The Celtic Lady's Look at Symbols & their Meaning

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Basic Designs

Triple Spiral
Originating as a symbol of the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) in pre-Christian times, the triple centered spirals were also found in illuminated manuscripts. This design may represent the waxing, waning and full moon.
The Celtic cross or ring cross. Bridging the earthly and spiritual worlds is represented by the vertical axis (spiritual world) and horizontal axis (earthly world). The Circle defines God's love as unending, with no beginning or ending.
The Triskelion
Triskelion is Greek for three-leg. In ancient Greece, this sign was associated with progress and competition. It is found on the coat of arms of the Isle of Man.
The double spiral can represent the equinoxes, when day and night are of equal length. Also it is a sign of balance.
The clockwise spiral often represents the sun. Also the idea of growth, expansion, and cosmic energy, depending on the culture in which it is used.
Called the Druidic Threefold Sister Goddess: Fotla/Eiru/Banba. In Wicca it symbolizes the Threefold Mother Goddess: Maiden/Mother/Crone.
Called a Triquetra, Latin for three-cornered. In ancient and modern times the number 3 is seen an extremely powerful number.
Later the triquetra was adopted as a sign for the Holy Trinity in Christian symbolism.
The Awen Symbol, also called The Three Rays
First ray on the right symbolizes the male forces in the material world, known as "E" The left ray symbolizes the female forces in the material world, known as "O". The center ray, called "Ah", stands for the balance nature enforces on these two often opposing elements.

The Circle is a fairly universal symbol among world religions, though meaning may be different.
It is a natural shape to represent the sun, the moon, many fruits, the bird's nest, the door through which we all were born, and the human eye.
Since it has no beginning or end, it easily represents God's love;the Alpha and Omega; birth, death and rebirth.

The Wheel of Being, the Fivefold Pattern.
Four directions are united by a fifth. It is thought that Ireland is divided similarly into Leinster, Munster, Connaught, Ulster and Meath.
In the Druidic universe, the Four Powers or Elements are united by the fifth Balance.

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