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Learn All About Irish Dance and Step Dancing

Learn All About Irish Dance and Step Dancing

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There are a variety of styles of Irish dancing, such as Irish Stepdancing, Ceili Dancing as well as Irish Set Dancing and this post will attempt to cover all of them in detail while also providing you with a wide variety of additional dance information.

The Irish culture places a significant emphasis on Irish dancing as an art form. The unusual footwork is fascinating to onlookers from other cultures, and they frequently express their delight in seeing it. The television show Riverdance is principally responsible for the widespread popularity of Irish dance that has developed over the past twenty years. However, traditional Irish dances date back hundreds of years older than that. Continue reading to find out more about this fantastic method of artistic expression!

It is thought that Irish stepdancing developed about 2,000 years ago from dances that were performed by Celtic druids in celebration of oak trees and the sun. These dances were believed to have originated in Ireland.Before the arrival of Christianity and other outside influences, the Celts and the druids who wandered the island were responsible for the development of Irish dance. These origins may be traced back to ancient times. Dancing was an important part of many of the religious rites that the Druids performed, and it was typically done in a ring around the holy trees. The Celts had their own traditional dances, which included patterns quite similar to those of the Irish. It was in 1689 when the Irish rinnce fada, which literally translates to “the long dance,” was documented for the first time. At the time, it was performed in celebration of James II’s arrival in Ireland.

But why do Irish dance schools all around the world continue to teach step dancing with their arms held straight out in front of them?

The fact of the matter is that nobody knows for certain how this age-old and one-of-a-kind kind of dance developed; nonetheless, we can have a look at some of the hypotheses that attempt to explain its origins below. One possible justification for this behavior is that it was a kind of protest on the part of Irish dancers who were compelled to perform for Queen Elizabeth I, the person who was ultimately responsible for the establishment of plantations in Ireland. According to the legend, the Queen of England once requested a performance from a troop of Irish dancers. These dancers had no choice but to refuse to extend their arms to her since they had no other option.

They kept them tightly at their sides while they danced as an act of defiance, and maybe to show their fellow countrymen that they were not enjoying themselves when they danced for Queen and the English. This is a distinct possibility given that Irish jigs were a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I’s court and that it is documented that “dances of Irish provenance” were performed there on a regular basis.

What is Ceili Dancing?

Céili dances, (pronounced “kay-lee) sometimes known as authentic éili dances, are one of the most common types of Irish folk dancing. The origins of ceili dance may be traced back several centuries, all the way to the beginning of the 1500s. It is a traditional dance that involves more than two partners. Each pair dances with one another in addition to dancing with the group, and they frequently switch partners with one another. The stretched arms and pointed toes are two characteristics that stand out prominently in ceili dance. The heys, round dances, long dances, and quadrilles that form the basis of Céil dances were largely resurrected during the Gaelic revival in the first part of the twentieth century and standardized by the Irish Dancing Commission. Céil dances are also known as ceilidhs.

What are Irish Set Dances?

The Irish set dance, sometimes referred to as “country sets,” is a well-liked style of the country’s traditional folk dancing. The quadrille, a popular court dance, was changed into set dancing so that it could be performed in rural regions. In a common configuration, it calls for four couples to be positioned in a square. The next step is for four couples at a time to make their way through the square and switch positions. In contrast to ceili, the dancers use the most of the flat section of their feet throughout the majority of the dance, with the exception of a few low kicks and flourishes.

What is Irish Stepdance?

The origins of Irish stepdance may be traced back to traditional Irish dance. Irish stepdance is a type of performance dancing. In general, it is distinguished by a rigid upper body as well as rapid and accurate motions of the feet. The Irish dance known as stepdance can be done either by an individual or by a group. Although it is sometimes danced in pairs, it is not necessary to do so in order to participate. Stepdancing requires the dancers to maintain a stiff upper body. This stands in stark contrast to the movement of their feet and legs, which consists of a series of very quick hops, high kicks, and intricate footwork.

Riverdance Introduced Irish Dance to the World

There is no such thing as an Irish dancing style known as Riverdance. Instead, it is the name of a professional stage production that incorporates vast numbers of setdancers who earn their living in the industry. The audience will be told Irish tales via the use of dance, music, and light during the presentation. Despite having its beginnings in Ireland, the act is now performed all over the world. Riverdance is a stage production that focuses mostly on the music and dance styles that are common in Ireland. It was originally conceived as an interval performance act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest and included Irish dance champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley in addition to the vocal group Anna. Bill Whelan was responsible for the composition of the show’s soundtrack.

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The Irish Legend of the Banshee

The Irish Legend of the Banshee

The image that comes to most people’s minds when they hear the word “banshee” is that of a floating ghostly figure that wails and is in general quite terrifying. You might also be familiar with the age-old concept that banshees are considered to be portents of impending death. The whole account of the Banshee may be found here.

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The Banshee, pronounced bean-sidhe is the woman of the fairies and maybe an ancestral spirit appointed to forewarn members of certain ancient Irish families of their time of death. According to tradition, the banshee can only cry for five major Irish families: the O’Neills, the O’Briens, the O’Connors, the O’Gradys and the Kavanaghs. Intermarriage has since extended this select list.
Whatever her origins, the banshee chiefly appears in one of three guises: a young woman, a stately matron or a raddled old hag. These represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.) She usually wears either a grey, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the unshriven dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this guise she is known as the bean-nighe (washing woman).
Although not always seen, her mourning call is heard, usually at night when someone is about to die.

Irish families of their time of death. According to tradition, the banshee can only cry for five major Irish families: the O’Neills, the O’Briens, the O’Connors, the O’Gradys and the Kavanaghs. Intermarriage has since extended this select list.
Whatever her origins, the banshee chiefly appears in one of three guises: a young woman, a stately matron or a raddled old hag. These represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.) She usually wears either a grey, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the unshriven dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this guise she is known as the bean-nighe (washing woman).
Although not always seen, her mourning call is heard, usually at night when someone is about to die.

A banshee is a spirit that does not have a physical body and can take any one of the following forms:

A stunning woman who was wrapped in a shroud.
A slender woman with a white outfit, long red hair, and a red lipstick.
A woman who is silver-haired and wears a long garment of silver.
A headless lady who is completely nude from the waist up and is carrying a dish of blood.
An elderly lady with eerie red eyes, a green outfit, and long white hair was standing there.
A geriatric lady who was clothed entirely in black and had long, gray hair. She wore a veil over her face.

Origins of the Banshee Folklore

According to historians, the first accounts of the Irish Banshee date back to the eighth century and were based on a ritual in which ladies sung a mournful song to express their condolences over the passing of a loved one. These ladies were known as “keeners,” and because they took alcoholic beverages as payment, they were considered to be sinners. As a result, they were condemned to a life as banshees as their punishment. It is said that if a Banshee is seen, she would quickly disappear into a cloud of mist while making a sound that is comparable to the sound of a bird flapping its wings. This is a part of the legend surrounding the Banshee. According to urban legend, banshees do not bring about death; rather, they just serve as a warning of impending doom.

Banshees Are Both Good and Bad 

There are a few banshees that had deep links to their family in life and remained to look after them after death. These banshees are the exception to the rule that banshees are monsters filled with hatred. When they make their appearance, these Banshees take the form of beautiful, entrancing ladies who perform a mournful, eerie song that is full of care and love for their family. This song can be heard a few days before a member of the family passes away, and in the vast majority of instances, the song can only be heard by the individual for whom it was written.

On the other hand, there is the Banshee, a terrifying creature that most of us are familiar with. She is furious and terrifying. These ladies, throughout the course of their lives, had reasons to despise their family, and now they emerge as grotesque and terrifying apparitions that are full with animosity. The howls that are coming from these banshees are enough to give you the chills all the way down to your bones, and rather than appearing to warn a member of the family, these banshees are rejoicing in the impending death of someone who they despised.

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The Legend of the Selkies

The Legend of the Selkies

Stories of seal people, also known as selkies, silkies, selchies, or roane, may be found woven throughout the mythology and folklore of several countries in Europe, including Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, and Scandinavia.

A selkie is a legendary creature from the ocean that is described as being half human and half fish. This creature is also known as the sea people, the seal people, and the mermaid. They are seals when they are in the water, but as they go on land, they lose their skin and take the appearance of humans.

It is believed that seal people are plagued with an unquenchable desire for what they cannot have. When they are in the water as seals, they crave to be on land, and when they are walking on two legs as humans, they yearn to be in the water. They are able to change from one creature to another by shedding their sealskin and then either putting it back on or putting it on for the first time.

The Mystery of the Selkie

The lore that surrounds selkies is rife with controversy over their place of origin. The black hair of the Spaniards is said to have reminded the natives like seals, which led to the legend that they washed ashore many years ago after being involved in a shipwreck. According to a different legend, the so-called seal people are actually Finns who paddle around in kayaks and dress in furs. There are many who believe that selkies are actually demons or angels that fell to their deaths and were turned by the water.

After the spread of Christianity across the countries, there is even the possibility that the seal people were intended to symbolize individuals who were stuck in purgatory, locked between two different realms. One of the most widely accepted explanations for their origin is that they are the resurrected souls of those who perished in watery graves and were allowed to reassume their human form for one night a year in order to celebrate by dancing on the beach.

Selkie Myth and Legend

It is a commonly held belief that tales of selkies, like many other myths from many civilizations, were invented as an attempt to explain something that could not otherwise be explained. There were certain infants who were born with webbed fingers and toes, faces that looked like those of seals, and scaly skin that had a fishy odor. These youngsters also occasionally had scaly skin. All of these things have been given names in the scientific community in recent times. There is a genetic illness known as syndactyly that causes webbed toes. Seal faces are the consequence of the extremely unusual medical phenomena known as anencephaly. Scaly skin was most likely caused by icthyosis, a genetic ailment that affects the skin.

It’s possible that the tales of the seal people were made up as an excuse to explain away the existence of women who did not appear to belong with the rest of society. They have characteristics that are comparable to sirens, mermaids, and mermen that are seen in other civilizations. However, for people who lived on the coasts of the seas and whose survival depended on the water and the gifts it provided, it seems natural for them to have believed legends of beautiful and mysterious creatures that shed their shiny seal coats and transformed into humans for a night of dancing under the moon. These people lived on the edge of the seas.

The ancient Celts lived in a world that was just as unpredictable as the water they sailed on. It may be turbulent and raging, yet it also has the capacity to be peaceful, abundant, and life-giving. The seal people are the embodiment of all that is kind and caring about the great oceans; but, they are also capable of shapeshifting and vanishing without a trace, qualities that make them the ideal protagonists for the tragic romance stories that populate mythology.

*Photo is a Statue of Selkie or Seal Wife in Mikladalur Faroe Islands

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Summer in Ireland Traveling the Emerald Isle

Peaceful Cottage Ireland

Even though the first day of summer does not arrive until June 1st with the summer solstice on June 21st, ancient Celts believed that the month of May, which they celebrated as Lá Bealtaine, marked the beginning of summer. And who wouldn’t welcome the arrival of summer a little bit earlier? Continue reading to learn more about this ancient Celtic festival and the rituals that are still practiced in Ireland to this very day.

Bringing the sun back to life

Bealtaine, which occurs at the beginning of May, is a celebration of the “rekindling” of the sun and the transition to longer days and shorter nights. This holiday falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Along with Imbolc (Spring), Lnasa (Autumn), and Samhain (Winter), it was one of the four most important seasonal feasts celebrated in Celtic Ireland (Winter).

The celebration of Bealtaine may be traced back thousands of years to Uisneach, a hill located in the symbolic heart of Ireland. It is said that the goddess Ériu, who is credited with naming Ireland, sits on this hill. It is said that the kings of the Celtic people would marry Ériu in a ceremony and then light a large fire on top of this significant location to ensure a prosperous summer. This would bind the kings’ destinies to the land. Other large Bealtaine bonfires were started from it, and locals lit their own hearth fires from them. It was visible from nearly a fourth of the island of Ireland.

May Day in Ireland

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the feast of Bealtaine and in latter times as Mary’s day. Traditionally, bonfires were lit to mark the coming of summer and to banish the long nights of winter. Officially Irish May Day holiday is the first Monday in May. Old traditions such as bonfires are no longer widely observed, though the practice persists in some places across the country. Limerick, Clare and many other people in other counties still keep on this tradition such as the town of Arklow in Co. Wicklow.

Happy Summer Solstice!

In Ireland, Midsummer or the summer solstice takes places on 21st June. This is the longest day of the year when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. The celebration of Summer Solstice in Ireland is tied to their ancient landmarks and Neolithic sites such as Newgrange that dates back to 5,000 years ago. Also in Co. Meath, is the Hill of Tara which has deep links to Irish folklore and is a popular location to celebrate the solstice.

Summer Holidays in Ireland

And all-around Ireland, plenty of people will take advantage of the long May bank holiday weekend to wind down and relax, and perhaps, like their Celtic predecessors, have some fun with family and friends to get the summer season started off right.

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Announcing The Launch of The Irish Jewelry Company New Website

The Irish Jewelry Company New Website

TheIrishJewelryCompany.com is excited to announce the launch of their newly design, responsive, user friendly luxurious new website. After seven months of unforeseen obstacles, hard work and dedication the new website has successfully launched to the approval of their loyal customer.

Rockville Centre, NY October 6th, 2021 – The Irish Jewelry Company is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website. Visit us at TheIrishJewelryCompany.com. After seven months of hard work and perseverance, the official new website has launched. The new websites look is luxurious, and the site is faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

As an online Irish jewelry design leader, it is important for us to showcase new styles, services, and trends in a pleasing way quickly to our loyal customer and prospective customers. The new site endeavors to provide our customers with the most beautiful jewelry designs at the highest quality with the best customer service possible.  

“Our goal with this new website is to provide our customers a modern site with an easier way to navigate our collections based on their own choice with seamless checkout.” Says owner Jennifer Derrig. “The Irish Jewelry Company’s new visually appealing website is designed for company growth and provides faster page loading speeding, and greater content with our Blog as well as improved website navigation in order to comply with the new google core update.”

Amongst the new site features is an interactive catalog lookbook and integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to foster improved social sharing for customers. Customers can now enjoy reading The Irish Jewelry Company Blog directly on the website. Regular posting of interesting educational blog content pertaining to Irish jewelry, Irish wedding traditions and Irish culture along with other with helpful information such as company announcements and customer testimonials in the Blog will happen on a weekly base. When existing customers login in while shopping they can also enjoy new instant checkout. Customers can also sign up for emails and as well as SMS notifications.  New SMS features is a text messaging service that will allow us to instantly contact customers regarding their order status, store promotions, and new products. In addition, as part of the new site launch The Irish Jewelry Company will be offering free stand shipping on all orders over $150.


To view the new website, visit https://THEIRISHJEWELRYCOMPANY.com.

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Brief History of Gold Jewelry

Gold and gold jewelry has been a treasured commodity throughout ancient history. The first historical evidence of gold jewelry in a society occurred in ancient Egypt around 3,000 B.C. Gold was a highly valued metal that was easy to work with in its purest form. Gold was treasured in Egyptian mythology. Gold and gold jewelry was highly valued by pharaohs and Egyptian temple priests. So important, and highly treasured that the capstones on the Pyramids of Giza were made of solid gold.

Ancient Greeks and Gold

Later on in ancient history, the Greeks saw gold as a symbol of social status and as a form of glory amongst the immortal gods and demigods. The average Greek used gold to reflect wealth wealth and as currency.

Gold Fun Fact

The Olympics tradition of giving gold medals to the victors began during the modern Olympics and actually has very little to do with ancient Greek tradition.

Celtic Gold Jewelry History and Origins

From what historians can discern the Celts began working with gold in the early bronze age. They started working in sheet gold, creating sundiscs and crescentic gold collars called lunulae.

Around 1200 BC new gold working techniques were developed. During this time a great variety of torcs including torc bracelets were made by twisting bars or strips of gold.

It is believed around 1200 BC the Celts began to develop new gold working techniques. It is thought that during this time many of the Celtic torcs discovered were made by simply twisting bars of pure gold or strips of pure gold.

Around 900 BC – the Late Bronze Age – and the Celtic jewelry metal work of this period consisted of two main types. Celtic Jewelry pieces including Celtic bracelets and Celtic brooches used as fasten their cloaks, in dramatic contrast to previous sheet gold collars and ear-spools.

What is Pure Gold?

According to the World Gold Council “‘Caratage’ is the measurement of purity of gold alloyed with other metals. 24 carat is pure gold with no other metals. Lower caratages contain less gold; 18 carat gold contains 75 per cent gold and 25 per cent other metals, often copper or silver.”

What is Karat Gold?

Karat Gold refers to a standardized industry unit of measurement regarding the percentages of metal alloy added to pure to to either strengthen it, decrease gold caratage to reduce costs or change it’s color.

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Men’s Jewelry Trends 2021-2022

Let’s talk about social media infuencers, those nifty trend setters. Today with the popularity of social media these days trends in jewelry especially, are spreading quickly. Men’s jewelry trends in fashion are on fire as of late. As it turns out men like to accessorize just as much as women. They are taking a lot more pictures of their own curated style on social media showing off their various talents, body art and fashion sense just as much as female influencers are these days.

Men’s Celtic Cross Tigers Eye Bracelet

Bracing for Bracelets

All over social media there are images of men wearing bracelets. Often these bracelets are stacked and they are a mixing looks such as chunky metal and beaded men’s bracelets. Usually multiple beaded men’s bracelets.

The Statement Ring

With every image of a man wearing a bracelet undoubtedly he also has on a big bold statement ring. Often multiple men’s rings on one hand. These rings are large statement rings that ooze a certain bad boy, rock and roll style.

Oxidized Celtic Knot Ring Silver 10K Gold

Bands are tried and true favorite

Often mixed in with the men’s statement ring is an assortment other rings including a few simpler yet stylish wedding band usually to accent these more bold statement rings. Men are wearing rings and multiple rings in a variety of metals such as stainless steel, sterling silver and gold. In all sorts of combinations. I have even see a few rock-in a claddagh ring.

Diamonds aren’t just a girls best friend

With the recent launch of a famous retailers men’s engagement ring collection it is more and more obvious there is a market for cross over men’s bridal and unisex wedding ring styles. Diamond Wedding rings that have a classic style that works for any and all sexes.

Men’s Celtic Tag Necklace

Symbols of faith and love

Men all over social media are depicted wearing symbols of their faith and love around their necks. Layered necklace in various combinations of crosses, like the Celtic cross and saint medals in a mix of metals. Claddagh necklaces for men have always been a traditional favorite symbol of love.

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The Irish Harp: The True Emblem of Ireland

Most people if asked what is the symbol of Ireland would probably answer the shamrock. But they would absolutely be wrong. The true symbol of Ireland is the ancient Irish harp.

The Irish Harp Pendant by The Irish Jewelry Company

The National Symbol of Ireland

The Irish Harp is the national symbol of Ireland. The traditional instrument is featured on Irish coins, the Presidential Seal, the Irish passport and the Irish coat of arms. Scholars have found that the Irish harp’s popularity with the Irish people dates back to the 1500’s. However the Irish Harp can only be considered the national symbol of Ireland when it’s in ‘left facing’ form.

Only a left facing harp is the registered symbol of Ireland, why is that you ask? Blame that beloved Irish beverage company Guinness. In 1922, when Irish officials tried to register the harp as the national trademark, they were advised it could only register the rights to a left facing harp because Guinness had already registered a right facing harp as the Guinness mark and had been trading under it since 1862!

Irish Brooch by The Irish Jewelry Company

The Celtic Harp

The Celtic harp is a wire strung instrument with a triangular frame. The Celtic harp also known as the Irish Harp is traditional to Ireland and Scotland. It is known as cláirseach in Irish Gaelic and clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic. The Celtic harp is an ancient instrument associated with the ruling class and required skill and much practice to play.

The Royal Harp for for an Irish King

Trinity College’s Trinity Harp

Ireland’s national emblem is actually based on the Brian Boru Harp. Irish legend says Brian Boru played the harp the night before the Battle of Clontarf. This Irish harp is also known as the Trinity Harp, and is on display in Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room. You know the place. Its the beautifully dramatic old library of Trinity College that holds a collection of 200,000 the oldest books with the gorgeous barrel ceiling used in numerous movie scenes.

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Conversations with the Best Online Irish Jeweler: The Irish Jewelry Company

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 29, 2021

Started by an Irish American husband-and-wife team in 2006, with a combined 50 years of experience in the jewelry industry. They are a family owned and operated business. The Irish Jewelry Company is an award-winning business and their Irish jewelry is sold worldwide online.

Jeweler crafting jewelry on his workbench

From modest beginnings starting in the basement of their family home this dynamic husband and wide duo has continued to grow their brand The Irish Jewelry Company designing beautiful exclusive Irish jewelry.  With awards for jewelry design and in business they have successfully combine their love of Ireland, their passion for jewelry and knowledge of manufacturing to create their unique and high-quality Irish jewelry in a brilliant working relationship that ships order for their jewelry daily to delighted customers around the world.

The Irish Jewelry Company

Jennifer, Owner and Jewelry designer said “We created this company, fulfilling a lifelong dream of honoring our families’ Irish heritage through our combined talents and experience in the jewelry industry. My husband, Andrew Derrig provides the expertise in manufacturing, research & development sourcing, and licensing that is the key to our company’s continued success. Although we are based in the United States, we frequently visit our family and our family home in County Mayo, Ireland and travel to Europe with our kids discovering new product and spotting new trends.”  

Each piece of jewelry from The Irish Jewelry Company is meticulously designed by Jennifer who was classically trained as a jewelry designer at the prestigious school for art and design, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

The Irish Jewelry Company has had enormous success in their notable collection of exclusive designs such as the Celtic Mothers Knot, their Mothers Claddagh, the Sisters Knot, and their beautiful selection of traditional and unique Claddagh Ring designs all available online just to name a few.  

The Claddagh Ring is an old Irish ring with two hands holding a heart, surmounted by a crown. According to Irish heritage, the claddagh symbolizes love, loyalty and friendship. The hands represent ‘friendship’, the heart represents ‘love’, and the crown represents ‘loyalty’.

Claddagh Rings are so popular they have been worn by famous royal wearers such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Victoria. Claddagh Rings have even been presented to two US presidents as gifts when they visited Ireland. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie received theirs in 1963. The rings were to honor his Irish roots. Ronald Reagan received his ring in 1984 from the people of Galway.

The Irish Jewelry Company is busy year-round shipping Irish gifts to customers around the world. Irish gift giving holidays like Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas are especially busy order times.    

You can find out more about The Irish Jewelry Company at www.TheIrishJewelryCompany.com , on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  

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The Celtic Tree of Life Symbolism and Meaning

The Celtic Tree of Life

In Celtic myth, trees played a central role in daily life. The Celts believed the Irish wooded landscape was full of spirits. They also associated the spirit or heart of the great oak with fertility and centered with wisdom. Often Celtic clans gathered socially underneath the mighty oak to discussing clan issues like a meeting of public officials today. Like Native Americans the Celts revered nature and the cycle of life. They valued their relationship to the earth and gathered within nature in honor of it instead of building great temples of stone. The Celts love of nature and its bond to the earth lead to their many beliefs revolving around trees.

What does the Celtic Tree of Life Symbolize?

The commemorated oak tree also called the Celtic Tree of Life has been an ancient symbol of life, fertility and wisdom revered by many cultures like the Greeks, and Romans in addition to the Celts since ancient times. There are many symbols of the oak tree with spiritual meaning.

Tree of Life in Gaelic

The Celtic tree of life in Gaelic is called “Crann Bethadh”. The Tree of Life is a complex element of Irish culture and customs. The Celtic Tree of Life is amongst one of the most admired and recognizable Celtic symbols. The tree of life symbolically important in both history and religion. It symbolizes faith, the strength of coherence and stability.

The Meaning of the Celtic Tree of Life

The Celtic Tree of Life meaning varies. Rebirth is one of the most popular meanings for the Tree of Life.  The belief stems from theory that trees experiences renewal throughout the changing of the seasons. Its leaves fall in autumn and regrow in spring is symbolic of rebirth. Another meaning of the Celtic Tree of Life is that it is also a symbol of wisdom and strength. The most sacred of trees was the oak, called ‘daur’ in Celtic.  It is where the modern word ‘door’ is derived. So, the oak tree, literally would have been the door to the other world.

The Celtic Tree of Life has been an inspiration to various artists for centuries. Remember that great scene in Game of Thrones. The one where Bran, Hodor and Elllie are in the cave root system of the weirwood tree when Bran was becoming the Three-Eyed Raven?  I believe it was kind of symbolic of the tree of life, the all-knowing tree. Remember then while they were escaping the cave root system, Ellie shouted to Hodor to “hold the door to give them a chance to escape. The words flashed back to the past, causing Wylis to fall to the ground seizing while yelling “hold the door!” repeatable, until brain damage set in and the phrased “Hold Door” slurred into one: “Hodor.” Are you seeing the connection?  

Knowledge of the fundamental meaning of the Tree of Life symbol gives an insight to ancient Celtic. Celtic Tree of Life Knot has roots and branches woven into a Celtic knot together without end, illustrating the uninterrupted cycle of life on earth. The Celtic Tree of Life knot is a popular design for tapestries, throws, Celtic jewelry and tree of life tattoos because of its positive energy.