Celtic Symbols / Druid Symbols

Index of Celtic and pseudo-Celtic symbols, including Druid symbols, Irish and Scottish cultural images, Celtic knots, and more.

 

Triqueta Sheela-na-gig Cernunnos Triqueta Green man Celtic world tree
Triquetra Sheela Cernunnos Triqueta Green man Tree of Life
Uffington Horse Cerne Abbas giant Shield Knot Triskele Shield Knot
Chalk Horse Rude Man Shield Knot Triskele Shield Knot Taranis
Pictish symbol Pictish Mermaid Pictish symbol
Z-Rod Pictish “V-Rod” Druidry Celtic Knot Celtic knot
Brigid's cross Welsh Dragon Celtic Cross Druid
Brighid’s cross Welsh Dragon Celtic Cross Awen Spiral Shamrock
Ogham Claddagh Deer Deer sccross
Ogham Evangelists Claddagh Cauldron Mistletoe Celtic Cross

 

Celtic Animals:

Celtic Bull Celtic Boar Pictish symbol Dragon Deer Crane
Bull Boar Serpent Dragon Deer Crane
Celtic Horse raven
Horse Dog Raven Salmon

 

Looking for the “celtic symbol” of motherhood, brotherhood, courage, etc?

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Seth October 17, 2018 at 1:49 am

I am looking for the symbols of strength and love. I’ve looked at many different websites, but I really couldn’t find anything that symbolizes only strength and or love. All I have been able to find, is the Claddagh for love, but I couldn’t find anything for strength. So I was wondering if you guys could try to help me and tell me if this is correct? Also, I don’t want any kind of animal to represent these, I just want a design kind of symbol.

AJ September 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

Ever since I was young I have drawn the triskele. I just realised now what it meant any idea why? Contact me with my email or something please. I have had weird experiences too

Sara August 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Hello,

I have been searching but I can’t find a Celtic or Druidic symbol or sigil that would be for protection aside from the “shield knot”. Are there any other symbols that would have been used for protection or warding against evils?

Thanks

Jo February 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

If it exists I need a Celtic symbol for betrayal for a story I’m writing.

Laura February 5, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Hi,
I was wondering if this was an actual symbol of the celtic for internal strength? If not, which one would be the closest to it?

Thank you!

Connor Collins November 9, 2017 at 5:38 am

What’s fire? I’m looking for a symbol for my OC and would like to use that if it’s simple

Luna August 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

I looking for a symbol that will protect me in dreams… I know it sounds odd but I had an strange dream which now I believe to be in danger when ever I go to sleep.

Suzanne August 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm

What is the Celtic symbol for strength? Or courage?

Sel July 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Hey there !
I was looking for a symbol of death and found this one, https://goo.gl/images/5ogkzd
But I havent seen it elsewhere so I would really appreciate if you could verify it actually is!
Thankyou!

Amanda May 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

I’ve had this necklace for about 10 years and was wondering if it had a meaning to it, or if it was just a modern construction in the stylization of a celtic knot. Thanks!
http://imgur.com/a/vE3BT

Paige April 24, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Is there a Celtic symbol for family I want to get a tattoo of it but I keep finding different symbols and I wanna make sure I’m getting the correct one.

Kelly April 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Hello. I’m looking for something that symbolizes protection to put in my daughter’s car. I’ve been appointed to the triqueta, but I would like some affirmation that it should be THE symbol I use. She’s been a passenger in some very close call crashes recently and she begins driving soon, so she wants something to protect her… And I couldn’t agree more!

Deb May 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Using these occultic symbols is a sure opening of a door to a curse that can result in DEATH. Seek only to know and teach your daughter the gospel of JESUS according to John 3:17 And Romans 10:10-15 in the King James Version. There is no other name by which to have eternal life or protection in this life

Anonymous June 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

Jesus is the only real protection that exists. All else is spiritually dangerous at best.

Anonymous September 28, 2017 at 11:16 pm
Anonymous September 28, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Navajo and Cherokee as well as Norse have nice runes also can look up items that radiate protection

Anonymous February 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

Look up a helm of awe its norse but its a really good symbol

J May 11, 2018 at 10:34 am

I would agree.

Anonymous November 13, 2018 at 5:56 am

I have a tattoo of a norse symbol for invinciblity and so far it works

Michael April 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

Can anybody ID this? Been around my neck for awhile. Just curious about my old costume piece. Kind Regards, Michael

Michael April 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm
J May 11, 2018 at 10:36 am

I believe its Aztec, the plummed serpents children.

Jennifer April 23, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Hi Michael. It looks like a riff on an Aztec piece, but I’m not sure how to place it more precisely.

Zech December 29, 2017 at 6:11 am

I believe its modern artwork based off of children of the plumed serpent

billiejean betzold March 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

I’m looking for a symbol for strength or warrior can you help me.

Zech December 29, 2017 at 6:29 am

The Celtic shield was used by warriors to protect there souls

lori March 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Dreamed of a man who I know, he’s Irish and he was wearing an earring in the shape of a figure eight that was studded with diamonds.

Talia March 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

Hi there.

Just trying to discover a celtic symbol for strength or courage? Do those exist?

Thank you!

Zech December 29, 2017 at 6:37 am

the Celtic bull is used to represents strength and virility this is the best i can find

Audrey Finch March 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

Hi. I’m looking for the celtic symbol for strength/inner strength. All the websites i look into have me confused as to which one it really is. I’d appreciate the help! Thanks so much, in advance!

Jon January 30, 2017 at 9:51 am

Hi,
I am looking for the celtic symbol for water/waves if one exists?
My searches keep on coming back to the spiral or triple spiral, but I cannot find any solid information.
Thank you!

Jennifer February 16, 2017 at 7:33 am

Hi Jon, there really isn’t one.Closest I can give you is the mermaid/venus.

Zech December 29, 2017 at 6:38 am

Celtic rune Laguz

Wladi. November 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

Elements of bibliography that can help you in your researches :

G. Dumézil, Mythe et Épopée, I, II et III, Paris, 1968-1971-1981, and Les dieux souverains des Indo-Européens, Paris, 1977 ; J. Haudry, The Indo-Europeans (Lyon, 1994), Le Feu, Paris and Milan 2016 ; A. et B. Rees, Celtic Heritage, Londres, 1961 ; P. Mac Cana, Celtic Mythology, London, 1970 ; C. Ramnoux, Le Grand roi d’Irlande, éditions L’Aphélie, Céret (F.), 1989 ; M.-L. Sjoestedt, Dieux et héros des Celtes, Paris, 1941, réédité, encore plein d’enseignements ; Mircea Eliade, « Celtes, Germains, Thraces et Gètes », ch. 21 de l’Histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses, Paris, 1978, 2, §§ 163-172, pp. 136-151 et 433-440 ; P.-M. Duval, Les dieux de la Gaule (archaeology and meaning), Paris, 1976 ; A. Ross, Pagan Celtic Britain (archéologie britannique), Londres, 1992. W. Thurneysen, Die Irische Helden- und Königsage, Halle, 1921, rééd. Pr. Venceslas Kruta : le mode des anciens Celtes (Yoran ed.), L’art des celtes (Phaidon ed.) ; Philippe Jouët, Dictionnaire de la mythologie et de la religion celtiques (1041 p., Fouesnant (F.), Yoran editor, 2012). Civilisation : B. Maier, Lexicon, Stuttgart, 1994 ; M. Green, Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend, London, 1992 ; G. S. Olmsted, The Gods of the Celts, Innsbruck, 1994. periodicals : Études Celtiques (former Revue Celtique), Ériu, Celtica, BBCS, Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie, Ollodagos (Bruxelles), Journal of Indo-European Studies.

Naoise October 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me if this is an actual symbol. I found it on pinterest but i couldn’t find it anywhere else. Thank you!
http://pinbrowse.com/photo/526850856390528491

Jennifer October 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

I’ve gotten this one a few times. It is some sort of doodle, not a historical symbol and certainly not a Celtic one.

Shanley October 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Hi, I am searching for symbols to represent my 2 sons who’s names are Keefe and Finnegan. Keefe means handsome one or noble, and Finn means little fair one. Are there symbols to interpret those ideas?
With much appreciation!

Alura Reia December 12, 2016 at 1:40 am

Hi I know in mythology Finnegan is heavily associated with the Salmon idk about the other

Lynn August 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Hey, in Spain I bought a necklace with a symbol on it, I think it was a Celtic symbol. It looks like a star, but the ends of the spikes are arrows. They turn to the right, and there are five spikes. In the middle of the star is a dot. Around the whole star is a circle, and around the circle there is a circle with short spikes. Does anyone know the meaning of this symbol? I hope I described it clear enough…

Jennifer August 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm

I’m actually having difficulty picturing this…but that said, that does not sound Celtic at all. Do you have a picture?

Brenda Wade July 5, 2016 at 1:54 am

I’m trying to find the meaning for a Celtic symbol I found in a Celtic Jewelry/Apparel magazine. The magazine had the meaning in it but when I gave it to my son to try replicate for a tattoo I wanted to do, apparently he lost it. But I remember it fit the type of situation I had just went through in having a breast cancer scare. So it just seemed like it was the one, symbolising strength. I could of sworn it also had something to do with prosperity and a goddess symbol. It was a heart pentacle with a crescent moon on each side also had knot throughout like it was holding the moon and star. I found Celtic Jewelry website that has one but can’t find one for the meaning . Would someone possibly be able to help? Please

Margaret July 4, 2016 at 12:52 am

Hello! I have a bit of an odd question, but are there any Celtic/magic symbols that mean “death”? Or something similar to that?

ian July 31, 2016 at 4:24 pm

pictish, discs and z rod, death and living. z rod (Broken arrow or spear) death of person or leader. Disc represent Dead and living world joined together with Z rod or v rod

Alisha May 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

http://pin.it/gPn_hHa

Can you tell me if this is an actual symbol? TIA

Jennifer May 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm

No, that it is not. This is definitely not authentic, just someone’s creative design.

Leah O'Neal March 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Hey, my sister wants me to design her a tattoo that incorporates a Celtic symbol that means love and another that means strength. Are there any that mean exactly that? Or any that are closely related?

Michelle March 17, 2016 at 2:53 am

https://www.google.com/search?q=celtic+symbol+for+strength&biw=412&bih=651&site=webhp&prmd=isnv&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYl8ypjcfLAhWqtoMKHQIdDSIQ_AUIBSgA&dpr=3.5#imgrc=fW18d_ihC8TzfM%3A

I’ve seen this floating around as the Celtic symbol for strength, however I can’t locate any sources for the image aside from Pinterest. Is this another made up symbol for tattoo art? I’ve also seen this being shared on some pagan groups I’m in and I’m wondering if people are posting bad information. Thanks for any help/input!

Jennifer March 21, 2016 at 5:26 pm

If you’re referring to that one that looks like a fancy ampersand, it’s not only made up, it’s not even recognizable Celtic. :)

Juan Rodriguez December 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

Good morning,
Few months ago, I was inspired to get myself a tattoo. At first I was led to an alpha, omega and beta symbol, which you now call it triskele. But somehow at the same time, I wasn’t fully feeling it and felt something was missing. All of sudden, triqueta with the circle loop came to my sense, but also tge triangle delta symbol appeared in my mind. So I sketched it together and had tattoo done with triqueta being the main size on my forearm with triskele in the north inner space and a small delta triangle right in the very center of triqueta’s interlocking space. The tattoo is a stone foundation. I’m trying to figure out why it led me to this but I can interpret this in many ways that I can convince myself to believe it’s purpose. But maybe you might be able to perhaps interpret this. Any ideas?

Natalie January 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

I find it also strange as when I want need to do my candle rituals I am have been picture the same symbol I have been led to this page and have always thought that Celtic madgik was true it must be in our blood our heritage that’s why we’re drawn to it by the way the symbol is the spiral not just coincidence brother love and light blessed be with you IT IS OUR PATH OUR CALLING, also can I ask are you drawn to the sea or water??

Anonymous March 3, 2016 at 4:24 pm

I’ve also keep finding this symbol everywhere I look it seems. I use to draw it as a child. I am very drawn to the sea or any water for that matter. Does that mean something

Ashlee Clark November 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

Hi my names Ashlee I am looking for a Celtic tattoo for about
10 people as our family is getting bigger we all want to get the
Same but something that represents us for being such a strong
Loving family we all like the trinity symbol do you think this is
The right one for us or would you suggest something else
Would really like some feed back as it’s going to be on us for
Life..

Thanks ash..

Sofia November 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

Hello,

I am searching for something the symbolizes the help. the need for help in the world, altruism or a constant reminder that people can change the world.

cheers

Sofi

MM October 28, 2015 at 5:38 am

Hello.
I am searching for a mother/daughter or motherhood celtic symbol. Can you give me advise? I’ve seen some knots, but I want to be 100% sure. Thank you.

Jennifer October 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Hi- the short answer is, there aren’t any. You can read more here: http://symboldictionary.net/?page_id=3559#celtic

Juan Rodriguez November 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Good morning,
Few months ago, I was inspired to get myself a tattoo. At first I was led to an alpha, omega and beta symbol, which you now call it triskele. But somehow at the same time, I wasn’t fully feeling it and felt something was missing. All of sudden, triqueta with the circle loop came to my sense, but also tge triangle delta symbol appeared in my mind. So I sketched it together and had tattoo done with triqueta being the main size on my forearm with triskele in the north inner space and a small delta triangle right in the very center of triqueta’s interlocking space. The tattoo is a stone foundation. I’m trying to figure out why it led me to this but I can interpret this in many ways that I can convince myself to believe it’s purpose. But maybe you might be able to perhaps interpret this. Any ideas?

Julie October 27, 2015 at 2:11 am

Hi there, I’m looking for the father/daughter bond of the Celtic knots. Ivebeen researching a lot and only find a few (non scholarly) reads in Brigid who sat with her dying father and weaved this supposed Celtic knot. Does this exist? What is it called so I can look it up appropriately
Thanks!

Jennifer October 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Hi Julie. As an authentic legend, it does not. You can read more here: http://symboldictionary.net/?page_id=3559#celtic

Frank September 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

can anyone identify the symbol on the cover of Laurence ginnell’s “the Brehon laws; a legal handbook

Thank you
F

Jennifer September 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

It looks like a fanciful interlace of a triskele & an infinity symbol to me.

Frank September 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm

I see where you are coming from. I take it it is not a “symbol” in its own right, nor has any relationship to Irish law?
F

Dr. Bielenburg August 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I would like to inquire on exactly where the information is being acquired for this site.

Jennifer August 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

That’s a pretty broad question. The short answer is, from twenty+ years of personal research and a fairly extensive library of source texts & books by subject matter experts :) .

Chantal July 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I’m searching for a symbol for daughter, is there one? I find mother/daughter and father/daughter. Is there one that solely stands for daughter?

Jennifer August 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I’m sorry, there are no genuine Celtic-era symbols that stand for familial relationships.

Amy July 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Hi. I’m a two time cancer survivor. And I’m interested in a Celtic symbol to eventually get a tattoo once I’m cleared to do so by my doctors. I’m interested in a symbol depicting either strength or survivor. Do you know of any symbols that would represent that?

Thank you.

Benjamin July 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

Hi..looking for symbol or symbols for protector..warrior.. Seeing or prediction of future, Strong, powerful. Also powerful present personality and hard to read.. Plz help me with symbols associateing the above..

Elizabeth June 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Hi!
Question!!
On the Trinity knot with the ring, Does it matter which way the points face?
I have noticed that in pictures that it shows it with a point at 12 oclock position
and at the 4 and 8 o cloc poition.
I would like to draw one with the opposite at the 10 and 2 and then the 6 oclock position but do not want to offend anyone if that is not acceptable.
Please if you could give me some feedback, I would really appreciate it!

Jennifer June 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

No, it would not.

Leroy montoy June 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I want to get a tat of the celtic symbol for family but every site i check has a different symbol i just want to know what one is the real symbol

Jennifer June 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm

There really isn’t such a thing, sorry. See the link for an explanation.

Summer May 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Definitely getting the Sheela-na-gig

Summer May 1, 2015 at 12:18 pm

as a tattoo***

ryan cooper March 23, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Hey ive been looking for a symbol that reflects a warrior and has meaning behind it, and ideas?

Cindy March 23, 2015 at 6:53 am

I’m looking for the galic or Irish symbol that represents “Aunt” & “Sister” & ” Teacher/ Education/Educator”

so if someone knows that or can direct me to a website I would greatly appreciated. It!!! i’m a mix of irish German French and Italian. I do have two symbols from Peter Senge about a teacher and a student and mastering education and your craft but nobody can see that. But these will be seen either on back arm leg or I’m working on his sleeve. Thanks Again!! Cindy

Jennifer April 1, 2015 at 3:45 am

Hi Cindy. I have to be the bearer of bad news here, as these things really do not exist. I’ve written some about similar requests here: http://symboldictionary.net/?page_id=3559 The short version is, there are no “Celtic” symbols for sisterhood, courage, survival, etc. The same goes for most professions as well, unfortunately.

Anthony February 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Was wondering if there is a symbol for father and daughter that could be used for a tattoo?

Dan McCaffrey February 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Hi,

I am looking for Gaelic numbers to represent each year I am married. I need to know what the symbol looks like for ( 1,2,3,4,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40). My plan is for myself and my wife to get a tattoo each year we are married the first five years then every five after. I cannot find what the Gaelic number symbols look like ..please help!

Thanks Dan

Nicole January 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Hi!, I’m writing a story in which I would like to incorporate as much Celtic mythology as possible. Are there any sources (besides this site… which is awesome by the way!), you can point me to, which contain Celtic myths and legends?

Luke January 5, 2015 at 12:30 am

I have got scottish ancestors and am currently in look of a scottish symbol of war any suggestions???

kristen horan December 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

I am looking for a celtic symbol to best fit 2 girls 1 boy siblings where the boy had passed on to our Lord. I have the 3 circle tattoo for him. Looking for the right symbol for all of us. Any suggestions?

kieran October 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

hi, I want to get an armband tattoo. I am looking for a celtic design for family and for protection. I would like to hear any sugestions.