Derby #40: Motherhood
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Celtic Mother (resubmit)

Celtic Mother (resubmit)
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wooterer


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Re: Celtic Mother (resubmit)


The Triple Spiral is a Celtic symbol for mother and her many aspects, the triple spiral represents the various phases of womanhood, the passing of time, and the unity of these diverse dimensions. This symbol also represents the three phases of woman-ness: Mother in her compassion and nurturing state, Maiden in her innocence and pure state and Crone in her wise and experienced state.

P.S. Had to resubmit to fix minor issue

eHalcyon


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wooterer wrote:The Triple Spiral is a Celtic symbol for mother and her many aspects, the triple spiral represents the various phases of womanhood, the passing of time, and the unity of these diverse dimensions. This symbol also represents the three phases of woman-ness: Mother in her compassion and nurturing state, Maiden in her innocence and pure state and Crone in her wise and experienced state.

P.S. Had to resubmit to fix minor issue


Anything Celtic is cool in my book. This has a lot more meaning and thought to it than most designs. =)

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skibbereengirl


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wooterer wrote:The Triple Spiral is a Celtic symbol for mother and her many aspects, the triple spiral represents the various phases of womanhood, the passing of time, and the unity of these diverse dimensions. This symbol also represents the three phases of woman-ness: Mother in her compassion and nurturing state, Maiden in her innocence and pure state and Crone in her wise and experienced state.

P.S. Had to resubmit to fix minor issue


I love anything Celtic, too. I would definitely buy it. GMV.

pineconebryce


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I was pretty sure it's the symbol for the elements air, water, and fire... At least, that's what it's commonly accepted as, because the original meaning of the design is unknown. So I checked Wikipedia, and I'm right. No mention of a relation to motherhood at all... It is sometimes co-oped to be a symbol for the Wiccan Goddess, who is often viewed (by non-Wiccans at least) as what most people call "Mother Earth." But that's the closest stretch I can find. Your sources?

thewarrior


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This is a shirt that my mom would actually wear, shes likes the blue

TravelingKailey


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pineconebryce wrote:I was pretty sure it's the symbol for the elements air, water, and fire... At least, that's what it's commonly accepted as, because the original meaning of the design is unknown. So I checked Wikipedia, and I'm right. No mention of a relation to motherhood at all... It is sometimes co-oped to be a symbol for the Wiccan Goddess, who is often viewed (by non-Wiccans at least) as what most people call "Mother Earth." But that's the closest stretch I can find. Your sources?


Not sure about the designer's sources but I found this link...

http://123celtic-irish-jewelry.com/celticart.asp

It shows that there are many many interpretations... one of which is motherhood when the three spirals surround a central triangle.

wooterer


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mihalis aya


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TravelingKailey wrote:Not sure about the designer's sources but I found this link...

http://123celtic-irish-jewelry.com/celticart.asp

It shows that there are many many interpretations... one of which is motherhood when the three spirals surround a central triangle.


That's not so much motherhood as the triumvirate goddess. A number of pagan cultures envisioned their goddesses in triumvirate form, usually in a maiden-mother-crone sequence (the three big parts of a woman's life being the analogy). The mother is only one part of that, and the triskel is not associated specifically with motherhood in any Celtic culture I know of. Today, it's more associated with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (like the trinity knot) than anything else, I would imagine.

I, too, would love to see a reliable source. I'm usually cool with knotwork--I try to include it in every entry I make, though that doesn't always happen--but the explanation given is not one I've ever heard for this specific squiggly.

wooterer


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Goddess

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbol-for-mother.html

brizz


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damn...and here i thought all this time that celtic knotwork required skill. turns out you can put clipart in a circle and call it celtic art!

wooterer


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brizz wrote:damn...and here i thought all this time that celtic knotwork required skill. turns out you can put clipart in a circle and call it celtic art!


Celtic symbols does not always equal to knotwork. And what do you mean by clip-art? t's all 100% hand-drawn.

rosiegrey


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I know I'm a little late in commenting on this given the last entry was in April; but I just wanted to say that this is a very nice design.
The whole controversy that people seem to be having over the Triskele design is kinda frivolous.
There are many versions and interpretations of the Triskele. If you like it, then that's all that matters. Obviously other people will too!
The only problem with your design however, is that you've got the spirals going in the wrong direction.
According to a few sources I have looked into, they should be going in a clockwise direction starting from the center of the spiral, then out and around to the center to connect.
The triangle connection in the center is the kinda the key to the "motherhood"/"woman" link to this symbol.
And you're right, this is a "symbol" NOT a "knot".

Again, nice design; don't listen to the negative folks out there!

rosiegrey


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My apologies; the spirals can go in either direction!

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