A Druid Samhain…. About My the symbol of my faith and my favorite holy days. Part 1 of 2
Though not all druids are from the same branch of the oak tree. I will talk about the other druids of different branches our faith, in a later blog post in an effort to “get er dun’ “as it were. Druids as a people of faith tend to have more group participation and much more focus on maintaining heritage of their faith. There are under 10 branches of Druidry or Druid faith branches globally to my knowledge, but in the interest of brevity and getting on with the focus topic I will cover the symbol of my faith, how Druids honor Samhain, and what it means to us.
This is my tree spirit peeking out at you.
I love squirrels. They are forest tenders.
I will quickly do my best to speak quickly to the one symbol of my faith. I will have to continue writing on Tuesday next week and post on Wednesday morn.
Ancient Triskelions from the Celts of Gallia
Raven Tatoo Triskelion Design
Line Art Triskelion
Copper Jewelry Triskelion
Graphic Art Decal Triskelion 1
Graphic Art Decal Triskelion 2
Pride Triskelion Tattoo
Custom Designed Triskelion
The Triskelion as a 5 pound in circulation 2017 coin of the realm
Triskelion on a water wheel on the Isle of Skye
Triskelion on Churches across Great Britain.
Most of these churches were erected on sites holy to the Druids
The Triskelion was easy to adopt into the Christian faith to represent the Trinity, thus subsuming the locals religion and converting the Celts to a new faith.
My symbol, the druidic symbol has two names the Triskelion and Triquetra. Triskelion means “three-legged” A being with three legs always must be in motion, in action. This is the founding concept of my faith, as it is the faith of the Natural world. The natural world is always in motion. Always dying, seeding, growing, birthing, blooming, striving, flying, germinating, thriving, harvesting, seeding, and dying again and again, and again…. eternally turning the cycle of life or you may know the Latin phrase ad infinitum or in Gaulish it would be said infinitamente. All life begins and ends with death. Death is what fuels the next cycle, it provides fecundity of the materials that nourish the Earth.
Triquetra – the Trinity Knot
“Also known as The Trinity Knot. Like all Celtic knots the triquetra is constructed of one continuous line interweaving around itself symbolising no beginning or end, an eternal spiritual life.
The Celts favoured the idea that everything important in the world came in threes; three stages of life, three elements, three domains; earth, sea and sky, past, present and future. The triquetra is sometimes drawn weaving around a circle, symbolising the unity of the three parts.”
Though I was taught the three domains are Land, Sea, and Sky. I am unsure as to the awareness of the ancien Celtic people’s perception of Earth rather than Land, even though Druids were noted astronomers.
The Public Face of the Triquetra
The Triquetra has been used in the media to portray Witches as Good, though it has nothing to do with Wicca or Witchcraft.
The Triquetra were used instead of a Pentacle, because the Pentacle is associated with the devil and evil. The Witches in the Charmed series were good characters who did Hollywood magic.
The Charmed Book of Shadows
(A tome that Witches and Wiccans keep the records of their spell research, spells, and rituals)
Symbols that regularly get mistaken for Triquetra or Triskelion
A Tribal Valknut not to be confused with a Triskelion
Traditional Germanic Valknut, A symbol of the Asatru Belief
A Migi Mitsudomoe sp?
A Shinto “Fire Wheel”, another symbol that gets mistaken for a Triskelion.
This is a Shinto symbol of good fortune
A Druid symbol of good fortune
The end of Part 1 of 2