The Trinity Knot, also called the Triquetra, is one of the most popular Celtic designs for tattoos. There are multiple different meanings behind the shape, and it has a rich history with a murky origin story.
Many people still argue over who created the Trinity Knot, as some believe it was created by Christian monks spreading their religion through the Celtic region.
Others believe the Celts already used the image and that the monks merely appropriated it so as to ease the transition to the new religion for the Celts.
The meaning of the Trinity Knot is different depending on who you ask. Christians see it as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Pagan interpretations called the three points of the knotted triangle Earth, Air, and Water, after the natural elemental forces. Other pagan adaptations refer to the symbol as one of life, death, and rebirth. The symbol has been reimagined many times, and now it can be thought to represent any set of three separate ideas that are somehow connected to one another.
There are occasions when the original symbol is drawn with a circle added to the knot. The circle is thought to represent the infinite nature of God’s love, as well as the eternal cycle of life and death. It is not technically part of the original design, but it adds credence to the original idea.