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spooky
08-28-2006, 11:41 AM
Hello Hello ! Is there anyone out there that knows what this is ? I found it somewhere and all it says is it is celtic. But what is it ? What does it mean ? I think its really neat looking and wouldn't mind putting it on a pillow for someone.... But what is it lol. I figure it is a celtic knot. But aren't there like a zillion differnt kinds of those knots with different meaning? If anyone out there knows what it is I would appreciate it.

Thanks !!

brendajos
08-28-2006, 11:49 AM
well it looks like the Celtic Knot on my ring that I wear but I can't get a good picture of it on my cell phone. Is that what you were asking?

brendajos
08-28-2006, 11:50 AM
oh wait...lol...you already knew that. I am not sure which knot is which unfortunately. I have the info somewhere but not here. Will search at home if someone hasn't already answered your question.

brendajos
08-28-2006, 11:54 AM
(yes I like to see myself post...it is much like a 2 year old liking to hear the sound of their own voice! :teehee: )

I just found this (http://altreligion.about.com/library/glossary/symbols/bldefscelticknots.htm) doing a quick google and I think it is fairly good while not getting too involved in stuff people don't really care about.

spooky
08-28-2006, 12:03 PM
I looked at all the knots on that site, but couldn't find one that looked exactly like that one. I was thinking they must have like an individual meaning for each one and was just wondering if that one meant like you know health, wealth, happiness.... or are they mainly the same thing ? I know the fortune cats all have a different meaning depending on their color, paws, what they are holding etc. Are knots like that too? Do different colors represent different things ? Do only 2 knots mean something different than one that links down 6 times? Was just curious lol. Maybe I'm asking too many questions. I don't think any of my books have the knots in them. I'm gonna go check though.

Anyone else out there know what it means ? :??

brendajos
08-28-2006, 12:13 PM
I am pretty sure this is the knot you posted....just bigger.

As the text says most of the knots don't have a real "meaning" that is actually known at this point...beyond what has been assigned to them in more modern times. I think a lot of it is guess work and is probably fairly logical guess work (it makes sense that continuous designs would symbolize eternity or something along those lines) :shrug:

spooky
08-28-2006, 12:34 PM
Check this site out !!!


http://www.celticattic.com/contact_us/the_celts/celtic_nations/celtic_knotwork_and_meaning.htm

Maze and Step Patterns - maze patterns (also called Key Patterns) look almost like angular spirals, and may range from a few simple turns to complex labyrinth type designs. Step patterns appear to be made up of combined lego type blocks, joined to form tile-like images.

Maze and Step Patterns - an individual's journey through life (as in through a labyrinth), their path of experiences and learning

I would think that the one I posted would be the maze looking one.

brendajos
08-28-2006, 12:47 PM
maze and step looks like what I think of as a Greek Key design.

brendajos
08-28-2006, 12:48 PM
maze and step looks like what I think of as a Greek Key design.






eta the picture this time... :doh:

spooky
08-28-2006, 12:59 PM
A little confused now. Maybe that design is a Knotwork Interlace. I can't decide.

Check this site and tell me what you think.


http://www.celticrings.com/meaning.shtml

spooky
08-28-2006, 01:03 PM
It does look like a greek key design.

This is what they say that means.

About Greek key design:
Some historians feel that the Greek key has its basis in the Greek myth of the labyrinth that imprisoned the Minotaur, a monster shaped half like a man and half like a bull. The Minotaur was confined in the labyrinth built by Daedalus for Minos, and given a periodic tribute of youths and maidens as food until slain by Theseus.

The Greek Key is an ancient pattern, used in Mediterranean vases and in mosaics. One suggestion is that it is a representation of waves.

spooky
08-28-2006, 01:47 PM
I think I may have my answer. I just posted a question on a hmmmm ummmmmm lol how cool are you people lol an alternative religeon site and this is what they told me:


its a cross knot or (to some people) a lovers knot. its the BASIC buildng stone of any celtic knotwork

That's a good enough answer for me :cheering: ! I know what a lovers knot is. My Dad gave my Mom one as a promise ring when they were in high school.

Do you think that is what it is Brendajos?

spooky
08-28-2006, 02:03 PM
LOOOOKKKKKK !!! here it is !!!

Another simple form of Celtic knotwork is the Lover's Knot, or the Eternity Knot. Used in many Celtic wedding rings, it shows two continuous, unbroken loops that are intertwined and inseparable from each other. As the lives of the bride and groom are merged in eternal unity and fidelity, so are the circular strands inseparably bound together for eternity.


Irish Love Knot is also known as a Sailor's knot. This Celtic Love Knot symbolizes Love or Union because it is actually two seperate knots intwined and impossible to seperate. Wonderful and apt symbolism of the union of two as one. Celtic sailors often used this love knot in their knotwork creations intended for their sweethearts.

Two ropes combined are stronger than the single cord.
A metaphor describing how a couple commitment may strengthen each others lives.
This Celtic version of the Lover's Knot is woven "in and out" providing a more dense look to the design.
By following the strands that wrap around the band you can see that the "two (chords) are one".
This design has been used to symbolize the "wedding knot" for centuries and
used in "handfasting": a promise to be true "for a year and a day".


I totally think WE know what it is now !!! It totally makes sense lol. Why wasn't I thinking lovers knot to begin with???? DOH !!! Just trying to make things harder than they were lol. You know me.... HEHE