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Celtic Cross

While the origins of the Celtic cross remain unclear, one theory suggests that the circle of the Celtic cross was added as a way to support the four arms in free-standing stone crosses, which would otherwise frequently break. Today it symbolises a crossover between the ancient Druid or Pagan religions of the Celtic people of Scotland and Ireland, and Christianity. In the original Celtic meaning, the four arms of the cross were said to represent the four seasons, while the circle represented the sun. In Christianity, the cross represents the crucifixion of Christ while the circle is said to be a symbol of God's eternal love.
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