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Celtic Symbol for Trinity

Celtic Symbol Triquetra (trinity).

Celtic Trinity Symbol and Triquetra Meaning

The Celtic symbol for trinity has a myriad of symbolic meaning.

We see the trinity motif in Celtic knots, as well as in symbol-form like the triquetra and triskelion (a.ka. triskele or fylfot)

To the ancient Celtic mind, it may also signify the lunar or solar phases. This conclusion is made as we see the trinity/triquetra motif alongside other solar and lunar symbols in ancient remants and archeological digs.

Validating this theory, we know the Celts honored the Great Mother, a lunar goddess who was actually three personifications in one (three lunar phases and faces of the goddess).

Celtic Symbol Triquetra (trinity).

Some three-pronged Celtic meanings for the triquetra (trinity) symbol include things like...

Celtic Meanings for Triad/Trinity/Triquetra

  • Spirit, Mind, Body
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  • Mother, Father, Child
  • Past, Present, Future
  • Power, Intellect, Love
  • Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer
  • Creation, Preservation, Destruction
  • Thought, Feeling, Emotion
  • Mother, Maiden, Crone
  • Other world, Mortal world, Celestial world

The Celtic symbol for trinity may also pertain to the three Bridgits. Bridgit is one powerful goddess (aspect of Danu), who embodies three aspects which are:

  • Art
  • Healing
  • Metalsmithing

The circle often seen around the triquetra signifies the infinite and eternity. It also represents protection. Circles are often drawn around Celtic knots to represent spiritual unity with the devine - a connection that shall cannot be broken.

celtic symbol for trinity

Anywhere you see a triple feature in Celtic culture it results in something powerful and meaningful. Whether it is a triple goddess, a triple god, or a strong triple concept like: Mind, Body, Spirit - the effect of the symbol is extremely profound. The number three is pervasive and energized within the Irish/Celtic psychology. It adopts deity, nature, time and the essence of life.

This wide array of interpretations reminds us that the meanings of these engaging knots are not set in stone. As mentioned, sketchy remnants of historical records on the subject causes us to use our own powers of deduction.

This isn't a bad thing. The very fact that the Celtic knot meaning is so elusive makes more room for magic and allows for personal expansion. In short, let your imagination soar when contemplating Celtic art, knotwork or symbolism. Your personal interpretation will ultimately be your best guide, and the only answer you need.

I hope you have enjoyed this page on Celtic symbol for trinity. Be sure to check out the links at the end of this page for more Celtic symbol meanings. Thanks for reading!

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Triskelion Knot Meaning:
Perhaps one of the most pervasive and common Celtic trinity symbols out there, kthe triskelion is a big knot to untie in its power and meaning.

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Triquetra (Trinity) Celtic Symbol and Knot:
Whether as a knot or a symbol, the Celtic triquetra is a queen of a symbol. Take some time to figure out the lovely aspects of this celtic symbol for trinity.

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Five-Fold Symbol Meanings:
Okay, it's not a triple. It's kinda a pentagon or pentagram...at least in shape. But in meaning, the five-fold Celtic symbol is multi-faceted.

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Quaternary Celtic Symbol:
You got me - this also is NOT a trinity Celtic symbol, but just because it has four points doesn't make it any less profound in meaning.

This wide array of interpretations reminds us that the meanings behind the Celtic symbol for trinity are not set in stone. The written records left behind by the Celts on the subject is painfully sparse, but I think that's okay. Why? Because it forces us to use our own powers of deduction. Whether you want to assign the traditional holy trinity to the Celtic three-point symbol, or points of mind, body and soul - all meanings are powerful and meaningful. In the end, what is meaningful is what really counts.

May all your Celtic triads be binding and profound with high wisdom.



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Avia Venefica

About the Author: Avia Venefica has an undergraduate degree with a focus in anthropology and art. She has also been an understudy in several tribal and spiritual organizations around the nation. Avia is the author of several publications concerning esoteric wisdom, and makes herself available for public speaking/presentations on symbolic topics.