Validating this theory, we know the Celts honored the Great Mother, a lunar goddess who was actually three personifications in one (three lunar phases and faces of the goddess).
Some three-pronged Celtic meanings for the triquetra (trinity) symbol include things like…
Celtic Meanings for Triad/Trinity/Triquetra
- Spirit, Mind, Body
- Father, Son, Holy Ghost
- Mother, Father, Child
- Past, Present, Future
- Power, Intellect, Love
- Creator, Destroyer, Sustainer
- Creation, Preservation, Destruction
- Thought, Feeling, Emotion
- Mother, Maiden, Crone
- Other world, Mortal world, Celestial world
The Celtic symbol for trinity may also pertain to the three Bridgits. Bridgit is one powerful goddess (aspect of Danu), who embodies three aspects which are:
The circle often seen around the triquetra signifies the infinite and eternity. It also represents protection. Circles are often drawn around Celtic knots to represent spiritual unity with the divine – a connection that shall cannot be broken.
Anywhere you see a triple feature in Celtic culture it results in something powerful and meaningful. Whether it is a triple goddess, a triple god, or a strong triple concept like: Mind, Body, Spirit – the effect of the symbol is extremely profound. The number three is pervasive and energized within the Irish/Celtic psychology. It adopts deity, nature, time and the essence of life.
This wide array of interpretations reminds us that the meanings behind the Celtic symbol for trinity are not set in stone. The written records left behind by the Celts on the subject is painfully sparse, but I think that’s okay. Why? Because it forces us to use our own powers of deduction. Whether you want to assign the traditional holy trinity to the Celtic three-point symbol, or points of mind, body and soul – all meanings are powerful and meaningful. In the end, what is meaningful is what really counts.