Celtic Tattoo Meanings
This is a overview of the Celts and their spiritual beliefs. Most people think of Ireland when they hear the word “Celtic”. However, the Celts were groups of tribal people who inhabited not only Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England but also Europe and Asia Minor. They had complex and varied groups of societies and religious customs which varied widely from group to group.
Because the ancient Celts did not leave many written records, much of our knowledge comes from second hand sources. These include the writings of Greek and Roman observers and Christian sources. These sources brought their own understandings, beliefs, prejudices and explanations to the information they provided. Seen as “barbarians” by many of these of observers, the Celts were fierce warriors. They were known as “quarrelsome”, “high-spirited” “proud” and “insolent” by some of their observers. This they may have been, but they were also highly skilled artisans, miners, builders, farmers and merchants.
Triskelion Symbol meaning:
A Greek term meaning “three-legged,” and thus this sign looks very much like three legs running. The Celtic symbol meaning here is appropriate because this symbol stands for competition and man’s progress.
Triquetra Symbol meaning:
Latin meaning “three-cornered.” It’s a holy symbol, and it’s meanings are many. It varies in its aspects of spirit, nature, being-ness, and of the cosmos.
Triple Spiral meaning:
Represents the drawing of the three powers of maiden, mother and crone. It is a sign of female power and especially power through transition and growth.
The triple spiral or triskele is a Celtic and pre-Celtic symbol found on a number of Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, most notably inside the Newgrange passage tomb, on the entrance stone, and on some of the curbstones surrounding the mound.
Believed by many to be an ancient symbol of pre-Celtic and Celtic beliefs, the triple spiral appears in various forms in pre-Celtic and Celtic art, with the earliest examples having been carved on pre-Celtic stone monuments, and later examples found in the Celtic Christian illuminated manuscripts of Insular art. The triple spiral was possibly the precursor to the later triskele design found in the manuscripts.
What the symbol meant to the pagans who built Newgrange and other monuments is unknown. In more recent history, Celtic Christians have sometimes used it to represent the Christian Trinity. Neopagan religions such as Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism and Wicca use the symbol to represent a variety of triplicities from their belief systems.