I am looking for opinions and insight from someone who understands the Irish/Celtic tradition, history, and religious insights. I posted in the tattoo section but didn’t get a lot of responses. So I’m posting in a more general section and hope that you don’t report me. I don’t want a Triquetra b/c it is significant of the Trinity which I don’t believe in. Someone mentioned a Tricelta (sp?) which I liked. The background I found states that it’s significant of the earth, sun, and so forth but does that mean Wiccan? While I am a Christian, I’m not an overly religious person. I do want to celebrate my Irish heritage with a beautiful tattoo, but I don’t want to contradict my personal beliefs.. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for the input. I've got a lot to think about now that I've seen a different outlook on it. I know it seems a little weird to put that much thought into it but I want this one to mean something. I've got two other tattoos that when I got them, didn't mean a whole lot to me except that they were cool. However, now, in hindsight, they represent a time in my life where I was struggling to find myself. Having gone through that, I want this new and probably final tattoo to be a work of art that I can be proud of and have a deep personal meaning. Thanks again to all of you and whatever insights you've helped me gain.
The thing about the Celtic knotwork and art is that we really don’t know what each design symbolizes beyond being relatively sure that many of the designs with dominant 3 parts may be representative of “Land, Sea, Sky” which was an important concept to the ancient Celts.
There have been many attempts to attribute specific meanings to certain designs such as the triskele or triquetra, but we don’t know what exactly they symbolized. So if you like a design, get it because there is absolutely no evidence to support specific historical meaning to them. I have a lovely triquetra necklace in a horseshoe. The person I bought it from made a big deal of telling me the Christian symbology of it – that’s not what it means to me as I am Wiccan. None of those symbols are Wiccan either as Wicca is only about 60 years old, though some Wiccans may wear them for a variety of reasons.
Here is an article you might enjoy reading with some good information about what we do and don’t know about the meaning of these symbols – http://www.celtarts.com/in_search_of_meaning.htm
I would suggest you choose whatever appeals to you.
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