Fintan's Salmon - Ear Hooks
One of Fintan's extraordinary magic accomplishments was to shift into a quick salmon.
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The most we know about the Celts comes from their objects of art they left behind - cave paintings, items consisting of metal and in rare cases famous writings like the Book of Kells tell about a big culture. After all the famous Celts that were the legendary ancestors of the Englishmen passed on most of their stories and myths only by oral tradition, so that only pieces of their legends and tales lasted till today.
For the Celts the material and the spiritual world were merging seamlessly, because they saw no difference between natural and supernatural reality and magic was an inherent part of every day life. The most popular motives in Celtic art were animals, spirals, knots, key patterns and intertwined figures, all symbols of Celtic religion and their belief in magic, unity, eternity and the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth. Celtic art finally made its way from England and Ireland to Europe in the years from 100 B.C. to 900 A.D.
The Welsh Goddess of Horses Rhiannon was especially worshipped by the Celts and according to ancient belief Rhiannon is said to grant fertility and abundance. Horses were an important part of the Celtic culture and therefore the name of the goddess Rhiannon is derived from Rigantona meaning "The Great High Queen". Stories about Rhiannon can be found in the medieval collection of legends Mabinogion.
This piece of jewelry was inspired by Celtic art and magic and is dedicated to the legends of Rhiannon - jewelry of this collection therefore can enrich and transform our life since the Celtic magic of the goddess is potent until today. This piece of jewelry possesses qualities that were admired by the ancient Celts and that they wanted to attract into their lifes by wearing similar charms and talismans.
Fintan's Salmon: These ear hooks symbolize the power of the Celtic magician Fintan and are said to grant miracles and transformations. The magician and shapeshifter Fintan was regarded as very powerful in Celtic mythology since, amongst others, he could also shift into the shape of a salmon: After all the Celts were skilled sailors and therefore respected the unpredictability of the sea and all beings living in its mysterious depths.
This jewelry is also available in gold
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This jewelry is part of the jewelry line up "Legends of Rhiannon".
Legends of Rhiannon
This jewelry belongs to the jewelry line up "Legends of Rhiannon" - this line up can also be downloaded as a printable catalogue so that you can order by fax or mail:
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