Celtic Animal Symbols: Bull

celtic bullThe bull was an important part of Druid sacrificial rituals, especially those of a prophetic nature. The bull was the emblem of the mysterious god Esus (“Lord”)- monuments to the god are frequently inscribed with the Tarvos Trigaranus,(Latin, “bull with three cranes”) an image of a bull or bull’s head with three cranes either perched atop his back or in the branches of a nearby tree. The theft of the bull Donn Cualnge is central to the best know Celtic mythological tale, the Tain bo Cualnge, or “Cattle raid of Cooley,” wherein a prize bull is warred over.

Dying bull from the bottom panel of the Gundestrup cauldron. Tarvus Trigaranus

To the Celts, as everywhere, the bull was a symbol of fertility, wealth, and status. The bull likewise symbolizes ties to the land, ancestry, and kinship. A good bull was a conspicuous sign of wealth in a culture that revolved around cattle husbandry; the prestige of a clan’s bull was closely linked to that of its king, and to the prosperity of its people.

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Phillip I. Wink March 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

The bull seems to be of equal force right and left in movement. A stronger force than man and truly a gift from God for man! Earths energies are all from God along with the sence God gives a goose and man of navigation. Monumental acheivements of all time periods prove this to be fact! We have to get over thinking man was ever stupid because that is just a lot of BULL! With the concept of navigation in water and flight of birds, mans quest in symbol writing is there if you look at the pictures and geomettric designs used to tell all of unseen energys from God! You need a all-seeing eye to undestand all the sciences in these powers! A compass needle eye with knoledge of navigation evolved to it as we know it today and its meaning!

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