- Isle of Man
2023 The Triskelion Collection - Set
2023 The Triskelion Collection - Set for only GBP £6.25
- EJC Design
- Offset Lithography
- 40 x 31.66mm
- 80p, £1.14, £1.51, £2.80
The triskelion (also triskeles or triskel) is an ancient symbol seen in Ireland, for example, carved in stone and believed to date back to Neolithic times. Derived from an ancient sun symbol, the Celtic triskel had various meanings for the early Pagans: it was linked to triadic gods and the three domains of land, sea and sky and was also believed to represent the cycles of life, as well as the Triple Goddess - the maiden, mother and wise woman. It should not be surprising, therefore, to note that the Manx Parliament consists of three divisions – the House of Keys, Legislative Council and Tynwald. Nor the fact that the ancient open-air Tynwald ceremony at St John’s used to occur to greet the rising sun on Midsummer’s Day. The three-legged symbol, which indicated rotary movement, was regarded as representing the three-spoked wheel of the sun god’s chariot as it crossed the sky.