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« Reply #15: June 28, 2008, 03:56:08 pm »

According to this it's a Christian symbol.

ha that is funny because I have seen a few pagan online stores selling that symbol on lot's of merchandise b/c it was from charmed.
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« Reply #16: June 29, 2008, 08:59:21 am »

ha that is funny because I have seen a few pagan online stores selling that symbol on lot's of merchandise b/c it was from charmed.

Well, keep in mind that many different belief systems use the same symbols. Sometimes they have wildly different meanings in each system, sometimes the meanings are similar; and sometimes the symbols are borrowed by one system from another.

The symbol in question is known in mathematics as a trefoil knot, the simplest "non-trivial" knot (I don't pretend to understand knot theory, which is a whole branch of mathematics, but there it is). Here's a bunch of Google search pics:

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=trefoil%20knot&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

As a symbol, it's often called a triquetra, and according to Wikipedia--so take this with a grain of salt--it's a symbol used in ancient pagan and neopagan religions, as well as Christianity (they even mention the use in Charmed):

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

Undoubtedly, any system that has some sort of triple deity or threefold aspect to its beliefs--and there's a lot of those in human cultures!--could and likely did employ this symbol or something like it.


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« Reply #17: June 29, 2008, 10:54:49 am »

ha that is funny because I have seen a few pagan online stores selling that symbol on lot's of merchandise b/c it was from charmed.
Pretty much any triple symbol will show up on pagan stores, as a representation of "the" triple goddess.  This one was showing up long before Charmed.  It's popular because it's Celt-y.  (I hadn't been aware of it's Norse association with Odin.) 

And anything "3 in 1" has been used by Christians to represent the trinity.  So it's hardly surprise that this one shows up so often in both settings. 

BTW, this symbol is also the one used to represent John Paul Jones on Led Zeppelin's fourth, untitled, album.  (Music geek struggling to the surface, sorry!   Cheesy)
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« Reply #18: June 29, 2008, 11:44:18 am »

BTW, this symbol is also the one used to represent John Paul Jones on Led Zeppelin's fourth, untitled, album.

Yeah, the Wikipedia entry mentioned something about that too.
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« Reply #19: June 29, 2008, 03:04:24 pm »

So now the real question is....where did the people from Scooby-Doo find this symbol, and I wonder which definition it was used under either brimstone or the pontifical cross of satan........... Something to ponder anyway

By "Scooby-Doo People" I assume you mean the writers and/or artists - well, writers and artists are usually more creative and often off-beat no matter how mundane the day job.  Wink

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« Reply #20: July 09, 2008, 02:43:36 am »

According to this it's a Christian symbol.
Thanks for looking it up, I've yet to learn some English geometrical vocabulary to use that site.

I remember a Catholic gothic church which had a few colorful circle-shaped windows which looked a bit like mandalas. Don't remember the exact motives of them though, but they were remarkably pretty.
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« Reply #21: July 09, 2008, 03:07:51 am »

I remember a Catholic gothic church which had a few colorful circle-shaped windows which looked a bit like mandalas. Don't remember the exact motives of them though, but they were remarkably pretty.

It has more than 3 rays though:

Münster of Freiburg (Germany), 13th century
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« Reply #22: July 09, 2008, 05:12:46 pm »

It has more than 3 rays though:

Münster of Freiburg (Germany), 13th century

Rose windows. I love them.

http://therosewindow.com/
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« Reply #23: July 10, 2008, 02:59:06 am »

Rose windows. I love them.

http://therosewindow.com/
I loved to just sit in that church for a few silent minutes to look at one of those windows. (There was a second one if I remember correctly.) But I live in a protestant city now and the old churches have lost their colorful windows in the reformation, so I haven't been rose windows meditating for a long time.
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« Reply #24: August 20, 2008, 09:38:59 pm »

Well, keep in mind that many different belief systems use the same symbols. Sometimes they have wildly different meanings in each system, sometimes the meanings are similar; and sometimes the symbols are borrowed by one system from another.
As a symbol, it's often called a triquetra, and according to Wikipedia--so take this with a grain of salt--it's a symbol used in ancient pagan and neopagan religions, as well as Christianity (they even mention the use in Charmed):

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

It's also called the Trinity knot.
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« Reply #25: September 02, 2008, 02:17:10 pm »

Does anyone else have a favorite symbol that has a neat background or maybe have a strange story to go along with a symbol? Please share!!!

I always loved the yin and yang symbol. I love it because it's simple and cirkular, and the concept behind it that describes two opposing and, at the same time a complementary object.
I want to have a tatoo with it, but I haven't decided where.
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« Reply #26: September 03, 2008, 09:49:56 pm »

Pretty much any triple symbol will show up on pagan stores, as a representation of "the" triple goddess.  This one was showing up long before Charmed.  It's popular because it's Celt-y.  (I hadn't been aware of it's Norse association with Odin.) 

And anything "3 in 1" has been used by Christians to represent the trinity.  So it's hardly surprise that this one shows up so often in both settings. 

BTW, this symbol is also the one used to represent John Paul Jones on Led Zeppelin's fourth, untitled, album.  (Music geek struggling to the surface, sorry!   Cheesy)

There is a three armed Celtic symbol http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/14/1419.html, sometimes called a triskelion.  Although I think the word triskelion may be Greek.
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Does anyone else have a favorite symbol that has a neat background or maybe have a strange story to go along with a symbol? Please share!!!
  My favorite symbol is the ankh and the pentagram/pentacle. Here's my favorite necklace:
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« Reply #28: September 06, 2008, 01:27:52 am »

  My favorite symbol is the ankh and the pentagram/pentacle. Here's my favorite necklace:



Oooh, very nice. I love Ankhs...

Ha ha, its a fun word to say, too.
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