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This Flower Triquetra Tapestry presents a complex weave of green, yellow and blue flowers mingling with Celtic knots. This tapestry displays a triquetra, the symbol of earth, air, fire and water linked by Spirit, to make a wonderful hanging for your sacred space. Perfect for Ostara or Spring Equinox! Can also be readily used as a wall decoration/hanging, tablecloth, couch cover and many other creative options! HUGE, 72" x 108", made of 100% cotton and perfect size for a twin bed.
What is the meaning of the Triquetra?
The Triquetra represents the threefold nature of the Goddess as virgin, mother and crone. It symbolizes life, death, and rebirth and the three forces of nature: earth, air, and water. The inner three circles represent the female element and fertility.
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).
Some three-pronged Celtic meanings for the triquetra (trinity) symbol include things like...
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 divine - a connection that cannot be broken.
Many cultures and religions consider the number three to be holy or divine. The symbol of three interlocking circles has been found on 5000 year old Indian religious statuary. We see lots and lots of threes if we just look around.
The Triquetra symbol itself dates as early as the eighth century on carved stones in northern Europe. A Norse rune known as the Odin Knot or Val Knot resembles it almost exactly.
The Triquetra represents the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The unbroken circle represents eternity. The interwoven nature of the symbol denotes the indivisibility and equality of the Holy Trinity. It symbolizes that the Holy Spirit is three beings of power, honor, and glory but is indivisibly one God.
But who had it first, the Pagans or the Christians? To know for sure, we would have to find a Triquetra that positively pre-dates Christianity. Since this hasn't happened yet, we're in a bit of a pickle. Maybe it originated with the pagans or maybe with the Christians. Maybe it's one of those universal signs like the cross and the triangle that pop up in cultures irrespective of one another.
The pagans have a few points in their favor, however. We can speculate knowing what we do of similar signs. The early Christians freely "appropriated" many Pagan symbols, rituals, and holidays and took them as their own. The Mandorla, the Christians' sacred almond, was originally a pagan feminine symbol signifying fertility. The Christians changed it to one representing virginity and purity. It is pictured in early Christian art as the almond-shaped halo of Christ. So it's quite probable that the early Christians adopted the Triquetra, an interlocking triple Mandorla, also.
In the final analysis, maybe the origin isn't nearly as important as its meaning to the group, or the individual.