What Does the Triquetra Mean?


Triquetra is a three part ancient symbol that contains three interlocked vesica pieces. It is also known as the trinity knot and Celtic triangle associted with Celtic art, Paganism and Christianity.
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A triquetra is a three cornered shape which is a useful symbol in many cultures, ranging from traditional Christianity to pagan Celtic traditions. Triquetra in the role of Celtic art, appears extensively in a wide range of situations, from carved headstones to motifs in Celtic paintings. This design can be utilitarian and simple or incredibly ornate and quite beautiful.
A triquerta can be defined as a recognized symbol by different religions e.g. the three cornered shape.
Triquetra, often known as trinity knot is one of the earliest Christian symbol. Literally, it is derived from a Latin word meaning three cornered.
Triquetra is a noun resulting from the Latin tri- ('three') and quetrus ('cornered'). Its creative meaning was merely 'triangle' and it has been used to refer to a variety of three cornered shapes. The triquetra has been found on rune stones in Northern Europe and on early Germanic coins. It presumably had pagan meaning and it bears a resemblance to the Valknut, a symbol associated with Odin.
The triquetra symbol has been used for the past two centuries as a symbol of special things and persons that are threefold, such as Mother, Daughter and Grandmother - Past, Present and Future -and particularly the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A common description of the symbol includes a circle that goes through the three unified loops of the Triquetra.
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