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Celtic Sign Symbols

Celtic Sign Symbols

If you look hard enough you can find symbolism in every culture on the planet. However, it is much easier symbolism in some cultures than in others. One ancient culture that applied symbolic meanings to nearly every aspect of their lives were the Celts.

The Celts put symbolism into animals, plants, and even inanimate things too! This article will discuss some of the inanimate things that the Celts put symbolism in, namely their signs that they used. After reading this article you might even be able to understand the Celts a little better.


Celtic Spiral Symbol

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Spirals are highly important signs in many cultures around the world, including the Celts. They have signs that range from having one to three spirals, and maybe even more if you look hard enough. The number of spirals a sign has changes its symbolic meaning a little bit.

Single Spiral Symbol

A sign that is only a single spiral has the simplest meaning to it. However, it may have the most profound meaning to it as well. The single spiral is a symbol for the ever-continuing. Birth, growth, and death are all symbolized in the single spiral. Expansion and growth are the most important meanings that the Celts had for this sign.

Double Spiral Symbol

The double spiral of course contains all of the symbolism that is in the single spiral, and it has some more symbolism of its own. The double spiral is said to be able to act as a balancing force. This makes the double spiral not only a symbol for balance, but also equality. It is also said that the double spiral symbolizes opposites: the feminine and masculine, left and right, good and bad, and even things like the equinoxes that come with the changing of the seasons.

Triple Spiral Symbol

The triple spiral shares the symbolism of the single spiral, but not the double spiral. Three is an important number in symbolism around the world, and the Celts are not exempt from this rule. “Three” is representative of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost/Spirit in Judeo-Christian religions. Of course, the Celts were pagans for a long time, so their “three” were represented by the Mother, Maiden, and Crone. The triple spiral was full of feminine energy and power. It also symbolized transitions as well.

The Three Rays Celtic Symbol

The three rays also play along well with the rule of significance in threes. This symbol represents balance more than anything else. The first ray is a symbol for the male, the last ray for the female, and the middle ray is like a middle zone or balance of the two. This is also a symbol for male and female energies as well.

Triskelion Symbol

Lastly, the Triskelion is probably a symbol that you have never heard of. It is like a triple spiral, but instead of spirals it has jagged lines as its three. It can roughly translate to “three-lagged” because some people think that it looks like three legs trying to run together. This symbol is said to represent challenges, but also progress. Competition is also a big theme with the Triskelion.

These are just a few of the popular Celtic signs that had symbolic meanings applied to them. There are many more Celtic symbols with meanings to decode. If you want to learn more about Celtic symbolism, other culture’s meanings for their symbols, or symbolism in general, then you can read more articles like this one here on SunSigns.Org!

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