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The Celtic Art Coracle volume 1 issue 12
Symbolism of the Centre

By law the king had always to have about him three groups of three, Druid, Judge, and Prime Minister; bard, chronicler, and physician; and the three controllers, or managers, of his family affairs. The corners of the central chamber connect with the corners of the outer court, dividing the outer area into four sections which converge on the center (fig. 108).

Fig. 108: Plan of Celtic Court

Fig. 108: Plan of Celtic Court

In the earliest civilizations all over the world, this central dais, upon which the god/king sat, was raised. From this simple architectural form arose the mighty ziggurat overlooking the city in Middle-Eastern and Middle-American cultures.

So far we have been comparing a great variety of related strands, which soon need to be drawn together. There are a great many synonymous symbols of the center: the holy mountain and the cave; the tumulus, mound, and the chambered grave; the arrow and the heart; the grail and the sword; the diamond and the cross; the warp and weft; the axis and the hub; the tree and the garden; the stone and the straight track; the needle and the thread. It could be that in describing that part of the nature of things that cannot be expressed in words, that has no name, there arise so many symbolic images, so many mythical analogies, that the mind is entangled like the prince who has to hack his way through the forest to arrive at the palace of the sleeping beauty, rather than confronted with an aid to concentration. Herein lies the effectiveness of the simple ornament as a symbol: within it we can discover the same reference, expressed non-verbally, silently, and by every mind according to its capacity.

Artwork Copyright Aidan Meehan 1983

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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