Celtic symbols have been rooted in ancient Celtic folklore derived from their love of agriculture and symbolism. The Celtic culture covers a large area Europe known as the Celtic Nations that have Celtic cultural customs until this day. The Celtic Nations include England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the north pf France. The Celtic tribes lived in small rural groups or clans that were dependent on the weather and the seasons for a fertile harvest to survive the winter. Natural phenomenon, life cycles like birth and death as well as natural elements such as the sun or thunder is what helped shape the deities and the Celtic symbols and their meaning and their use in daily life. The Celtics felt a deep connection to nature and their Celtic symbols reflect that strong tie to the Earth and their Celtic
- Oct 30 2020Historians believe Celtic clans first settled in Germany and Austria from near 1,200BC. The clans were a society of agriculturalists and soldiers. It is believed around the time of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, the Celts migrated south across France and to the Iberian Peninsula. It was around 500BC when the Celts first arrived in Britain and Ireland.
- In Celtic mythology, the Cat is a beast that is both adored and despised. Those in search of otherworldly abilities sought him, but not in a kind or compassionate way. For those who were fearful of supernatural forces believed to exist outside of the church, the cat was a sign that the devil's hand was close at hand. This idea would eventually grow so widespread that merely possessing a cat would be seen as extremely hazardous.
The December edition of Celtic Life International Magazine brings new meaning to the old adage you can only keep what you have when you give it away. Check out our cover story on the Gift of Giving during the holiday season, learn about Belfast’s ‘Black Santa’, enjoy feature articles on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Outlander’s Gillebride MacMillan, Scottish actress Mhairi Calvey, Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe, and more! As well, our award-winning photo-journalist Tom Langlands explores the great Celtic nation of Galicia, and be sure to stock up on stocking-stuffers with our annual Celtic Jewelry Gift Guide! As always, we’re stuffed like an Irish Christmas Turkey with news, views, reviews, recipes, fashion, culture, history, heritage, tradition & more.