Celtic Knot Symbolism

 

The Celtic knot is the most identifiable type of Celtic art. One of the remarkable things about Celtic knotwork is the way in which its lines typically have neither a beginning nor an end.

Most modern Celtic artists say that the meaning of knotwork lies in the complex interlacing patterns. By combining the knots into long, continuous strands, the woven structure is formed from one or many individual loops.

These endless strands are like the ties that bond us all together. As each generation passes, the weave grows larger. And as the weave grows larger, it grows more complex and brings itself back in on itself, such that the next generation will continue on to bring forth the generation after that.

Celtic knots are not designed to be merely pleasing to the eyes. They are also symbols that can show us how we are all part of a neverending cycle of life, where we each add our particular strand in the fabric of time and space.

And just as the lines of Celtic knots are interwoven, so are we interwoven with all those around us. We continue on to eternity as others continue on to eternity, inexorably wrapped up with all those who join us in this life and the next. Though each loop is individual, each loop cannot be separated from the whole.

Many people also believed that the interlacing was a protection against evil. Just as we, joined together, can defeat evil, so were Celtic knots designed to defend against evil. The more interlacing, the more powerful the protection. There is, indeed, safety in numbers, even in this distinctly Irish form.

George Reilly became fascinated by the intricacies of Celtic knots during a visit to Ireland with his family which included a visit to see the ancient Book of Kells in Dublin which contains numerous Celtic knots. 

Reilly Law, PLC uses the Celtic knot to symbolize the connections within families that we address in your individualized peace of mind plans.

Adapted from http://www.fantasy-ireland.com/Celtic-knot.html