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Celtic Cross

About the Celtic Cross

Found throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Isles, the Celtic Cross is possibly one of the most well-known symbols of early Celtic Christianity. Surprisingly however, these crosses that predate Christ were first created and used by pagans.

The pagans worshiped the sun as the center of their existence. The circle in the center of the Celtic Cross represented the ancient sun god, with the arms representing the four seasons or directions.

During the great conversion of many pagans to Christianity, St. Patrick and Christian philosophers adapted the Celtic Cross as a Christian symbol and taught the meaning of the circle to represent Jesus Christ, the center of Christianity. By respecting the pagan sacred places such as holy wells and Celts monuments and symbols such as the Triknot the conversion to Christianity was swift with many Druids becoming ordained Christian priests.