when I posted my bargains blog the other day I forgot this necklace that I also got in the antique shop…it has the same symbol as the key..how strange to find two items with that symbol on them in an ancient shop that hardly anyone goes in !! a witches cross has equal arms like this one, and I have a lot of Celtic blood, the pattern on this is Celtic and is almost like the witchcraft ” Triquetra” like the key has that I also bought that day (see previous blog )
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Triquetra ( /traɪˈkwɛtrə/; Latin tri- “three” and quetrus “cornered”) originally meant “triangle” and was used to refer to various three-cornered shapes. Nowadays, it has come to refer exclusively to a particular more complicated shape formed of three vesicae piscis, sometimes with an added circle in or around it. This has been used as a religious symbol of things and persons that are threefold.
In contemporary Ireland, It is traditional for a man to give a loved one a trinket such as a necklace or ring signifying his affection towards her. It is believed to represent the three promises of a relationship such as to love, honour, and protect. It is common for the design of the Trinity Knot to be engraved on a wedding ring and attaches to a Claddagh ring(another Irish traditional ring given for friendship or engagement).
The Trinity Knot holds major significance in neopaganism in that it is believed to represent the three stages of the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone).
Modern Pagans use the triquetra to symbolize a variety of concepts and mythological figures.
Germanic Neopagan groups who use the triquetra to symbolize their faith generally believe it is originally of Norse and Germanic origins. Due to its presence in insular Celtic art, Celtic Reconstructionist Pagans use the triquetra either to represent one of the various triplicities in their cosmology and theology (such as the tripartite division of the world into the realms of Land, Sea and Sky), or as a symbol of one of the specific triple Goddesses, for example, The Morrígan.
The symbol is also sometimes used by Neo-wiccans and some New Agers to symbolize either the Triple Goddess; or the Three Realms of Earth, sky and sea; or the interconnected parts of our existence (Mind, Body, and Soul).
Also the triquetra is a symbol of protection in the Neo-wiccan religion. It is also said to represent family; Father, Mother and Child. However, this is not a traditional or mainsteam Wiccan idea. Wicca is primarily duotheistic – worshiping both a feminine Goddess and a masculine God – and does not include the concept of a divine child except at the winter solstice, when the God is seen as reborn from the Goddess. Within Wicca, the triquetra is mainly used as a symbol of the Triple Goddess of the Moon and Fate.
It is difficult to date the exact origin of the Celtic triquetra, and whether it was first used in a Christian or pagan context; the distinctive interlace/knotwork artistic style did not fully develop until ca. the 7th century A.D., but the triquetra is the simplest possible knot.
- The triquetra is often used artistically as a design element when Celtic knotwork is used. Many who identify as Modern Celts may use the symbol to display an identification with Celtic culture, whether they live in the Celtic Nations or the diaspora.
- In recent years, the symbol has become well-known due to its use on the cover of the “Book of Shadows” used by the three sisters on the American TV show Charmed. It represents the three sister witches working together as one.
- A triquetra is one of the four symbols on the cover of Led Zeppelin‘s fourth album, where it used as the personal symbol of bassist John Paul Jones.
- The triquetra is part of The Script‘s trademark symbol, which also features the science symbol. Together they make the symbol of science and faith, which relates to their second album, “Science and Faith” which is also the name of one of their songs.
- The band Payable on Death (P.O.D.) uses this symbol on most of their CD covers.
- The double triquetra is used to represent the Trinity on The New King James Version Bibles, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
- A necklace with a triquetra (Trinity Knot) pendant is used in the film Constantine giving its bearer what was described as being like a bulletproof vest, in the spiritual sense.
- A triquetra is seen on the floor of the laboratory, among other symbols, at the end of the video game Assassin’s Creed.
- The TNA clothing brand, exclusive to Aritzia, has a logo composed of three triquetras.
- Game developers Treyarch use the triquetra as their company logo.
- In the motion picture Thor a triquetra symbol is displayed on Thor’s hammer Mjollnir in response to incantations and other magical stimuli.
- The triquetra is often compared to the triforce in the Legend of Zelda video game series