Celtic Triquetra (gold plated) – (ID: sg13)
The triquetra is a three part ancient symbol comprised of three interlocked vesica pices, often used to represent people or concepts in groups of three. It is also known as the trinity knot & Celtic triangle, it has been found in Celtic art, paganism & also has been used in Christianity.
The triquetra symbol has been found on stones & rune stones, in northern Europe, that date back to before 1,000 AD, and on early Germanic coins. The triquetra is also found in the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript that was likely created on the Island of Iona (off the Scottish coast) around AD 800. It probably had pagan religious meaning & it bears a resemblance to the Valknut, a symbol associated with Odin.
For pagans, the Triquetra represents the threefold nature of the Goddess – as the Virgin, as the Mother, & as the Crone. It also symbolizes Life, Death, and Rebirth, and the three forces of nature – Earth, Air, and Water. The inner three circles represent the female element & fertility.
For Christians, the Triquetra represents the Trinity – the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit – three persons as one God. Its three equal arcs represent equality, its continuous line expresses eternity, and the interweaving represents indivisibility and unity.