Saturday, December 1, 2012

Celtic Jewelry

Celtic Jewelry

I ran across a Gaelic blessing I really liked. I'm not a historian but I know a little about the Celtic people and Irish people and the order in which they occurred. I also have run across the term Gaelic in my studies of Irish history which gets its start from the Celts.

So I looked a little more into the term "Gaelic" because it has a similar tone to it when I saw a "Gaelic blessing". The Celts were at one time a people who occupied a great deal of Europe. Then the Romans pushed the Celtics steadily westward until they settled into England, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Mann.
As the Irish, Scottish and English cultures evolved they all were heavily influences by the original Celts.
The Gaelic people were the very first, as I understand it, of the Irish people. So without further adieu, here is that Gaelic Blessing that started all this mumbling:
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the gentle night to you,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you,
Deep peace of Christ, of Christ the light of the world to you,
Deep peace of Christ to you. (Gaelic blessing)
Let's take a look at Celtic jewelry and Irish jewelry and see how this nice blessing fit's into the culture of the Celts and Irish.
Although Celtic jewelry and Irish jewelry do have a religious component they also have many other types of symbols, some of which are religious in nature and others are just unique and fun.

These two Celtic knot jewelry necklaces are called trinity knot necklaces. The Celtic trinity necklace is a Celtic necklace with both regular meaning and religious meaning. The trinity knot is shaped in many different ways but always has a three corners. Each corner represents a member of the Holy Trinity.

The three-leaf clover necklace is one of the quintessential Irish symbols. Tradition has it that St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover to represents the Holy Trinity. One leaf for each in the Trinity. Irish jewelry is full of symbols that both represent the Irish culture and Irish religious ideas.

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