The Triskelion or Triskele

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The triskelion or ‘triskele’ is also known as the tri-spiral or ‘Spiral of Life’. The three spirals in the triskelion are interconnected with no open ends thus creating one continuous line. Each spiral turns in the same direction. The three spirals represent balance, harmony and continual motion indicative of the flow of life and of the Earth in her seasons and cycles.

This symbol is found on many ancient carvings, the most famous of which is Newgrange in Co Meath, which dates back to 2500 BC. The symbol is carved into the stone at the main entrance. It is one of the most famous stones in Megalithic art. The same symbol is found on one of the stones inside the chamber.

The triskelion is often thought to have Celtic origin, but it was carved at least 2000 years before the Celts inhabited Ireland. According to Celtic tradition, the triskelion is…

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