The Celts were a mixture of Welsh, Irish and Scottish, rich in myth and symbolism. Celtic symbols are created through myth, legends and story’s of various Celtic deities. The stories were pass down verbally so they could be remembered.
Celtic lore is an infinite source of symbolism. Each god, goddess, hero, heroine bears their own mark (symbol) too. Through their personal emblems, we become privy to enchanted realms of deeper symbolism; the kind of connective symbolism that sparks our imagination, and strums our heartstrings.
Celtic symbols connect with archetypes (heroes/heroines) in myth; Meaning, these symbols were a perception of ideals and beliefs in their consciousness. We relate by sight, sounds, taste, touch ad scents, associating and experiencing with our own life path. Therefore, symbols become intimate in our minds too. We dream, we fall in love, we build strong bonds with people and places and things we relate to.
The Oak is a symbol of life, strength, stability to name a few qualities. Druidic lore held the Oak as a mammoth symbol of power, influence and considered it a chieftain among the sacred clan of trees.
In the moral of Blodeuwedd, the Oak is a symbol of integrity, just as the Oak grown fine, strong and tall. Ideally, the Oak pollen was breathed through the nostrils; the meaning was to instill faith, long life and fidelity.
In the story to be specific, the pollen of the Oak is cooked and used as an animation agent and made into a pixie dust and it’s when blown in through the nostrils, making the inanimate come alive; but nevertheless, the intention and symbolic power of the Oak is resolute.
I guess there is symbolic moral in this too. We are what we make ourselves. We may be fashioned from certain elements, and that which creates us may have the finest intentions; but in the end; we choosers sour path. Learn more about the Celtic symbolism of the Oak Tree here.
Photo: Taken at Penrice Castle on its surrounding gardens near the Gower Peninsula in South Wales just twenty minutes out of Swanseal near to Oxwich Bay.