He was of the opinion that without those essential elements, Celtic Christianity would be a poorer spiritual path than it was.
He was quite glad of those aspects, as it helped him keep in touch with the earth.
St Patrick is said to have taken this ancient sun symbol and extended one of the lengths to form a melding of the Christian Cross and the sun symbol, and thus the birth of the Celtic Cross.
The even-armed cross within a circle has been ascribed many meanings by many groups and cultures.
Of course, obvious relations such as east, north, south and west; or earth, air, water and fire can also be derived from the shape.