Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Celtic knots and crosses delight my artistic side because of the slope of the lines and the beautiful interconnectedness that is shown.
The last two St. Patrick’s Days I’ve worked with kids and gotten to teach them about the Celtic knot and teach them how to draw them. Now I teach adults, but I can share a few interesting points about Celtic art.
The different designs have different significance. For example the eternity design (it is shaped like a circle) represents love that goes on forever. The Trinity knot (it has three sides–see the three-sided shapes in the photo above?) represents a view of the Judeo-Christian God, of him being a Trinity–interconnected–the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. St. Patrick taught the concept of the Trinity through showing the Irish the shamrock–one plant being made up of three leaves (or one God containing three distinct persons that work together and show how interconnectedness works!)
I wear a Celtic knot ring to remind myself to stay connected with the people around me and choose to keep trusting them. St. Patrick is a shining example of choosing to trust and serve people: He actually was not Irish, but English; Irish pirates came to his village and kidnapped him when he was young. In Ireland, he became a slave and worked caring for sheep out on the hills. This is where he connected with God, and God lead him to escape back to his homeland, train as a priest, and then God gave him so much love for the people of Ireland, he went back and influenced the country greatly.
We face bumps pretty often from the people we know, but let’s follow St. Patrick’s example to keep loving and serving those around us; that kind of love changes people’s hearts and sometimes even their country!
By M. H. Campbell
Sources: Various books, shows, and articles on Saint Patrick that I have read and heard over the years. If you are Irish and know even more than I do, please add your contribution.