There is one symbol which appears again and again in Quatrian architecture, literature, and other recovered artifacts, which scholars have dubbed, the “Knot of Quatria.”
In it’s simplest or ideal form, the shape consists of an ‘X’ where the upper arms are joined by an arc, suggestive of a circle. It is described in the Codex Quadraticus
, the work of anonymous 14th century B.T.C.E. Kremellian Proto-Pentarch scribes as ‘that which in crossing over, bends back on itself [to form completion].’ It is thought to refer to the highly ritualized nature of all of Quatrian society, in which all persons participated in the regular re-telling of mytho-historic events from their illustrious past.
The second iteration of the form, in which it is doubled horizontally is depicted below:
It is not known whether the doubled version of the form has a unique meaning in and of itself, but some scholars have suggested that it represents the union of two beings to form new life. For this reason, and for the fact that it has been discovered etched into the peak of the arch of the portail system in the Grand Lodge of the Hall of Life, the doubled form is sometimes referred to as the ‘Creation Gate.’
The next level of complexity for this glyph is depicted below, and which forms the full ‘Knot of Quatria’ in what scholars call its Proper or Complex form. In it, the simple knot is duplicated side by side, and then the two are mirrored vertically to form a quadruple.
This motif is often repeated ad infinitum as a decorative border in cornice-work, and in woven tapestries from the period. It is said to represent the inter-weaving of humanity with other life forms and the cosmos.
Famed neo-Quatrian revivalist, Edouard Wright correctly noted that the complex knot can be broken down into a series of five ‘x’s, as in the graphic below:
This form will be dealt with in more detail separately, but it is thought to be linked to the Quatrian Prayer of Place, whose fragmentary opening begins:
“Where I stand,
the sky above,
the earth below,
the future before me
the past behind…”
Though the unadorned form of the Complex Knot is depicted above for clarity for the beginning student of Quatrian lore and history, it is far more commonly represented in its interlaced “over-under” form, depicted below.
In its quadruple interlaced form, it is referred to also as the ‘Web of Matarax,’ a reference to an ancient Quatrian legend about the origin of that people having been via a tunnel or web woven by that mythical spider as they escaped the destruction of their prior world. For this reason it was commonly used as an apopotraic device to ward off the influence of malevolent spirits which threatened the harmonious patterns of life for early ancient Quatrians.