Celtic Meaning For Trinity
Celtic Meaning For Trinity, Triskelion, Triad, Triquetra
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 remnants and archaeological 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).
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
“Add moonlight for contrast and shadowy suspense.
Add sunlight for bright clarity and illumination.
Mix these both in your soul.
Then you become the horizon.
Then you spread into your full expanse.
This is the cohesive concept of the trinity.”~Avia
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:
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.
“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, knot work or symbolism. Your personal interpretation will ultimately be your best guide, and the only answer you need.
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