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2005-05-30 | |
The Celtic Cross symbolizes one of the oldest cults, carrying the fingerprints of the existence of a divine force. With roots in the ancient eras, the Celtic Cross has a controversial position in history. The main idea is, " to be or not to be " as Shakespeare said. The pagan character of this symbol still remains a question for society.
What is the symbolism of the Celtic Cross? Well, the answer is not as straight forward as one might hope. The history of this powerful symbol is ambiguous. There are many various interpretations and legends about the original meaning that are commonly repeated even today. In our modern multicultural world, the ringed cross is as much a symbol of ethnic heritage as it is of faith, and it is often used as an emblem of one‚Äôs Irish, Scottish, or Welsh identity. If you spend much time rooting around the history of the Celtic Cross, you find string arguments that this is a real thing, not just a legend.
The Irish catholic priests will have no hesitation telling you that the circle of the Celtic Cross is a symbol of eternity that emphasizes God‚Äôs endless love as shown trough Christ‚Äôs sacrifice on the cross. That is, unless he says that circle is a halo.
There is a legend about how St Patrick, when preaching to soon-to-be converted heathens, was shown a sacred standing stone that was marked with a circle that was the symbol of the Moon goddess. Patrick made the mark of a Latin cross through the circle, blessing the stone, making the first Celtic Cross.
The Celtic Cross did not become a symbol of Christianity until the 4th century. Images of the cross were in fact quite rare before the "golden legend" became popular and discovery of the "true cross" promoted fragments of the "true cross" as powerful relics.
There are in Britain stone monuments that may be the ancestor of the Celtic Cross. Constantine used the crucifix as a military insignia as well as a victory symbol.
My message is, " Lighten up!‚ÄĚ If you are Christian or Pagan, I hope this little essay helps answer some questions. Attempts to deny or taint the Christian heritage of the Celtic Cross are misguided, but it is also a mistake to insist that any faith has an exclusive claim on this powerful symbol. And remember to keep things in perspective.
THE SUBSTANCE OF RELIGION IS FAITH AND LOVE, NOT SYMBOLS.
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