Sםmbolos Antiguos (Spanish)
Antike Symbole (Deutsch)
Древние символы (Russian)
Symboles Anciens (French)
Triquetra means “triangle” or “three” (tri-)
“cornered” (quetrus). It
is made up of three intersecting vesicae piscis. A vesica piscis in
turn is the shape created by the intersection of two congruent circles.
A triquetra symbol is sometimes interlaced with a circle.
An ancient Celtic symbol, the triquetra is considered one of the
oldest; dating back to as early as 500 BC when it was used to symbolize
the triple goddess (maiden-mother-crone). Over the centuries it has
become the symbol for the Holy Trinity among Christians in Ireland. The
symbol is often used to represent the 3 fundamental elements - air,
water and earth or the infinite cycle of life. It is also known as a
rune of protection.
In modern times, the triquetra symbol has become a favorite design
element in knot-work, jewelry, emblems, logos etc. as a symbol of
anything three-fold e.g. the cycle of life (life-death-rebirth), the
promise of a husband to his wife (love-honor-protect), the family
(father-mother-child), the passage of time (past-present-future) and
many more. The circle that is often interlaced with the triquetra
represents the bond between the three elements.
Four Elements Symbolism
Solar & Lunar Symbols