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Choosing A Celtic Wedding Tattoo

by Marc Choyt 22 Nov 2016 0 Comments

Tattoos are a tradition among tribes of indigenous people all over the world. They are particularly popular among Celtic people, especially the younger people today. Not only can a wedding tattoo can help to remind you of your own roots, it is also appropriate because the knot work can represent a place of no beginning and no end—like love and the journey of your soul.

But there are a number of other good reasons to get a wedding tattoo. Seeing tattoos on your own body can remind you of a particular feeling. Suppose something happened to you that was very emotional and intense—like a wedding! Not only may you never want to forget it -- you may also want to simply keep it front and center in your mind. Getting a tattoo before your wedding can help to remind you of who you were before that important event.

Tattoos can also represent a serious commitment. It may be a commitment to yourself, someone else or even a cause that you have offered your life to. This was true among Celts, who used mutual tattoos instead of wedding rings, as a way of representing marriage. No rings were exchanged, just tattoos.

Another reason to get a tattoo is that it can represent a cherished memory, including the memory of an event or a person. You can get a wedding tattoo to mark a particular occasion on your body for the rest of your life. When choosing a Celtic wedding tattoo, consider that the symbolic meaning, depends upon its shape. A circular tattoo represents community and wholeness. A spiral signifies growth and evolution.

A triangle is about direction and moving forward with focus.

A square is about finding a foundation and building a good structure.

A wave pattern signifies going with the flow and moving along.

To understand the symbolic meaning of you Celtic tattoo when shapes are combined, just try to understand what the individual patterns are that make up the shapes. If you can’t make up your mind as to which tattoo is absolutely the best for your wedding, you can start searching online for particular patterns.

One place to look for a Celtic wedding tattoo is under the category of "love knots," which represent the connecting of souls for eternity. There’s only one problem. The thing is, when researching "love knot" what I’m seeing is that a Celtic love knot tattoo can be basically anything. So "love knot" has become a kind of marketing term. The question is, what do you want the tattoo to represent?

There are several websites that you can check out. Captain Bret’s page is cool -- the knot work with flames. I could see that on my back—maybe to celebrate an anniversary. This site has a bunch of great Celtic tattoos. Most of them are for men. Dragons are okay. I like the own shown on the back of the woman’s neck. Also, that trinity symbol represents the maiden, mother and crone and the circle represents community.

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