The word triskelion (or triskele) comes from the Greek τρισκελης, “Triskeles” meaning “three legs”. Although a Celtic origin is commonly lent to this symbol, it is actually only partially correct.
While it is true that people used it frequently during the second Iron Age called the Tene (Ve -. Second century BC), the triskelion has been represented since Neolithic period, like on the tomb of Newgrange, dated about 3200 BC.
The symbol is engraved in several places, especially on a large rock at the entrance. It would have been used more than 2,500 years before the Celts were present in Ireland.
After being a time forgotten, the triskelion reappeared in the late sixth century in Merovingian art, before being put away again except in Ireland, where it remained present on many monuments and illuminations.
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”)
Embrace the cycles of life with this handmade pendant! It’s made of sterling silver 925 and depicts a magical triskelion.
The measurements are as follows:
3.7cm long (1.5 inches)
2.6cm wide (1 inch)
The piece will be sent with an adjustable black cotton strap, but it also looks great with a silver chain.
It would make a beautiful addition to your jewelry collection. 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy buying 🙂