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THE MEANING OF THE IRISH CROSS

There are variations about the original meaning and history of the Celtic Cross. In our modern world, this unique ringed cross is as much a symbol of history and heritage as it is of faith, and it is often used as an emblem of ones Irish, Scottish or Welsh identity.

Celtic Crosses are based largely on Irish "High Crosses." Many of these stone monuments are up to 10 feet in height. Placed on a rectangular base, the main vertical beam of a Celtic Cross typically tapers from the base up to the point where the cross beam joins it. This joining point of Celtic Crosses is usually surrounded by a circle of stone.

Some will say that the circle of the Celtic Cross is a symbol of eternity that emphasizes the endlessness of God's love.
Others will tell you that the circle is representative of a Halo that shines with power from the cross. One legend tells of how St. Patrick, while preaching to a group of native Celts, was shown a sacred standing stone that was marked with a circle that was symbolic of the moon goddess.
Patrick made the mark of a Latin cross through the circle and blessed the stone making it the first Celtic Cross. Whatever the interpretation or origin, the ringed aspect is a distinguishing characteristic of these works of art.

The early circled cross stone monument as it survives in Ireland today exists in two forms the incised slab and the free standing cross. The slab form has a cross carved in relief while the free standing cross takes the form of a monument that has the stone cut away so that the shape of the ringed cross is carved in the round.

The degree of decoration varies from example to example. In many cases, the most ornately-decorated have carvings on all the surfaces, even the edges of the ring and ends of the arms. These carvings fall into several categories, with several or all of these present on any example. Human figures representing Biblical stories or the crucifixion are common. Knot work, spirals, meanders and "key patterns" as well as stylistic animal patterns make up the majority of early cross carving subjects. Many of these same characteristics can be seen in metalwork and in Gospel illumination. Frequently, the Irish High Crosses of the 10th century are capped with a pitched roof or "house cap."

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The SWORD OF EIRE is based on the manipulation of the circles existing in the Irish Cross that is circled by an aura of light, meaning its Initiation to other knowledges and universal energies.
So far no Irish sword has been designed this way.
The pommel bears the cross itself in tight random damascus, while the guard and the counter-guard is in blackened steel and are directly inspired by the inner and outer circles of the Irish Cross. It is, by its length, a Great Sword.
Why am I preserving the cross? Because my interpretation is based on both the circle that embraces the cross as both a Halo, and the link with much more ancient and recent representations. Images below will show the main reasons for this connectivity among shapes.
In fact the Irish Cross is not only composed by an outer halo or circle that is common representation of the divinity or the cosmos, but it's inner sides are shaped in 4 quarter circles so that the cross has an added meaning that can be linked not only to Stonehenge's circle but also to Buddhist Mandalas which cross paths in the Sacred Representation true abstract images, such as the Tibetan wheel of Life or of Prayer.
A scabbard in black leather and polished metal top and point can be added.
The scallops at the ricasso will be longer so as to accommodate a finger when in one-hand.

The Angels Circular Halo

The Circle at Stonehenge The Circle in Mandalas

These elements are all part of one and same Ancient Knowledge that has then been split into different branches.

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