Robbie Ierubino

Stoke-on-Trent, England

Triskelion

The triskelion is a complex ancient Celtic symbol of spirituality. It is one of the most convoluted
to decipher as symbolists believe it reflects many areas of culture from the time.

The triple spiral represents motion as all three arms are positioned to make it appear to be
moving outwards from its center, signifying energetic actions, cycles, progress, revolution, and
competition. But in symbology, the significance of the triskelion can have different periodic,
cultural, mythological, and historical representations. It can symbolize the inner and outer
worlds, the unity of mental, physical, and spiritual self, and the themes of birth, death, and
rebirth. Some other connotations include spirit-mind-body, mother-father-child, past-present-future, power-intellect-love, and creation-preservation-destruction, to name but a few. The
motion and symbol meanings of the triskelion make it diverse.

The artwork displays those two meanings when the “loading flower” is transformed into a
three-cornered rotation triangle of colorful swirls. The action of the triskelion shows how
continuous it cycles for any symbolic representation. It is a symbol that illustrates a life
process in many areas as one.

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