The Celts were a people of storytelling, rich in symbolism and deep in meaning. In true Celtic tradition these pendants of real gemstones, Celtic knots and symbols combine to retell the story of these ancient legends. Each pendant comes with a real gemstone, Celtic symbols, high quality crystals and glass beads, and is finished with a 18" silver plate snake chain or upgrade to a sterling silver box chain. Comes gift box with story card explaining the Celtic symbols and the ancient Celtic legend.
Legend of the Celtic Raven
“To have a raven’s knowledge” is an Irish proverb meaning to have a seer’s supernatural powers. The Raven is considered one of the oldest and wisest of animals. As a bird of wisdom and prophecy, the Raven was the totem of the Welsh God, Bran. In fact, the Raven is often heard to cackle utterances that sound like “cras, cras.” The actual word “cras” is “tomorrow” in Latin, which supports the legend that distinguishes the Raven as the bird who can foretell the future, hold deep secrets, and reveal omens and signs.
Many Celtic goddesses are linked with the Raven and are associated with war and death. The wife of the sea-god Tethra was said to be the Raven goddess who hovered above battlefields, and a Scottish myth has the Cailleach Bheure, the hag of the Highlands, often appearing in Raven form. And last, upon the death of the great Celtic warrior CuChulainnâ, the Morrigan perched on his shoulder in the form of a Raven.
Meaning of the Celtic Knot
All Celtic knots, whether square, triangle or round, symbolize“no beginning, no end... infinity,” the intertwining of this world and the “other” or spiritual world, the continuity of life paths, the mingling of relationships, and the binding together of all.
The history of the Celts is an oral one and the exact meaning of their artwork, including all Celtic knots, is unsure. However scholars believe the round Lugh knot comes from Celtic mythology with Lugh being the Celtic god of Harvest; to this day a festival called Lughnasa is celebrated, in Ireland and in the Celtic Isles, halfway between the Summer solstice and Autumn equinox.
The triangular three-point knot called Triquetra, Triknot or Trinity has meaning for Christians and pagans alike. Early Christians adopted it as a symbol of the three-in-one God or Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Triquetra is often found in insular art such as illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. It is also found in similar artwork on Celtic crosses from the early Christian period. Pagans took it as a symbol of division of the world into the realms of Earth, Sea and Sky, and as a symbol of the triple goddesses, for example, Epona and The Morrígan.