Embossing is to carve, mould, or stamp a design on a surface or object so that it stands out in relief. Embossed Designs have been around for centuries, particularly Celtic Symbols.

The Celtic world at its height covered much of western and central Europe. It also covered a large period of time, which no one can put an exact time on because of the large area it covered. It is possible it covered the time period from 500BC to 400AD. Many Celtic designs come from The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is one of the finest and most famous manuscripts known for its lavish and intricate ornamentation.

It is unclear exactly when or by whom Celtic and Wicca symbols were created and not all Celtic symbols have a particular meaning. Some of them have very detailed significance that can also be interpreted in many ways, depending on the area or time they originated.

The below meanings are our interpretation from research gathered off the web…

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells (Trinity College Dublin MS 58) is celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as “insular majuscule”.

The place of origin of the Book of Kells is generally attributed to the scriptorium of the monastery founded around 561 by St Colum Cille on Iona, an island off the west coast of Scotland. In 806, following a Viking raid on the island, which left 68 of the community dead, the Columban monks took refuge in a new monastery at Kells, County Meath. It must have been close to the year 800 that the Book of Kells was written, although there is no way of knowing if the book was produced wholly at Iona or at Kells, or partially at each location.

It has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. Since 1953 it has been bound in four volumes. Two volumes are on public view, one opened to display a major decorated page, and one to show two pages of script. The volumes are changed at regular intervals.

This above information was taken from Trinity College Library Dublin website. www.tcld.wordpress.com

Tree of Life

Spiritual energy-wisdom
Trees are an important part of Celtic history. Each and every family was associated with a particular tree, which was their talisman. The Tree of Life represents the soul of nature: the embodiment of both heaven and earth symbolised by reaching branches and roots.

The Sacred Tree

Represents True Self and Ego.

The roots, which lie in the underworld, represent your feet, their trunks that are in the earth (real) world represent your body and the branches that reach into the sky represent your arms. The two birds represent the universal and individualised selves: True Self and Ego.

The Goddess of the Well

The Goddess drawing her strength from the water that is sacred offers external life and rebirth symbolic of the interconnection between nature and mankind. She represents strength through enlightenment and is a good talisman for writers and artists

Mind, Body and Spirit

This is a strong sign as it represents the unity of the body with the mind and with its soul

Mother Earth

The symbol of Mother and Child is perhaps the most simple and also the most complicated. On a surface level it represents a protection and nurturing force but more deeply, on the evolutionary path of life – which, if cherished will offer great rewards.

Mirrored Sisters

The joining of hands and the flowing of hair represents a strong awareness of ones inner self.

Saint Mungo

Kentigern of Glasgow also known as Saint Mungo.

He is a patron saint of the city of Glasgow that he founded.
Mungo and his brothers gladly welcomed the sick into the community, nursing them back to health, and shared their simple food with hungry travellers. Saint Mungo’s monastery was founded where now Glasgow Cathedral stands. Founded by three brothers: the monk, the robin, and the hound. He is for travellers.

4 Elements of Life

Earth-Air-Water-Fire

North-South-East-West

Life-Light-Love-Justice

This is a strong symbol as it represents the 4 elements -Earth, Air, Water and fire. It also stands for the four directions of the compass, North, South, East and West. And the four mystic attributes Life, Light, Love and Justice. This symbol combines all of these qualities in perfect harmony and is therefore said to bring love and luck into the life of its wearer.

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Celtic Cross

The Cross is worn for guidance and protection.

The cross is a universal symbol from ancient times and represents the union of celestial and earthly forces.

The axis of the cross indicates the infinite spiritual expansion in all directions and the inner circle symbolizes the unity and consolidation of these powers into a central point, a source of potent spiritual energy.

Represents the bridge or the passage between heaven and earth. The circle in the ringed cross signifies infinity and eternal spiritual love.

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Celtic Sun

The sun is arguably the strongest universal protection symbol of humankind. It promotes vitality and confidence and offers its warmth, light and protection.

Celtic Yin Yang

The Celtic Yin Yang represents harmony and balance within one’s self

Triskele or Triple Spiral

The Triskele is a three-legged pattern, sacred to the Celts who used a triple cycle for the seasons, and for many magical patterns and ritual blessings.

EARTH-WATER-SKY

LIFE-DEATH-REBIRTH

PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

SPIRITUAL-PHYSICAL-CELESTIAL

CREATION-PROTECTION-DESTRUCTION

The 3 Stages of Life

This symbol bears similarity to the holy trinity with the ideal of three people existing within one evolving body. For women this is first maiden, then mother then wise crone. For men: youth, to warrior to councilor. This symbol is one of great strength and mystical power.

Celtic Shield Knot

The Shield Knot is an ancient Celtic symbol of protection. This knot was placed near ill people or on battle shields for warding off the evil spirits or any other danger. It can be made in several designs, but its uniqueness lies in its four distinct corners. A Shield Knot is usually shaped as a square or appears to be a square within a circle.

Celtic Hounds

This symbolizes longevity, protection and prosperity.

The dog symbolizes loyalty and the strong bond of companionship felt between human and animal. Considered to be good luck, the symbol of the dog was commonly found in Celtic art and decor.

The Celtic hound was a breed of dog in Gaelic Ireland described in Irish legend. They may have corresponded to Greyhound, Scottish Deerhound, Irish Wolfhound, or ancestors of all these breeds

Celtic Horses

The horse is associated with many Celtic deities as an emblem of power, sovereignty, abundance, and guidance. Epona and Macha are Celtic horse Goddesses who watch over the land, protecting its abundance and insuring a good harvest. As protectors of nature, they both grant sovereignty over the land and are the goddesses of the stable, protecting all who work with horse. As goddesses of maternity, prophecy, and prosperity, they guide and protect mortals on their journeys through life.

Celtic Serpents

Snakes are seen in Celtic symbolism as a multifaceted symbol that represents fertility, creation and healing.

Symbols of healing and wisdom, serpents live within the depths of the Earth Mother and have mastery of all her secret knowledge and vital forces. Both Brigantia and Sironi, Celtic goddesses of healing, use the serpents’ mystical powers to work their cures. Because of their wave-like movements, serpents are also associated with healing waters and sacred wells, sources of regenerative powers from within the earth, thus protectors of health and well-being.

This design is pictured with corner pieces.

Celtic Griffin

Griffins (part eagle and part lion) are the guardian and protectors of life and remain loyal to their protection in the afterlife.

They are a symbol of duality. The dual physical form presents a balance of both good and not so good qualities.

The griffin’s more likeable qualities include nobility, gentleness, and justice. Misused, or invoked for selfish reasons, the griffin brings about gluttony, vengeance, ferocity, and violence.

Celtic Birds

In the Celtic culture as well as others around the world, birds are universally recognised as a powerful symbol of beauty and freedom encouraging the spirit of the bird in all of us to experience freedom in thought and deed.

As symbols of freedom and transcendence, they represent the human soul in flight, liberated from earthly ties, able to soar in spiritual communication with the heavens. Returning to earth, they bring messages of prophecy and guidance, aiding mortals on their spiritual and earthly journeys. As spirits of the air, they provide a link between the soul and the spiritual forces of the heavens.

The Crane

The crane has a remarkable position in Celtic lore. The crane is believed to be the messenger of the gods and to have a high degree of wisdom. The crane represents higher states of consciousness. In addition, both the male and female crane incubates their eggs and protects their young. For this reason, they are also symbolic of parenthood. Cranes avoid direct confrontation whenever possible, and exhibit a complex array of threatening behaviors when necessary to prevent battles. Thus, they are symbolic of peacekeeping.

Celtic Eagles

Eagles as Celtic animal symbols cry out to us for social connections, and strengthening our community. This takes a highly developed spirit, and so the Eagle is also a Celtic symbol of maturity and growth. Eagles are also quite fearless, and so when this regal bird flies into your skies, it may be time to make a bold move.

Tree of Life

Spiritual energy-wisdom

Trees are an important part of Celtic history. Each and every family was associated with a particular tree, which was their talisman. The Tree of Life represents the soul of nature: the embodiment of both heaven and earth symbolised by reaching branches and roots.