Celtic cross tattoos are one of the more popular you can get. The Celtic cross looks like a Christian cross but with a circle around the intersection. Celtic cross tattoos can be a very flexible design because the cross often consists of distinctive knot work making Celtic cross tattoos both decorative and meaningful to whoever has them. Also known as the High cross, Ionic cross, and Irish Cross the Celtic Cross is often associated with faith and eternity.
The Celtic cross is known as an ancient and sacred symbol with a long and mysterious history. Believed to be a pre-Christian version of the Solar cross the Celtic cross is also linked with the God of Thunder, Taranis. The cross became the symbol of the Celtic Christian Church after the Celtics converted to Christianity. Stone structures of the Celtic cross can be found in Ireland on the grounds of monasteries. Other structures can be found in Wales, Scotland, and England. All of these were Celtic lands and the stone structures will likely reside in churchyards and market squares.
Celtic cross tattoos often contain a ring which seems to puzzle people as to what it actually symbolizes. Some believe that the ring symbolizes a crown of thorns or a halo. For pagans the ring often symbolizes the sun or the moon. It is also believed that the Celtic cross is an astrological navigation instrument. There are also a number of beliefs as to why the Celtic cross has a circle around the arms. One interpretation is that the circle represents the everlasting love of god and the everlasting life in Heaven. Another belief is that the circle represents eternity and combined with the cross symbolizes the infinity of God’s love.
If you’re Irish, Welsh, or Scottish obviously Celtic cross tattoos are popular because of your Celtic connections and your family history. Although, one does not have to have a Celtic connection to wear Celtic cross tattoos. It’s a design that will serve the purpose for anybody that associates a cross with religious or spiritual significance. The Celtic cross has a beautiful symbolic representation of faith. Its loops, knotworks, spirals, and beautiful lines make it truly a great piece of art for anyone. Check out our great collection of free tattoo designs and patterns for Celtic cross tattoos.