The actual date of the emergence of the Celtic civilization is not exactly known. This is because there was never a defined community of people, which could be collectively referred to as 'Celtic'. 'Celt' or 'Celtic' is any random group of people speaking any language belonging to the 'Celtic' family and sharing some common cultural traits. The reason why these people came to be known as the 'Celts', is also ambiguous. While some scholars believe that the word 'Celtic' means 'to strike' or 'to fight', some others state that the word may refer to 'something that has hidden origins' owing to the mysteries surrounding their sacred and spiritual knowledge. Whatever their roots may have been, the ancient Celtic culture still continues to influence the current generation. The vestiges of this ancient civilization, in the form of their symbols and artistic expressions, can be witnessed in most things that surround us, right from T-shirts to tattoos.
- body, mind and soul
- father, son and the holy spirit
- mother, father and child
- past, present and future
- power, intellect and love
- creation, sustenance and destruction
- the Otherworld, which is the abode of gods and other supernatural beings,
- the Mortal World, where humans reside, and
- the Celestial World, which shelters the unseen and the unknown.
- the holy trinity
- thought, feeling and emotion
- the three Celtic worlds
- mother, maiden and crone
More often than not, a circle is drawn around this symbol. This circle signifies the eternal and the infinite. It symbolizes the union of the soul with the divine entity.