Celtic Knot Symbols: One of the Most Familiar and Beautiful of all Irish Expressions!

You have probably seen Celtic knot symbols on more occasions than you know!

This intricate design, rich with meaning, can be found in all sorts of Irish art, jewelry, home decor and other Irish expressions.

Celtic Knots - Trinity Knot Pendant.

In this section we will share a little bit about where the symbol of the Knot came from, and what we believe it "means."

And we'll suggest a variety of ways to express your Irish side through the beautiful and mysterious Celtic knot!

To get us started, let's have a look at this amazing video on how to actually DRAW a Celtic knot!  What an interesting and creative way to express your Irish side!

The Meaning of Celtic Knot Symbols

The Celtic knot can be found in all corners of the globe, in jewelry, in wall art, in movies, on signposts. 

It has even influenced 'practical' arts such as rope and basket weaving.

The image itself is ancient, having been found on artifacts that are many centuries old. The actual meaning of the symbol, however, is far from set in stone (so to speak!)

Fortunately, we do have some educated guesses.

Evidence suggests that this design, with no apparent beginning or end, represents eternal patterns such as the cycle of birth, life, and death.

Many of our ancestors believed that items decorated with Celtic knots (jewelry, for example) were capable of preventing illness or bringing a long and happy life. 

Items bearing this symbol were (and still are) often given as gifts, and intended to bring good fortune to the owner.

This may explain why these symbols are found so often in rings, pendants, brooches and other Irish jewelry even today.

Celtic Knot Symbols - Celtic Knot Wedding Bands

The Trinity Knot

One very popular version of the Celtic knot symbol is the Trinity knot.

As with most knot designs, this three-cornered design has multiple possible meanings. 

One of the most common interpretations says that it symbolizes the Christian Trinity - the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.

A second interpretation holds that it represents the three ancient feminine powers - the Mother, the Crone and the Maiden.

Still another interpretation of the Trinity knot is that it represents the metaphysical “trinity” of mind, body and soul (or spirit).

As with any ancient symbol, the intentions of the original designers are lost in time. 

But that is part of the beauty of ancient symbols!  The fact that they have many possible interpretations gives them much of their lasting mystery and appeal.

Celtic Knot Symbols - Trinity Pendant

Celtic Knots Today

The Celtic knot symbol continues to have widespread appeal, across many different countries and cultures.

While it is impossible to know exactly who created the symbol, and what their intentions were, we can make educated guesses based on how it has been used.

And one thing is perfectly clear - the Celtic knot symbol 'shows up' in many aspects of Irish culture and traditions. 

So there are many ways to use it, to express your Irish side, wherever in the world you happen to be!

Celtic Knot Symbols - Celtic Knot Designs

Very Interesting!  What's Next?

Glad you asked!

To get even more information and examples of the Celtic knot and other Irish symbols, you can visit our Irish symbols section here!

Or, you could visit creative Irish gifts, and look for specific ways to bring the Celtic knot symbol into your day to day life.

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