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31 January 2011

Triskelion

Triskelion
On Wednesday, I'll have the pleasure of being host to Sky Purington.  Sky was one of eight authors, including myself, who each wrote a story about a Greek Muse in The Wild Rose Press series 'Song Of The Muses.'  Sadly these stories are no longer available in print, but are still available for download from The Wild Rose Press.

Sky also wrote about hunky Scots in kilts, but is now writing in a slightly darker vein,  (Find out more on Wednesday)  but as I was preparing her post, I got to thinking about the 'Muse' series and some of the research I'd done for my own particular muse, Terpsichore, in my story for the series 'Dancing with Fate.  I sent her to 5th Century Wales. If you follow my  blog, you will know how much I enjoy finding pictures for my posts, and of course being a Celtic Welsh woman, among some of the pictures I found in my file for the story were Triskelkions and Celtic knots.

Lovespoon
These designs are much used in Celtic jewellery and, of course, the traditional  Welsh carved wooden LoveSpoon.

A triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of three interlocked spirals, or three bent human legs, or any similar symbol

It represents the concept of completion and progress. The symbol looked like a three legged wheel. There are basically two different components or meanings of the symbol.

According to the first derivation of the meaning, the triskelion, represents actions, cycles, progress, revolution and competition. In all, the triskelion was a representation of a sense of advancement.

The three legs or rather, the limbs of the triskelion often had several different meanings. The symbol was often used on armours, clothes, as a decorative pin for the clothes and also in jewelery. The meaning of the three legs, varied according to the person who was wearing it. Some of the prominent combinations of the meanings, are as follows: 'Spirit, Mind, Body', 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost', 'Mother, Father, Child', 'Past, Present, Future', 'Power, Intellect, Love', 'Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer' and 'Creation, Preservation, Destruction'.

They can also represent The Otherworld: Where spirits, gods and goddesses live, The Mortal World: Where we live,along with plants and animals, and The Celestial World: Where unseen energies live and move about. Like the forces of sun, moon, wind and water. 
      Celtic knots are perhaps the most notorious and recognizable artwork in Celtic history. They started
      Celtic Knot
      appearing in history after about 450 AD.

      The Celtic knot symbol, is also referred to as the mystic knot

      So - what interesting things have you discovered in your research when writing. Have you unearthed any interesting objects from history or your own heritage?

      Some of the above information taken From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia