Question by Kaitlyn G: What are the Celtic symbols for love and strength?
I’ve been trying to find some pictures of these particular symbols, but no matter what symbol I search for I always seem to get the exact same pictures of Celtic knots. I can’t tell if any of the symbols in my search results are actually what I’m looking for.
Answer by HappilyPagan
Celtic Strength Symbols
The Griffin symbolizes the strength and fierce mythical creature which is believed to have the upper body (head, wings and talons) like an eagle, and the lower body and tail like a lion. These creatures did not only look fierce but were also known to be impossible to defeat due to the characteristics that they possessed, sharp like an eagle and strength of a lion.
The Celtics had a horse-goddess named Epona who was associated with a victorious overcome against enemies. The Celtics painted themselves with horse designs symbolizing a closer step to a victorious win in the battle war.
A stag is the most famous symbol of Celtic warrior. It is associated with the ancient horned god named Cernunnos, this Celtic symbol for strength was painted on the warrior bodies when they headed for fierce activities like hunting and battle. This symbolized the presence of the heroic spirits and the protection of the ancient god, Cernunnos.
The ancient Celtics always indulged in wars and battles to accumulate more land and assets from their enemies. The wars those days continued for days and weeks altogether. To sustain the physical and mental pressure, the Celtic warriors required a lot of strength both physically and mentally. The bull signifies the exact same thing. Along with this, the bull also signified manliness and sexual endurance along with abundance in wealth.
The symbol of dragon was used to enter fear in the minds of the enemy! The dragon is one of the most strong as well as fierce creatures, not only in the Celtic art and culture but also in Chinese culture. The dragon represents the creation and the ruler. The amazing fierce characteristics of a fire breathing creature makes it one of the most powerful symbol of defeating enemies.
As mentioned earlier in the article, the Celtic symbols for strength were chosen by the ancient Celts by observing the power and energy from mother nature and it’s creatures. The Celts knew that the boar is one of the most courageous and difficult animal to hunt on. Because of these characteristics, the boar was one of the most famous symbol for strength, courage and valor. Celtic warriors when used this symbol on them, believed that the spirit of the boar has entered the Celtic warrior which will help them win the war and defeat the enemy.
Eagle and Raven
These Celtic symbols for strength was a symbol of connection between the Celtic warriors and the Celtic gods and goddesses. Eagles and ravens depicted freedom and going beyond the limits of material experience. They believed to be the mediators and bring messages from the god’s residing in heaven. The Celtic warriors believed that these designs helped them by giving them direct connection with heavenly spirits.
Celtic Wolf Claw
The Celtic wolf claw is again a symbol of strength and fierce nature. Similarly the claws of powerful and beastly animals like the lion, tiger, wolf etc are famous Celtic symbols for strength and courage.
The Celtic Arrow
This symbolized that the Celtic warriors were the “brothers of the arrow.” As mentioned earlier, it was an honor for the Celts to be a part of fierce battle and risk their lives for defeating the enemy. The Celtic arrows symbolized the power of the sun and the virility of the warriors. Therefore, the design was like a sun pierced with an arrow.
The Celts were warriors, therefore shields were a natural symbol for their battle fights, protecting them against the enemy attack. Shields too are a very well known symbol for strength. This is one of the Celtic symbols for power signifying bravery and protection.
Ancient Celtic Ogham Symbols
Nature was an immense source of inspiration and strength for the Celts. The Ogham symbols are a group of 20 symbols which represent the sacred trees wherein every tree has a special characteristics and attribute. Among the 20 symbols, the Ogham symbolic letter D or Duir was a symbol of the Alder tree which was a significant symbol of endurance and strength for the Celtic warriors. Even the letter F for Fern was a symbol of the great and mighty oak tree which again symbolizes strength and stability. In fact, the oak tree was believed to be a great source and reservoir containing unlimited cosmic energy which the warrior could use and fully release in the battle field resulting in sure victory.
Celtic Love Symbols and Meanings
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