Known by many names but most commonly as the Knot of Hercules, Heracles Knot, Love Knot and Marriage Knot, the Hercules Knot is a wedding symbol that stands for undying love and commitment. This knot made with two entwined ropes is considered to represent the legendary fertility of God Hercules.
Though it was initially used in ancient Egypt as a healing charm, the knot became more popular among the ancient Greeks and Romans as a love token and a protective amulet. It was incorporated into the bride’s protective girdle which the groom ceremonially untied.
The Hercules Knot is believed to be the origin of ‘tying the knot’, a phrase that means getting married.