What is the meaning of the Triquetra knot?

What is the meaning of the Triquetra knot?

In Celtic tradition, the triquetra knot, also known as a trinity knot, represents concepts like unity, eternity, and the interconnectedness of life's stages.  The triquetra knot, with its three interconnected loops which are arcs of the same size, holds rich symbolism across various cultures and beliefs.


The three loops are often associated with the trinity of earth, water, and air or with aspects of the divine such as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Christianity.




Additionally, it can symbolize past, present, and future or the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. The knot's continuous design also reflects the idea of eternal love or friendship without end. In modern times, it's often worn as a symbol of protection, spirituality, or simply as an expression of one's connection to Celtic heritage.


The triquetra is often found in insular art, metal work and in illuminated manuscripts like the Book of Kells, which is one of the most famous group of manuscripts produced from the late 6th to early 9th centuries in monasteries across Ireland, Scotland and England as well as some continental monasteries. 


Nowadays, the triquetra is featured in movies such as Thor, Charmed, Book of Shadows, Power of Three, The Walking Dead and Dark, to name but a few.


How to pronounce Triquetra

treye KWEH truh


In modern times, the triquetra, also known as a "Irish Trinity Knot", is often found as a design element in popular Irish jewellery such as claddagh and other wedding or engagement rings.  



Wearing clothing and hats adorned with the triquetra knot can serve multiple purposes like connecting with and appreciation of Celtic heritage and culture. Some may wear triquetra symbols as a form of spiritual expression, representing beliefs in concepts like the trinity, unity, and protection. 




Carry the symbolism of the triquetra with you, reminding you of concepts like interconnectedness, eternity, and the cyclical nature of life.  
Ultimately it is a personal choice that can hold deep meaning, cultural significance, or simply serve as a fashionable accessory.



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