Created in the scriptorium of the monastery on Iona, the Book of Kells was brought to Ireland during the 8th century to evade the Vikings. It is probably the finest work of manuscript illustration ever designed. Birds travel freely between heaven and earth, they are possessors of secrets and are seen as heavenly messengers. 568G
A spiral uncoils into serpents consuming four heads united by the Celtic circle and cross. Linear/rational pattern at base. Suggests the struggle between such opposites as chaos and reason, the conscious and unconscious, man and woman. 254G
This brings together two of our most ancient symbols, each uniting pairs of opposites: the tree unites earth and heaven; the cross unites the masculine trunk with the horizontal feminine branches, which bear leaves and fruit, holding a promise of the future.
Life’s journey brings a multitude of opportunities and personal encounters. These intersections can bring frustration or fulfilment and depend on the most startling chance. This cross is a symbol of importance of life’s meetings. It is from a 500 year old stone in Co. Donegal.686G
`Lead me ffrom death to life, from falsehood to truth. lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.` This prayer is said at noon by people of many faiths.386G