Celtic nice trisquel-shaped pendant, crafted in sterling silver (925mm).
Length: 3.6 cm
Width: 2.8 cm
It is a solar symbol comprises three arms joined by a central point. The arms of this symbol represent the union of three elements, the triad, which is essential in the Celtic cosmos: earth, water and air and whose number three, sacred number in Celtic culture, was decisive. In fact, this number appears frequently in legends and representations as its triad of gods, life cycle, consisting of birth, death and rebirth, the three tests that warriors had to repeat to reach the next level, etc.
Usually it is encompassed by an outer circle represents wholeness and renewal for the Celts and represents evolution and balance between body, mind and spirit and is what sets it apart from the spiral of life.
The Druids used it as a sign identifying his rank to his students started, symbolizing the continuous learning and time: past, present and future. The Trisquel was to get the final symbol of the highest spirituality, the way that the initiates had to go to achieve the full knowledge to become druid.
It is also estimated that the Trisquel was employed by the most experienced druids to cure all kinds of fevers and wounds. At least that's one of the many theories that different researchers, since Trisquel, found recorded up on stones over three thousand years ago in the Neolithic and in different cultures without any relation to each other, which its real meaning is unclear and what we know is through the writings of the Roman scholars on Celtic culture; since the Druidic customs were transmitted only orally from generation to generation.
According to research, adding the Trisquel went heavily in weapons, shields, cauldrons, frames, mirrors and other everyday objects considered a symbol of good luck and protection of the person who carries it in full conversion to Roman Religion. With the Christianization the Trisquel is followed using as a mere ornament against the evil eye or to represent the Holy Trinity. I used to also appear in burial mounds whose role in this case, it was to facilitate access of the deceased to the other side.
Now ... What does the word Trisquel? It is not clear where lies the origin of this talisman but it is known that its name comes from the Greek nominative and could mean three wings or three legs in honor of "Trinacria" (the Greek name of Sicily) whose symbol was a female head winding hair (Medusa's head) in the center surrounded by three legs and representing the three sides of the island.
In addition it is noteworthy that in the Isle of Mann, an island located between England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is included in its shield symbol three legs bent at the knee and groin emulating together in what looks like a Trisquel and It is logical since this island is part of the six Celtic nations, along with Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and Wales. The researchers say that both symbols, the Sicilian and Mann Island, were in origin, references to ancient pagan cults whose Trisquel three legs representing the sun.
For the curious: The origin of the Three Legs explained in an ancient Celtic legend, which explains how the Celtic god of the waters and the sea, Manannan Mac Lyr, avoided the invasion of the island of Mann transformed into three legs rolled hill down to defeat all invaders.