In fact, we go on a bit of a rant about it in our detailed guide to the most popular Celtic symbols and their meanings.
Why? Well, to be very blunt – there’s a lot of bulls**t online when it comes to the symbol for everlasting love, family love and eternal love. A lot of BS.
Mainly from sneaky businesses that are trying to convince people to buy products with invented Celtic designs on them.
Don’t be fooled! There are many invented symbols for everlasting love online.
Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Celtic symbol for love, along with the many lies told online that you need to be aware of.
The Celtic Symbol for Love (Everlasting and Otherwise)
There’s a very widely spread misconception about the Celtic symbol for everlasting love. Many websites flaunt it as the symbol that you’ll find on a million fingers around the world.
I’m talking, of course, about the now-iconic Claddagh ring that hails from a little corner of Galway and that boasts a story of love, heartbreak and, randomly enough, pirates.
Now, don’t get me wrong – the Claddagh is absolutely an Irish symbol for love… it just isn’t one of the ancient Celtic symbols.
The fact is, there isn’t a clear Celtic symbol for love and family
“Hold on – there’s this website that specialises in Celtic and Druid symbols, and they have X number of different blogs about the many different symbols for love”.
They. Are. Lying. The Celts haven’t been around for a long long time. As a result… they haven’t invented any new symbols.
Unfortunately, many online businesses have invented a wide array of symbols, usually in an attempt to fool unsuspecting buyers into purchasing everything from t-shirts to tattoo designs.
That being said, there is a REAL symbol from the Celts that can represent family love and everlasting love.
The closest Celtic symbol for everlasting love
If you’re looking for a Celtic symbol for everlasting love, look no further than the Trinity Knot / Triquetra. This is the most common of the Celtic Knots and it symbolises unity and eternal spiritual life.
As you can see in the photo above, the symbol shows a circle that’s interwoven with a continuous three-pointed symbol.
So, where does the everlasting love bit come into it? Well, if you look carefully at the symbols above, you’ll see that there’s no beginning and no end to the lines. This is what makes it symbolic of family unity and eternal spiritual life.
This symbol has survived the test of time. One of the most notable places that it appears is within the manuscript pages of the 9th century Book of Kells.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Celtic Symbol for Unconditional Love
I wrote this guide in response to the volume of emails and comments that we have received about this topic over the last year or so.
I find myself responding to the same questions over and over again. Hopefully, the guide above along with the FAQs below will answer the majority of your questions.
If you have another query about the Celtic symbol for unconditional love (or anything related), you can ask them in the comments section.
Is there a Celtic symbol for family love?
If you’re searching for the Celtic symbol for family love, look no further than the Trinity Knot / Triquetra. It’s the closest representation that you’ll find.
I’m thinking about getting a Celtic symbol for love tattoo – what’s the best to get?
I’m always wary about replying to emails where people ask about tattoo designs. But they hit my inbox – constantly.
If you’re looking for a symbol of everlasting love for a tattoo, you could (it’s entirely your decision and it shouldn’t be taken lightly – it’s permanent, after all!) get a trinity knot.
If you read the section of the guide above on the Triquetra, you’ll find out why this symbol is a good representation.
Is there a symbol for love and strength?
The Trinity Knot mentioned twice above is your best bet here. There is a Celtic symbol for strength and inner strength, also!
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