The history and meaning of the trinity knot is often debated, considering it holds meaning for both Christians and non-Christians alike.
The trinity knot is also called a triquetra. Christians believe that the three points of the Irish trinity knot represent the three elements of the holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Pagans (with related beliefs to the Celts) see the trinity knot as a representation of the natural forces – earth, air, and water.
The trinity knot has also been known to symbolize the cycle of life: life, death, and rebirth Other groups and people offer additional meanings for the Irish trinity knot, all of which reference three separate entities having influence upon one another.
In terms of history, Christians feel that the Irish trinity knot started with the Monks, who brought the trinity knot design along with Christianity converting the Celts. However, there is a strong possibility that original Irish knotwork symbols, including the Irish trinity knot, are actually Celtic in origin, given their similar looks to other known Celtic art and craft. Sometimes, the traditional triquetra symbol is accompanied by a circle. The circle can be interpreted as a symbol of eternity, whether that be the eternity of God’s love or the eternal circle of life. The Triquetra has is said to be the oldest symbol of spirituality.
It appears in the ninth century in the Book of Kells as a decoration, with no particular religious significance, and the symbol has been found in Norwegian churches dating to the 11th century.
It has been documented and carved onto tombs that are thousands of years old.
When the triple spirals are drawn in a straight line, it has been said that this represents life and death. We used this very popular Irish symbol in many of our pieces as illustrated below
The final piece I would like to show is a combination of both the Tree of Life & Trinity Knot in the one piece of Jewellery incorporating the Trinity knot into the Tree of Life Symbol below. The Tree of life will be the topic of my next post The Celtic Tree of life symbolises the forces of nature are coming together in perfect harmony to maintain balance in the universe.
Trinity Tree of Life Connemara Marble Pendant which can be purchased directly here