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About Celtic Knots

Circle Knots

The belief in rebirth is a major tenet of Celtic belief, and the
intricately woven circle knots found in modern Celtic artwork perfectly
illustrate this belief. The threads of the knot have no beginning or end and
continuously loop around and under each other. They are constantly spiraling
and transforming into different shapes. This unbroken movement gives the
circle intense metaphorical power, and exemplifies the continuity of existence
and man’s never-ending spiritual journey. Through rebirth, we are transformed
and strengthened, leading to deeper wisdom and spirituality. The circle knot
represents the delicate dance of nature, life, death, and rebirth.

Triskele

The “triskele” symbol appears on Celtic artifacts dating back to the
early iron age, specifically, as ornamentation on metal work. Early
representations can also be seen on the stone carvings at Newgrange. The
triskele is typically represented as a rounded spiral with three symbolic arms
or legs, turning clockwise toward its center. The depiction of the triskele in
the Christian period illustrates how it evolved from a basic spiral form to
appearing more frequently as complete figures of humans and animals. These
figures are often arranged in groups of three, with limbs entwined, forming
intricate knots, and often grasping each other.

The Celts believed in the power of the triad, and the number three is
extremely symbolic. It has been suggested that these three figures represent
the major forces of nature: earth, sea and sky. The triskele often represents
the perpetual motion of the universe, and our metaphorical journey through
life, death and rebirth.

Triangle Knots

The triangle knot has symbolism similar to the triskele: the power
of the Celtic belief in the triple forces of earth, sea and sky, illustrated
by the three points of the triangle. Intricately designed triangle knots are
found on later (Christian period) artifacts, and show clearly the evolution of
the knot from a simple triquetra to the elaborately designed knotwork found on
crosses and monuments, as well as in the Book of Kells. Ancient Celtic wisdom,
proverbs and blessings often consisted of three parts, and it is believed that
the triangle knot represents the Holy Trinity, as well as the sacred Celtic
trinity of gods and goddesses. It has been suggested that the triangle knot
symbolizes strength and unity.

Cross and Square Knots

Celtic crosses are ancient, standing monuments that pre-date
Christianity, and are primarily found in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The
Celtic cross has a circle around it, an essential symbol in Celtic belief,
which distinguishes it from other types of crosses. Early Celtic crosses have
arms of equal length, possibly signifying the points on a compass. As
Christian influence spread, the shape became elongated, and the carvings
showed a greater complexity of knotwork. The four points on the cross knot can
also signify the turning of the four seasons, and their importance for the
Celtic calendar.

The square knot likewise departs from the traditional circular motif used
in Celtic art, and can denote the four elements of earth, sea, fire and water,
as well as the four seasons. The square knot is more frequently found on the
bases of crosses in Scotland, with circular forms filling out the square.

 
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