The Spiral is known as a symbol of the goddess, a symbol of life. A Spiral represents “death and rebirth as movement into the disappearing-point of formlessness, and out of it again, to a new world of form.” (The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets)
Spiral symbology is also present in the Double Spiral and Triple Spiral. Double Spirals represent dual purpose in life, the inward journey and the outward journey. A Double Spiral can also be seen in the yin-yang symbol.
The Triple Spiral is believed to be an ancient goddess symbol. It can be thought to represent the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) or the goddess Brigid. The Triple Spiral is also used to represent the three realms of land, sea, and sky.
Also known as Triskele, the Triple Spiral is seen at many ancient Irish Megalithic and Neolithic sites, such as at the Newgrange monument. Triskelions can also be seen in the flags of Sicily and the Isle of Man.
The Celts believed that all things moved in eternal cycles, and the triple spiral reminds us of the cycle of life.
© The Celtic Journey (2013)