Tattoos and jewelry feature Celtic love knots. The designs usually stand out due to the continuous and intertwined patterns. But did you know that aside from the appearance, each design has a significant meaning?
Celtic Love Knots
Celtic knot work originated in the third or fourth century in the artwork of the Roman empire. After 450 A.D. the Celtic form of art was used by early Christians to decorate their manuscripts adding depictions from life such as animals and plants.
However, it is believed that Celts were forbidden from using animals, plants, or human forms in their artwork and therefore, the complicated and intricate Irish Celtic symbols consisting only of geometric designs were created. Celtic knot work has also been compared to plaits or braids which are designs made from interwoven cords.
The actual meaning of Celtic symbol knot is debatable. The reason for this is that today most people have adapted these knots to represent their version of Celtic style love knot. These knots that are popularly known as the eternity knot represents the union of two souls by interweaving two individual strands. They are commonly used in Celtic wedding rings which portray two unbroken loops that intertwine and are inseparable from each other.
They also symbolize the never-ending cycle of life with their intricate and interwoven patterns that have no end or beginning. The crossings in a love knot often depict the spiritual meaning of life. Despite the traditional belief that animals should not be used in any Celtic knot, many times Celtic style love knots have animals interlacing the knots. The following are the different types of Celtic style love knots and their meanings.
Triple Drop Love Knot
The triple drop Celtic style love knot is made, as the name suggests, using three strands, each of which is an embodiment of the three most powerful forces of nature – earth, water, and fire. The continuous line represents unity, strength, spirit, and being.
Celtic Oval Love Knot
Also known as the spiral love knot, this is one of the most simple Celtic endless love knot designs that represents the eternity of life. This is also one of the oldest Celtic style love knot designs that can be traced back to 2500 B.C. and was common among the early generations of Europeans, Welsh, and also the Celts.