Triquetra is a word derived from the Latin tri- ("three") and quetrus ("cornered").
Its original meaning was simply "triangle" and it has been used to refer to various three-cornered shapes.
Nowadays, it has come to refer exclusively to a certain more complicated shape formed of three vesicae piscis, sometimes with an added circle in or around it.
When we speak of The Triquetra, we are talking of One of the most ancient and Holy symbols known to most religeons. It has hundreds of incarnations.
But the three most prevalent are:

As can be seen The Vesica piscis shows how The Triquetra is formed...

The vesica piscis is a symbol made from two circles of the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the circumference of the other. The name literally means the bladder of the fish in Latin. In the Christian tradition, it is a reference to Christ, as in ichthys. It is called a mandorla ("almond") in India and known in the early Mesopotamian, African, and Asian civilizations.

Mystical and Religious Significance

Construction diagram of the Vesica Piscis, showing the extension to form the Ichthys. It has been the subject of mystical speculation at several periods of history, perhaps first among the Pythagoreans, who considered it a holy figure. The mathematical ratio of its width (measured to the endpoints of the "body", not including the "tail") to its height was reportedly believed by them to be 265:153. This ratio, equal to 1.73203, was thought of as a holy number, called the measure of the fish. The geometric ratio of these dimensions is actually the square root of 3, or 1.73205... (since if you draw straight lines connecting the centers of the two circles with each other, and with the two points where the circles intersect, then you get two equilateral triangles joined along an edge, as shown in light red in the diagram). The ratio 265:153 is an approximation to the square root of 3, with the property that no better approximation can be obtained with smaller whole numbers. The number 153 appears in the Gospel of John (21:11) as the exact number of fish Jesus caused to be caught in a miraculous catch of fish, which is thought by some to be a coded reference to Pythagorean beliefs. Ichthys a symbol used by early Christians, more popularly known as the fish symbol is created by the almond shape and the light blue extension as seen in the Construction Diagram of the Vesica Pisces above. The triquetra has been found on runestones in northern Europe, and upon early Scandinavian coins. It presumably had pagan religious meaning, and it bears a resemblance to the Odin Knot or Valknut. Some have suggested that, like the valknut, triquetrae may have been a symbol of Odin.

Celtic art

The triquetra is found in a variety of art from the early manuscript period, most notably in illustrated manuscripts like the Book of Kells. While it is uncertain what the symbol may have meant to the Celts, it is often found as a design element in larger drawings of triskeles or triple spirals.

Christian use

The symbol was later used by Christians as a symbol of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). This appropriation was particularly easy because the triquetra conveniently incorporated three shapes that could be interpreted as The Christian symbol for the fish.


Modern Neopagans use the triquetra to symbolize a variety of personal and traditional beliefs. Germanic Neopagan and Heathen groups who use the triquetra to symbolize their faith generally believe it is originally of Norse and Germanic origins. Celtic Reconstructionist Pagans use the triquetra either to represent one of the various triplicities in their cosmology and theology (such as the tripartite division of the world into the realms of Land, Sea and Sky), or as a symbol of one of the specific triple Goddesses, most notably the Morrigan. It is also sometimes used by Wiccans and some New Agers to symbolize either the Wiccan triple goddess or the triplicities of mind, body, and soul.

In popular culture

The symbol has become especially popular due to its use on the cover of the "Book of Shadows" used by the three sisters on the American TV show Charmed. It is also one of the four symbols on the cover of the Led Zeppelin album, Led Zeppelin IV, where it represented bassist John Paul Jones. The band Payable on Death (P.O.D.) also uses this symbol on most of their CD covers. In Switchfoot's music video for the song "We Are One Tonight", the symbol was prominently tattooed on an actor's back. The triquetra was formerly used as a symbol on New King James Version Bibles, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. but was later replaced due to complaints regarding the symbol's connections to Paganism. The symbol is also seen on the cover of the Dungeons & Dragons game, Forgotten Realms Campaign. It is often used artistically as a design element when Celtic knotwork is used, and many who identify as Modern Celts may use the symbol as an identification with Celtic culture, whether they live in the Celtic Nations or the diaspora.

For The Christian (it is The Trinity)

The "Shield of the Trinity" or "Scutum Fidei"
diagram of traditional Western Christian symbolism.

For the Jew (It is The Elohim)

from within and out of; comes The Torah, The Tanach and The Kabbalah

For The Muslim (It is The Tawhid)

(Which is The Shahada, Allah and Muhammad)

For The Hindu (It is The Trimurti)

The three aspects of God, or "Parabrahman," God's personae is made up of
Brahma (the Source/Creator),
Vishnu (the Preserver/Indwelling-life)
Shiva (the Transformer -Destroyer/Creator).

For the Druid (It is the Awen)

In otherwords The Triplicities of the sacred Tree and the Three Domains
(mind, body and soul)
(earth, sea and sky)
(love, wisdom and truth).

For The Mage (It is the Kybalion)

and from it The Triumvir (The Old One and from within and out of comes Our Lord and Our Lady).
To find The Mage look within The Masonic, Hermetic, Qabalistic and Rosicrucian Philosophys.

For the Native American and Shamanic

(It is Mother Earth, Father Sky and Grandmother Moon)

For The Wiccan It is The Triple Goddess

(Maid, Mother, and Crone)

Lords of Karma

During life there can be many events and circumstances that seem to us impossibly harsh and unfair.
Whether it is a minor event such as unjustified accusations and ensuing judgments,
or a major disaster involving brutality and even murder,
the damage can be far reaching and deeply traumatic to the lives of more than just the victim.
And this can be made even worse when there seems to be no punishment for the aggressor.
Even when our courts take charge, the emotional scars of an offence can remain for years to come,
and no amount of money or length of prison sentence can compensate for such a trauma.

And so it can often seem that the world is a very unfair place.

Yet there are those who believe in the absolute perfection and justice of the universe,
and that somehow, somewhere, someday ~ in this life or maybe the next ~ a price will be paid
for all wrong doings that will adjust the scales and bring justice to bear upon any transgressor.

And thus we enter The Presence of the Lords of Karma

The world of Karma is a complex and challenging subject, and different beliefs can bring confusion.
One of these is the notion that Higher Disincarnate Beings are in charge of the process, and these are known as The Lords of Karma.
More detailed information about these Great Beings are given within The Qabalah,
but in simple terms they are thought to reside as arbiters in the Universal Judgment Hall,
where hearts are weighed against actions taken in life, and retribution or reward assessed accordingly.
To many this is a frightening prospect,
but it should not be forgotten that the rewards for honesty,
truth and love can be very great,
and retribution only comes to those who cannot or will not take responsibility for the errors they have made,
or indeed the pain they have caused to others.
Karmic Retribution is not about bringing "suffering", but bringing "realisation",
and the job of the Karmic Lords is not to dish out punishment, but to show us how to avoid it.
The way that this is done is to put us in a position where we really "feel" what others have felt at the hands of ourselves
There is no greater learning than that of a total experience first hand.
The process is governed by Truth - absolute truth - and all the facts, however obscure, are placed before the individual so there can be no illusions,
for they can see this truth for themselves. The end result is that either proper recompense is made, and the scales adjusted,
or the aggressor unwittingly becomes the new victim, for a wilful liar will always live in a hell of their own making.
So maybe, those who have ever suffered an untruth, injustice or brutality at the hands of others,
can take some solace in the belief that there are no secrets in the after life - no lies can be hidden,
no truth untold, and there is nowhere to run from any misdeed.
And those who genuinely have given their hearts and mind to the benefit of this beautiful world we live in, without seeking recognition or return,
can be rest assured that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.
But maybe too we all could be more careful in the negative judgments we make of others, and the actions we take because of them?
Due to the fragility of our personalities, such judgments are likely to be flawed, and we rarely if ever will really know all the facts.
Of course, through life we have to make assessments all the time, but perhaps it is wise to try to make these on situations rather than the people within them?
This makes for simpler choices for, if we don't like a "situation" we have the freewill to stay in it or move out of it.
Situations are not reactive, but people are, and if we insist on laying blame on individuals, then this can just open the way to unnecessary karmic hurdles.
Karma is simply the golden rule: what you give out is what you receive - either in the same or in similar form.
You reap what you sow - your actions create that which you do live out now, whether this relates to a past/future life situation or to the present date.
It has been said that "Ever mind the law of three, What ye send out returns to thee, 3 X 3 X 3...."
and if this is so, then surely the rewards of honesty, respect, loyalty and love are preferable to that of wilful ignorance, false pride, and aggression?

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