Animal Symbols

Celtic-boar

Celtic Wild Boar

In Celtic mythology the wild boar was sacred to the goddess Arduinna (of the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg); in some Celtic myths it had the role of leading its hunters to the Otherworld. Considered the fiercest and most dangerous of the hunters’ prey, the wild boar symbolised fearlessness and strength. In the hunt the […]

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Celtic Horse Symbol

The Celtic horse symbol was associated with victory in war. The Celtic horse-goddess Epona (from epos, the Gaulish word for ‘horse’), or the ‘Great Mare’, was worshipped by the Gauls and was so popular that the Romans adopted her cult and built a temple to her. The horse goddess Epona was believed to accompany the […]

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Celtic Fish Symbol

In Celtic mythology the Salmon of Wisdom were the keepers of all knowledge, which they gained by eating the nuts of the sacred hazel trees. Salmon and trout were often linked to sacred wells and springs, which were places of physical healing and Celtic symbols of spiritual rebirth.

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Magical Creatures

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Celtic Halloween Symbols

Today Celtic Halloween symbols have been eclipsed by the pure fun of Halloween, which is generally recognised as a festive date that marks the coming of the colder months and is, no more and no less, a great occasion for children and adults alike to have a good time. Ask any child what Halloween means […]

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Melusine, the Celtic Mermaid

Melusine, the Celtic mermaid or serpent-woman,  was one of the daughters of Pressyne, another water-nymph, and Elynas, the king of Albany (Scotland). When Elynas came upon Pressyne in a forest by a sacred well one day he fell immediately in love with her. The fairy agreed to become his wife on condition that he promised […]

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Sheela-Na-Gig – Celtic Symbol of the Feminine

Sheela na Gig is the name given to a squat, ugly female figure found carved in Celtic stonework, and is most well-known for the fact that she is depicted with exposed and/or grotesquely large genitals, which are often held open with her hands. Throughout the ages Sheela-na-gigs have been a common figure in the stone […]

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Other Celtic Symbols

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The Spiral Symbol

One of the most important symbols used by the ancient Celtic peoples, the spiral is actually a universal symbol shared by many other primitive cultures worldwide. Both in Ireland and in China, for example, it was used as a symbol of the sun. The ancient Egyptians depicted their snake god Mehen (meaning ‘coil’) as a […]

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Danu, Mother of the Leprechauns

To call the great Celtic goddess Danu mother of the leprechauns might sound strange. The legendary ‘little people’ generally depicted as tiny old men in green coats, in fact, are a far cry from the mysterious early Celtic races with their formidable and often scary deities. Yet in Irish mythology the now world-famous leprechauns are […]

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The Celtic Symbol Of The Head

The Celtic symbol of the head was of central importance among the ancient Celtic tribes.  It was believed, in fact, to be the seat of the soul, the spirit and the power of the human being. Celtic art expert Paul Jacobsthal wrote that “Amongst the Celts the human head was venerated above all else, since […]

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