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What is the meaning of the Triquetra?

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Triquetra Meaning

  1. The word is Latin for "three-cornered."
  2. The symbol has been found, in northern Europe, on stones that date back to before the first millennium (AD 1,000). The triquetra is also found in the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels that was likely copied on the Island of Iona (off the Scottish coast) around AD 800.
  3. Scholars are unsure if this symbol is "originally" Christian or pagan. However, since there is no record of its existence before Christianity (AD 30), the argument favors a Christian origin.
  4. For Christians, the Triquetra represents the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--three persons as one God. Its three equal arcs represent equality, its continuous line expresses eternity, and the interweaving represents indivisibility.
  5. For pagans (witches included), the Triquetra represents the threefold nature of the Goddess as virgin, mother and crone. 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.

Sources:
http://home.att.net/~wegast/symbols/symbols.htm
http://www.museumoftalkingboards.com/tri.html
http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/32/3218.html
http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/32/3219.html
http://www.trinitytimes.com/body/gallery.htm

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