The trinity knot is one of the most used and recognized symbols in Irish and Celtic jewelry, art, and decorations of all kinds. Why is it featured so prominently? Ancient Celts believed that there were three stages of life, three elements, three domains; earth, sea and sky, past, present and future. The trinity knot is an unending knot, connected with no break, which also symbolizes the unending connection we have with everything.The importance of three is not only prevalent in Irish and Celtic lore but also in most ancient and modern cultures, as well as mathematics.
Anu sterling silver and marcasite trinity knot pendant
The trinity knot is also associated in modern Christianity to symbolize the Holy Trinity, of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The number three is used 467 times in the Bible, notably when Jesus prayed three times in the Garden at Gethsemane, the amount of time Jesus was dead prior to his resurrection (three days), and the three hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus suffered on the cross. For more information on the Biblical importance of the number three visit biblestudy.org.
In China, the lucky number three, or trinity, is associated with mystical abilities and powerful creativity. It also has origins in Confucianism and Taoism, it stands for Heaven, Earth, and Human Being, and Tao actually means amiableness among the above three elements. To read an article about this go to travelchinaguide.com
In Hinduism, the trinity, or three, is also a spiritual number. It is representative of the order of the universe by the working together of the trinity of gods Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Siva the destroyer. It is believed that in working together these three elements of god bring about Rtam, the rhythm of the universe. Find out more on hinduwebsite.com
Pythagoras, Greek mathematician, developed many theories around the number three. His theories on triangles are taught today. Trinity, triangle…storyofmathematics.com
The number three figures prominently in so many natural phenomena that we don’t have space to list them here. The trinity is a spiritual and holy symbol, loved at once for its balance and mathematical perfection, as well as for its endless form.
Trinity knot ring by ShanOre Celtic Jewelry