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Celtic Heart Tattoo Designs And What They Mean

Author : William Burnell

The heart is not only a symbol for love but it can also signify our deepest feelings. To express our true feelings, we say things like "in my heart of hearts". We talk as if our heart is the deepest part of us, our very essence. That is why when we give our heart to another we are really giving ourselves. A Celtic Heart tattoo expresses this in a unique way.

Celtic Knotwork

Celtic knotwork can mean a number of things but mostly it means a never-ending cycle of rebirth and renewal. It means eternity. The design is never ending and with no beginning. When this is entwined with a heart it can mean eternal love and a union of souls. When two hearts are interwoven, they are joined forever. For this reason they are called love knots. The knotwork design makes the difference between the Celtic Heart tattoo images and other heart tattoo images. Within that intricate lacework can be an image of a heart saddened by loss or a heart suffering or a heart filled with faith. The endless lines connect to another person and another people - to a deeply spiritual culture.

Celtic Spiral Design

The spiral is an ancient symbol that was used by a number of cultures other than the Celts but it has become one of their hallmarks. In Celtic culture, the spiral can signify the sun or the heavens or the earth, depending on which way it turns. However, when a heart is drawn within a spiral it means eternal love. It is another expression of love in an artistic and unique way.

Heart of Claddagh

The image of the Claddagh is a heart with a crown on it while two hands hold the heart. It is a well-known wedding and friendship ring. It makes a tattoo of beauty and rich meaning: the heart stands for love; the hands stand for friendship; the crown stands for loyalty. This can be worn to signify any one of those things or to signify all of them.

The Celts have always been a spiritual people. Their knotwork reflects this in its symbolism. The knotwork in the Celtic Heart tattoo connects us spiritually to the universe, to eternity or to another - or to all three. At the center of this image is the heart, the deepest part of us, binding us to the people we love and, in the end, binding us to one another.

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William Burnell enjoys sharing his interest in the art, designs and history of tattoos and in helping others in their quest for their unique symbol of self-expression.

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Tags:   Celtic heart tattoo, Celtic heart, Heart of Claddagh tattoo, Celtic knotwork, Celtic spiral, history of tattoos, symbol of self-expression, eternal love, love knots

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