Celtic Jewelry Meaning
I got an email from someone wanting to know the Dara Celtic knot meaning (image of the Dara knot shown above). I spent some time researching and ruminating on this Celtic symbol meaning, and here are some resulting thoughts:
The name Dara comes from the word "doire," which is the Irish word for "oak tree."
Interestingly, the famous St. Brigid of Ireland erected a convent at Cill-Dara which means "the church of the oak."
I do not know the originator (creator/artist) of the Dara knot, but I do know that the knotwork (example shown at top of page) is likened to that of the root system of the oak tree.
Oaks were considered sacred to the Celts, particularly the Druids who could translate the language of trees into profound and meaningful messages applicable to the lives of their clans. Such language also provided insight into the meanings of the cosmos relating to their reality.
Specifically the oak (also known as the Duir in the symbolic language of trees which is referred to as the Ogham) represented:
The oak in all of its symbolic glory (including other Celtic symbols such as the Dara knot) is invoked in times when we must gather our internal fortitude for the purpose of remaining strong in times of challenge.
The Dara knot, as it is associated with the oak, reminds us that beneath our surface (beneath the soil) we have vastly divine inner resources (root system) that lend us wisdom and stability regardless of the circumstances we see around us.
I hope you have enjoyed this page on the Dara Celtic knot meaning. Check out the links at the end of this page for more Celtic knot meanings and Celtic symbols.
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