Pendant in the form of trisquel, the most represented Celtic symbol. Made of sterling silver.
Length: 3.7 cm
Width: 2.8 cm
It is a solar symbol composed of three arms joined by a central point. The arms of this symbol assume the union of three elements, the triad, something fundamental in the Celtic cosmos: earth, water and air and whose number three, number sacred in the Celtic culture, was determinant. In fact, this number frequently appears in his legends and representations as his triads of gods, the cycle of life, formed by birth, death and reincarnation, the three tests that the warriors had to repeat to reach the next level, etc.
Normally it is enclosed in an outer circle that represents the totality and the renewal and represents for the Celts the evolution and the balance between body, mind and spirit and is what differentiates it from the spiral of life.
The druids used it as a sign identifying their rank towards their initiates, symbolizing the continuous learning and their time: past, present and future. The Trisquel was the end to be achieved, the ultimate symbol of maximum spirituality, the path that the initiates had to go through to attain complete knowledge to become a Druid.
It was also estimated that Trisquel was employed by the most experienced Druids to cure all kinds of fevers and wounds. At least it is one of the many theories that maintains different investigators, since the Trisquel, has been recorded up to stones of more than three thousand years of antiquity in Neolithic and in different cultures without having any relation to each other, with which Its real meaning is unclear and what we know is thanks to the writings of the Roman scholars on Celtic culture; Since druidic customs were transmitted only verbally from generation to generation.
According to investigations, Trisquel was profusely added in arms, shields, pots, mounts, mirrors and other objects of daily use considered a symbol of good luck and protector of the person who carries it in full conversion to the Roman Religion. With Christianization Trisquel was still used as a simple ornament against the evil eye or to represent the Holy Trinity. It used to appear also in burial mounds whose function in this case was to facilitate the access of the deceased to the other side.
Now ... What does the word Trisquel mean? It is not clear where the origin of this talisman originates but it is known that its nominative name comes from the Greek and that could mean three wings or three legs in honor to "Trinacria" (the Greek name of Sicily) whose symbol was a feminine head with (Medusa's head) in the center surrounded by three legs and representing the three sides of the island.
Also noteworthy is that on the Isle of Mann, an island located between England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, the symbol of three legs bent from the knee and joined together in the crotch emulating 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 claim that both the Sicilian and the Mann island symbols 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 water and sea, Manannán Mac Lyr, avoided the invasion of the island of Mann becoming three legs that rolled hill Down until you defeat all the invaders.