When I think of Celtic Spirituality, I think of knots, crosses, druids and nature. Primarily getting back to basics, the symbolism of the bowl or cup; it seems if we hold out an empty cup, it inevitably gets filled. This is one of the bases of the teachings.
Celtic Knots, look really great on most anything. Their meanings are rooted in sacred geometry, which is a label placed on the repetitive patterns found in nature. The nautilus shell is an excellent example. It is believed that these natural patterns contain divine proportions, which are also said to be incorporated into the building of sacred structures such as churches temples, alters, tabernacles and meeting places. Connecting with sacred geometry allows us to feel more connected to the great mysteries and great designs such as the Vitruvian Man and the Pyramids at Gaza.
The unique wheel cross, certainly comes to mind. It is said that the circle represents the sun, with the crosses’ four protruding points representing rays or beams of Light. The cross, which obviously represents the Christ, is symbolic of the “light of the world.”
The Druids were the original tree huggers who presumably invaded England in prehistoric times. It is suggested that the Celtic priesthood may have been responsible for constructing Stonehenge about 2000 B.C.
“Thin Places” was something I came across that was intriguing. These are said to be spaces where the physical world and metaphysical world intersect and where it is possible to transcend from one to the other when traveling to and in these spaces. In the physical realm, these might commonly be referred to as vortices in our culture.
Thin Places are ports in the storm of life, where the pilgrims can move closer to the God they seek, where one leaves that which is familiar and journeys into the Divine Presence. They are stopping places where men and women are given pause to wonder about what lies beyond the mundane rituals, the grief, trials and boredom of our day-to-day life. They probe to the core of the human heart and open the pathway that leads to satisfying the familiar hungers and yearnings common to all people on earth, the hunger to be connected, to be a part of something greater, to be loved, to find peace.
Mindie Burgoyne - Walking Through Thin Places
As one can see, thin places may be more connected with the Higher Self energy that we all have within us. Whether taken as literal or symbolic, the language used to describe the Thin Places is as eloquent as it is romantic.
Abundance in all things, both physical and metaphysical, including relationships, prosperity and the Higher Self seem to underpin the teachings of Celtic Spirituality. The arts, music, poetry, jewelry, and any creative endeavor are seen as part of the Divine. Celtic spirituality is conscious living in communion with the environment, with others and with oneself - a holistic, mind, body and spirit approach to everyday life. Doing the things in life that inspire and engage us is no different than what is discussed in the New Age or Human Potential Movement in general..
Celtic Spirituality really isn’t a religion as such; it’s more a state of mind. Much ancient wisdom is found and upheld within the study. The poetry and literature are ripe with natural, environment-embracing symbolism and offer a diverse palette from which to choose.