The Celts and Celtic symbols have long been rooted in legend and lore, especially for their use of architecture and symbolism. An Indo-European tribe, the Celts were known to have covered large swaths of Europe, and have left remnants of their cultural practices throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and even the north of France. The Celts lived in small, rural settings and were incredibly dependent on the weather and the seasons. An agricultural tribe, the seasons dictated whether they would have a fertile harvest, or have to survive with little food during harsh winters. For the Celts, natural phenomena became deities, simply because of their dependence on the seasons. As small farming communities the forces of nature, such as the sun, rain, thunder, lightning were all elements that controlled their lives and made up much of what is currently known of Celtic symbols, and the Celts attributed god-like abilities to these forces. This is where Celtic symbols were borne out of and this continues to be the case as these symbols continued to be used today.
The Celts connected to the natural world on a deep level, and this is reflected in the symbols they created. Although much of the Celtic art and symbols that have been found point to later time periods rather than the ancient Roman Empire, much of it was unable to withstand the test of time. However, the common understanding is that Celtic symbols were primarily used symbols and iconography for religious purposes and to demonstrate the control of the elements over their lives. Celtic symbols were a method through which they could influence life through invocation and drawing, and also served as a way to record their cultures and traditions as a rural farming society. Currently, Celtic symbols are used as a means of connection and to showcase a shared history that has withstood the test of time across different regions such as Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. The symbols are used as a way to represent belonging, and connection to a deep and storied past that is not rooted in ancestry, but rather a shared culture and belief.