The triskele is a design made of three symmetrical spirals joined at the center. It is often associated with the goddess Brigid. Gruadh has a tattoo of the triskele on her shoulder, which her mother Ailsa gave to her when she was a small child. The concept of a protective tattoo, and the symbol itself, are both ancient Gaelic traditions. Together, they are meant to “holds blessings near, while keeping harm at bay.” For Gruadh especially, the triskele symbolizes strength drawn from her connection to her mother, her connection to her Gaelic heritage, and her connection to ancient pagan magic. Additionally, Brigid, with whom the symbol is associated, is a powerful female goddess, from whom Gruadh can draw inspiration and power as she fashions herself as a contemporary warrior woman.
The Triskele Quotes in Lady Macbeth
“Often the meaning of the omens we see it not clear until later. If we knew too much about the future, we might be afraid to step from our houses. Do not fret—the signs you saw speak of Scotland’s future even more than your own.”
“Scotland?” I blinked. “Because of the warriors and symbols of warfare?”
“Perhaps they will be Rue’s husbands in future,” Bethoc said. “Well, not all of them,” she amended when I gaped at her.
Mairi took my hands in hers and closed her eyes. “Two husbands,” she said. “Three, if you so choose. Like most women you will have a share of happiness and measures of sorrow. Unlike most, you will have… power.” She let go of my fingers. “You can draw strength from within yourself, like water from a well. Your mother gave you the sign of the good Brigid on your shoulder,” she went on, touching my upper sleeve, which covered the symbol. “Call upon that protection whenever you need it.”