History of a Tattoo…The Celts ~

I’ve been seriously thinking about getting another tattoo. I love symbols because they have personal meaning depending on what lesson we have learned or path we are on in our life. In continuing with my ‘History of a Tattoo’, I have chosen ‘The Celts’ this time because I have always been drawn to symbols and love celtic artwork. I have a celtic spinning ring which I absolutely love. A few years ago I considered having the celtic knot tattooed on my ring finger but haven’t yet seen one that wore well. (and it’s supposed to be very painful in that area)

The Celts were tribal people who lived and moved around Western Europe around 1200 and 700 B.C. They reached the British Isles around 400 B.C. and most of what had survived from their culture is in the area now known as Ireland, Wales and Scotland. I traveled around Europe when I was 10 with my family and loved the beautiful country side. It feels very romantic in these areas to me, and I love the accents! Wales was where I felt butterflies for the first time when I caught eyes with a boy who drove by on a bus. I remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Funny what you choose to remember when your grown up.

My Mom’s side of the family is Scotish so maybe that is also a reason I am drawn to symbols of the Celts. Celtic culture is full of body art which was done using something called woad, (a blue dye from the flowering plant) which left a blue design on the skin.

The Celtic knot is one of the most easily recognized forms of Celtic art, with the use of spirals, single, double and triple complex braids that weave in and out symbolizing the connection of all life. I love the history behind a simple woven band! The Celtic designs are symbolic of the way various paths that life’s journey can take, with sometimes a very complex maze. I can relate to that right now. Life is ever changing we never really know our path until we are on it, most important is to just keep going’ ~ Tracy.

Here is a short video to show some of the beautiful Celtic designs, tattoo style!

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Happy St.Paddy’s Day!

Irish CloverHappy St. Patrick’s Day!  I know most of the parades happened on Sunday but today is officially St.Patrick’s Day.  I have a little of the Irish blood coursing through me veins and I love it!  What other day of the year can you drink green beer?

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Ireland remains a deeply religious country, with the two main denominations being “us” and “them”. In the unlikely event you are asked which group you belong to, the correct answer is: “I’m an atheist, thank God”.

Danny Boy” can make me cry because it is sung at every family funeral that I’ve ever attended.

Did you know that 10% of the population of Canada is of Irish Descent.  That’s 3.3 million people who will be wearing something green today!

Here is my Irish story:

My grandmother on my mothers side was Margaret Corry.  There were six Margarets in her class one year and so from that day forward she was called “Corry” instead.
Some years ago, her brother, Art Corry, went to Ireland to try to trace our heritage.  He was able to follow our lineage quite far (please don’t ask for details because I can’t find the paper work right now), and discovered The Corry Castle.  Cool! We have a castle in Ireland!  Well, we don’t anymore actually.  It seems that my great great great something or other liked to gamble but wasn’t very good apparently because he wagered the castle…and lost.  The people who lived in the Corry castle were very nice though and let my great uncle come in and have a look around.  They knew the story of the card game.  I’ve heard that the castle has been torn down now.  I would have liked to have visited it myself one day.  Visiting Ireland is definitely on my “bucket list”.

And so here’s an Irish toast to ye:

Leprechaun

May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.

And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you on St Patrick’s Day.

Bonnie

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