The knot may bind or loosen, and it represents continuity, connection, and fate. When undone, the knot signifies freedom. Knot imagery is often associated with magic spells and preventative charms, and is one of the fundamental icons in Buddhism as it represents long life and happiness in the form of the eternal knot. Love and marriage; "tying the knot". Difficulty and entanglement. Heavily connected with the number eight because of its curves and twists and circuity. Usually a slip-knot represents being hung, and carries criminal associations.

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