The Lost Symbol: What The Triskelion Means (& How It's Key To The Puzzle)

Peacock’s The Lost Symbol plunges a young Robert Langdon into the heart of an esoteric puzzle, with the Triskelion appearing as a prominent symbol in the series so far. Based on Dan Brown’s explosively successful novel of the same name, The Lost Symbol acts as a direct prequel to the Robert Langdon trilogy, with Ashley Zukerman helming the role of the gifted Harvard symbologist. The Lost Symbol, like most Dan Brown offerings, dives deep into the realm of ancient symbols and their relevance in the modern world, age-old puzzled and well-guarded secrets, and often times, startling cultural revelations.

The Lost Symbol opens with Langdon being summoned to the Capitol building by his long-time friend and mentor, Peter Solomon, who happens to be a 33rd degree Mason and the Secretary of the Smithsonian. On finding that Solomon has been kidnapped by a mysterious man with covert motivations, Langdon is forced to follow a trail of clues that essentially require his expertise in symbology to decode the greater truth. On this quest for the truth, Langdon comes across a host of symbols, such as the Hand of Mysteries and the Leviathan Cross, which have inexplicable connections to the reasons behind Solomon’s disappearance.

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Among these ancient symbols is the repeated appearance of the Triskelion, also known as the Triskele, a trilateral symbol consisting of three interlocked spirals. If one were to trace back its historical and cultural origins, the Triskelion is widely regarded as one of the oldest Irish symbols in existence, as is rampant in Celtic interpretations of the three realms of existence. Essentially, the Triskelion represents a state of symbiosis between three worlds, namely the spiritual, physical, and celestial, while also having connections to the life-death-rebirth cycle. When placed against the context of Freemasonry, which forms the crux of The Lost Symbol, the Triskelion could potentially represent humanity’s urge to ascend into higher states of being, with the number 3 assuming particular significance, springing forth from a shared point of origin.

To understand what this symbol could mean, it is key to parse the reason behind Solomon’s disappearance, which is essentially a barter in exchange for the location of an ancient portal hidden beneath Washington D.C., promising higher truth and knowledge to the seeker. The antagonist of the series, Mal’akh, remains obtusely mysterious so far, as his exact motivations remain veiled when it comes to Solomon in particular. However, on connecting the various symbols strewn across Langdon’s journey so far, it is clear that Beau Knapp's Mal’akh seeks apotheosis, namely, a kind of spiritual alchemy that allows man to transform into a god. As the Triskelion has connotations of higher knowledge and various states of being, this could be a direct symbolic representation of Mal’akh’s desired divinity. 

Apart from this, the Triskelion harkens to the death of the past, promising rebirth in more ways than one. Fans of Brown’s novel would be acutely aware of this connection, especially in terms of the fact that the symbol appears directly beneath Zachary Solomon, Peter’s son, during his time in prison. While Zachary is mentioned in passing at the beginning of episode 1 of The Lost Symbol, his presence and significance are difficult to ignore in episode 2, hinting at a larger game at play with potential connections to Mal’akh. If Langdon is able to connect the Triskelion, along with the plethora of other symbols, such as the pyramid without a capstone and the double-headed phoenix accompanied by the number 33, he can solve the heart of Mal’akh’s mystery and the nature of his connection to Solomon and the beginning of a new plane of existence.

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