Celtic animal symbolism is a part of Celtic lore that many people have been analyzing as they try to understand the meaning placed on these animals by the Celtic people. Since there are no written accounts provided for us by the Celts, understand that this information is the result of many different interpretations.
Because of the fascination with this animal symbolism, people love to wear it through their Celtic jewelry. This is one area of Celtic designer jewelry that is quite popular. Let’s take a quick look at some of the animals that are linked to Celtic lore.
The Celtic dog: The ancient people held their dogs in high esteem and as a necessity to their way of life. Dogs were present with them while hunting and, in general, throughout life as a close companion. The dog symbolized good health.
The Celtic cat: Knowledge of the mystic world is held by the cat. They were seen as a guardian to what was called the Otherworld, or the eternal. Cats were seen as intelligent and crafty and bearers of an internal knowledge regarding the unseen.
The Celtic goose: Since geese were quite common over in Ireland, it would seem natural that this animal would have meaning to the ancients. The thought of “home” is symbolized by the goose. Geese always come back to the same area each spring and since the Celts were often involved with war, they looked at the goose as a reminder of home. They also saw this animal as a representation of changes in our moods or heart. In addition, the idea of “oneness” was symbolized by geese.
The Celtic duck: The duck represented gracefulness and agility as well as resourcefulness and honesty. Since ducks are quite sensitive to all that is around them, they also represented sensitivity to the ancient people.
The Celtic bull: Wealth and abundance is represented here. The ancient people used the bull for food and it represented good times in terms of abundant living. Also, the bull symbolized strength in terms of sexuality. This symbol was used in the bedroom to help bring the correct mentality for sexual strength. It represented fertility in women and virility in men. Another representation was that of being stubborn, being of strong will and/or being uncompromising in personality.
The Celtic dolphin: Luck is quite often associated with the dolphin. Since the ancient people most often saw dolphins off their shores whenever the seas were calm and easygoing, this idea of luck or good times came to be represented. Friendship and intelligence are represented by the dolphin in addition to idea of luck. The Celts liked the dolphin, also, for its ability to be fast swimmers in the sea and for its overall cleverness.