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The Romantic Translation of Mo Anam Cara: Pronunciation and Meaning of Mo Anam Cara

Mo Anam Cara translates loosely as “My Soul Mate” or “My Soul Friend

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.

How do you pronounce Mo Anam Cara and Anam Cara?

Mo Anam Cara is pronounced (muh aun-im-KAHR-ah) .

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 mo anam cara.’ The phrase comes from the Celtic belief that souls can be connected spiritually, and can create a strong bond. Anam cara 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 anamchara that literally means “soul friend.” But this really doesn’t work as “soulmate” in either definition.

Anamchara is 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.

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Mo Anam Cara Jewelry

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Mo Anam Cara jewelry 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. Mo Anam Cara jewelry makes an ideal gift for that very special person in your life.

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10 Perfect Celtic Inspired Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gifts

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. 

Celtic Jewelry Gift Ideas for Valentines:

1. Connemara Marble: Connemara Heart Toggle Bracelet

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.

Connemara Marble Heart Toggle Bracelet


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.

What is the meaning of the Celtic Arrow?

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.

6. Hug and Kisses Claddagh

Lavish her with hugs and kisses to carry with her wherever she goes. Our delightful sterling silver collection of XO and Claddagh Hugs and Kisses Jewelry Collection. Our Hugs and Kisses Claddagh Jewelry will definitely Inspire her to lay a big hug and kiss on you. This Hugs and Kisses Claddagh necklace is totally charming. The XO claddagh will show her how much you want to smother her in you affections all while proclaiming your eternal friendship, love and loyalty. 

7. She Makes your Heart Skip a Beat: Celtic Heartbeat Necklace

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

Our Celtic Couples Knot Pendant pledges your eternal love with this woven Celtic knot. Like true love Celtic knots have not ending. The Celtic Couples Knot Pendant is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

What is the Celtic Couples Knot ?

Our Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection pledges your eternal love with this woven Celtic knot. Like true love Celtic knots have not ending. The Celtic Couples Knot Jewelry Collection is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

9. The Trinity Knot – The Celtic Love Knot

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The Celtic love knot is a modern-day Irish tradition. Also know as the trinity knot, it is a religious symbol with both pagan and Christians heritage. In Celtic mythology, knots especially Celtic love knots symbolize the sacred geometry of the universe and being. It is customary to give a loved one a gift with the trinity knot, or Celtic Love Knot,  like a necklace or ring, to embody feelings of love. The trinity knots interlaced and unbroken lines symbolize spiritual growth, eternal life and undying love. When you give a piece of Celtic Jewelry like the Diamond Infinity Trinity necklace you pledge your infinite love and loyalty .

10. The Famous Celtic Symbol of Love: The Claddagh Ring

Claddagh Ring by The Irish Jewelry Company

Claddagh Rings are 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 Cladddagh ring, as currently known, was first produced in the 17th century.

The Claddagh ring is really a fede 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.

Irish or not, if you want to give a token of your friendship, love and loyalty that has meaning, the Claddagh rings may be the choice for you. Claddagh rings, are often mistakenly spelt Clatter Ring or Clodagh Ring, like it sounds (Irish: fáinne Chladaigh) is a traditional Irish ring. The Claddagh ring means eternal love, loyalty, and friendship. Claddagh rings consists of a heart with a crown held by two hands symbolizing love, loyalty and friendship. Claddagh Rings have become a world renowned symbol of love.

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The Romantic Irish Tradition of The Claddagh Ring

a claddagh ring

The Claddagh is a legendary jewelry item that epitomizes timeless values. The legacy design cues hands on either side of a heart and a crown on top. The classic Claddagh ring shows the wearer’s family situation. Thus, a heart looking out the fingertips means you’re single, whereas this element pointing towards the wrist means that the owner is taken.

Today, this ring has a huge number of design variations, but the main three elements have remained intact. This jewelry item is presented to girls and women as a symbol of companionship or as a Claddagh engagement ring.

The Story Behind The Claddagh Ring

The Irish Claddagh ring tells a heartwarming romantic story steeped in heritage and life-long affection. This story began a long time ago – three hundred and forty years ago, to be exact.

The protagonist of this most widespread legend is Richard Joyce. One day, he ventured off to what is now known as the North American islands. On his way back, he was going to walk his sweetheart down the aisle, but on the way to Claddagh, his ship was seized by Algerian pirates. 

In those days, pirates tore the blue waters, filling travelers with dread. Many noblemen died in the fight and thousands of merchants lost everything they had earned. Thus, Richard was enslaved and brought to a famous jeweler. He spent in slavery fourteen years. Joyce mastered the jewelry craft to perfection and became an excellent craftsman under his master’s guidance.

Richard kept on dreaming of meeting his bride. This inspired him to create a ring that portrayed two hands holding the heart under the crown.

Later, the goldsmith was set free. However, a Moorish jeweler liked the capable lad and even offered him to tie the knot with his daughter. But Joyce refused since a bride was waiting for him in his homeland. 

When Richard arrived to the motherland, he gave the ring to his faithful girlfriend, who had been waiting for him all these years. They married and settled down in the village. Richard went on to pursue his favorite and lucrative business – he opened his own jewelry workshop. Since then, these rings have sprouted into the local culture.

Although there are different legends circulating about the origin of this item, the romantic history seems the most plausible. The fact remains that the oldest surviving rings bear his trader’s mark, and that a jeweler named Richard Joyce actually existed. It is also interesting that this goldsmith’s mark features an anchor, which is a symbol of hope.

Today, this ring has rightfully taken its place among the cherished Irish wedding traditions and customs alongside with locking of the church door, the make-up beds, and others.

The Bottom Line

Today, the Claddagh is the eternal embodiment of affection and wholeness. The charm of this item is that it can be used as both a promise heirloom and a marriage symbol. So whether you are into the traditions or prefer a more modern stance, this lovely heritage can be worn and adored by everyone.

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Valentine’s Day from an Irish Perspective

Ah, Valentine’s Day, the most men in the US scramble last minute to buy the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for that special someone. The first thing that comes to mind is a heart-shaped box of cheap chocolates that should be directly applied to one’s hips. And then there is that sweet little cupid. He’s an overweight angel 538317_10152572375170245_1591362128_naiming a bow and arrow at you to inspire you to fall blissfully in love. I mean, let’s face it. Cupid’s arrow is a weapon that literally and metaphorically could be the death of you. But all jokes aside, do you even know why we actually celebrate Valentine’s Day? I didn’t think so.

The Legend of Saint Valentine
In ancient Rome, the date February 14th was a holiday to honor the Roman Goddess of women and marriage. The next day was celebrated as the pagan Roman Feast of Lupercalia. During this time in Roman history, young adults were strictly segregated by sex. No surprise, it was 269 AD. Eventually they needed to give their hormones a chance to flourish. So it was customary on the eve of the feast of Lupercalia for young men and woman to be partnered for the feast by the men picking the girls’ names from a jar. Sometimes the pairing lasted for a year and with the young couples falling romantically in love and eventually marring. It was all very sexist in a provocative way.

Unfortunately, this didn’t last for long. This euphoric ritual of hormonal teenage partnering would come to an abrupt end during the tyrannical rule of Emperor Claudius II, also known as Claudius the cruel. Emperor Claudius had Rome fighting in many bloody and unpopular battles and was having grave difficulty recruiting soldiers to sustain his military forces. In his warped mind, Claudius believed the reason he couldn’t get soldiers was due to women. He convinced himself that the men’s love of his family, wife, or girlfriend prevented them from leaving there side and joining the military. It had nothing to do with the litsq vday 250x250tle matter that they didn’t want to die a savage death for an Emperor they despised.

Fun-loving Emperor Claudius proceeded to cancel all pending and future marriages and engagements in Rome. Claudius then made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians.

Legend has it, no doubt a wee bit embellished if not entirely fictional, that Valentine was stricken with the unbearable belief that many young souls would be destined to be sinners. So Valentine, a roman priest, married young lovers against Claudius’s decree in secrecy. He was of course apprehended and condemned to death for his deeds. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, in either 269 AD or 270 AD. Nobody really knows what yearly exactly, but they know the date was February 14th, now known as Valentine’s Day.

So where is St. Valentine now?
Ireland, duh! Wha1523930_10153754048730245_1993977392_ot you may not know for some unknown reason is that St. Valentine’s remains are rumored to be buried in Dublin, Ireland. How do you like that wee bit of useless knowledge?

The Carmelite Church on Whitefriar Street in Dublin City claims to hold the remains of St Valentine. The Carmelites are a small community in the monastery attached to Whitefriar Street Church. Saint Valentine’s remain were given to the Carmelites in 1835 by Pope Gregory XVI.

Oh, the Irish are wonderful folk. They just about have their hands in everything good and pleasurable. Not only did they give us spooktacular holidays like Halloween and fantastic Christmas traditions like the wreath on our on the front doors, but they also houscladdag rings NEW CATALOG 4.75x4.75_catalog_2014e the remains of St. Valentine! The romantic patron saint of lovers whose feast day has become so commercialized it actually makes Christmas seem, well, less commercial by comparison. In any event, Board Failte wouldn’t be doing their job if it didn’t see the Euro signs in the fact that Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is the last resting place of the beloved Saint of Love. It virtually makes Ireland a must-do pilgrimage for lovers. I mean, after all, the Irish did give us the claddagh ring, too. The claddagh is the one and only symbol of eternal friendship, love, and loyalty. The story of the claddagh is a story for another day or blog. Anyway, its romantic, symbolic meaning makes it a no brainer gift for men to give, especially on Valentine’s Day. Cowinkydink?

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The Legend of Saint Valentine

In ancient Rome, the date February 14th was a holiday to honor the Roman Goddess of women and marriage. The next day was celebrated as the pagan Roman Feast of Lupercalia. During this time in Roman history, young adults were strictly segregated by sex. No surprise, it was 269 AD. Eventually they needed to give their hormones a chance to flourish. So it was customary on the eve of the feast of Lupercalia for young men and woman to be partnered for the feast by the men picking the girls’ names from a jar. Sometimes the pairing lasted for a year and with the young couples falling romantically in love and eventually marring. It was all very sexist in a provocative way.

Unfortunately, this didn’t last for long. This euphoric ritual of hormonal teenage partnering would come to an abrupt end during the tyrannical rule of Emperor Claudius II, also known as Claudius the cruel. Emperor Claudius had Rome fighting in many bloody and unpopular battles and was having grave difficulty recruiting soldiers to sustain his military forces. In his warped mind, Claudius believed the reason he couldn’t get soldiers was due to women. He convinced himself that the men’s love of his family, wife, or girlfriend prevented them from leaving there side and joining the military. It had nothing to do with the little matter that they didn’t want to die a savage death for an Emperor they despised.

Fun-loving Emperor Claudius proceeded to cancel all pending and future marriages and engagements in Rome. Claudius then made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians.

Legend has it, no doubt a wee bit embellished if not entirely fictional, that Valentine was stricken with the unbearable belief that many young souls would be destined to be sinners. So Valentine, a roman priest, married young lovers against Claudius’s decree in secrecy. He was of course apprehended and condemned to death for his deeds. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, in either 269 AD or 270 AD. Nobody really knows what yearly exactly, but they know the date was February 14th, now known as Valentine’s Day.

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The Meaning of the Claddagh

The Irish Claddagh pronounced [klah-duh] is called a fáinne Chladaigh in Irish. The traditional Irish Claddagh ring is a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty. The hands of the claddagh ring stand for friendship. The heart of the claddagh ring stands for love and the crown is a symbol of loyalty. The Claddagh has actually been worn since Roman times! The beautiful meaning of the claddagh ring has made the claddagh ring a celebrated romantic gift for people of all nationalities. But none can argue that the claddagh rings holds a rather special meaning to those romantics of Irish heritage. hp claddagh ring 700x240

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