Symbolic Meanings of the Celtic Cross
With the abeyance of the ancient Druids, so too vanished centuries of accumulated oral wisdom about the Celtic way of thinking, about their faith and their symbolic perception of the Celtic cross meaning.
What remains of Celtic understanding comes to us from Roman writings (which, are biased at best). We can also turn to Christian monks for understanding about the faith of the Celts as it was their charge to transcribe much of their mythology. Even here we see religious projection and grand liberties of supposition about how the Celts exhibited their faith.
So where does that leave us in deciphering the grander meaning of their symbols of faith? I think it's our responsibility to dive into the collective energy of the ancient Celts and resurface with our own personal understanding.
We can do this by objectively studying the Celts from the literature offered. We can also meditate with the Celts. Energy does not recognize linear time (our scientists have validated this), so there's no reason why we can't sit with the ancient Celts with intent to discuss, learn, and observe them.
They are, after all, our energetic kin. Just like families get together to share, I believe we can sit at the table of the ancients and swap stories in our meditations.
I've spent time contemplating, reading, observing (and done some raucous partying with) the Celts, and this page is a result of the treasures I found swimming about in their energetic waters.
Check out a few quick-keywords about the Celtic cross meaning to get in touch with the potential this Celtic symbol offers.
The symbolism of the Celtic cross (especially the equal-armed cross in which each protrusion is equidistant from the center) is indicative of the human desire to know and experience the unfolding mystery of life. We could say that mystery can unfold in a 4-fold pattern in which the arms of the cross offer four ways to ascension, an invitation to objectively know:
The cross is also a symbol representing the meeting place of the Divine energies. At the center of the cross-section (illustrated below) is the energetic touchstone where a concentration of cosmic power resides (symbolically).
If each cross arm symbolizes a branch of higher wisdom, and if there is a encircling symbol to represent unification of these four elements, then the center of the cross will be a focal point that is our spiritual destination. Indeed, should we meditate on the Celtic cross, and laser in on the very center of it - our energies begin to hone in, and centralize into this exhilarating experience of oneness. Try it. The sensation of oneness, wholeness and unity is palpable.
The Celtic cross meaning can also represent navigation. In fact, we can look to the cross as a symbolic compass, guiding us through a spiritual sea. In this analogy the cross can serve as a stable guidepost that always leads us to our "true north."
What about the vertical crossbar? Intuitively, I feel this represents the past and future with the center point representing the present. Celtic kind established westerly direction with a reflective quality (looking back, recollecting) and a forward quality (forecasting, looking to the future) to the east. We can quantify this by their observation of the setting sun (in the west) as a goodbye to the day. Likewise, the dawning sun (to their east) would be a harbinger of newness, a welcome to the future day.A word about circles around the cross...This added element of the Celtic cross brings meaning of unification, totality, wholeness and inclusion. With all the powerful insights we've discussed in this article, it makes good spiritual sense to want to include all this virtue. That inclusion can be symbolically represented by encircling the cross.
These are just a few observations on the Celtic cross meaning. As always, I encourage you to do your own research. Symbolism is about expressing personal power on multiple levels. The Celtic cross can be a source of major power, but not until you make it personal.
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!