Celtic Wedding Ring Tattoos – A Very Old Idea Popular With Modern Couples

The ancient Celts were essentially a tribe. And like other tribal peoples around the world, they have a long tradition of adorning themselves with tattoos. At marriage ceremonies in the old world, Celtic couple generally showed matching tattoos rather than exchanging rings. These days, modern brides and grooms with a taste for Celtic style have picked up on this tradition by getting wedding tattoos in addition to, or in some cases instead of, wedding rings. Tattoos, obviously, have a sense of permanence that’s often seen to reflect a deep commitment. The most popular types are ring tattoos that simply take the place of a ring on the finger. If you’re considering this approach, remember that some of the Celtic designs used carry particular meanings: Spirals: Evolution and continued growth. Circular: Completeness or...

What Do Celtic Knots Symbolize?

Celtic knot designs are thousands of years old, but they have a beauty and a mystery that clearly appeals to us in the modern world. The mystery may owe to the fact that, while people have always tended to attach symbolic meanings to the knots, there’s almost no hard evidence about what their original designers wanted them to stand for. The Celts who dominated pre-Christian Ireland worked hard to create a variety of knot designs, but they didn’t put much effort into writing down explanations of what stood behind each design. The picture gets even more complicated when you realize that Celtic culture and symbols came not only from Ireland, but also from a mix of other Celtic “nations” like Brittany and Galicia, where they may have symbolized all sorts of different things. Some believe that the knots were actually brought into Ireland by...