I can’t seem to really find the meaning anywhere. :/ what does it mean? Please provide sources if you can!

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  • Katriona:

    It’s difficult to gather accurate information on Celtic knots or Celtic symbols and their meanings due to sketchy remnants of written.

    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, or represent the infinite. Those with open paths are said to signify a journey (both physical and otherwise).

    Furthermore, knot work was performed as a means of displaying heritage. Just as plaids are an identification of clans in the Highlands, so too do certain knots identify certain Celtic families.

    Now you can begin to see the difficulty in tracking down the true meaning of your specific knot. For every family there could be a unique knot to identify that bloodline…potentially leading to countless different heritage emblems.

    Furthermore, tracking down the meaning of one Celtic knot design also depends on the artist. The ancient Celts were incredibly prolific artists…here again, there could be as many interpretations as there were Celtic artisans.

    I can tell you that your Celtic knot is a quaternary design – meaning it has four distinct sections within the design.

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