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Derived from the Greek word "Triskeles" meaning "three legs", the Triskele or Triple Spiral is a complex ancient Celtic symbol. Often referred to by many as a Triskelion, its earliest creation dates back to the Neolithic era, as it can be seen at the entrance of Newgrange, Ireland. However, the Triskele gained popularity in its use within the Celtic culture from 500BC onwards. This archaic symbol is one of the most convoluted to decipher as symbolists believe it is reflective of many areas of culture from the time.
The meaning and symbolism of the triskelion give rise to many interpretations. Indeed, it is difficult to give an exact symbolic to the Celtic triskelion, the transmission of knowledge among the druids having been made only orally.
The rotating curved shape of its branches would be symbol of dynamism, movement and enthusiasm in opposition to all that is right and fixed. It is a symbol of life.
In Breton, it means "three rays." Some, such as the archaeologist and historian Wenceslas Kruta, recognize the solar nature of the triskelion. The symbol could be in Celtic iconography the three points of the movement of the sun: sunrise, zenith and sunset.
In Celtic mythology, the pantheon of gods is threefold: Lugh, Daghda, Ogme. The triskelion could represent them. It could also embody the only goddess in her three aspects: daughter, mother, wife.
The triskelion could also symbolize the passing of time: past-present-future or the three ages of life (childhood, maturity, old age)
the triskelion could embody the different states of human beings: waking, sleeping or dreaming
it is also accepted that it could represent the "three worlds": the world of the living, the dead and the world of the spirit.
The triskelion could symbolize the three elements (water, fire and earth). This meaning also links to the three states of matter (solid, liquid, gaseous)
Some people simply think that the triskelion would de a symbol inspired by the clover. (See our article "symbols and their meaning: the clover")
nx (coat of arms for the Isle of Man) is essentially a triskelion, but the spirals are legs. These legs look as if they are running.
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