Celtic pendant with spiral shape, made in 925/000 Sterling silver and Enamel to Fire. Manufactured by experts Goldsmiths of the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela. It includes a natural silk cord, terminals and a 40 cm long First Law silver clasp.
Length: 3.2 cm
Width: 2.3 cm
The simple spiral is one of the oldest symbols in Celtic culture. It symbolizes the concept of growth, life force, expansion and reincarnation used as a representation of time and movement of the stars and even use in primitive calendars, surprisingly accurate for the time.
Celtic spirals used in scrolls.
This symbol was also used to represent the sun at its maximum expression, sometimes referring to solar eclipses. For the Celts this symbol had neither beginning nor end, which meant that one cycle always began when another ended, symbolizing in this way, eternal life, which is why its presence was very frequent in funeral burial mounds.
It is no coincidence, then, that the Celts represented the stars as spirals around the same nucleus (which for them was the location of the sky), forming a spiral path in which the souls ascended into their future life. It is curious that this symbol also appears in other cultures as the Hindu, Aztec, Mayan, Hincas ... representing different concepts according to civilization.
A spiral to the right, ie, turning clockwise, symbolizes the shrinking winter sun. It is said that this type of spiral was used to invoke the water element or signaling drinking sources and was a symbol of good luck because it represented the balance, the harmony of the sun with the earth.
A spiral to the left, ie turning counterclockwise, symbolizes the rising summer sun.