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Celtic wedding rings are often gorgeously decorated with geometrically knot work patterns that have a long history and central place in Celtic art. These patterns are strongly vegetative, suggesting tendrils and vines. In fact, in much of Celtic art, including famous illuminated Bible, The Book of Kells, these Celtic Knots emerge from or transform into vegetative foliage. The beautiful symmetry of these woven patterns is often not square, rigid, or overly formal, but organic, flowing, and a stylized reflection of curves and spirals found in nature. Indeed, Celtic Knots that embellish wedding rings herald ideas of spring, fertility, and eternal reawakening of life force- all of which bode well for a fruitful life partnership.
Wedding rings have most commonly been worn on third finger of left hand. Speculation has it that this is because Romans believed that a vein ran directly from this finger to heart. An alternate suggestion for this tradition is that each finger on hand is associated with a planet in ancient systems of astrology, and ring finger of left hand was associated with Sun. In this way, wearing of a wedding ring on that finger signifies public proclamation of union in daylight, in other words, conscious and clearly visible world of human community. This correspondence is perhaps even more strongly emphasized by general tendency to craft wedding rings out of gold, which is symbolically metal of Sun throughout folk history and across cultures.
Wedding rings capture full range of ceremonial, symbolic, and communal aspects of marriage, and preserve these many levels of significance as a durable and constant reminder. Ancient yet contemporary, steeped in lore and mystery yet almost universally exchanged, wedding rings combine art of jeweler, reverence of betrothed, and beauty of love and partnership in a single, resonant symbol.
Peter Breslin is a musician, astrologer, Tarot reader, teacher and freelance writer for Artisanweddingrings.com and Celticjewelry.com living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has a teacher for over twenty years in Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico, and California. He is currently at work on a novel. http://www.artisanweddingrings.com Please send email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org