People are getting a tattoo of a supposedly ancient Celtic symbol for new beginnings … and it seems that it's entirely made up.
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).
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.
Celticsymbols.net believes, “It is not, in fact, a Celtic symbol at all, but a ‘zibu’ symbol created a few years ago by an artist who claims to have received a series of symbols from the angels.”
IrishCentral have contacted the artist, Debbie Zylstra Almstedt.