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Sharon asks…

are there any connections between Celtic knot patterns and crystals?

LoveKnots answers:

Are there any connections between Celtic knot patterns and crystals?

First I thought about how a Celtic knot is very similar to a Mobius strip. Compare:

Simple Celtic knot: http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-Celtic-Films

Mobius strip: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1560258268/ref=dp_otherviews_0?ie=UTF8&s=books&img=0

With that premise, there are crystals that resemble a Mobius structure, which would be a 3D Celtic knot pattern.

Abstract: A crystalline ribbon of niobium and selenium can be coaxed into a novel topology.
A Möbius strip is produced by twisting a ribbon of material through 180° and joining its two ends, resulting in a distinct, one-sided topology1, 2, 3, 4. Here we describe a Möbius structure formed by crystals of a compound of niobium and selenium, NbSe3. It is surprising that a crystalline ribbon should adopt this exotic topology in view of its inherent rigidity, which would be expected to prevent it from either bending or twisting.

Http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v417/n6887/full/417397a.html

Diagram of structure of NbSe3 (Diagram 8 is a Celtic pattern)

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/1197/walbawd8.jpg

Bracelet with a Celtic knot (looks very similar!)
http://www.zoojewellery.com/Celtic-Love-Bangle.htm

Daniel asks…

Wondering what tattoo i should get?

I’m a dude and was wondering if there was a tattoo that symbolizes peace, strength, and love. I prefer an animal of some sort.

LoveKnots answers:

Well, an elephant works quite well with peace, strength and love.
The 1st image in this series would be quite good for an elephant:
other images:

http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.10995200.9020/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg

http://www.icollector.com/images/1673/21327/21327_2637_1_lg.jpg

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/201763/201763,1228339599,1/stock-photo–elephant-black-and-white-pen-and-ink-21487090.jpg

Gorilla is also a good idea.

Http://www.clipartreview.com/_images_300/Gorilla_in_the_jungle_091121-156038-910012.jpg

http://www.inkart.net/illustration/wildlife/mountain_gorilla/mountain_gorilla_large.gif

Also a dog.
Chinese

http://www.justsymbol.com/images/chinese-dog-symbol-2.jpg

Medieval:

http://www.historicimpressions.com/DogL.jpg

Fu Dog:

http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/image-files/fu-dog.jpg

Celtic Irish Wolfhound:

http://origin.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/140/1/AAAACxK9-lAAAAAAAUAfBw.jpg?v=1301578129000

Celtic knot of dog:

http://ekeytattoos.com/articles/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Celtic-Dog-Tattoo.jpg

take your time, there is no hurry

luck~

You need a great image that will translate well into a tattoo.

Ruth asks…

What is the meaning of the tribal symbol circled tree?

I found the symbol on the web page tribalshapes.com

LoveKnots answers:

This is the yrdaggsil or celtic Tree of Life:

The image shown here is one of many representations of the Celtic Tree of Life. The Tree was a central part of early Celtic spirituality.

To the Celts, the tree was a source of basic sustenance- a bearer of food, a provider of shelter and fuel for cooking and warmth. Without trees, life would have been extraordinarily difficult.

Wood from sacred trees had magickal properties, which was reflected in the Celtic Ogham alphabet, wherein each letter represents a particular sacred tree (modern Ogham divination is based on the uses and importance of these sacred trees to the Celtic people). Some trees provided food, some wood for making hunting weapons; others were sacred to the fairy-folk or to the Gods. In Celtic creation stories, trees were the ancestors of mankind, elder beings of wisdom who provided the alphabet, the calendar, and entrance to the realms of the Gods.

Trees were also associated in the Shamanic beliefs of the Druids and other Celtic peoples with the supernatural world. Trees were a connection to the world of the spirits and the ancestors, living entities, and doorways into other worlds.

The most sacred tree of all was the Oak tree, which represented the axis mundi, the center of the world. The Celtic name for oak, daur, is the origin of the word door- the root of the oak was literally the doorway to the Otherworld, the realm of Fairy. The word Druid, the name of the Celtic Priestly class, is compounded from the words for oak and wise- a Druid was one who was “Oak Wise,” meaning learned in Tree magick and guardian or the doorway.

Long after the Druids of old have vanished into the mists of time, the lore of trees continues as a vital part of Celtic myth and folklore. Countless Irish legends revolve around trees. One could fall asleep next to a particular tree and awake in the fairy realm. In Celtic legends of the Gods, trees guard sacred wells and provide healing, shelter, and wisdom. Trees carried messages to the other realm, and conferred blessings- to this day, trees can be seen in the Irish countryside festooned with ribbons and pleas for favors, love, healing, and prosperity.

The interlaced figures known popularly as Celtic knots represent sacred trees and plants, and the sacred animals of the forest. The Green Man or foliate god is the animus of nature; the spirit of the forest and of the hunt, and is pictured as a spirit face in the form of gathered leaves and sprouting tendrils.

Linda asks…

Tattoo to symbolize a persistance, love, strength…?

Looking for any image that I could translate into a tattoo. One the represents something along the lines of love, loyalty, strength, unconditional love, safety, etc. It is for one of my parents and those are some of the things I would like to represent in the tattoo. I’m just having a hard time finding some kind of symbol that isnt super traditional and wont be something ive seen on a bunch of other people. Any ideas would be helpful! Thanks!

LoveKnots answers:

You could get a celtic knot that has a heart shape included in it. There are several out there. And you could have it look like it is made of either stone or ironwork to show the strength aspect. Celtic knots have no beginning or ending, just like a parent’s love.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

Charles asks…

What images does the Celtic Cross combine, and who came up with it?

LoveKnots answers:

The celtic cross originated in Ireland amongst druidic decendants who were converted to christianity during the Roman occupation of the British iles.

The most common answer to what it combines/means is the endless nature of the knot is to reflect God’s endless love for his creation.

See link for more information =)

Lizzie asks…

Question bout Celtic knots?

Does anyone know what the Celtic love knot looks like? Pictures would be helpful! Thank you :)

LoveKnots answers:

Celtic knot pattern design , a love knot,

http://www.ancient-symbols.com/celtic-knots.html

http://gotogreatpanes.com/celtic.html

http://www.clanbadge.com/charted.htm

http://www.clanbadge.com/images/4_heart_clover_sm.jpg

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Mark asks…

Where i can find sadness tattoo?

like a symbol of loneliness..i think i feel like that!! something with a tear idk i need a good idea!! if you can help me ill appreciate that!

LoveKnots answers:

Do you plan on being lonely forever? Do you want to make sure that you don’t forget that you are lonely by having a tattoo? So that if you start to enjoy yourself too much, looking at the image will knock that happiness away and remind you to be sad and that you don’t deserve to be happy?
I don’t want to help you with this. It is like you are asking how to prolong the agony. If you do this, you will make your loneliness the main topic of conversation with you. You will take your sad feelings into the future.
You will never be able to get rid of the negativity.
Instead, (are you listening?) you should only get an image that has absolutely nothing to do with loneliness or sadness. You should get an image that reminds you that you have a great future in store for you, if you drop this baggage and move forward.
I bet you are in the throws of hormonal madness, and thats a tough one, when your going through it, but trust me, drop it, and for 10 minutes, pretend that you were happy and carefree and smiling, and looking forward with anticipation to your future… Now what tattoo image would you choose? That is the one you should get!
It’s true! You know I’m right! Get out and take a walk, quit thinking about yourself and get curious about everything else! Everything and everybody.
Now, here’s some images:
Get an intricate Celtic knot as a symbol for life:

http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&hl=en&q=Celtic+knots&btnG=Search+Images

Get the ‘flower of life’ symbol:

http://www.crystalinks.com/merkabafol.gif

Get a ‘mystery box’ with a question mark (?) on it to show/remind you that you have no idea what the future may hold, so you might as well open it up!:

http://thetvaddict.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/mysterybox.jpg

how about the magic ’8 Ball’:

http://api.ning.com/files/K6cyghYfeIvYRVSLqtOLy*MMl*fMpi8beNDfwRFM97QBE-dwNrJC51RKY72kvTOlUMr9QeWlVPh8qFkRlc2Hf5gVzTgt2R-1/1109_8ball_BW.jpg

or a magicians hat, to symbolize the magic and the intrigue, and the surprise of your life in the past, in the present, and in the future:

http://www.cs4fn.org/mathemagic/images/magic3.jpg

http://cdev.concordia.ca/CnD/careerservices/selfassess/images/magic%20hat.gif

http://www.crestock.com/images/40000-49999/40754-xs.jpg

how about a fortune cookie:

http://www.hanascape.com/images/fortune-cookie.jpg

with a message:

http://www.realtownblogs.com/uploads/Maureen_Fortune_cookie.jpg

something short and positive, like ‘Love begets love’, or ‘to be loved, love and be lovable’:

http://www.chinese-fortune-cookie.com/fortune-cookie-messages.html

good luck!

Robert asks…

Scottish Thistle tattoo – too feminine for a man?

Do you think that the scottish thistle would look too feminine on a man’s upper arm, because what i was thinking of getting was a basic image of the thistle with the name ‘Mcneil’ underneath – as that is my middle name and used to be my family’s surname. I am definitely wanting something that would represent my scottish heritage, any other ideas?

LoveKnots answers:

LOVE the idea

a thistle is not a feminine image at all, and you will spend many hours choosing the corect one for you, jurys out of the name thing, always is though with me
to me,as a scot, proud of my heritage, i would be looking to see what the coat of arms looked like, and going from there

the thistle as a band?

Http://hal_macgregor.tripod.com/gregor/thistle.gif

wow the Mc Neil crest is rather colourful & busy though

http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/mcneil-family-crest.htm

LOVE this, the celtic knot work makes this interesting

http://www.killmeart.com/images/thistle%20knot_0.JPG

i myself have a celtic band on 1 arm

Mandy asks…

Symbols for happiness and/or love (other than hearts or roses) I want a new tattoo. :) ?

I don’t want chinese symbols or anything in a language I don’t speak & understand. (English only)

LoveKnots answers:

Http://tattoodesignspictures.com/images/dove-tattoo.jpg with like the tail being made into a heart

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2160/2498711068_c83c309133.jpg

http://www.zastavki.com/pictures/1024×768/Love__004097_.jpg — this one could make a really wicked tattoo done right.

Http://festivals.iloveindia.com/valentines-day/gifs/love-knot.jpg celtic love knot

http://thumb15.shutterstock.com.edgesuite.net/display_pic_with_logo/146584/146584,1251991294,1/stock-vector-love-symbols-36423868.jpg

That’s all I found really.

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