CELTIC WORLD

Spirals, step patterns, and key patterns are the dominant motifs in Celtic art prior to the Christian influence on the Celts, which began around AD 450.These designs found their way into early Christian manuscripts and works of art with the addition of depictions of life, such as animals, plants and even humans. In the beginning, the patterns were intricate braided cords, called braids, which can also be found in other areas of Europe, such as Italy, in the 6th century. A fragment of a gospel book, now in the Durham Cathedral library and created in northern Britain in the 7th century, contains the earliest example of true designs knotted in the Celtic manner. 
The researchers sought to uncover the secret of the intertwined knot patterns, to find out if there was any particular meaning behind each intricate design: in reality, the Celts did not assign special ideas or concepts to these patterns, but used them mainly as decorations on sculptures and jewelry or to fill in the empty spaces of the manuscripts in order to embellish them. However, the intertwined patterns reflect the Celtic belief about interconnectedness and continuity of life.
Celtic festivals convey the vision of the universe perceived and experienced between the visible and invisible of the ancient Celts. Ancient festivals that unfold in a path in which the earthly world and the world of the gods overlap. The seasons mark the rhythms of life and death; death is not the end but a new beginning. This concept is very important for understanding Celtic culture. In the cycles of nature there is the divine element, which permeates the entire life of the Celts. Celtic festivals are precisely the moments in which the doors open between the world of men and that of the Transcendent. On some occasions, according to the Celts, the spirits of the deceased and the inhabitants of the invisible world can communicate with the living. But above all, the cosmic calendar of Celtic holidays reveals a spiritual path that mirrors the cycle of death and rebirth, typical of the philosophy of the Druids.
The cosmic Hnot is identified in the annual cycle of events, established by the path of the Earth around the Sun. The celebrations were marked by the astronomical situations of reference, which constituted a common date for all members of the Clans and sanctioned the relationship between the individual and the natural environment in which he existed. Three celebratory elements can be identified in the intertwining of the cosmic Hnot: the path of the historical events of humanity, participation in common moments of collective management in its social aspect and the individual evolutionary path, called the “Golden Path”. The astronomical year of the cosmic Hnot can represent an important cultural element, useful for many reasons. It can show, in an always current and present way, the events of the Celtic tradition and the history of all humanity to remember, in its historical and spiritual sequence, the true identity of the European natives and give a tangible dimension to the great adventure they have. lived and are living.

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