Each of these Pewter Celtic Chokers comes on a black adjustable full length cord and with a card explaining the particular meaning of the symbol. Hard to beat for a cheap and cheerful Irish gift!
The Shamrock is a three leaved clover that grows in Ireland. It is said that while Patrick was preaching an open-air sermon on the Holy Trinity, and an old Druid began to heckle him, ridiculing the idea that the three divine beings could somehow be one. Patrick plucked a shamrock and, holding it aloft, replied, "Just as the three leaves of the shamrock are separate yet part of the whole so it is with the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit." Today wearing the shamrock is an integral part of St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Perhaps the best-known of all Celtic motifs the spiral dates back to the 5000 year old tomb complex at Newgrange. Thought originally to have symbolised the Eternal Cycle of Life, Death and Rebirth, in later times it came to represent the Great Goddess and her threefold manifestation of virgin, mother and crone. It was a much-favoured ornamental device used in the Christian Golden Age and remains a unique symbol of our Celtic Heritage.
The most common of the multi-spirals is the triple spiral or Triskele, which for Christians represents the Holy Trinity, for the Celts the three stages of the feminine life cycle: maiden, mother and old wise woman. The Celtic Spiral is probably the oldest symbol of human spirituality and the most commonly recognized Celtic design motif. It has become a powerful symbol for creation and growth. It appears on a myriad of ancient artifacts, as well as on stone monuments such as Newgrange, in Ireland. It is uncertain what the religious significance was to the pagans of Newgrange. It may have been used simply for decoration, but it probably had some connection with the sun. It was a much favoured ornamental device used in the Christian Golden Age and remains a unique symbol of our Celtic heritage, with many modern interpretations.
The Trinity Knot (Triquetra) is the simplest of Celtic Knots symbolizing a triune God. For the Celts everything came in threes, maid, mother, crone & the three elements: earth, fire and water. Christianity embraced this knot to symbolize the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in many of the early Christian illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. The use of the Trinity Knot in jewellery design is associated with eternity and eternal love.
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