Put it down to the graceful, timeless beauty of these designs which seem to lend themselves particularly well to tattoo art. The Celts were an Indo-European group of people who’s history goes back to the second century BC. They lived in tribes and roamed the territory of Western Europe. Here’s an overview of the various Celtic tattoo designs and their meaning. Some of these designs are very old, dating back several thousand years. Christian cross, but with a circle around the intersection. The legend goes that the Celtic cross was “designed” by Saint Patrick who was trying to convert the pagan Irish people. The Celtic cross is a combination of the Christian cross and the sun, which was worshipped by the druids. The Celtic cross is also used by neo-fascist movements, albeit in a very simple design and without ornamentations. For Catholic people the circle is a symbol of eternity, for them the Celtic cross symbolizes the infinity of God’s love.
In the ancient world of the druids, the Celtic cross was a phallic symbol. For neo-pagans the Celtic cross is the symbol for the sun. The butterfly is a symbol for rebirth and transformation. Just like a beautiful butterfly comes out of his cocoon, the person who wears a butterfly tattoo has gone through some difficult times and is ready to face the world again. In some cultures the butterfly is the personification of someone’s soul. The Celtic butterfly tattoo is often quite small and feminine looking, making it appropriate for the ankle or shoulder. The butterfly is also often seen as a lower back tattoo, adorned with Celtic swirls. The symbolic meaning of Celtic knots is not really clear, although some people attribute magical powers to the knots.
One type of Celtic knot is the Celtic love knot, symbolizing the constancy of two people in love. For me, Celtic knot tattoos symbolize eternity because the lines of the knotwork form an endless loop, without a beginning or an end. The Celtic trinity knot is a very simple, but powerful symbol and very suitable for a tattoo. The shamrock is the symbol for the Holy Trinity in the Irish Catholic church. They are also known as love knot tattoos. Celtic Tree Of Life Tattoo A Celtic tree of life tattoo is usually one of the bigger Celtic tattoo designs. The tree of life in the Garden of Eden. Dogs: a Celtic dog tattoo symbolizes loyalty and good luck. Eagle: eagles were linked to death in Celtic mythology.
Horses: the horse was a sacred animal for the Celts. A horse tattoo is linked to mystery and magic. Ravens and other birds: are associated with death in Celtic mythology. Bear and bear claw: a Celtic bear tattoo is a symbol of power. Dragon: the Celtic dragon is associated with power and magic. Robbie Williams: celebrity with a Celtic cross tattoo on his right hip. Melanie C: Spice Girl with a Celtic band tattoo. Jessica Lang: she has a Celtic knot tattoo on her left wrist.
Eva Longoria: actress with a Celtic cross tattoo on her lower back. Maxwell: has a large Celtic tattoo on his right shoulder. Dave Cahan: singer from Depeche Mode, has got a green Celtic cross tattoo on his left upper arm. This website helps you to find inspiration for your next design. It also helps you research the tattoo designs you might have in mind. We have a look at all major aspects of tattoo art, and lots of tattoo pictures can be found here. Read articles about your particular tattoo idea thoroughly, so you can be sure that the design you are getting doesn’t have a meaning you are not comfortable with.
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