Instantly recognisable and familiar, the Celtic Knot can also be called the mystic knot or endless knot due to it’s seemingly eternal weave, with no obvious beginning or end. This has forged a strong placeholder for it to have long been used as a gift to wish longevity, good health and good luck with new endeavours on others.
What Does it Mean?
Instantly recognisable and familiar, the Celtic Knot can also be called the mystic knot or endless knot due to it’s seemingly eternal weave, with no obvious beginning or end. This has forged a strong placeholder for it to have long been used as a gift to wish longevity, good health and good luck with new endeavours on others. Centuries ago it would have been embroidered on to clothes, which can be seen in modern Celtic inspired wedding wear; it would also have been used in pendants, earrings and brooches so that the wearer may carry this emblem of good luck at all times and this is a tradition to this day.
Where did it First Appear?
In old texts such as the Book of Kells, the Celtic Knot would have been used in conjunction with the Trinity Knot. The latter being used as a cornerstone and the former as an intricate border woven around and behind words and illustrations. In other artefacts from Ireland’s past we have seen it adorn jewellery, chalices and religious stone crosses such as the sandstone crosses at Ahenny, Co.Tipperary, and going even further still, there have been recorded uses of the Celtic Knot as far back as the 4th Century BC. Today, the Celtic Knot pattern still holds strong in society which only adds to it as a symbol of never-ending life. We often see it combined with the Claddagh Ring to embellish the band and link the hands holding the heart. Sometimes, it can be made of mixed materials, for example, interlocking gold and diamond weave. Sometimes as a wedding ring to grant a long and happy marriage.
What it means now.
With the migration of Irish people to America, this striking pattern has been brought across the Atlantic to be received and adored by a whole new wave of people. The descendants of these migrants tend to treasure their roots and equally treasure any ties back to Ireland, choosing to wear a Celtic Knot as a memory of the journey their ancestors undertook and as a connection to their homeland. Being instantly recognisable and of course, a treat for the eyes, it has sparked many conversations between its wearers and admirers, almost as a calling card for where they came from.