about its history ? Where did it come from ?
Nobody knows for sure,
but a three-cornered symbol has appeared in many cultures throughout the
world, the earliest example being from 5000 year old Indian artifacts.
This particular symbol
was and still is used by the Christian faith (take a closer look at your
local church and you will probably find at least one example). Now whether
the christians "acquired" this particular symbol from the pagans
who were also using this symbol no one knows, although it is known that
christians acquired various symbols and religious holidays (Christmas is
one example, it was originally a pagan festival that celebrated the winter
What does it signify ?
The number 3 is important
to many cultures and in nature, so it's not surprising that a symbol of
this type appeared. I will only concentrate here on it's meaning for two
cultures. If anyone knows of any other meanings let me know and I'll
publish them here.
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.
It is also known as the Triple Goddess. the
Maiden, Mother, and Crone represent the life stages of every woman (and
man). born to innocence, inspired to create, then embodied with wisdom. (Thanks
to Larissa Escobar for this meaning for the triquetra)
The triquetra is a symbol of protection.
It represents the safety of a witch while she is wearing it or showing
respect for the wiccan religion. (Thanks
to Enchantress Megan for this information)
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.