What are the Symbols?
Links to our subconscious through jungian psychology
EYE in top Triangle of the PYRAMID: Masonic symbol for the all-seeing eye of god - an mystical distortion of the omniscient (all-knowing) Biblical God. You can find it on the $1 bill. See triangle, Eye of Horus, the Franklin Institute website, and the symbol for the U.S. government’s new Total Information Awareness (TIA) System. See also The Revolutionary Roots of the UN
ALCHEMY 1: This simple 17th century “sign” illustrates the blending of geometric shapes, elemental symbols and astrological signs. Each part representing the various “elements” and forces needed for magical work in the quest for physical transformation and spiritual illumination and immortality. Many medieval alchemists based their philosophies on mystical traditions rooted in the Kabbala (Jewish mysticism), Hermetic magic and the occult practices of ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China. See Philosopher’s stone and phoenix. Compare it with the next symbol:
ALCHEMY 2: This compound “magical-alchemical symbol” replaces the above triangle with a hexagram and adds more shapes within the magical circle: a cross [in this context it become an occult counterfeit) and an additional circle with the Hindu "Bindu" (dot in the center) at the bottom of the hexagram.
AMULET: A magic charm (such as this little Navajo bear earring), worn to bring good luck and protection against illness, accidents and evil forces. [See Establishing a Global Spirituality]
ANARCHY: Popular among school aged children today, this symbol for anarchy fits the message that pervades the most popular video games, role-playing games, movies and television. The lines of the “A” often extend outside the circle. To many it represents their slogan, “do what thou wilt.”
ANKH: An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the life-giving power of the sun.ANGEL: Symbol of good spirits in religions around the world. This picture shows a Tibetan guardian angel. ARROW: These two pictures shows the astrological sign for the archer (Sagittarius) — part of the zodiac. But, through history, the arrow has also symbolized war, power, swiftness, the rays of the sun, knowledge… as well as deities such as the Greek god Apollo and goddess Artemis (both hunters), the Hindu weather god, Rudra; and various gods of sexual attraction: Eros (Greek), Cupid (Roman), Kama(Hindu)…. On ancient Roman coins, it represented the Zoroastrian god, Mithra. The native American Cheyenne warriors revered the “sacred medicine arrows" as symbols of male power. Arrows held by skeletons would point to disease or death. Today, they usually just point in the preferred direction.
Crystal (Gazing) BALL: Used for divination (fortunetelling, scrying, clairvoyance…). When the heavy crystal balls were too expensive, witches often used glass-ball fishing floats, colored glass balls, or magic mirrors. One website that markets these balls beckons: ‘Why not buy one and try your own free psychic reading.”
BAT: A symbol of good fortune in the East, Guardian of the night, cleaner, obscurity, messenger, double nature, happiness, good luck, longevity, peace; also - hypocrisy, melancholy, revenge, wisdom.
BLAIR WITCH: A five-pointed compound symbol with a center triangle pointing down. The five lines resemble the microcosmic man with arms and legs outstretched inside a circle (with a pentagram in the background)— a magic symbol or charm among medieval alchemists and wizards.
BUTTERFLY: Reminds Christians of the amazing transformation that takes place through Christ’s redemption and regeneration. When “born again,” we become “a new creation.” (2 Cor. 5:17) To many pagans, its mythical meaning is linked to the soul (of the deceased) in search of reincarnation. See the new, politically correct meaning at Butterfly 208: "There’s a theory that says if a single butterfly flaps its wings in, say, China, the air disturbance may cause a storm in Nunavut, Canada a month later. If that’s the case, imagine the power of your own ideas and others to help improve the quality of life in the world’s 208 countries! The Butterfly 208 contest is a chance for you to create your own Butterfly effect! 208 = Number of Countries in the World Butterfly + 208 = A totally interconnected world! A world where even small actions can have a big effect."
"Sacred" BULL (Egyptian idol): These ancient Egyptian idols — once worshipped as manifestations of gods — are being revived. We have deleted a smaller (commercial) bull with horns resemble a crescent moon supporting the divine sun disc. Some suggest that this combination — like the Chinese yin yang — may symbolize a mythical duality: a union of opposites such as light/dark, sun/moon, life/death, and male/female.
CADUCEUS (The Staff of Hermes): An ancient symbol dating back to the Greek messenger god Hermes (the Romans called him Mercury, egyptians called him Thoth). “In Indian philosophy and medicine the Caduceus is intimately associated with the system of energy centers called Chakras….The 2 serpents coiling around the staff [represent positive and negative forces like] the Yang and Yin of Chinese Medicine.The crossing over of the 2 serpents creates 5 energy fields in the body.”
CHAOS: Apparently a self-made form of occultism taught through role-playing games such as Warhammer. According to one WH fan, “Chaos is the opposite of order. Since everything changes, there is no right or no wrong — only the quest for pleasure. The 8-pointed star represents the many different directions of chaos and the many ways you can follow it. We worship deamons and angels…” Another comment: “They got it from Elric of Melnibone. In it, the force of Chaos had as its symbol an eight-pointed double-cross (symbols within symbols) with points representing the noncommittal and omnidirectional behavior of Chaos.” The Act of Entropy
CIRCLE (sun disc, sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. (See next item) Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the “ouroboros” forming a circle as it eats its own tail.
CIRCUMPUNCT - CIRCLE with DOT (BINDU) in the center: It represents the sun and a sun god (called Ra in Egypt), gold (as in alchemy), an archangel (Kabbalah), emotional restraint (Freemasons), and the creative spark of divine consciousness within people linking everyone to the creative mind of a universal god thus making each persona “co-creator”. In the complex symbolic system of Hinduism and Buddhism, the bindu (dot) represents the male force. Together, the circle and the bindu symbolize the spiritual merging of male and female forces. (See Sun Sign and the above explanation for CIRCLE)
CIRCLE (Quartered): The sacred circle filled with a cross, four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the north, east, south, and west — or to the basic element: earth, water, air (or wind), and fire. In Native American traditions, it forms the basic pattern of the MEDICINE WHEELand plays a vital part in major spiritual rituals. Many contemporary pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the goddess. (See sun wheel) Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling it theCeltic Cross. Masonic COMPASS: The Masonic symbol of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward perfection and a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles Egyptian and oriental mysticism. The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit. The ruler (part of a square) represent the physical.
COW: It symbolized the sky goddess Hathor to Egyptians, enlightenment to Buddhists, one of the highest and holiest stages of transmigration (reincarnation) to Hindus. CRESCENT MOON: A symbol of the aging goddess (crone) to contemporary witches and victory over death to many Muslims. In Islamic lands, crescent can be seen enclosing a lone pentagram.
The CROSS of Christians: By using the sign of the cross in a conscious manner, we can create within ourselves a condition that is supportive of mystical experiences and expanded awareness. We in fact, make ourselves, open and willing channels for Cosmic Wisdom, Universal Love, and Creative Power to manifest in our lives and the world. The Christian mystics called this the ‘axis mundi’ or World Axis - the joining of heaven and earth.
Inverted cross: By logic, the inverted cross, then became the symbol of blasphemy, demonic power, or the rejection of Christ’s sacrifice. Yet this was a strictly historical interpretation a that time, for Saint Peter requested crucifixion in this manner, inverted, as he felt he was not good enough to hang the same way as did Jesus. Earlier, and later, mystical doctrines use the various forms of the cross to signify different flows of Cosmic force, potential, and rhythm.
CELTIC CROSS: The symbol for a cultural blend of medieval Catholicism and ancient Celtic traditions.
Sometimes this cross is seen with four additional “arms” dividing the circle into eight instead of four sections.
Notice the similarity between the old Celtic cross and the cross designed by PBS (tax-funded Public Broadcasting in the U.S.) to represent Christianity (left side). Do you wonder why PBS would choose a similar cross (right side) to represent the Quartered Circle of the earth-centered religions of Aborigenes around the world?
The Celtic cross also represents the neo-pagan followers of the French anti-Christian philosopher Alain de Benoist.
JERUSALEM CROSS:In medieval heraldry, it symbolized the “Crusader’s Kingdom of Jerusalem” often displayed on shields and banners after the initial victory in the battle to recapture Jerusalem during the Crusades. (See the Maltese Cross). Some have linked the four corner crosses the “holy” wounds of Jesus or the four gospels. Similar shapes can be found on Hindu and Buddhist temples or coins — and in various earth-centered cultures — with entirely different sets of meanings. (See circle for relevant references to the four directions)
CROSS (MALTESE): CROSS (MALTESE): This eight-pointed cross (linking the points of four arrowheads at the center) dates back to the First Crusade in the 12th century. It was used by the Knights Templar, the Knights of Malta, and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem among others. In 1813, during the War of Liberation against Napoleon, it was revived by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III and became an award for acts of heroism, bravery or leadership skills.
Double-headed EAGLE: A Masonic seal and initiation symbol. The number inside the pyramid over the eagle’s head is 33. The eagle is a universal symbol representing the sun, power, authority, victory, the sky gods and the royal head of a nation.
DOVE: Peace. It sometimes accompanies other symbols occasionally representing the world’s vision of universal peace, such as the rainbow, olive branch, broken cross (see peace), globe, and Egyptian ankh. See Peace and Culture of Peace, which tells us that “‘The CULTURE OF PEACE Initiative’ is a United Nations-designated ‘Peace Messenger Initiative’ - with Participants in all the world’s regions.”
DRAGON : A mythical monster made up of many animals: serpent, lizard, bird, lion… It may have many heads and breath fire. To mediaeval Europe, it was dangerous and evil, but people in Eastern Asia believe it has power to help them against more hostile spiritual forces.
DREAMCATCHER : An American Indian magic spider-web inside a sacred circle. After making dreamcatchers in crafts lessons in school, many children hang them on or near their beds. They have been told that these symbols will block bad dreams but allow good dreams to pass through the center. ELEMENTS: The four basic elements to many pagans are earth, water, air,and fire. Many consider the first two passive and feminine - and the last two active and masculine. In Wiccan or Native American rituals, the “quartered circle" (also the Medicine Wheel) represents a "sacred space" or the sacred earth. The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions or the spirits of the earth, water, wind and fire.
EYE OF HORUS: it represents the eye of Egyptian sun-god Horus who lost an eye battling Set. (See All-Seeing Eye))
FISH (Ichthys): Sometimes this early Christian symbol contains the name of JESUS or this set of Greek letters: ”ΙΧΘΥΣ”. This acronym has traditionally referred to “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.” It probably served as an identification sign among Christians as early as the 2nd Century AD. When flipped it creates the central region of Vesica Pisces. It is also represented as christ consciousness
FLEUR-DE-LIS: Also called Lily of France, it was first an adaptation of the Gaulish lily representing the Virgin Juno. Among goddess worshippers, it apparently had several meanings, including the Triple Goddess. It appeared in Arthurian legends as well as on the French (and other national) “coat-of-arms” and royal or military emblems. It has also been an emblem for the Boy Scouts.
FROG: A symbol of fertility to many cultures. The Romans linked it to Aphrodite, the Egyptian to the shape-shifting goddess Heket who would take the form of a frog. To the Chinese, it symbolized the moon — “the lunar, yin principle” bringing healing and prosperity. Since frogs need watery places, their image was often used in occult rain charms.HAND OF FATIMA (daughter of Muhammad)or KHAMSA (five): Many Muslims believe that the image of the hand with an eye in the center will protect them from the “evil eye." While this symbol often appears on magical charms, amulets, and jewelry, it is seen in many other places. This Khamsa seems to be the same as the Jewish Hasma (below). HAND OF FATIMA or HAMSA (five): Jewish versions of the supposed “hand” of protection (above) from “evil eye" During the Israelites’ exile in Babylonian, some began to blend Old Testament beliefs with Babylonian myths and mysticism. Such syncretism continued through the centuries. One of its manifestations was the mystical Kabbalah — the heart of many spiritual groups, tarots, divination, etc.
HEARTAGRAM: Originally a logo of “Love Metal” band, HIM, whose fans would wear the symbol —within a circle — as a tattoo. But it’s popularity has spread far beyond the band that designed it. To many, it represent the dialectic or blending of opposites such as love/hate and life/death. See Hexagram, Pentagram, YigYang, etc.
HEXAGRAM (see triangles) or SIX-POINTED STAR: When surrounded by a circle, it represents the “divine mind” (a counterfeit of God’s wisdom) It also creates the Merkabah, the light body. But to Jewish people, it is their Star of David.INFINITY (also eternity): In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female. In the tarot it’s linked to magic and represents equilibrium or the balance of various forces. The ouroboros (a circular serpent biting its tail — has been found in this shape. In modern times, it became a secular mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.
ITALIAN HORN (Cornu, Cornicello, Wiggly Horn, Unicorn horn, Lucifier’s horn or Leprechaun staff). The ancient magical charm or amulet worn in Italy as protection against “evil eye” has also been linked to Celtic and Druid myths and beliefs. Other superstitions link it to sexual power and good luck. It is often worn with a cross (for double protection or luck). In pre-Christian Europe, animal horns pointed to the moon goddess and were considered sacred.
LABYRINTH: “…predate Christianity by over a millennium. The most famous labyrinth from ancient times was in Crete… the supposed lair of the mythological Minotaur…. Turf labyrinths still exist in England, Germany and Scandinavia, and are thought to be linked with local feminine deities and fertility rituals…. The patterns of the labyrinth are similar in design and conception to the mandalas of South Asian Buddhism, which are physical representations of the spiritual realm designed to aid in meditation. Labyrinths blend their visual symbolism with the process of walking, which is similar to the Japanese Zen practice of kinhin, literally ‘walking meditation… In the early 90’s, when Jean Houston, one of the leading New Age teachers, introduced the Christian world again to the use of this practice for seeking spiritual enlightenment through walking the labyrinth.”
LIGHTNING BOLT: In ancient mythologies from many cultures (Norse, Roman, Greek, Native American, etc.) the lighting bolt would be hurled by male sky gods to punish, water, or fertilize the earth or its creatures. Navajo myths linked it to the Thunderbird, the symbol of salvation and divine gifts. On children’s toys, it represents supernatural power.
LION: An ancient symbol of the sun,the zodiac leo, dominion, power, ferocity and bravery, the “king of the beasts” was often used on heraldic shields, flags or banners by medieval European rulers. In Tarot cards, the divination based on the Kabala, it symbolized strength or power. In ancient mythology it was identified with sun worship and the imagined power of both gods and goddesses. The lion head ringed by its golden mane would used in ancient mystery initiations and ritualistic sun worship.
LIZARD: Its “sun-seeking habit symbolizes the soul’s search for awareness.” To the Romans, who believed it hibernated, the lizard meant death and resurrection.
Magic MIRROR: Used for “scrying” (foretelling the future, solve problems, answer questions….) The preferred spectrum might decorated with “magic signs” during full moon rituals. Rosemary Ellen Guiley explains: “The ancient art of clairvoyance achieved by concentrating upon an object— usually one with a shiny surface— until visions appear….The term scrying comes from the English words descry which means ‘to make out dimly’ or ‘to reveal.” The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, 307.
MANDALA: The Hindu term forcircle. In Hindu and Buddhist meditations, it is used to raise consciousness. In meditation, the person fixes his or her mind on the center of the “sacred circle.” Geometric designs are common. The center of some mandalas show a triangle with a bindu (dot) inside a circle. It represents the merging of male and female forces. MASONS (Freemasons): The Masonic symbol of the compass and the T-square represents movement toward perfection and a balance between the spiritual and physical which resembles Egyptian and oriental mysticism. The compass (used to form circles) represent spirit. See All-Seeing Eye, Eye of Horus, and Dreamcatcher.
MASK: Used by pagans around the world to represent animal powers, nature spirits, or ancestral spirits. In pagan rituals, the wearer may chant, dance and enter a trance in order to contact the spirit world. The mask pictured represents the mythical Hindu elephant god, Ganesha. MEDICINE SHIELD: A round shield decorated with personal symbols or pictures of the animal spirit(s) contacted on a Spirit Quest or through a classroom visualization simulating an American Indian ceremony. Its basic image is often the form of the “medicine wheel” or quartered circle. [See The Earth Charter’s Unholy Ark]
MERMAID: Based on ancient myths in India, Greece, Syria, Africa and other parts of the world. Seen by some cultures as sea goddesses, these seductive beings guarded treasures, frightened travelers, and were eventually featured in alchemy and other occult practices as well as in fairy tales. By medieval times, the alluring Sirens of Homer’s days had apparently evolved into a promiscuous split-tailed versions that symbolized mystical sex to alchemists and secret societies. German legends describe a mystical Nixie — a fish-tailed female water spirits, daughter of “Mother Night.”
OM: Sanskrit letters or symbol for the “sacred” Hindu sound om (ohm or aum) called “the mother of all mantras. Apparently, the four parts symbolize four stages of consciousness: Awake, sleeping, dreaming, and a trance or transcendental state.
OWL: Cherokee [Indian] shamans viewed Eastern Screech-Owls as consultants on punishment and sickness. The Cree believed that the whistle-sounds of the Boreal Owl was a summoning call to the spirit world. Other Native American traditions hold that the owl represents vision and insight. In Africa the owl is associated with witchcraft and sorcery. Australia, China, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Sweden all have cultures or mythical traditions that give spiritual significance to the owl.
PEACE SYMBOL or a BROKEN UPSIDE-DOWN CROSS: Like many simple symbols, it meant different things at different times. Some call it Nero’s cross, linking it to the notorious Roman emperor who persecuted Christians. Centuries later, it was recognized as an old Norse Rune. Revived in the sixties by hippies and others who protested nuclear weapons, Western culture, and Christian values, it became a worldwide symbol of a new age of global peace and earth-centered unity.
PENTACLE or PENTAGRAM (FIVE-POINTED STAR pointing up): A standard symbol for witches, freemasons, and many other pagan or occult groups. To pagans, it represent the the five elements, earth, air, fire, water and ether. plus a pantheistic spiritual being such as Gaia or Mother Earth. The pentagram is also “used for protection. to banish energy, or to bring it to you, depending on how it’s drawn,”wrote a Wiccan visitor.
PENTAGRAM (FIVE-POINTED STAR pointing down): Used in rituals to direct forces or energies. Often represents the horned god or various expressions of contemporary occultism, especially when a goat-head is superimposed on the inverted pentagram within a sacred circle. Also connects to baphomet who represents the divine energy of the masculine and feminine combined.
PHILOSOPHERS STONE: The symbol for the Alchemist quest for transformation and spiritual illumination, The double-headed eagle in the center is a Masonic seal.
PHOENIX: A universal symbol of the sun, mystical rebirth, resurrection and immortality, this legendary red “fire bird” was believed to die in its self-made flames periodically (each hundred years, according to some sources) then rise again out of its own ashes. Linked to the worship of the fiery sun and sun gods such as Mexico’s Quetzalcoatl, it was named “a god of Phoenecia” by the Phoenician. To alchemists, it symbolized the the destruction and creation of new forms of matter along the way to the ultimate transformation: physical (turn lead into gold) and spiritual (immortality).
SCARAB: Symbol of the rising sun, the Egyptian sun god Chepri (or Khepera), and protection from evil. To ancient Egyptians, the dung beetle rolled its dung balls like Chepri rolled the sun across the sky. The “sacred” symbol adorned popular seals, amulets and magic charms (worn as protection against evil spirits or to overcome barreness) first in Egypt, then in Phoenicia, Greece and other Mediterranean lands. Medieval alchemists used its pattern in their magical diagrams.
SERPENT OR SNAKE: Most earth-centered or pagan cultures worshipped the serpent. It represents rebirth (because of its molting), protection against evil, either male of female sexuality, rain and fertility, a mediator between the physical and spiritual world…. It also represents female energy or lifeforce in goddess worship, sometimes linked to the eastern Kundalini force or the goddess within.The circular image of the serpent biting its tail links the mythical significance of the serpent to that of the sacred circle or it is also called the ouroboros.
SIKH symbol called the KHANDRA: In the middle is a single double-edged sword pointing to a single God. (The truth about this God is revealed through Ten Gurus.) The circle — the Chakra — refers to the unity of this God and people. Two single-edged swords frame the Chakra. They represent spiritual and temporal powers.
SPIDER: Linked to treachery and death in many cultures, it was seen as a “trickster” in ancient Africa, a “spinner of fate” in ancient goddess cultures and — in ancient Greek myths — the goddess Arachne turned into a spider by her jealous rival Athena. The Chinese have welcomed the spider descending on its thread as a bringer of joys from heaven.
SPHINX: Ancient Egyptian and Babylonian guardian of sacred places —an idol with human head and a lion’s body. The Greek sphinx would devour travelers who failed to answer her riddle. According to A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (by Arthur Waite, xii) the masonic sphinx “is the guardian of the Mysteries and is the Mysteries summarized in a symbol. Their secret is the answer to her question. The initiate must know it or lose the life of the Mysteries. If he can and does answer, the Sphinx dies for him, because in his respect the Mysteries have given up their meaning.”
SPIRAL: Linked to the circle and to sacred geometry. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. A common shape in nature (snail, shells, fingerprint…)
Double SPIRAL: Linked to earth-centered or mystical faith in a blend of evolution and devolution — decay/renewal, life/death/rebirth, spiritual/physical — the back and forth flow of earthly and cosmic changes. With its focus on the unity of opposites, it resembles the Yin Yang.
SQUARE: In contrast to the circle which often symbolizes the sacred and spiritual (including the “sacred” earth), the square represents the physical world. Like the quartered circle, it points pagans to the four compass directions: north, east, south and west. While the circle and spiral symbolize female sexuality in many earth-centered cultures, the square represents male qualities.
SUN FACE: The pictured image is part of an 18th century Masonic ritual painting, but it illustrates a symbol that has been central to most major spiritual systems of history. Since the sun god usually reigned over a pantheon of lesser gods. his symbol played a vital part in pagan worship In Inca myths, the sun was worshipped as the divine ancestor of the nation.
SUN & MOON JOINED AS ONE: A universal pagan expression of the merging of opposites. Like the Yin Yang, the marriage of the male sun and the female moon represents unity in diversity, compromise instead of conflict, and conformity to a new consciousness where all is one. (See The Marriage of the Sun and Moon)
SUN and SUN SIGN: The sun was worshipped as a personified, life-giving deity in Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other major civilizations of history. (See sun symbol below the picture of the Eye of Horus) A dot or point in the center of a circle symbolizes the blending of male and female forces. (See air, which also represents spirit, among the symbols for Elements) Hindus call the midpoint in a circle the bindu - the spark of (masculine) life within the cosmic womb.SUN SIGN 2 : Found in Turkey and believed to represent the sun and the four directions. (See Swastika 1 and 2). Compare the curving lines with the primary lines of Swastika 3, the iron cross. Notice also that without the horizontal line, the symbol resembles the outline of the Yin-Yang. SUN WHEEL or RING CROSS : A universal symbol found on ancient slabs in Nordic countries, in pre-Columbian America and in Mediterranean countries. Like the swastika and other sun symbols, it represents power and supremacy. See also Circle (Quartered) It serves as a logo for the Swedish national socialist party
SWASTIKA 1: Ancient occult symbol found in Egypt, China, India… (The lower picture shows part of a Hindu temple) Chinese versions include a right-handed (yang) and a left-handed (yin) version — opposites that “harmonize.” It has represented the sun, the four directions, movement and change (the four appendages) and union of opposites (lines crossing). As a pre-Hitler elitist symbol, it was found in the Skull & Bones vault at Yale.
SWASTIKA 2 (Crux Dissimulata): An ancient swastika which symbolized the four winds or directions and their corresponding spirits. It was also a “fire and sun symbol occurring initially in Asia and later among the Germanic tribes,” according to The Herder Symbol Dictionary. “The cross inscribed in a circle mediates between the square and the circle,” emphasizing the “joining of heaven and earth…. and “the perfected human being.”
SWASTIKA 3: A contemporary variation of the many swastikas with labyrinth patterns. Like the two swastikas above, its arms point counterclockwise indicating a mystical, lunar and female orientation. Compare its two intersecting lines with Sun Sign 2, its curved arms (following the shape of the circle) with Swastika 2, and its dark areas with the Iron Cross.The TAO: An ancient Chinese symbol used originally to represent a widespread belief in unity, polarity, holism, and magic. See the Yin-Yang and read a longer definition in the Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis, who suggested the Tao as an ethical system for our times.
TONGUE (protruding): Linked to flame, fire, fertility, sexual power and spiritual power. In nations around the world, images of deities or masks with protruding tongues have indicated active and occupying spiritual forces — often a union of masculine and feminine spirits. Such images were vital to pagan rituals invoking [demonic] spirits. The sexual/spiritual forces represented by gargoyles with protruding tongues which adorned Gothic cathedrals were believed to protect the buildings from other spiritual powers.
TOTEM: Carved, painted representation of power animals or animal-human ancestors. To American Indians in the Northwest, who believe that all of nature has spiritual life, the animals in their totems poles represent the spiritual powers of animal protectors or ancestors
The Tree of Life. common to myths in many parts of the world. Its branches supposedly reach up to mythical heavens and its roots encircle the earth. It symbolizes humanity reaching for the heights of spiritual experience. In ancient pagan Scandinavia it was called Yggdrasil, a “Cosmic Tree.” Its also linked to the worship of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Celtic and other mythological deities through the ages.
TRIANGLE: Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God. (See pyramid) To Christians, it often represents the holy Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality.See a large picture of Kabbalistic triangles and how they are used together in ritual magic.
TRIDENT: Called “the devil’s pitchfork,” it has symbolized major gods in various pagan cultures. In India, it is linked to
the Hindu “trident-bearer” Shiva, spouse of the skull-bearing goddess Kali.
TRINITY [Our Triune God]: An early Christian symbol for the Trinity. It is related to the symbol of the fish (vesica piscis) used by the early — and often persecuted Christians — to identify themselves as belonging to Jesus Christ. Apparently, the word “fish” in Greek is a combination of the first letters of His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Like many Christian symbols, the same shape has also been used by various pagan religions throughout history.
TRIQUETRA: The triquetra — with or without the circle — has been found on runestones in Scandinavia, in ancient goddess-oriented pagan groups, in Celtic manuscripts, and on early Germanic coins. It is associated with numerous mythical gods and goddesses and has been used as a protective charm by Wiccans. Sometimes the symbol is reversed — pointing down rather than up. The three points may also be round rather than pointed.
UNICORN: To many New Agers, it means power, purification, healing, wisdom, self-knowledge, renewal and eternal life. Origin: In the 4th century BC, Greek historian Ctesias told about a wild animal with healing powers and a spiral horn on its forehead. Medieval myths suggested it could only be caught with help from a virgin who would befriend it. The horn of the unicorn is said to also me a metaphorical representation of the Third eye.
OuROBORUS: The circular serpent biting its own tail represents eternity and the cycles or “circle of life.” Medieval alchemists linked it to the cyclical processes in nature. The ouroborus pictured here (encircling the UN symbol for humanity seen inside a triangle) was the official symbol on for the 1996 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements pictured on all its literature.
WHEEL: A universal symbol of or cosmic unity, astrology, “the circle of life,” evolution, etc. The pagan sacred circle plus any number of radiating spokes or petals form the wheel - a Wheel of Life to Buddhists, a Medicine Wheel to Native Americans, a Mandala to Hindus. It symbolizes unity, movement, the sun, the zodiac, reincarnation, and earth’s cycles of renewal. Pagans use it in astrology, magic and many kinds of rituals. (See Medicine Wheel and Quartered Circle)
This SUN WHEEL became a magical amulet to the Celtic Gauls or Gaels in Europe. Later, “Christians adopted the form, changing it slightly, so that it became a Christ monogram drawn within a circle.”
Tibetan Prayer WHEELS: ”devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum… are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.” (From The Prayer Wheel)
WHEEL OF DHARMA: Buddhist wheel of life and reincarnation. Sometimes it is shown with a small yin yang symbol in the center.
WISHBONE: Civilizations dating back to the 4th Century (Etruscans, Romans… Britain, America) have held turkey or chicken wishbone contest. Pulling the dry turkey or chicken bone until it snapped (“lucky break”), they believing the winner’s wish or dream would come true. In today’s increasingly superstitious culture, many believe that this symbol will “catch” their dreams, bring good luck, and make their wishes come true. As in contemporary witchcraft or magic, the object becomes a channel of “good” energy. Astrology and horoscopes link it to Saggitarius. It might also be confused with the Lambda (looks like a lower case, upside-down “y”)
WORLD TRIAD: Originally an oriental symbol, it was “adopted by western Gnostics as an emblem of cosmic creativity, the threefold nature of reality or fate, and the eternally spiraling cycles of time… In Japan it was maga-tama or mitsu tomoe, the world soul…. In Bhutan and Tibet, it is still known as the Cosmic Mandala, a sign of the Trimurti.”5 Like the yin yang (below), it also represents eternity.
YIN YANG: A Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female, etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light, active, positive principle. Since the holistic balance between Yin and Yang is dynamic and constantly changing, it illustrates the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health. It represent monism (all is one) and pantheism (all is God or the universal god)
ASTROLOGICAL CHART: used by medieval alchemists in divination. Notice the symbol of the intellect and of the planet (and Roman god) Mercury(Thoth) inside the center triangle. This triangle is surrounded by a hexagram and two smaller triangles positioned as male and female energy - and seven more concentric circles. Compound symbols within magical codes and names inside multiple circles have been used by occultists and sorcerers in many parts of the world. It is still used in African witchcraft.
The GREAT SEAL of the United States of America: The design for this national emblem was completed in 1782. Some consider its occult and masonic images an American mission statement. The inscribed motto, E Pluribus Unum means “Out of many, one.” The words Novus Ordo Seclorum mean “a new order of the ages,” according to this website: www.greatseal.com. The two sides show the symbol of the eagle (first a phoenix) and the eye in the pyramid. See All-Seeing Eye & Eye of Horus & Great Seal.
The GREAT SEAL (back side) of the United States of America: "An unfinished pyramid appears on the reverse of the seal, inscribed on its base with the date 1776 in Roman numerals. Where the top of the pyramid should be, the so-called eye of Providence watches over it. Two mottos appear: Annuit Cœptis signifies that somebody (presumably Providence) has “nodded at (our) beginnings”. Novus Ordo Seclorum, a quotation from Virgil, refers to a “new order of the ages”, i.e. a paradigm shift.” See www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Great-Seal-of-the-United-States
The SEAL of the SENATE ”…includes a scroll inscribed with E Pluribus Unum floating across a shield with thirteen stars on top and thirteen vertical stripes on the bottom. Olive and oak branches symbolizing peace and strength grace the sides of the shield, and a red liberty cap and crossed fasces represent freedom and authority. Blue beams of light emanate from the shield.”www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Seal-of-the-United-States-Senate
UNITED RELIGIONS: Fourteen religious symbols form a circle around planet Earth. But you can no longer read about each religious symbol by clicking on them. Apparently, not all the religions represented in that ring are currently supporting UR’s plan for global unity. Those that are working with UR include Bah’i, Buddhism, “First Peoples” (Native Americans), Islam, Jewish Unitarian Universalists, and “Rational Faith” - which rejects Biblical faith. See Star Wars Joins United Religions at the Presidio
Truth can be found in all religions if you look beyond the lies,
Step outside the box and look, listen, feel and stop thinking so much…
Source edited to fit spiritual truths: http://www.crossroad.to/Books/symbols1.html