Celtic Symbol for Friendship

I often am asked for a quick/easy/single Celtic symbol for one concept.  For example, I am frequently asked for the Celtic symbol for Friendship.  As much as I wish I could spit out one ancient symbol for each human emotion like a gumball machine dispensing instant sugary highs – it just isn’t that easy (or simple). 

Here is one attempt to address my reader’s quest to obtain “the” Celtic symbol for friendship:

Dear BFF:

It’s difficult to gather accurate information on Celtic symbols and their meanings due to lack or circumspect sources.

However, there are a few Celtic Symbols for Friendship that you may want to consider researching to satisfy your own personal satisfaction.

Primarily…any Celtic knot is said to harbor the essence of friendship simply due to their implied symbolic meanings:  Unity, union, partnering, joining, eternity, connectedness, unbreakable, strength, and a host of like attributes.

According to George Bain, a 20th century Scottish Celtic art professor,  Celtic knots that have a closed path, (no end or beginning), are considered to be a symbol of eternity, eternal connectedness, or symbolic of the infinite.

Another option for a Celtic symbol of friendship would be the symbol of the Claddagh.

Claddagh (pronounced klä dä) is an ancient village just outside Galway City in Ireland.

The symbol gets its origin from Richard Joyce. Captured and taken from his homeland, Joyce was held as a slave in the West Indies. Eventually, he was sold to a Moorish goldsmith, where Joyce learned the art of jewelry making. Joyce eventually gained his freedom, and upon doing so, immediately went back to his homeland and settled down in the village of Claddagh.

Here he continued his goldsmith practice by making Celtic jewelry – specifically producing the Claddagh to celebrate his return home and to have a symbol for his love of kin and country. As seen today, the Claddagh has become quite popular as a sign of friendship and love.

A quick look at the symbols of the Claddagh:

  • The heart of the Claddagh is a symbol for love
  • The crown is symbolic of loyalty
  • The hands represent friendship

I always encourage people to meditate upon the symbols they are wanting clarification about.  Sit quietly in the presence of the Celtic Elders – ask them for knowledge you seek. 

Often I find that the best (and most personal) indentifiation of symbols are derived from our ancestors in spirit.

Crossing Paths With the Bear – A Quick Symbolic Meaning of Bear

The primary symbolic meaning of Bear is that of reflection and self-observation.

Hibernation is also a form of self-reflection. We all need to undergo times during our day and our lives to do as the Bear does.

When we cross paths with the Bear, we should envelope ourselves temporarily in solitude and silence with a goal for rebirth and self-understanding.

The Bear showing up in our lives is also a symbol for play, and that we need to relax and allow for some creativity into our lives.  The more we allow ourselves to loosen up and have fun, the more our lives begin to take on a more light and lively perspective.

The Bear is one among the animal representatives within the Native American zodiac, and stands for practicality, level-headedness and generosity.

Bears often come to us in dreams too.  As dream symbols, bears represent calm, stoic strength. Bears also indicate a time of introspection. If you are dreaming of a bear sleeping or hibernating, this is a message to do a little soul searching before you present an idea to the world. If a bear is chasing you, this means you are avoiding a big issue in your life, and it is time to deal with it. If the bear is standing up, this is a sign you need to defend your beliefs.

Other pages potentially appealing to your mental moseying:

Symbolic Meaning of Bear (full disclosure)

Native American Bear Meaning

Bear Tattoo Symbolism

Symbols for Infinity

Infinity is defined as a quantity that is larger than any quantity that can be assigned to it, and is the result of dividing any number by zero.

To the left here, is an image of the common mathematical symbol for infinity known as the lemniscate.

Other symbols that represent infinity can be found here:


Celtic cross (last symbol on page)

Native American Labyrinth (last symbol on page)

Alchemical Uroboros (last one on page)
http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-alchemy-symbols.html and

more information on the uroboros can be found here too.

“Why Do I Keep Seeing Three’s?” Answers on the Symbolic Meaning of Number Three

The following two questions were put to me about the  symbolic meaning of number three.  My responses follow.

Question #1) “Why would the number three be popping up in a persons’ life?”

In order to answer this question fully, you must closely consider what is going on right now in your life and apply it to the message of the Threes.
For example, if you are dealing with financial issues, Three’s are sending you a message to make a foundation for yourself financially.  Cushion yourself – consider a savings plan so that you can pool your finances in order to direct yourself to a financial goal.  Think triangle – with a sound financial base – you can aspire upward to the financial peak you wish to have.

If you are dealing with emotional issues, Threes could be sending you a message to deal with these issues in a creative manner.  Invoke play methods such as journalling, drawing, dancing, singing – any creative outlet in order for you to get some emotional clarity.

If you are dealing with relationship issues – most often there is a love triangle involved.  This does not necessarily mean an issue of infidelity – it could simply mean you (or a loved ones) attention is being drawn away from the object your affection.  We all have more than one lover – not all of them human.  For example, a love triangle can be caused by a spouse spending too much time at work – attentions are withdrawn and a rift is caused.

If you are dealing with making a difficult or heavy decision – Threes are beckoning you to consider the timeline in respect to your decision. Consider the past and present events that lead you to the point of this decision.  Then carefully consider the future and all its potentialities in relation to this decision.

Lastly, if you are having spiritual issues – Threes are a clear message to learn more of our spiritual guides.  We all have them, and (ironically) most of us usually have three of them.  Spirit guides are always with you – they are an aspect of you – your soul – an aspect of God – an aspect of All that Is.

Question #2) “Why would I be noticing 3s at all?”

This depends on your belief system.  Here are a two main points of view:

  •  Your unconscious is trying to send you a message – and your subconscious is reading it in the form of Three’s popping up – thus causing your conscious mind to question the prevalance of Three’s – which lead you to research the meaning of Three’s – which brings you back to the beginning.
  •  The God of your understanding (God, Buddha, Allah, or even Science depending on your belief system) is trying to send you a message.  Which also brings you back to the beginning (finding out the meaning of the message).

The bottom line to every message is this:  “Know Thyself”  I can tell you what years of study have brought to my understanding – but it’s just an opinion.  In then end – YOU are the expert.  YOU determine the meaning of events in your life.  I simply provide a backdrop on the many potential meanings a symbol or energy represents.

More on the meaning of three here.

Native American Symbols for Mother

I was recently asked for a Native American symbol for mother, to which I respond.

Dear Maternally Instinctive,

There are two Native American symbols for mother that come to mind. 

The first (shown left) is the Hopi Tapuat – the mother child symbol.  The lines represent stages of life, umbilical cord, and the path of moving – always within the watchfulness of the Mother.  The center symbolizes the amniotic sack – the center of life – the beginning.  This piece is also refered to as the Journey symbol.

The next symbol (shown left) is the Navajo nahas-tsan beh-assun – Mother Earth.  Traditionally painted in turquoise, and marks on her body symbolize corn, pumpkin, tobacco and beans – all life giving elements to the Navajo.  She is rarely seen without her counterpart – Father Earth (yash-diklith beh-hasteen).

I would encourage you to do further research on your own about the Native American culture and their perceptions of the mother concept.  These are only two symbols from two tribes…there are far more Native American symbols for mother than just these.

Further, take the time to meditate upon these concepts for yourself.  You’ll be amazed at how much the Native American energies are willing to share when you come with an open heart and mind as well as a sincere desire to learn.

Symbolic Meaning of Number Five – A Brief Summary

A follower of my blog questioned why she kept seeing the number five, to which I respond: 

The vibratory energy of Five is sending you a message to move or change the scenery in your life.

Fives are all about travel, motion, direction, adventure, and change.

Ironically Fives also represent the Five human senses.

If things are unstable in your life right now – your attention to the Fives are an indication that you need to take action to balance the equation.  Get in touch with all of your senses – get grounded – be aware of yourself and your surroundings.

If you have been thinking of making a change – your notice of the Fives is a clear signal to begin moving in that direction of change.  Take all possibilities into account, and begin to work in the direction you feel most pulled.

A word of caution – Fives can be extremely erratic – Fives can have a very unpredictable energy. 

Work with the number Five – incorporate it into your meditations.

Concentrate on the a geometric representation of Five (like a five pointed star) before sleeping and upon meditating.  All the while concentrating – pose the questions you want answers to.  The vibrational frequency of the Five will allow for answers to come.