Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) is Scottish and Irish Gaelic for mermaid. The Celtic bards told ancient stories of these magical creatures singing to the Gaels from Iberia as they made their sea voyage to Ireland. Associated with foretelling or causing disasters at sea, mermaids have been known to lure young men under the sea where they live in an enchanted state.
Many mermaids, such as those in the seas that surround Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Isles behave favorably towards humans with assistance, gifts and rewards. Celtic folklore tells of a fisherman who once carried a stranded mermaid back into the sea and was rewarded with great treasure. Or the baby mermaid who stole a doll from a wee human girl, but whose mermaid mother sent the doll back with a gift of an exquisite strand of pearls to atone for the theft. And last, a Scottish fishing family who often made gifts of apples to a mermaid and was rewarded with long life and prosperity.
Meaning of the Celtic Knot
All Celtic knots, whether square, triangle or round, symbolize“no beginning, no end... infinity,” the intertwining of this world and the “other” or spiritual world, the continuity of life paths, the mingling of relationships, and the binding together of all.
The history of the Celts is an oral one and the exact meaning of their artwork, including all Celtic knots, is unsure. However scholars believe the round Lugh knot comes from Celtic mythology with Lugh being the Celtic god of Harvest; to this day a festival called Lughnasa is celebrated, in Ireland and in the Celtic Isles, halfway between the Summer solstice and Autumn equinox.
The triangular three-point knot called Triquetra, Triknot or Trinity has meaning for Christians and pagans alike. Early Christians adopted it as a symbol of the three-in-one God or Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Triquetra is often found in insular art such as illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Kells. It is also found in similar artwork on Celtic crosses from the early Christian period. Pagans took it as a symbol of division of the world into the realms of Earth, Sea and Sky, and as a symbol of the triple goddesses, for example, Epona and The Morrígan.