Many people believe that the phrase Mo Anam Cara is translates to ‘my soul mate‘ but its accurately translates as ‘my soul friend‘ as anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara the Gaelic word for friend.
Anam Cara or Anamchara is pronounced (aun-im-KAHR-ah]
The ancient Celts believed in a soul that radiated about the body. They believed that when two individuals formed a deep and lasting bond that their souls would mingle. Therefore, each person could be said to have found their “anam cara“, or “soul friend“.
What does Anam Cara mean?
Anam is Gaelic for ‘soul’, and cara is Gaelic for ‘friend’. To say ‘my soul friend’ you would say ‘moanamcara.’ The phrase comes from the Celtic belief that souls can be connected spiritually, and can create a strong bond. Anamcara can be used to describe a friendship and a love between family, friends and partners.
It is said that there is a Celtic belief that when two souls share a unique connection they are stronger together than they are apart.
There is an existing compound word known as anamcharathat literally means “soul friend.” But this really doesn’t work as “soulmate” in either definition.
Anamcharais traditionally used to refer to one’s confessor or spiritual advisor. Originally, it was used to refer to the spiritual advisor a young monk would be assigned when he joined the monastery.
Mo Anam Cara Jewelry
MoAnamCarajewelry is featured in a variety of jewelry styles such Irish rings, pendants, bracelets, and brooches in various precious metals such as Gold and Silver. It is also since as an inscription on or hidden as a romantic message inside claddagh rings and Celtic wedding bands. MoAnamCara jewelry makes an ideal gift for that very special person in your life.
Mother’sDay is celebrated every year in the United States on the second Sunday of May. Mothers Day is an international holiday celebrating motherhood. It is the time to appreciate and honor all mothers and mother figures. Family members including their children and grandchildren give Mothers Day gifts, like motherhood jewelry, cards, flowers, candy. The day is often spent dining with family at a restaurant.
It is special occasions like Mothers Day that make gifts such as the Mothers Claddagh even more meaningful and treasured. The Mothers Claddagh jewelry collection represents the eternal bond of friendship, love and loyalty shared between a mother and her child. A mother’s love is immeasurable. She has great dreams for her children and she patiently stands by as she watches them chase them. She is there to see them soar and she catches them when they fall. She might not always be perfect but in the end she will always be there. She is a devoted mother.
The definition of Family is – “the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family.” according to the Merrian Webster Dictionary.
Mother’sDay is right around the corner! But this Mother’sDay feels different, special and her Mothers Day Gift should be special, too. Whether you’re celebrating yourself, gifting to that special mom or mother figures in your life finding truly one-of-a-kind item can make all the difference. Your mother is your best friend and certainly your biggest fan always. Show her, and all the important women in your life, you love just how much you care with the perfect Gift for Mother’sDay. Whether you are shopping for your wife, mother, grandmother, stepmom, aunt, sister, or another beautiful strong woman in your life, the Celtic Mothers Knot Jewelry Collection is a great Mothers Day gifts to give mom.
Our Diamond Celtic Mother’s Knot Ring is a brilliant gift for any Irish mom or mother to be. “Grá Máthair” translated from Gaelic means “A mother’s love”. Is there any love greater then that of a mother and her children? She certainly deserves the best especially a Celtic Mother’s Knot Diamond Ring in sterling silver with approximately 1/8 carat in diamonds.
Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Pendant
There is an old Irish saying that says “A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever.” This Celtic Mothers Knot Cross Necklace is the perfect Celtic cross for any Celtic or Irish mother.
Awwww Mother’sDay, a wonderful day of celebration honoring the mother or matriarch of the family. It also celebrates the beauty of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in our lives today. Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days around the world. It is most commonly in the spring months of March or May around Easter time. Mother’s Day is a great celebration similar to the celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, SiblingsDay, and GrandparentsDay. It is a celebration of motherhood that shows its appreciation of all the hard work mothers and mother figures do for their families.
So when is Mothers Day exactly?
Mothers Day is a great holiday in honor of mothers celebrated in many countries throughout the world. The modern form of the holiday and the way in which it is celebrated originated in the United Sates. However, the date of Mother’s Day varies around the world. Anna Jarvis a resident of Philadelphia, whose mother was an activist who had organized various women’s organization to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. In 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother at her church, in West Virginia. Shortly there after within a few years virtually every state in the United States was observing the day as Mothers Day. The day honoring mothers became so popular that by 1914 U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday forever dedicating a day in the US to celebrate and honor mothers.
When in Mother’s Day in the US?
In the United States, Mother’s Day is always celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.
When is Mother’s Day in the UK?
In the UK, mothers are honored in spring on the fourth Sunday of Lent, right before Easter Sunday. The Custom developed in the Middle Ages as a way to allow those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and mothers on Laetare Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is how the holiday became known as Mothering Sunday in Britain,and in modern times is refereed to as Mother’s Day.
When is Mother’s Day in Ireland?
In Ireland, like in the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday (Mother’sDay) as it is lovingly refereed, it is held on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is usually in March or at the beginning of April, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day 2021 in the US is almost her so show her how much you care.
Mother’sDay celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives with a special Mother’s Day Gift. Often this day is extended to multi generations of mothers including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as tomother figures who are also given Mothers Day Gifts.
The Claddagh Mom Ring is a beautiful tribute for any mother. This new modern twist on a traditional claddagh ring creating the word “Mom” takes Irish claddagh rings to a new level of great design. The claddagh mom ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty between a mother and her child. The Mom Claddagh Ring is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
Give Mom a gift she will truly treasure especially your Irish mom. This brilliant stylized oval Mom pendant with filigree shamrocks is a lovely tribute to mom’s Irish heritage. The shamrock is a 3-leaf clover and is the symbol of Ireland. The shamrock forms a triad and the Celts believed three was a mystical number. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally for good luck. Tell her how “Lucky” you are to have her for a mom! The Irish Mom Pendant is exclusive to The Irish Jewelry Company.
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Saint Patrick’s Day is the time-honored Irish holiday always celebrated on March 17th.
The luck of the Irish is always celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day that has become a global celebration of Irish culture usually celebrated with parades and pub gatherings. On St. Patrick’s Day many people of Irish decent flaunt there best Irish jewelry proudly. Adding a beautiful piece of Irish jewelry, like a claddagh ring, emerald green shamrock earrings or Harp Brooch to your St. Patrick’s Day look adds the perfect festive finishing touch. Luckily, there’s still time to get your perfect Irish gift a piece of St. Patrick’s Day jewelry in time for March 17th. Your local St. Patrick’s Day parade might be canceled in 2021 but your Irish spirit has not been. So treat yourself to a special piece of Irish jewelry to lift your spirits or give an Irish gift of jewelry, a unique present for a special someone who can use a little Irish luck.
The Claddagh Ring Means Friendship, Love and Loyalty
The Claddagh Ring, arguably the most versatile piece of Irish jewelry is world renowned, and are worn by both men and women, single or taken. Irish Claddagh rings are named for the ancient fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway, Ireland, dating back to the 17th century. The Claddagh ring in Irish is fáinne Chladaigh and is a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. The Irish Claddagh ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.
The Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland.
The majestic shamrock was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times. In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutonniere. Today lucky Irish shamrock jewelry is available in a wide select of shamrock earrings, shamrock brooch, shamrock necklaces and shamrock rings.
What is the Irish Harp?
The Irish harp is a political symbol of Ireland. for centuries. The exact origin of the Irish Harp is really known. The Irish Harp is a symbol of Ireland and Irish pride. The Irish harp became an emblem of resistance to the Crown and England. The Irish harp, although not as renowned as the shamrock is the official emblem of Ireland. The Irish harp status as the official insignia of Ireland dates centuries and the elegant instrument’s history talks much about the history of the Emerald Isle. Our elegant Irish Harp Brooch and Irish Harp Necklace accented by brilliant gold shamrocks is a noteworthy piece of Irish jewelry.
The Meaning of the Irish Shamrock, the symbol of Ireland. The word shamrock comes from the Old Irish “seamróg”, which can be translated as “little clover”. The Irish word for clover is “seamair”, and óg means “young” or “little”.
What is the difference between a shamrock and a clover?
The shamrock and the clover plants are often confused. Shamrocks are in fact a species of the clover plant.The shamrock is most common 3-leaf clover native to the beautiful Emerald Isle. A clover must have three leaves to be considered a shamrock. If the clover has more or less, then it is not a shamrock.
Why is the shamrock a symbol of Ireland?
The majestic shamrock that adorn Irish jewelry today was chosen as the national symbol of Ireland because Saint Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to teach the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The Celts understood the significance of the shamrock forming a triad because they believed three was a mystical number. The Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The word shamrock can be traced back to the Irish word seamróg or seamair óg, meaning “little clover”. The tradition of wearing a Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the early 1700s. The Irish have long considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck. Shamrock jewelry has gained in popularity in recent times. In Ireland shamrocks and shamrock jewelry are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Often tucked in a bouquet or used as filler with a boutineer.
What is the meaning of a 4 Leaf Clover?
According to Irish lore, each leaf represents: Love, Respect, Wealth, and Health. To find a four-leaf clover is a rare thing making it very lucky to find.
Shamrock Necklaces Popularized in Irish Jewelry
Shamrock necklaces, inspired by Ireland’s national symbol. Get the Luck of the Irish with a traditional shamrock pendant! The shamrock is believed to bring good luck and not just to the Irish. In Ireland shamrocks are traditionally worn at weddings for good luck. Brides sometimes pin a shamrock charm to their bouquet.
About us: The Irish Jewelry Company was founded by award-winning designer Jennifer Derrig. The Irish Jewelry Company collection offers classic and contemporary Irish Jewelry including Claddagh rings, all handcrafted.
As that old saying goes “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day“. Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular Irish holidays celebrated world wide by the Irish and non Irish a like. Saint Patrick’s Day is actually the Feast day of Ireland’s patron saint known as Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, also widely known as “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”). St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish is a popular cultural celebration as well as a religious celebration held on 17 March. The feast day of St. Patrick is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick lived from AD 373–493, and ministered mostly in Northern Ireland from AD 433 until his death. Irish legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from the island of Ireland although Ireland never actually had snakes. Let’s just chalk that up to some poetic license. It has however been suggested that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the pagans also called the Druids. Saint Patrick is also credited with teaching the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock and a three-leaved clover. Legend also says St. Patrick, while preaching Christianity, drew a cross through a Celtic circle symbolic of the moon Goddess. Hence the Celtic cross was born. Today the circle of the cross is viewed as a of God’s endless love.
New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Irish-American immigrants brought Saint Patrick’s Day to the United States. The first civic and public celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day took place in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. The first celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City was held at the Crown and Thistle Tavern in 1756. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish alike. Regardless of ethnic background, everyone wears green-colored clothing and items. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade has become the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the world, outside Ireland. In 2006 more than 150,000 marchers participated in it, including Irish bands, Irish firefighters, Irish military and Irish police groups, county associations, Irish emigrant societies, Emerald Societies, and social and Irish cultural clubs, and it was watched by close to two million spectators lining the streets.
Why do we wear green on St Patrick’s Day?
Old Irish folklore says that wearing green makes one invisible to mischievous creatures like leprechauns, fairies who pinch those not wearing the green. As a matter of superstition people began pinching anyone not wear green as a reminder that leprechauns were lurking about.
The origin of the “wearing of the green” dress code for St Patrick’s Day dates can be dated to the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the major uprising against the British in Ireland. It was during this rebellion when the shamrock, a three leaf clover became a symbol of Irish nationalism.
Saint Brigid also known as Mary of the Gael, is the Celtic Saint of well being. She wove the original symbolic cross from rushes from the River Shannon. An Irish tradition is to hang her Cross, known as the St. Brigid Cross over doors on her feast day of February 1st to invite good health for the coming year as well as protecting your home from Evil and Want. That is why a Saint Brigid’s Cross makes a perfect new home gift. Saint Brigid built the first Irish convent beside a huge oak tree, known as Cill Dara (Church of the Oak Tree), now known as Kildare.
Father of all creation and Lord of Light, you have given us life and entrusted your creation to us to use it and to care for it.
We ask you to bless these crosses made of green rushes in memory of holy Brigid, who used the cross to recall and to teach your Son’s life, death and resurrection.
May these crosses be a sign of our sharing in the Paschal Mystery of your Son and a sign of your protection of our lives, our land and its creatures through Brigid’s intercession during the coming year and always. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
The crosses are sprinkled with holy water:
May the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be on these crosses and on the places where they hang and on everyone who looks at them. Amen.
You were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world. Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. Amen
St. Bridget, brilliant star of sanctity in the early days of our Irish faith and love for the omnipotent God. You have never forsaken us; we look up to you now in earnest, hopeful prayer. By your glorious sacrifice of earthly riches, joys and affections, obtain for us the grace to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice,” with constant trust in His fatherly care. By your life of laborious charity to the poor, the sick, the many seekers for light and comfort, obtain for us the grace to be God’s helpers to the utmost of our power during our stay on earth, looking forward, as you did, to our life with Him during eternity. By the sanctified peace of your death-bed, obtain for us the fullness of pardon and peace when the hour comes and we will be summoned to the judgment seat of our just and most merciful Lord.
O Glorious St. Bridget, Mother of the Churches of Erin, patroness of our missionary race, wherever their lot may be cast, be our guide in the paths of virtue, protect us amid temptation, shield us from danger. Preserve to us the heritage of chastity and temperance; keep ever brightly burning on the altar of our hearts the sacred Fire of Faith, Charity, and Hope, that we may emulate the ancient piety of Ireland’s children, and the Church of Erin may shine with peerless glory as of old. You were styled by our fathers ” The Mary of Erin,” secure for us, by your prayers, the all-powerful protection of the Blessed Virgin, that we may be numbered here among her most fervent clients, and may hereafter merit a place together with you and the countless Saints of Ireland, in the ranks of her triumphant children in Paradise.
Saint Brigid Our Joy
O God, you give us joy, through the power of the intercession of Blessed Brigid. Graciously grant that we may be assisted by her merits and her example. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
This beautiful cross known as a St. Brigid’s Cross is a wonderful tribute to Ireland’s beloved saint. Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland is one of Ireland’s patron saints, along with Saint Patrick. Saint Brigid was born Brigit, and shares a name with a Celtic goddess from whom many legends and folk customs are associated.
Making a Saint Bridget’s Cross is a custom in Ireland. The St Bridget’s Cross is made out of plants called rushes (Juncus effusus) for hanging above the entrances to dwellings to invoke the help of St Bridget in warding off disease. St Bridget’s Day is celebrated on the 1st February each year and the crosses are made at that time. Rushes were traditionally used to make the St Bridget’s Cross. These were collected from wetlands and cut into pieces, 8-12 inches long. Rushes can be hard to get for city dwellers so ordinary paper environmentally friendly drinking straws and rubber are a good substitute to make with children.
Everyone is on the hunt for that perfect Valentine’s gift when the same old flowers and fattening chocolate just is not going to cut it. Especially after the year we all had in 2020. The pandemic has given people a newfound or renewed appreciation for our relationships, a spiritual awakening and has left us in search of a deeper meaning in everything. So, we recommend instead of giving the same old boring thoughtless gift why not give a beautiful piece of Celtic jewelry steeped in sentimental meaning, tradition, and spiritualism. Women of all ages love a nice piece of jewelry, especially something that was thoughtfully selected with meaning.
Give her a wee bit of Ireland and your Irish heart to carry with her always. Connemara is a region in county Galway. Our Connemara Marble Heart Toggle Bracelet is so beautiful, and History and tradition stoked! You will love owning one.
The word Connemara comes from the Gaelic meaning “Inlets for the Sea”. Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble found in the region. It is typically greenish in color. It is one of the rarest forms of marble in the world. Deposits date back some 600 million years! The marble forms when limestone is heated under pressure. While the color is predominately green there are often shades of grey and brown seen throughout. 4000-year-old axes made from Connemara Marble in the Stone Age can be seen in The National Museum of Ireland. Owning a piece is like a little slice of Irish heaven.
Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble found in the region. … It is one of the rarest forms of marble in the world. Deposits date back some 600 million years! The marble forms when limestone is heated under pressure.
2. Arrow Necklace: Cupid Aims Straight for the Heart
Channel your inner Celtic archer with Celtic knot adorned Celtic Arrow Jewelry. This beautiful Celtic Arrow Jewelry Collection aims straight for the heart. It’s a fun and stylish token of Celtic love. As though being struck by Cupid’s arrow she’ll be smitten by the Celtic Arrow Jewelry Collection. Once struck it’s hard to resist this cute Celtic Arrow Jewelry. The Celtic Arrow Collection is a brilliantly unique Celtic Jewelry trend.
The Celtic Arrow Meaning is a symbol of the Celtic Warrior, courageous and bravery. The Celtic Arrow is an ancient symbol reminding us of the traditions of the Celtic Warrior and the bravery within.
3. Love her to the Moon and Back!
She’ll be moon struck with our Celtic Moon Pendant and Celtic Moon Earrings. Celtic mythology and symbolism is big on balance and the Celtic moon is very significant. There is a moon goddess also worshiped by the Celts, who is associated with the lunar cycles. Waning Crescent Moon. CRESCENT MOON. The Celtic Creasant Moon is stunning. The word “crescent” comes from the Latin term ceres meaning to “bring forth, create” and crescere, the Latin term for “grow, thrive”. The Celtic moon is big and beautiful and hard not to look at.
4. Show Her She’s Your Shining Star
Shimmer brilliantly like the brightest star in the night sky wearing our Celtic Star Pendant. It is the perfect gift for any shining star in your life.
The Celtic Star is an ancient Celtic symbol that stands for being, spirit life and eternal. The Celtic Star is an interesting Celtic symbol combined with the Triquetra and it is made up of a knotted triangular shape, which is composed of an unbroken, continuous line.
Shimmer brilliantly like the brightest star in the night sky wearing our Celtic Star Pendant. It is the perfect gift for any shining star in your life. Polaris, often referred to as the North Star, is seemingly un-moving in our sky due to its alignment with the Earth’s axis at the northern pole.
5. Give Her A Key – A Key to your Heart
The Key To My Irish Heart necklace combines true symbols of love and Ireland. A key to your Irish heart and a four leaf clover. The four leaf clover is a symbol of good luck. The leaves of the clover stand for hope, faith, love and luck. Unlock the door to true love with the key to your Irish heart.
7. She Makes your Heart Skip a Beat: Celtic Heartbeat Necklace
The Celtic Heartbeat Necklace lets her know your heart beats only for her. This brilliant heartbeat necklace in sleek sterling silver,is adorned with rose gold trinity knot that catches the eye. This romantic heartbeat necklace symbolizes the vitality of Celtic love. Like the old Irish saying, “My pulse, my heart, A chuisle, a chroí.”
The Celtic Heartbeat Necklace is depicted as an AFib or Atrial fibrillation because it is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by the rapid and irregular beating of the atrial chambers of the heart.
8. The Knot that Binds Us: The Celtic Couples Knot
The Claddagh ring is really afede rings and have a long history dating back to Roman times. The name “fede” derives from the Italian phrase mani in fede meaning loosely “hands joined in faith” or “hands joined in loyalty”. The clasped hands were viewed as promise ring used as an engagement ring or wedding ring in medieval and Renaissance Europe. The Irish Claddagh ring is a version of the fede ring has roots deeply seeded in long standing Irish tradition.