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The Hubpages Logo- Its Deeper Meaning

Updated on February 7, 2015

I may not be a famous author (yet!) like Dan Brown of Da Vinci Code fame but we do have a least one thing in common and that is a fascination of symbols.  So let me pose you a question, what do Hubpages, the United States Department of Transportation the Isle of Man and Star Trek all have in common?  The answer is the triskelion.

So what you may ask is a triskelion.  It is an ancient Celtic symbol which is often reproduced with three legs or limbs or spirals.  The symbol has to have a three fold rotational symmetry but no dissecting lines of symmetry.  The picture reproduced above is the Manx triskelion which is constructed from three spurred armoured legs joined together. 

If you now look at the Hubpages logo you can see that ignoring the different colors the logo has a three fold symmetry without any dissecting line of symmetry.  The seal of the Department of Transportation is constructed from three commas and also fits these criteria.  The Star Trek link is a bit of a red herring.  There is an episode called “The Gamesters of Triskelion” from the second season of the original (and best) Star Trek series.

So now to look a little deeper in to the meanings which have been attributed to this symbol. Three is a number which is considered to be a number of good fortune and it is also linked to creative power and growth. Because of the link to the number three the symbol has become associated with almost anything that has a threefold representation and a lot of these associations have a continuity or a cycle to them such as

Land, sea and sky

Mind Body and Soul

Past Present and Future

Birth life and death

The three trimesters of pregnancy

The three phases of the moon

Given that Hubpages was set up by three men, Paul Edmondson, Jay Reitz and Paul Deeds and the purpose for which Hubpages was set up a logo linked to the power of three, good fortune and creative power and growth could not have been more appropriate.

Was this by design or by accident?

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    • RunAbstract profile image

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      really very interesting!

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      The logo I wrote about in this hub is not used by Hubpages any more but I think many hubbers like myself were quite attached to it!

      Amber:)

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      Wow, you really made me think about something I never noticed. Thanks for a great education about the triskelion.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Hi KKG

      I think this will just have to be one of those questions that we never find out the answer to.

      Amber:)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting Amber. You have given me much to think about. I love a good puzzle. I wonder if we will ever know the answer.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Don

      I'd love to know how the Hubpages logo was conceived but as it has virtually disappeared from Hubpages it seems we will never know.

      Amber:)

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      so does use of the symbol add mystical elements to the asphalt the DOT may use? Kidding! Fascinating Hub. I guess it would make an interesting interview to see how Hubpages came up with the logo.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Tina

      Nice to meet you. Thanks for your comment.

      Amber:)

    • TinasTreasures profile image

      TinasTreasures 

      8 years ago from California

      I lived on the mainland near the Isle of Man for years. I never worked out what the symbol was for there either.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi LeonJane

      Thanks for commenting. It is sad that the use of the logo has been scaled back. Amber:(

    • LeonJane profile image

      LeonJane 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Very interesting hub, I didn't know this type of symbolism was called Triskelion. Looks like HubPages team have dropped the logo for the font instead :(

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      I agree Hubpages is a very special place indeed. Amber:)

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      The secrets are still hidden.I have found so much fun on the hub pages in such a short time.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Dream On

      Thank you for your kind comments. Perhaps we will find out the answer but then that would take away the mystery!

      Take care

      Amber:)

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      It is funny how you can do something so many times and not notice.You find the mysteries in life others seem to miss.Very interesting thought and I hope some day soon we find out the answer?

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Mod2vint

      Thanks for the seal of approval.

      Amber:)

    • mod2vint profile image

      mod2vint 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pretty Cool!!

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi BKC

      Thank you for leaving such kind comments. I enjoy following you and reading your hubs too.

      Amber

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is soooo interesting. I love a bit of food for thought. You have such great hubs. I'm a loyal fan now, by the way!

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      I'm pleased that you liked the hub. Thanks for popping by.

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 

      8 years ago from U.K.

      Interesting hub Amber, I love symbols, mystery and the meaning behind things too. I like your take on this, lets hope a member of the team does pop in to confirm.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments. I've become a fan of you too. Your hubs are very interesting indeed.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      What fascinating information! I had no idea. You are quite the observer. Welcome the Hub Pages Community.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Unfortunately not, although I did ask Paul Edmondson to read my hub and post a comment.

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      8 years ago from US

      Hmm..do you know?

    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      An interesting question about the hubpages logo design, I've never thought of it the way that you described, I wonder if the hubpages trio would care to comment!?

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