I have this symbol sketch:

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Does it have an existing meaning?


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This is called a Trefoil knot and it's a rather common symbol in both arts and iconography. If the outer 'leaves' are pointed, it's known as a Triquetra.

Both symbols have seen a lot of use, as especially the Triquetra Wikipedia article confirms. Among others, it was a Celtic symbol adapted by Christianity.

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    – Vincent
    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:43

This looks (to my eyes at least) rather like a very basic Celtic Knot aka a Triquesta or Trinity Knot. There are lots of references to these things to be found on the internet if you search for the above words and phrases.

This is a very old symbol so the original meaning can be a bit lost and different people attribute different meanings to them. A commonly accepted meaning is that the three points / loops indicate mind, body and soul. Also, the fact that Celtic Knots have do ends is often taken to represent the never-ending cycle of life.

  • I was just about to add... It also looks like a Trefoil Knot, but this has been covered in Vincent's answer.
    – Westside
    Dec 20, 2016 at 11:21

"Trefoil" is a name for a sort of universal three-lobed shape that is based on a type of plant, like a clover. Google's definition and images are here:


Because it is such a basic, simple shape, you see it expressed in everything from architectural decoration (think gothic church windows) to the symbol for radiation danger.

  • And biohazards.
    – Mazura
    Dec 21, 2016 at 2:49

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