Meaning of Celtic Skull Symbols in Culture, Tribe, Battle, and Life: The symbolic meaning of the Celtic skull deals with very deep themes.
What Do Celtic Skull Symbols Mean
Stuff like transience, power, spirit, and portals of new understanding. There are many reasons why the skull was such a pervasive and powerful symbol for the ancient Celts, and I have done my best to provide you with a comprehensive study of the symbolic meanings of the skull Celtic in this article.
Macabre? May be. But I'm certainly not the only one who identifies with the potential power of the skull symbol. To find out, check out the quick list of skull symbol meanings below:
Meaning of Celtic skull symbols
Time, power, divinity, gateway, creation, initiation, concentration.
Celtic culture considered the skull or crossbones
as the seat of power. Some texts designate the skull as the house of the soul.
Archaeological findings show us that the Celts threw skulls into sacred wells as offerings. What is the symbolism of this?
We can turn to the symbolism of water and know that it has meanings of cleansing, purifying, and fluidity of movement (emotions are also a symbol of water). Then, if the skulls symbolize the seat of soul and power, perhaps throwing them into the dark depths of sacred well water indicates an intention to cleanse the soul or to offer clarity and a divine renewal to the soul.
Sacred wells are not the only place where ritual skull symbols and heads appear in Celtic kingdoms. We see head carvings used to decorate the doors and hallways of ancient places of ceremony and shrines. A warning sign maybe?
Celtic tradition also speaks of talking heads. The severed head of Bran the Blessed (a legendary Celtic god of giant proportions) remained animated after his disembodiment. Bran knew he was going to die anyway (from a wound from a poisonous spear), so he had his men cut off his head and interpose him on holy ground. Legend has it that Bran's head entertained the men on the journey. Talking and singing and joking all the way through, I don't know if I would be so cheerful in a headless state, but when it comes to the meaning of the skull symbol, Bran is a champion for keeping the horror at. distance.
Of course, I can't speak to the legitimacy of Bran's speaking head claim, but I observed a few things about the Celts that might put the whole cult of the skull symbol in perspective.
These people were thrilled with the idea of the openings. Doors, gateways, orifices - if there is an opening, the Celts seemed completely drawn to the concept. Now consider the openings of the human skull. There are five of them (two eyes, two nasal cavities, and a mouth). The number of orifices in the skull gently accords with the mystical power that the Celts linked to the number five. I have written about five magic in the Celtic spirit here.
In addition, there are three major openings in the skull, and three is also a sacred number for the Celts, it signifies a progressive dance between mundane and cosmic, ultimately giving birth to a new direction in perception.
More interestingly, the triangular arrangement of these three human portals. See what I mean by the triangle superimposed on this skull image shown here:
Symbolic meanings of the triad and the trinity for the Celtic skull
The triangle is another strong and prolific motif among the Celts, reinforcing the theme of the power of binding together to create something entirely new and magical. If the concept of triangulation could speak, it could say something like: "two joined forces will create a unification and / or an energetic progeny of great omen."
While on the subject of symbolic geometry, the head or the skull itself is circular. The eyes are also particularly round, and circles are common Celtic symbols for cycles (time) as well as for immortality and fullness. The circles represent the essence of energetic connectivity which is vast and endless.
Perhaps the Celts, in their very connected way, viewed the skull symbol as an oracle. Perhaps in the depths of trance or meditation, the eyes and mouth of the skull would open, like cosmic tunnels, serving as gateways to etheric knowledge.
It is not too much to imagine. Especially if the symbol of the head or the skull represented the seat of the divine power of Celtic thought.
As a house of thought, it would make sense for the head or the skull to have deep meaning for these people. Their prolific presence in historical finds (in the form of offerings, works of art and writings) testifies to the symbolic importance of the skull in the Celtic tradition.
What does the skull symbol mean to you? Can you find divine potential in these symbols? Something to think about, of course.