Celtic earrings made of sterling silver (925) with a trisquel shape.
Weight: 1.2 grams each earring.
Length: 3 cm
Width: 1 cm
It is a solar symbol composed of three arms joined by a central point. The arms of this symbol suppose the union of three elements, the triad, something fundamental in the Celtic cosmos: the earth, water and air and whose number three, sacred number in the Celtic culture, was decisive. In fact, this number frequently appears in their legends and representations such as their triads of gods, the cycle of life, formed by birth, death and reincarnation, the three tests that warriors had to repeat to reach the next level, etc.
Normally it is encompassed in an outer circle that represents totality and renewal and represents for the Celts the evolution and balance between body, mind and spirit and is what differentiates it from the spiral of life.
The Druids used it as an identifying sign of their rank towards their initiated students, symbolizing continuous learning and their time: past, present and future. The Trisquel was the end to achieve, the final symbol of the maximum spirituality, the path that the initiates had to travel to reach the full knowledge to become druid.
It was also estimated that the Trisquel was used by the most experienced druids to heal all kinds of fevers and wounds. At least it is one of the many theories held by different researchers, since the Trisquel, has been found engraved even on stones more than three thousand years old in the Neolithic and in different cultures without having any relationship with each other, with what its real meaning is unclear and what we know is thanks to the writings of Roman scholars about Celtic culture; since Druidic customs were transmitted only verbally from generation to generation.
According to the investigations, the Trisquel was added profusely in weapons, shields, cauldrons, saddles, mirrors and other objects of daily use being considered a symbol of good luck and protector of the person who carries it in full conversion to the Roman Religion. With Christianization the Trisquel was still used as a simple ornament against the evil eye or to represent the Holy Trinity. It also used to appear in burial mounds whose function in this case was to facilitate the deceased's access to the other side.
Now ... What does the word Trisquel mean? It is not clear where the origin of this talisman lies but it is known that its nominative name comes from the Greek and that it could mean three wings or three legs in honor of “Trinacria” (the Greek name of Sicily) whose symbol was a female head with meandering hair (Medusa's head) in the center surrounded by three legs and representing the three sides of the island.
It is also striking that on the island of Mann, an island located between England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, the symbol of three legs bent from the knee and together in the crotch is included on its shield emulating what a Trisquel looks like and It is logical since this island is part of the six Celtic nations, along with Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and Wales. The researchers claim that both symbols, Sicilian and Mann Island, were originally references to ancient pagan cults whose three-legged Trisquel represented the Sun.
For the curious: The origin of the Three Legs is explained in an ancient Celtic legend, which explains how the Celtic god of the waters and the sea, Manannán Mac Lyr, prevented the invasion of the island of Mann transforming into three legs that rolled hill down to defeat all the invaders.