Celtic Symbols for Motherhood: 35 Unique Tattoo Designs
Happy Mother’s Day to all those who are Moms or Moms-to-be. I have one child and I’m expecting another this fall. I have a tattoo for every significant event in my life, including my first son’s birth. (An ankh for eternal life). It will be no different for my next child, whom I plan on getting a Celtic Symbol for Motherhood tattoo shortly after he is born.
The Celtic Motherhood Knot Meaning / Symbolism: In modern times, it depicts the bond between mother and child and is associated with the representation of the Madonna and Child. It is an enduring symbol of the love between a mother, her child, their love, faith in God and her Celtic heritage. However, since Celtic knots are an ancient design, pre-dating Christianity in Ireland, this symbol also can be known to illustrate the Triple-Goddess or the stages of a woman, namely: the mother, the maiden and the crone. Some have said it can also represent the waxing moon, the waning moon and the full moon. These meanings are of Pagan or Druid origin dating back before St. Patrick. Whichever way you wish to interpret it, the intricate design depicts the eternity of no beginning and no end – a symbol of everlasting love, life and an unbreakable bond.
Celtic Motherhood Knot Design: Traditionally, it is one of two hearts intertwined together; the lines seemingly have no openings, so they strongly signify an unbreakable bond. One heart is lower than the first heart and both hearts are intertwined in a continuous knot. Children are denoted by a dot which can be inside or outside the heart design. Variations are hearts, starts, flowers, initials, zodiac symbols, colored dots symbolizing the birthstone or their names instead of the traditional dots. The variations and possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination. A phrase you can incorporate into your motherhood knot design is: Grá Máthair which translated from Gaelic, means “A mother’s love”. Or you can use, Grá Mo Chroí which means the “love of my heart” or “my love, my darling”. Is there any love greater then that of a mother and her children? There is an old Irish saying that says ” A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while and their hearts forever.”
Celtic Motherhood Knot Colors: While it is most common to see them in black or black/grey designs with colored dots to represent each child, you can get your tattoo inked in any color of your choosing, top choices seem to be: green, purple, red, blue or even white.
Celtic Motherhood Knot Tattoo Placement: Because of it’s intricate design, beware of artists who will ink this too small. Small designs tend to blur, bleed or fade if they are not done properly. Some great areas to get this tattoo are: inner wrist, upper shoulder, center of the back between the shoulder blades, lower back, on your calf or above your ankle. Wherever you feel most comfortable with this tattoo is the area you should consider placement.
The Celtic Symbol for Motherhood – Idea Gallery
With hearts and dots for children
In red with black shading
The Celtic symbol for motherhood replaces the heart within the Claddah symbol
In blue and green with a snakeskin print
With flowers to represent each child
A simple line tattoo of the Celtic Mother Knot
In grey scale with children’s names
In blue with red flowers
With Grá Mo Chroí and children’s zodiac symbols
With children’s initials
With stars instead of dots
With stars and vines
Tropical floral Celtic knot design
Even in glow in the dark ink!
A dot representing each child
Beautiful green, blue and yellow shading
With names inside the knot
Simple, purple shading
If you are considering their names, the design may have to be much larger than the simpler designs
with large star bursts
The Celtic knot is in the style of a rope with three flowers for each child.
With baby feet – unique!
Instead of dots, color each section like stained glass – love this idea
With flowers intertwined in the heart
Grá mo chroí (the love of my heart) with initials of each child
This simple line design allows the tattoo to work on smaller areas.
This is a larger tattoo as you can see it fits down her entire thigh, a combination of a motherhood Celtic knot and key to her heart
Incorporating the symbols of her Irish heritage – Celtic heart knot, a dot for each child and shamrocks.
White ink is less prominent than colors
This Celtic Mother Knot is quite ornate in design
Pretty in Pastel
Love the halo over the dot honoring a little one who has gone to heaven
Dates of birth rather than dots
Hearts and vines, one in each color, for each child.
I hope I inspired you with my gallery of Celtic symbols for motherhood this Mother’s Day. Children are the most precious thing in a Mother’s life, it is no wonder why so many moms are considering tattoos to symbolize their bond of love. With the deep amount of heritage and symbolism the Celtic Motherhood Knot conveys, it is easy to see why this design is so popular among moms of Celtic and non-Celtic heritage. This beautiful tattoo is sure to capture the eye and signify the love for your child is forever. Happy Mother’s Day to you!