The Trinity Knot or Triquetra symbolizes and honors the Mother, Maiden, and Crone of the neo-pagan triple Goddess. It signifies the three life cycles of a woman in relation to the phases of the moon. In more recent times, it has come to be recognized as a symbol for 'The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
Displaying a Triquetra on both its front and back sides, this Cast Iron cauldron is a powerful symbol of the Goddess. Representative of creation and rebirth by themselves, the three points of the Triquetra are also frequently used to represent the Maiden, Mother and Crone, mind, body and spirit, and even birth, life, and death.
Triquetra means "triangle" or "three" (tri-) "cornered" (Quetrus). It is made using one continuous line to make three interconnecting vesicae Pisces. The Vesica Pisces is the shape designed by the crossing of two consistent circles. A triquetra symbol is interlaced with a circle in many drawings.
It is an ancient Celtic symbol and is considered one of the oldest, dating back to 500 BC. At that time, it symbolized the triple Goddess (maiden-mother-crone). Over time it came to symbolize the Holy Trinity with the Christians in Ireland. This symbol is used to signify the three fundamental elements – air, water, earth, or the infinite cycle of life. It is a rune of protection.
Metaphysical Properties of Iron
Associated Stones: Quartz Crystal, Holey Stones
Associated Metals: Lodestone, Meteorite
Powers: Protection, Defensive Magic, Strength, Healing, Grounding, Return of Stolen Goods
Magickal and Ritual Folklore
- Herbs were usually collected with noniron knives, owing to the belief that the vibrations of this metal would "jam" or "confuse" the herb's energies.
- The Hindus once believed that the use of iron in buildings would spread epidemics. Even today, a gift of iron in any form is thought by some to be unlucky.
- Iron was worn or used in protective rituals. Its powerful, projective vibrations were thought to be feared by demons.
- In old Scotland, iron was used to avert danger when a death had occurred in the house. Iron nails or knitting needles were thrust into every item of food--cheese, grain, meat, and so on-- to act as a lightning rod, attracting the confusing vibrations that death may arouse within the living and thus sparing the food from contamination.
Iron was once the most durable metal known to man, which was reflected in mythology and folklore. Thor's hammer Mjolnir was forged of iron, and even in the Norse myths, the legendary heat retention properties of iron were demonstrated: the hammer would become so hot when thrown, Thor wore iron gloves to protect his hands. The legendary strength and durability of iron make it a natural component in spells of protection. Many a witch obtains iron items, such as antique keys, padlocks, or spikes, and places them by the door of their home to keep out poltergeists and other unwanted spiritual visitors.