Want to learn how to draw one of Ireland’s most iconic and memorable symbols? Give it a try with our guide to drawing Celtic knots.
Celtic symbolism has grown in popularity in recent years. The growing appetite for Celtic myths, languages, names, and gemstones seems insatiable.
As part of this resurgence, the famous “Celtic Knot” is popping up everywhere. But what exactly is it? Where did it come from and what does it mean?
Let’s explore together the origins of this ancient Irish design and how to draw a Celtic knot.
What is a Celtic knot? – Iconic symbol of Ireland
Celtic knots (known in Irish as ‘Snydam Cheilteach’) are a variety of knots commonly used for decoration in both ancient and modern times. Found in many cultures, including ancient Celtic and Norse traditions, this knot is known for its never-ending stem.
The fact that the stem has no end suggests never-ending love and eternal life. This ancient symbol has many variations, including a three-stemmed knot and a maze pattern.
The famous Book of Kells, on display in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, contains many beautiful variations of Celtic knots in its ancient pages. However, this knot can also be found in more recent pieces such as jewelry.
learn more About Celtic Knots: Their History, Variations and Meanings
History of Celtic knots – Where did it come from?
A staple of art, Celtic knots are found in many ancient cultures. The knot design has its origins in the late Roman Empire, but can also be found in ancient Coptic, Islamic, Ethiopian, and Byzantine artwork. Importantly, the ancient Celts seem to have valued this design.
Celtic knots are often associated with Christianity. There is good reason for this, considering the large number of Celtic knot stone crosses found throughout Ireland.
However, this knot was here even before Christianity began to influence Celtic culture in about 450 AD, suggesting that the symbol was also important to prehistoric and pagan peoples. Masu.
Different types of Celtic knots – countless variations
There are many variations of Celtic knots, but the core characteristics of each are the same. In other words, the line never ends, representing the continuous and enduring nature of life and love.
One of the most well-known and loved variations of the Celtic knot is the “Triquetra,” also known as the “Trinity Knot.”
read more: See the IB4UD article “Triquetra: History and Meaning of the Triple Knot.”
The number 3 was sacred to the Celts and represented many things, including the phases of the moon, the stages of life (birth, life, and death), and the third trimester of pregnancy. If this knot looks familiar, it might be because it was featured prominently on paranormal TV shows in the ’90s. Charmed.
The Celtic Cross is often associated with Ireland. Being a religious and spiritual symbol, Christians often consider it to represent Jesus Christ and his crucifixion. It also had meaning in pre-Christian Ireland, where it is said to have symbolized the sun god.
Another variation of the Celtic knot is the “shield knot,” which was believed to have a powerful ability to prevent evil spirits and negative energies from entering your home. It is also a Celtic symbol of strength and is often brought into battle (hence the name). This change is seen across many cultures and is often seen as protection from danger.
Related: For more on the Trinity Knot and more, check out IB4UD’s article on the top 10 Celtic symbols and their meanings.
How to draw Celtic knots – Easy guide to get started
You can try out any of the Celtic knot variations listed here, but here are some steps to create a simplified version of the popular triquetra.
First, draw three dots equally spaced on the page in the shape of a triangle.
Next, draw a curve between the bottom two points, making sure the top of the curve reaches about halfway up the top point (or about halfway between the three points).
Turn the page clockwise so that the top dot is one of the bottom two dots. Repeat the above steps for these two points.
Once you’ve done this, you should have a simple outline that looks a bit like a flower with three petals.
Now you can start fleshing out your design and make the lines thicker. And soon you’ll have your first simple knot design.
If you want to build on this and try a more complex variation, there are many video demonstrations online to choose from.
Whether you’re looking to incorporate this ancient design into your own artwork or are simply looking for inspiration for your jewelry choices, this short guide will inspire you to delve deeper into the world of sacred Celtic knots. I hope it became.
More IB4UD articles about Celtic symbols and history
Celtic Region: Explaining where the Celts came from
Celtic Gods and Goddesses: Top 10 Descriptions
Celtic Tree of Life (Clan Besad): Meaning and History
Celtic symbols of strength: everything you need to know