design to as a symbol in reference to the Trinity.

It is believed that Celts use this Celtic Cross as a symbol of faith.

This is known as Brigit's Cross. These Irish crosses are made with wheat weavings and can be found all over the Irish countryside.

Celtic Symbols Strength And Courage

According to Irish legends, there was a heroic warrior named Fionn who had courage, intelligence and strength. This Celtic knot has been linked with some articles that are reputed to have belonged to him.

The Irish Shamrock is the traditional symbol of the Trinity.

Irish Sailor Heart Knot

This knotwork shows 8 hearts bounded by a Celtic circle. On looking closely, one will find the rune of love "X" hidden within the design. The Celtic Love Knot is believed to be able to enliven relationships, heighten passions and to attract true love.

A sacred symbol of the Celts, The Triscele represents the eternal rhythm of life that mankind are a part of. This ancient symbol represents the trinity of life and was adorned at their most sacred. The main significance of it was that it symbolizes the Goddess in all her forms ~ Maiden, Mother and Crone.

This amulet design symbolizes peace. Ancient Celts wear it, hoping to attain peace in oneself and in relationships with others.

The Sailor's knot is also known as the lover's knot. The design is made up of two separate knots which are intertwined. It is a trend among Celtic sailors to use this knot in their artwork intended for their sweethearts.

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Responses

  • Elisa
    What does the double heart with a circle around it means to the celtic?
    6 months ago

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