Shamrock Triple Spiral Labyrinth
The Shamrock Triple Spiral Labyrinth is an amalgamation of the Irish Christian and pre-Christian symbols of the shamrock and the triple spiral.
The shamrock is a symbol of Ireland, and is reputed to have been used by Saint Patrick to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity - the three Divine persons in the one God - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In pre-Christian times the shamrock was a sacred plant among the Druids, and was associated with the Triple Goddess (Virgin, Mother, Crone), and the rebirth of spring. Interestingly, the trefoil in Arabia is called shamrakh and was sacred in Iran as an emblem of the Persian triad.
The triple spiral is found on the entrance stone and in the chamber at Newgrange, Co Meath, Ireland. Many theories have been put forward as to the meaning of this symbol. It most likely refers to the interrelationship between birth, death and rebirth, although it can be taken to represent all sacred things that come in threes:
· A symbol of the unity of body, mind and spirit
· An integration of the three divisions of time
- past, present and future
· Thought, word, and deed
- the sum of human capability.
In summary the trinity, tri-spiral or triad can be understood as a key to the integrity and interdependence of all existence.
(Designed by Tony Christie)
On the ground at TLS Gathering Texas 2006
‘Is fada an bóthar nach mbíonn casadh ann’
‘It is a long road that has no turning’