Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The History and Meaning of the Triquetra, or Celtic Trinity Knot

The triquetra is an ancient symbol made up of three half circles connecting at the tips. This Celtic symbol is also known as the Celtic trinity knot or Celtic triangle. It origins have been attributed to the early Celtic people, various pagan groups and later to Christianity.

The triquetra has been found in northern Europe on large stones dating back to around 1,000 AD. The triquetra symbol has also been found in the Christian illustrated manuscript, the Book of Kells from the time period 800 AD. Earlier findings of the triquetra were on ancient rune stones in northern Europe, and on coins from early Germanic origins.

Celtic Symbol Meanings:

For Pagans, the triquetra represents the threefold nature of reality in its various forms. The Divine Feminine - maiden, mother & crone; life, death and rebirth, and the three forces of nature represented as water, air and earth.

For Christians, the triquetra has always been believed to symbolize the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Because the three arcs of the circles are equal, it represents the equality of the three.

The triquetra has taken on a bit of pop symbolism, due to its use on the television show "Charmed." The symbol represented the Power of Three, much as it does in early traditions.

Today the triquetra symbol is one of the most popular Celtic symbols, and versions of it are made into Celtic pendants, Celtic earrings, Celtic necklaces and many other Celtic designs including stained glass, soap, etched glass and more.

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