People are getting a tattoo of a supposedly ancient Celtic symbol for new beginnings… and it seems that it isn't real!

Many Celtic symbols do indeed date back hundreds – if not thousands – of years. The graveyards of Ireland are filled with headstones made of Celtic crosses. The ringed cross is thought to have become common in ancient times. The ancient Irish used the ring to support the four corners of the cross.

Another common Celtic symbol is St Brigid’s Cross. Legend has it that the holy woman first weaved the symbol herself as she comforted a dying man. Ever since then Irish children have woven the symbol on her day (Feb 1).

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However, the Celtic symbol for “new beginnings”, no matter how hard we tried to find evidence to support it, seems to date back only a few years. The earliest result for the symbol in Google Image search is 2009 and the internet wasn’t exactly a new thing back then.

With pain, comes strength.. The Celtic symbol of new beginnings 💜

— 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 (@sipietz) October 29, 2018

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What do you think, does the symbol look real to you? Would it bother you if you thought you'd a true Irish symbol tattooed on your body and it turned out to be fake?

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* Originally published in Jan 2018.