The Celtic Dragon

Celtic dragon - sovereignty; the red dragon is an emblem of Wales;

(celtic culture; j.t.koch) guardian of treasures; original word for dragon is lost, borrowed the Latin draco,
with welsh draig and irish drauc. the Celtic native word for dragon may have been tabooed.

elemental forces and blockage of creative influences; usually an enemy to be conquered.
dragon insignia were used in battle by the Celts in late antiquity and associated with qualities of leadership.
Arthur was provided by Geoffrey of Monmouth with dragon devices for his battle gear, and a father named Uther

related to Welsh serpents which attached themselves to families and brought good luck and wealth. hobby-horses
of Minehead (Somerset) and Padstow (Cornwall); Draig Goch is the national symbol of Wales.

(c.eason) guards wealth of chiefs, who were sometimes buried with fabulous treasures for their life in the
next world. Deceased warriors might be transformed into dragons to protect the gold hoards of their chiefs
from grave robbers. Features: eagle's feet, batlike wings, front legs of a lion, reptile/dinosaur head, mouth
blows fire and smoke, huge scales, horns of antelope, soft underbelly, spade like snake or lizard tail that
may begin close to the head. cave dwellers guarding the riches of the earth.

(l walthers) the ancient druids believed that the dragon connected them with the Earth's magnetism and healing
waters and that the earth itself was like the body of the dragon. Celtic dragons were strongly associated with
water. Many Celtic dragons are in the form of sea serpents and are often pictured with their tails in their
mouths, similar to the Norse Jormungandr or the African amphisbaena. To the Celts, the dragons are considered
to be one of the oldest symbols of female power. (circle represents immortality, infinity, eternity).

(anon) like the Chinese dragon, the Celtic dragon is also called a worm and several sacred places in ancient
Celtic territories were acknowledged as the dragon's abode or magical portal. combines the power of water and
fire, or fire within water, and yet also masters the air and lives in the deepest recesses of the earth. the
worm as the precursor of the phoenix. a young dragon was called a worm or serpent.

(c schmitt) the Celts worshipped dragons.

(j emick) connected to the torque and the horned god Cernunnos. Celtic dragons were highly respected until the
medieval times, because of their association with pagan gods, which is probably why brave Christian knights are
pitted against the wicked dragons. old symbol of sovereignty. revered most by the Welsh. according to Pliny,
druids revered an item they referred to as the serpent's egg for its healing waters, it is an egg-shaped stone
considered to possess magical properties. Serpent or dragon was symbol of druidry.