When trying to dip our toes into the history of Celtic symbols it is necessary to mention that initially the name Celts was used historically with the reference to the group of tribe who inhabited a rather large territory. The Celts were settled all through Western Europe and Celtic tribes could be found on the territory of modern Turkey, Austria, Bavaria and others. It is difficult to estimate the exact starting date of the Celtic history, but the first mention of Celtic tribes as by the Greek historians who used the word "keltoi", which clearly resembles the now commonly used word "Celts". The word was used in reference to the group of tribes that lived on the territory of southern France, this tribe further gained the Roman name of Gauls. The tribes, though presenting a multitude of different groups were still connected by similar culture and traditions, as well as a common language.
Celtic symbols, though with certain variations from one area to another were also similar. The most widely spread of Celtic symbols were animals ornaments and floral ornaments. This fact reflects the fascination of nature that this pre-Christian tribal society had. By including animals ornaments and floral ornaments into the Celtic symbols, the peoples endeavored to may tribute to the nature and worship it with pleas for protection and assistance.
The beginning of Celtic history was marked by the breathtaking range of victories in terms of gaining new territories, and these events were also reflected in Celtic symbols. At the acme of their power, the Celtic tribes proved that they possessed enough power to occupy such grand ancient cities like Rome and Delphi. Having begun by a range of spectacular victories, the Celtic history was then marred by the Roman Empire, the rise of which pronouncedly caused the slump of Celtic history and slowed down the development of Celtic culture, which certainly had an impact on the Celtic symbols. It was the fact that Celtic tribes markedly lacked cohesion between them that the downfall of their power at this period of Celtic history is attributed to, but at the same time this fact created conditions for independent creation of Celtic symbols which if collected could present an astounding garland of art and experience.
Pushed back from the territories they formerly occupied the defeated Celts had to settle down in the western part of the continent, which had a profound impact on the types of Celtic symbols common at that time. Animals ornaments and floral ornaments then depicted indigenous species of the territories.
The recounts of Celtic history draw up an image of a non-Christian leader, a warrior, whose main attributes were courage and military skill. The level of development and of all aspects of life of the Celtic tribes was rather primitive, and it can also be named among the causes of the Celtic defeat by the Romans, a lamentable event in the Celtic history.
However, despite the fact that the early as well as the medium stages of the Celtic history can be marked as rather under-civilized, culture and traditions were not something alien to the Celts. This point can be illustrated by the great wealth of Celtic symbols, customs and rites, most of them having pagan origin and superstitious filling. It stands to reason that a trait deal of Celtic symbols and articles of culture have been lost, but the ones that have remained are apt to rouse the feeling of astonishment.
Nevertheless, if you take the effort to investigate Celtic history and Celtic symbols you will definitely come to the conclusion that the Celts made a spectacular contribution to the development of the world civilization