The image of the heart is probably the oldest symbol for Love. But is more than that. We talk as if our heart is the deepest part of us, our very essence – maybe our soul. We say things like “in my heart of hearts” meaning in the deepest part of our being, where our true feelings lie, where our truth is. That is why when we give our heart to another or to a belief we are really giving ourselves. A Celtic Heart tattoo expresses this in a unique way.
Celtic knotwork can mean a number of things but mostly it means a never-ending cycle of rebirth and renewal. It means eternity. The design has no beginning and no end. When this is entwined with a heart it can mean eternal love and a union of souls. When two hearts are interwoven, they are joined forever. That is why they are also called love knots.
The knotwork design makes the difference between the Celtic Heart tattoo images and other heart tattoo images. Within that intricate lacework can be an image of a heart saddened by loss or a heart suffering or a heart filled with faith. The endless lines connect to another person and another people – to an ancient culture that places as much importance on the spiritual as it does on the material.
Celtic Spiral Design
The spiral is an ancient symbol that was used by a number of cultures other than the Celts but it has become one of their hallmarks. In Celtic culture, the spiral can signify the sun or the heavens or the earth, depending on which way it turns. However, when a heart is drawn within a spiral it means eternal love. It is another expression of love in an artistic and unique way.
Heart of Claddagh
The image of the Claddagh is a heart with a crown on it while two hands hold the heart. It is famous as a wedding or friendship ring. It makes a beautiful tattoo with rich meaning: the heart stands for love; the hands stand for friendship; the crown stands for loyalty. This can be worn to signify any one of those things or to signify all of them.
The Celts have always been a spiritual people. Their knotwork reflects this in its symbolism. The knotwork in the Celtic Heart tattoo connects us spiritually to the universe, to eternity or to another – or to all three. At the center of this image is the heart, the deepest part of us, binding us to the people we love and, in the end, binding us to one another.
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Source by William Burnell