Celtic Corner
Original designs inspired by the art of the Celts
by Alastair Luke

The Celtic Cross

THE CELTIC CROSS
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The cross has been around for a long time and has come to have many different meanings ascribed to it. Some say it is a representation of the male and female aspects of life, symbolized by the cross and the circle respectively. Another idea states that the horizontal arms represent the physical world, while the vertical arms are for the spiritual. When they meet in the center a balance is achieved creating a sense of wholeness. Hense the circle, which is a symbol for oneness or of being 'complete'.

In all of my work I have used the styles of early Irish, or 'Celtic' Christianity. In my cross designs I wanted to honor the people that developed and gave us this beautiful art form. Keeping in mind that over the centuries, the cross has become a strong symbol for Christianity, I have incorporated my own interpretation into this piece. The cross itself, represents God. The line inside the cross shape, which is continuous and unending, symbolizes eternity and the circle means oneness. Taken together you have 'One God Forever'.

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