Celtic Symbol Meanings

Celtic symbol meanings

Common Celtic Symbols and Their Meanings

Celtic symbol meanings are tough to track because there are minimal known surviving written records of indicating specific Celtic symbol meanings.

Quite a bit of understanding about Celtic use of symbols comes from conjecture and supposition from authorities and historians of ancient Celtic culture.

This is not a bad thing because this allows us to tap into the mystery of the Celtic way, follow our hearts, and open up to our intuition when it comes to Celtic symbolism.

Common Celtic Symbol Meanings

Triskelion Symbol meaning Triskelion:
A Greek term meaning "three-legged," and thus this sign looks very much like three legs running. The Celtic symbol meaning here is appropriate because this symbol stands for competition and man's progress. For more details on the Celtic symbol meanings of the Triskelion, click here.

Triquetra Symbol meaning Triquetra:
Latin meaning "three-cornered." It's a holy symbol, and it's meanings are many. It varies in its aspects of spirit, nature, being-ness, and of the cosmos. For the full meaning of the Celtic triquetra symbol, click here.

Celtic Symbol meanings for the triple spiral are far reaching Triple Spiral:
Represents the drawing of the three powers of maiden, mother and crone. It is a sign of female power and especially power through transition and growth. See more about the symbolism of spirals here.

Three Rays (Arwen):
The first and third rays in this symbol represent male and female energy (respectively). The middle ray represents the balance of both energies. See also Yin-Yang symbols page. See also fire symbol (Arwen is the 3rd symbol down).

Single Spiral:
Represents ethereal energy radiating out (or inward depending on your perspective) Also symbolizes growth, birth and expansion of consciousness. I've devoted an entire page on the symbolic meaning of spiral here (blog).

celtic meaning of five fold symbol Five-fold:
This pattern also represents balance. The four outer circles symbolize the four elements: earth, fire, water, air. The middle circle unites all the elements with a goal to reach balance between all four elements or energies. See this page for more Celtic meanings for the five-fold symbol.

See Triple spiral. The center of this symbol represents the "hub" signifying unity of the three powers. More on the Celtic symbolism of threefold symbols can be found here.

Double Spiral:
A sign of balance and also representative of the equinoxes.

Represent the bridge or the passage between heaven and earth. The circle in the ringed cross signifies infinity and eternal spiritual love. see more on Celtic cross meaning here.

If you like this page, check out my thoughts on the Celtic Symbols of the Tuatha De Danann.

Thank you for reading through these common Celtic symbols and their meanings. If you enjoyed this article, check out the links at the end of this page for more insights into symbolic meanings via the rich and diverse Celtic culture.

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!


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