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  • Celtic Stone Cross Celtic Stone Cross Colored Celtic Cross tattoo.
  • Celtic Earth Air Water Fire Celtic Earth Air Water Fire Colored Celtic Elements tattoo.
  • Celtic Marine Celtic Marine Slightly Colored Celtic Cross Marine Corp tattoo.
  • Celtic Psalms Celtic Psalms Black and Grey Celtic Cross tattoo.
  • To Serve and Protect To Serve and Protect Slightly Colored Celtic Sword Police Officer tattoo.
  • To Serve and Protect II To Serve and Protect II Detail of the handle.
  • Celtic Gowin Celtic Gowin Black and Grey Celtic Claddagh with family name and daughter.
  • The Claddagh The Claddagh Black and Grey Celtic Claddagh tattoo.
  • Let Loose the Dogs of War Let Loose the Dogs of War Colored Celtic Marine Corp tattoo.
  • Colored Claddagh Colored Claddagh Colored Celtic Claddagh tattoo.
  • Celtic Knot Celtic Knot Simple Celtic Knot tattoo.
  • Celtic Thistle Celtic Thistle Colored Celtic Thistle tattoo.
  • Celtic Tree of Life Celtic Tree of Life Knotwork tattoo with lettering.
  • Celtic Moondog Celtic Moondog Knotwork dog paw and moon tattoo.
  • Love Knot Love Knot Celtic heart triquetra tattoo.

Celtic tattoos by Ray Reasoner Jr.

Celtic: A term used to describe highly intricate knotted designs that hail from the european midlands of old. This term was used to label the Scots, the Irish, British, and sometimes the Welsh though there is no actual record of these ppl ever really calling themselves celts. Their history goes back much further than those times. They are from a civilization that developed through many metal ages and evolved from rough, barely skilled carvers and pounders of metal into fine, highly spiritual artisans.

Some common topics are:
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Cauldron-Symbolizes creation and sometimes associated with the womb. It is also associated with knowledge, wisdom, spiritual rebirth, a raising of status, and inspiration.

Comb-associated with soul enchantment since it restrains the hair where the soul is thought to reside.

Cross-The Celtic Cross was once thought of as a soul stone for ancestors. I would assume that this evolved after the time of the guiding spirit theology. In time they grew to be land markers, directional guides (similar to the maltese cross) and eventually fell in with Christianity.

Knotwork-knotworkis involved in most of the popular Celtic designs. Intertwining lengths of rope or twine that are meant to give the viewer something to concentrate on for a variety of different purposes. By the time that the knot is clear to the viewer, or symbolically unraveled, the topic of contemplation should become easier to deal with. Knotwork is also said to represent a person's soul, never ending. Many of the later artisans seemed to lose this when they began to fear the Christian god and began to make intentional mistakes as to make themselves imperfect since only God was perfect. Knotwork was also used to form talismans for various purposes such as wealth, protection, good health, etc.

Labyrinths/Key patterns-Like the Labyrinths of old these are a place for contemplation as well. A symbolic search for something. Even in Greek mythology a labyrinth is used similarly.

Moon-woman

Spirals-As with the other patterns the spiral was used for deep thinking as well. In this case it also relates to the cosmos and the flow of life. It was not uncommon to find a spiral either painted or crafted on the floor of an old monastery or place of learning.

Tree-The tree was once thought to be the home of ancestors gone by. Battles would ensue if someone would attempt to damage a family tree. They were also considered bringers of life and if the tree bore different fruits it was revered highly. Trees oddly enough were also used to pass messages through carvings in later years. The alphabet used was called Ogham.

Triquetra- This symbol dates back before Christianity entered Ireland but it is often associated with the trinity. The main difference that I have found in my studies was that the triquetra without the circle in it represented air, fire, and water before the church. The later forms with the circle were the trinity. More modern uses associate it with anything three fold i.e. "maiden, mother, crone". There are actual knots and other symbols to represent many of these things but it is just easier for most to change a symbol to their liking rather than stick to it's original meaning. I just love how symbols morph over time, errr, not so much.


Zoomorphic Totems/-Much like many other ancient civilizations the "Celts" associated animals with different traits. In their case though they also believed that they could transform into many of these animals by shape-shifting. Animals were considered teachers and the consumption of them increased the speed of
knowledge gained. The exact meanings of many of these are vague and incomplete, such is life when dealing with ancient civilizations that were essentially forced to combine with others to survive.
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Badger-lack of fear, or caring

Blackbird-Patience

Boar- masculine power

Cat-Womanhood

Deer-totem for otherworldliness and the ability to become invisible.

Dog-Manhood

Dogs of war- A group of dogs intertwined.

Doves-blessed souls.

Falcon-viciousness in hunting.

Geese-guardian or a watchdog of sorts.

Hare (rabbit)-raises the sun at Spring Equinox

Hawk-patience

Hounds-swift hunters

Mouse-hiding

Otter-speed

Pigs-associated with lower,earlier races than the "Celts". Pig herding was considered to be the work of a moron. Pigs were also associated with the underworld and the destruction of crops or land.

Raven-Lost souls.

Salmon-knowledge

Seal-healing

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