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Celtic Knots


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ive posted this here because i wasnt sure where to put it,its probably another daft question anyway but here goes

i have made a mosaic several years ago for my garden wall its a Celtic knot,i decided to do it because i liked the design not for any other reason,any way i would like to know what the purpose of the celtic knot is and also do different ones mean different things,if so im wondering what i have randomly put on my wall :blink:

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They were placed by babies cribs to prevent them being taken by the fairies and replaced with a changeling. The thinking was that when the fairy saw the knot, they would try to find the ends and be stuck there all confused rather than get the baby. No fairy I've met would get caught by soemthing that stupid, or if they did, they'd be too ashamed to show their face again.

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It actually depends on the knot.

 

Most mean nothing other than decoration. Even the animals that are worked into make examples of the knots are just illustration.

 

However there are a couple that spring to mind that people have ascribed meaning to. It has to be said, they are mostly guess work. No-one really knows.

 

There is the Triskele. A tripple spiral and one of the most well know but simple knots. There are a lot of different guesses to its meaning. Life, death and rebirth, or sun, afterlife and rebirth. or the sun compeleting one spiral every three months giving the three spirals 9 months.. perhaps suggesting fertility or birth, or there is the celtic trio of earth, water and sky... or the fact thats its drawn as one continuous line coud suggest reincarnation... There is one on the newgrange tomb so you can take your assumptions from that...

 

There is also the labrynth and or the tree of life.. some see disagree they are the same thing, some dont.. *shrugs*

 

Most knots dont mean anything except what you imbue in them when you make them...

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There is the Triskele.  There is one on the newgrange tomb so you can take your assumptions from that...

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I've stood in the 'shaman's niche' in Newgrange and put my hand where the hand imprint is, and been somewhere else while the guide is droning on. Ignoring the disneyesque appearence of the reconstruction, once you get inside, the place is... the place is... Nah. I can't explain. You have to feel it. Ignore the people around you and feel it. What I felt, what was explained about the symbols, is just another load of UPG. :huh:

 

In Breizh, the triskelion serves a double purpose. It's the symbol of the self government movement (Brittany is a Celtic country, unlike the rest of France), but it's also a symbol for the pagans there. Like here. But you have to bear in mind that many of the symbols on neolithic tombs in Ireland are only reproduced in neolithic remains in Breizh.

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Although I'm a mostly Scandinavian based Heathen, I do own and wear a triskele because it makes a lot of sense to me. Three and nine are my numbers and I like it if things are in threes or nines. If I have things to balance, I am more successful at doing it with three things rather than just two. When I got my star tattoos, there had to be three of them. However for me the triskele isn't just about the balance, it's about development - especially when the arms go out kind of spinning off as opposed to spiralling inwards. It's about balance and growing in balance. It is a very powerful meditative symbol for me.

 

In fact the next tattoo I am planning is a Raven triskele design that will be based off a 7th century find from here in Frankonia.

 

Very very apt - I love it when things tie together like that :huh:

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thanks for the info everyone,some interesting ideas there,Talking of the Trisklele i am planning to incorporate one into my garden at some point probably as another mosiac,i want to create a space where i can sit in peace and quiet outside to meditate and i am thinking of a circular area with the design in the middle, it is a symbol that resonates with me <_<

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It actually depends on the knot.

 

Most mean nothing other than decoration. Even the animals that are worked into make examples of the knots are just illustration.

 

However there are a couple that spring to mind that people have ascribed meaning to. It has to be said, they are mostly guess work. No-one really knows.

 

There is the Triskele. A tripple spiral and one of the most well know but simple knots. There are a lot of different guesses to its meaning. Life, death and rebirth, or sun, afterlife and rebirth. or the sun compeleting one spiral every three months giving the three spirals 9 months.. perhaps suggesting fertility or birth, or there is the celtic trio of earth, water and sky... or the fact thats its drawn as one continuous line coud suggest reincarnation... There is one on the newgrange tomb so you can take your assumptions from that...

 

There is also the labrynth and or the tree of life.. some see disagree they are the same thing, some dont.. *shrugs*

 

Most knots dont mean anything except what you imbue in them when you make them...

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i was told the meaning was earth water and sky which i liked,but life death and rebirth seems to make sense

the Tree Of Life is another symbol i have looked into doing as mosaic to symbolise the connection between worlds

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Ehem...... *COUGH*

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nice tattoo,if i was brave enough i would love one ,but there is no way... <_< ...plus my mum would tell me off :angry:

yep im still scared of my mum even though im 45 :lol:

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My mum loves it and offered to donate towards my next one! My dad.....well, suffice to say he hasn't seen it yet and I will probably have to wear long sleeves when I see him for the rest of my natural!!

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My mum loves it and offered to donate towards my next one! My dad.....well, suffice to say he hasn't seen it yet and I will probably have to wear long sleeves when I see him for the rest of my natural!!

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My mum would probably give my arm a spit-wash to get it off <_<

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Although I'm a mostly Scandinavian based Heathen, I do own and wear a triskele because it makes a lot of sense to me. Three and nine are my numbers and I like it if things are in threes or nines. If I have things to balance, I am more successful at doing it with three things rather than just two. When I got my star tattoos, there had to be three of them. However for me the triskele isn't just about the balance, it's about development - especially when the arms go out kind of spinning off as opposed to spiralling inwards. It's about balance and growing in balance. It is a very powerful meditative symbol for me.

 

In fact the next tattoo I am planning is a Raven triskele design that will be based off a 7th century find from here in Frankonia.

 

Very very apt - I love it when things tie together like that :D

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How odd. :blink:

 

3 and 9 are important numbers to me too. I have one piece of jewlery. A triskele pendant on a leather bracelet. Its the only item I have. It was bought by my OH who... at the time had no idea that, like you, I work in 3's or nines, and had no idea that the triskele represented those numbers in any way. The number 39 is a HUGE part of his life (now is not the place to go into it) but it does seem to tie us together.

 

Vix... I LOVE that tattoo. I want it myself!

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My mum loves it and offered to donate towards my next one! My dad.....well, suffice to say he hasn't seen it yet and I will probably have to wear long sleeves when I see him for the rest of my natural!!

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My mum would probably give my arm a spit-wash to get it off :blink:

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:D mine too

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Wow! cool tat. Want to get one myself, have done for ages but couldn't think of anything. But having seen that one, think my search may be over.....now, if only I can pluck up the courage and decide where I want it.............

 

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I made a celtic knot using a pattern from a book, but I carved it out of wood and spent hours sanding and oiling it, just to give it to a friend for her handfasting two years ago. The pattern wasn't named in any way, but it was labelled as the endless knot of love. Apparently, you are supposed to hang it above the marriage bed to promote fertility. Plus it gives the bride something to look at while she's waiting for something interesting to happen!! :(

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How odd.  :lol:

 

3 and 9 are important numbers to me too. I have one piece of jewlery. A triskele pendant on a leather bracelet. Its the only item I have. It was bought by my OH who... at the time had no idea that, like you, I work in 3's or nines, and had no idea that the triskele represented those numbers in any way. The number 39 is a HUGE part of his life (now is not the place to go into it) but it does seem to tie us together.

 

Vix... I LOVE that tattoo. I want it myself!

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Why didn't I see this sooner?! I am terrible with keeping up with things.

 

Wow, you work in 3s or nines too?! That's cool.

 

Like I said though, the stuff about the Triskele is just what I have found through my own experiences. It's UPG so don't take it as being any kind of historical fact. I have so many stories of things revolving round 3 or nine.

 

Like the raven in that dream I once had said 'Om ni parentes' (In nine stages/parts)....

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