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On celtic designs

Post by Windwalker » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:54 pm

I have NO idea where to put this, mods please move it if this isn't right...

This isn't art of my own, but a question on a celtic design.

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I have a pendant of which I am very fond. It's pewter, vaguely an arrowhead in shape, with three birds entwined on it. I saw it once years ago, but had no money so couldn't buy it. Then, months later, after hunting fruitlessly for it, I came across the same design in a shop. It was almost certainly not the same pendant, but I felt drawn to it in the same way, so I bought it. I've worn it ever since.

The design on it is Celtic, and lately I've been wondering whether the symbol meant anything. I haven't found anything online on it - in fact, I only just found a picture of it. (No information was provided.) So I've been wondering.... is the design a new one? Are the birds any species in particular, or are they just Generic Birds? Is it a variation on another design?

This is the design etched into the pendant:

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This has been bugging me a while, so if someone could lend any assistance whatsoever I'll love you forever :-)
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Post by Kystar » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:53 am

I'll have to do some research at home where I can get to my books. I think there's something about balance behind that design but I can't remember.

Birds represent something too, so I need to get back to you.

I think thought, and balance, but I'm not sure.
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Post by Willow » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:56 am

I don't know much but that looks vaguely Norse. Not sure why I think that.

Good luck hunting though. I have been looking for a good Torc for years (the jewellery not the activity!).
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Post by Kitsune » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:38 pm

Definately let us know... It's a very intreging symbol.
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Post by Ragnar » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:46 pm

Something about three swans in Keltic seems to ring a bell with me. (Morrigan?)

I will root out my Neeham books and look it up.

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Post by Windwalker » Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:40 pm

There are three birds of Rhiannon, but the design is different. I thought perhaps this could be a variation, but I have no real basis for that conclusion... so the search continues.... :-D Thanks for helping out, guys!
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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:46 pm

it has ties to the triquetra. Triple Goddess (also Father-Son-Holy Spirit). Not sure about the birds as I'm not aware of this in Celtic mythology.
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