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SYMBOL OF THE DAY

Ganesha
Referred to as the “remover of objects,” Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Veneration towards Ganesha can even be found in Buddhist and Jain traditions. Ganesha is a wisdom deity who is the patron of arts, sciences, writing, the deva of intellect, and the God of new beginnings. It was during the Gupta Period (4th and 5th centuries CE) when Ganesha emerged as a distinct and prominent deity. He is the son of Shiva (father) and Parvati (mother). The most well known story regarding how Ganesha received the head of an elephant comes from the “Shiva Purana.” It describes an instances where Parvati begins to prepare for a bath, wanting someone to stand guard while she baths she formed Ganesha from the turmeric paste used for bathing from her body and formed a boy. She then breathed the breath of life into him and told him to not let anybody pass this doorway and into the house while she is bathing. However, eventually Shiva comes home and to his surprise finds a strange boy guarding the doorway to his home; he tries to reason with Ganesha by stating this is his home and that Ganesha’s mother Parvati is his wife. Ganesha still refuses. Shiva, becoming very frustrated at Ganesha for not letting him in while Parvati is bathing, decides to cut his head off and kill the boy. When Parvati becomes aware of Ganesha’s death she gets so enraged she threatens to destroy all of creation unless two conditions are met; one, that the boy is brought back to life, and two, that he will be forever worshiped before all the gods. After Brahma and Shiva agree to her requests, Shiva goes out and takes the head of the first great animal he finds. Brahma places the elephant head on the boy’s body, breathes new life into him, and declares him to be among the gods. According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra and generally within Hinduism is identified with the mantra OM or AUM. Ganesha’s divine vehicle is a mouse and in almost all art depicting Ganesha you can find a small mouse somewhere in the mix.
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The Caduceus
Dating back to the Mesopotamian God Ningishzida, the caduceus, a symbol of two serpents entwined around a staff is believed to date back to 3,000 BCE – 4,000 BCE. The caduceus is associated with Hermes Trismegistus in Greco-Egyptian mythology, Hermes in Greek mythology, and Mercury in Roman mythology. This symbol has had many different meanings and uses over the years including but not limited to a symbol of commerce, power, authority, supernatural forces, the uniting of opposites, the World Axis, and an important tool for all magicians. Hermes was the messenger of the gods, the go-between figure, and was associated with language, magic, commerce, athletics, the crossing of boundaries, and was a psychpomp for the souls of the dead. As I have mentioned before, snakes are typically a symbol of wisdom and are fitting symbols for a wisdom deity like Hermes. Wings, like birds, are associated with divinity and fly between the Heavens and the Earth just as Hermes travels between the mortal and the divine realms. Mercury, the Roman depiction of Hermes, is seen with wings on both his feet and head, symbolizing his cunning ability to think and move as fast as a bird can fly. A more spiritually esoteric interpretation of the caduceus can see this as symbolic of the rising of kundalini energy and the shamanic ascent up the World Tree, leading to personal enlightenment. Once a shaman ascends the axis mundi of the world they are said to experience flights of ecstasy, which would also make the wings on the caduceus an appropriate symbol of shamanic flight. The entwining of the snakes can be seen as representing the helical structure of the DNA, the concept of infinity, and the unification of male and female energies. In addition to Greece and Rome, the caduceus can be found in Babylon, Egypt, and India all with similar meanings. However, due to its misuse by the US Army Medical Corps in 1902, now the caduceus is commonly seen as the symbol for the medical field in the United States despite its mix up with the similar looking Rod of Asclepius; a Greek god associated with healing and medicine.
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The Sacred Heart

Symbolic of Jesus Christ’s divine love for humanity, the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced Roman Catholic devotions as well as an often-used symbol in Christian art. The origin of this devotion has been traced back to the Roman Catholic nun from France, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who claims to have received the devotions from Jesus during a series of apparitions she received between 1673 and 1675; also he appeared later in the 19th century to a nun from Portugal, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, who requested Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart is typically depicted as a flaming heart shining with divine light, encircled by a crown of thorns, pierced, bleeding, and surmounted by a cross. It is usually seen either in the bosom of Jesus with a wounded hand pointing towards it, or as a stand-alone symbol. The bleeding wound and crown of thorns symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus, the fire is symbolic of the purifying and transformative power of divine love. Despite its fixture in Christian iconography, there is no evidence to support any reverence or devotion ever given to the heart of Jesus Christ during the first ten centuries of Christianity. Devotion to the Sacred Heart grew from the veneration given to the Holy Wounds of Christ. It is impossible to decipher who or what book was the first devotee of the Sacred Heart, but we do know it began near the end of the 11th and beginning of the 12th century. Certainly a prominent feature in Roman Catholicism but also found in Anglican, and Lutheranism, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is sometimes believed to be synonymous with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Next you see the Sacred Heart of Jesus in art, tattoos, or on clothing remember the Passion of Christ and his unconditional love for humanity.
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SYMBOL OF THE DAY

The Chi Rho

One of the earliest christograms used in the Christian tradition, the Chi Rho is composed of the first two letters from the name of Christ in Greek, ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, pronounced “Christos.” However, interestingly the Chi Rho symbol can be found in pre-Christian times being used to mark particularly valuable and interesting pages; some coins of Ptolemy III Euergetes (246–222 BCE) were marked with a Chi-Rho. The Roman use of the Chi Rho is sometimes referred to as the labarum. Being that Christianity is a variant Solar Religion, it is not too surprising to find that the Chi Rho is believed to have been an adaptation from the Egyptian Ankh, and can be found in Persian traditions as symbolic of the sun god Mithras. The use of the Chi Rho by the Mithraic traditions helped bridge the gap between Mithraism and Christianity. Sun deities such as Sol Invictus, Helios, Apollo, or Mithras were typically inscribed on coinage, but in 325 CE Sol Invictus disappeared from Roman coinage and was replaced with Emperor Constantine holding a sign displaying the Chi Rho. Referring to it as the "labarum," Constantine used the symbol on his personal flag and representative of the Roman military by issuing it to all the soldiers to symbolize who they fought for. To the left and right of the Chi Rho I chose today are the Greek letters for Alpha and Omega, also symbolic of Jesus Christ. This connects back to the Greek philosophical tradition of the “Logos.” In Greek philosophy, the Logos was thought to be the eternal informing voice, word, knowledge, or reason. Different schools philosophized different things, however, early Christian fathers like Justin, went so far as to claim Socrates and Plato were both Christians because they were informed by and paid reverence to the Logos. The Christology of the Gospel of John depicts Jesus as the literal incarnation of the logos and begins the gospel with the interesting phrase, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God.” www.davidpatrickharry.com
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SYMBOL OF THE DAY

The Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term used in Buddhism to refer to a person who has become an enlightened being and chooses to come back to the day-to-day world in order to teach so others can find their own path towards enlightenment. Bodhisattva etymologically derives from “bodhicitta,” a word that describes the enlightened state of mind that drives a person towards awakening, empathy, and compassion; “bodhi” means “awakening” or “enlightenment” and “citta” comes from the Sanskrit “cit” and means “that which is conscious.” The earliest use of the term can be found in the “Jataka Tales” and specifically refers to Gautama Buddha in his previous lives. Though the role and importance of bodhisattvas vary depending on the tradition, Mahāyāna Buddhism is primarily built upon the concept of the bodhisattva. In fact, Mahāyāna Buddhism is called the “Great Vehicle” because the term “Mahāyāna” is synonymous with “Bodhisattvayāna” or the "Bodhisattva Vehicle." Generally in Mahāyāna there are understood to be three archetypal paths to Buddhahood: 1st- the King-like Bodhisattva, who aspires to become Buddha as soon as possible with the sole purpose to helping others; 2nd – the Boatman-like Bodhisattva, who journeys towards Buddhahood along with fellow beings, more of a continual practitioner than a teacher; 3rd – the Shepherd-like Bodhisattva, who delays Buddhahood until all sentient beings have become Buddha. Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, falls into this third category, and his Tibetan variation Chenrezig is who I chose for the artwork today. In Chinese Buddhism and some other traditions, Avalokiteśvara has been changed from male to female and is sometimes referred to as Guanyin as well the Thousand-armed Avalokiteśvara.
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SYMBOL OF THE DAY

Ganesha
Referred to as the “remover of objects,” Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Veneration towards Ganesha can even be found in Buddhist and Jain traditions. Ganesha is a wisdom deity who is the patron of arts, sciences, writing, the deva of intellect, and the God of new beginnings. It was during the Gupta Period (4th and 5th centuries CE) when Ganesha emerged as a distinct and prominent deity. He is the son of Shiva (father) and Parvati (mother). The most well known story regarding how Ganesha received the head of an elephant comes from the “Shiva Purana.” It describes an instances where Parvati begins to prepare for a bath, wanting someone to stand guard while she baths she formed Ganesha from the turmeric paste used for bathing from her body and formed a boy. She then breathed the breath of life into him and told him to not let anybody pass this doorway and into the house while she is bathing. However, eventually Shiva comes home and to his surprise finds a strange boy guarding the doorway to his home; he tries to reason with Ganesha by stating this is his home and that Ganesha’s mother Parvati is his wife. Ganesha still refuses. Shiva, becoming very frustrated at Ganesha for not letting him in while Parvati is bathing, decides to cut his head off and kill the boy. When Parvati becomes aware of Ganesha’s death she gets so enraged she threatens to destroy all of creation unless two conditions are met; one, that the boy is brought back to life, and two, that he will be forever worshiped before all the gods. After Brahma and Shiva agree to her requests, Shiva goes out and takes the head of the first great animal he finds. Brahma places the elephant head on the boy’s body, breathes new life into him, and declares him to be among the gods. According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra and generally within Hinduism is identified with the mantra OM or AUM. Ganesha’s divine vehicle is a mouse and in almost all art depicting Ganesha you can find a small mouse somewhere in the mix.
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The Valknut
Consisting of three interlocked triangles, the Valknut is an old Norse symbol that connects back to the god Odin. It’s believed that the valknut was used by Vikings and Germanic peoples as a protective amulet. The valknut carried a promise that Odin (wisdom deity, magician, shaman, psychopomp, and giver of the Runic alphabet) would protect the spirit of the fallen warrior who died in his name; there was also a reassurance that this symbol would allow the warrior to be reincarnated into another life. Valknut is a modern Norwegian compound word that means, “knot of those fallen in battle” or “slain warriors knot.” This symbol looks very similar to the triquetra and the triskele. It is theorized that the original meaning of valknut was a knot symbolizing the mental binding capability of Odin. In many poems it is mentioned the Odin had the ability to bind and unbind the minds of men so that they would become helpless in battle, or he may loosen the mental fear and strain by inducing battle madness, intoxication, or inspiration. Despite its origins orienting around battle and death, in modern times the valknut has become a pop cultural symbol related to Norse mythology and seen in corporate logos and tattoos; in Germany it has been adopted by soccer clubs and white supremacists.
Artwork: by Richard Barnes
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The Ashoka Chakra
Most often seen in the center of the flag of India, the Ashoka Chakra is an ancient Indian symbol that is associated with Gautama Buddha and him introducing his teaching to his five disciples (Assaji, Mahānāma, Kondañña, Bhaddiya and Vappa). This introduction essentially established the dhamachakra - Buddha's teachings on how to be released from Samsara - and is the motive of the Ashoka Chakra. Despite the actual dharmachakra being an eight-spoke wheel, the Ashoka Chakra has twenty four spokes; the first twelve represent the twelve stages of suffering and the last twelve symbolize “no cause no effect.” Therefore, what is being implied is that through correct thoughts, awareness of mind, and mental conditioning, one can experience Nirvana and break free from the natural cycle of death and rebirth. Ironic with its spiritual origins, the Ashoka Chakra is now the highest peacetime military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield in the Indian military.
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Sand Mandalas
Despite generally being associated with Buddhism, sand mandalas are actually a Tibetan Buddhist tradition composed of brightly colored granules of sand and are ritually constructed into elaborate designs and then destroyed to symbolize the transitory nature of reality. Before they begin laying down the sand, the monks assigned to the project will first hand draw the geometric measurements related with the chosen mandala. They will then use small tubes or funnels called “chak-pur,” which lets only a few granules out at a time and allows the monks to design their intricate patterns. These mandalas take several days to complete with many monks in teams working on their designated section. Similar to all mandalas, the goal of their construction is to make a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional environment. The typical colors used in mandalas are blue, red, yellow, green, white, and charcoal for black outlining. It is common for many different groups of monks to travel around the world to various locations and construct sand mandalas in front of spectators for them to see the brilliance these artworks truly possess. As I mentioned, the end of every construction has a ceremonial destruction; there is a specific order in which the deities, their syllables, and geometric patterns are destroyed. All the sand is then collected, placed in jar, wrapped in silk, and then taken to a river or local body of moving water where it is then released back into nature. In the very center of the mandala I chose today you will see the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism (conch, endless knot, fish, lotus, parasol, vase, dharmachakra, and victory banner).
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The Monad
First appearing in Dr. John Dee’s 1564 book “Monas Hieroglyphica,” the Monad is an esoteric symbol composed of various astrological symbols and embodies Dee’s vision regarding the unity of the cosmos. The top of the monad is composed of the astrological symbol for the moon (crescent moon shape) ☽ superimposed atop of the solar sign of the sun (circle with dot in the middle) ☉. Beneath the sun is a cross shape symbolizing the four elements with the astrological symbol for Aries underneath it ♈; Aries is the first astrological house of each year and is a fire symbol, thereby it was used by Dee to symbolize fire. After Dee created the monad the symbol was then adopted by Alchemists, Rosicrucians, and esotericists alike. Dee’s influence even spread to Puritanism in the New World through John Winthrop, Jr., an alchemist, governor of Connecticut, and a follower of Dee who adopted the monad as his personal symbol. Despite the monad being popularized and explained by John Dee, some believe the famous alchemist Athanasius Kircher was the first to actually propose the symbol. The monad has been and continues to be an often seen and used symbol among magicians and occultists and will continue to mystify and inform people on the unity of the universe. - David Patrick Harry
Artwork: "Hieroglyphic Monad" by Sebastian Haines
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The Triquetra
In Latin meaning “three cornered,” the Triquetra is comprised of three interlocking vesica piscis and often depicted linked together with a circle. Similar to the Nordic valknut, the triquetra is an ancient symbol that predates Christianity despite having been appropriated as a symbol for the Holy Trinity; in more recent times the triquetra is often seen in association with all things Celtic. The Celts are known for making impressive and intricate knots with the triquetra being one of the simplest. For Celts the triquetra is often symbolic of the Tripple Goddess. For Pagan and Neopagan communities the triquetra symbolizes many different sacred trinities such as Land, Sea, and Sky; Heaven, Earth, and Underworld; past, present, and future. A feature of the triquetra that makes it a very powerful amulet is its ability to be drawn without lifting the pen or pencil from the paper. Today the triquetra is often seen in media, logos, film, art, and is typically associated with Celtic and Nordic paganism
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The Hourglass
As one of the oldest methods for measuring time, the hourglass has been used as a symbol to represent the passing of time, the brevity of life, future and past, death, and has lasted much longer as a symbol than its actual use as a time keeper. The origins of the hourglass are uncertain, however, its predecessor the clepsydra, or water clock is believed to have been invented in India. According to the American Institute of New York, the clepsammia or sand-glass was invented in Alexandria, Egypt about 150 BCE. The first representation of the hourglass in art isn’t found until 350 CE on a sarcophagus depicting the wedding of Peleus and Thetis with the hourglass held by Morpheus – the Greek god of dreams and sleep. Surprisingly the hourglass was not recorded in Europe prior to the Early Middle Ages. As a symbol the hourglass has not only been used as a metaphor for the shapely figure of a woman, but also the hourglass is related to the lemniscate, or infinity sign. Because the hourglass can be turned upside down after all the sand has fallen, it can be seen as symbolic of rebirth and the restarting of infinite cycles. In alchemy the hourglass is a symbol for hour, in England they have been placed on coffins and gravestones for years, and are commonly placed on coats of arms. A modern symbolic use can be found with the American soap-opera “Days of our Lives,” since 1965 the show has displayed an hourglass in the opening credits with the phrase, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."
Artwork: "Hourglass" by Bobvhan
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The Book “Mutus Liber”
Published in 1677 in La Rochelle, France, Mutus Liber is a Hermetic philosophical book and arguably ranks among the highest of all alchemical books along with “Atalanta Fugiens” by Michael Maier. Mutus Liber mainly consists of pictures and illustrations representing alchemical truths, however, there is considerable controversy regarding the interpretation of the text and what it means. No one is sure who authored the Mutus Liber but we do know that when it was first published in 1677 only few dozen copies were made. Despite there being multiple theories and interpretations regarding the Mutus Liber, the one that I am most fond of is Carl Jung’s. Jung owned a copy of the rare original 1677 printing and used it considerably to illustrate his book “Psychology and Alchemy.” Jung saw alchemy as expressing deep unconscious archetypes regarding the spiritual equilibrium of an individual which ends with the metaphorical philosophers stone. For Jung, alchemy was using what we would now call chemistry and art to express, sublimate, and amalgamate internal conflicts of the self and psyche. Whether conscious or not, alchemy was depicting very similar archetypes and concepts that Jung discovered through his years of working with his patients. For me, alchemy is almost the exteriorization of mind and allows us in the modern world to glance back at the psyche of those who created these magical works.
Artwork: Cover of the book Mutus Liber
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The Raelian Star

This star is the iconic symbol of Raëlism, a UFO religion founded in 1947 by Claude Vorilhon. Vorilhon, a former French automobile journalist and racecar driver wrote in his books “The Book Which Tells the Truth” (1974) and “Extraterrestrials Took Me to their Planet” (1975), that he had alien encounters with beings that gave him the true origins of all the world religions. One of the central teachings of the Raëlian Movement is that life on Earth was the product of a scientific experiment performed by a species of extraterrestrials they refer to as the Elohim. Elohim is a plural Hebrew term referring to “gods” or “deities” commonly found in the Old Testament. Raelians believe that messengers and prophets of other traditions such as Jesus or the Buddha are in fact informed humans from different eras and cultures. Raelians strive for world peace, sharing, democracy, and nonviolence; they believe that once humans become aware and peaceful enough, we can welcome the Elohim to live among us. Because the earlier version of the Raelian symbol was composed of a swastika inside the star of David, Raelians were denied territory requests in Israel and Lebanon. The newer version, as I have chosen for today, is said to resemble a spinning galaxy. Now when you see this interesting symbol on the bumper of the car in front of you you’ll know you’re following a Raelian cult member.
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Vishnu
Vishnu, "The Preserver" of all things, is one of the principal deities in the Hindu pantheon and is one leg of the Hindu trinity along with Brahma (The Creator) and Shiva (The Destroyer). Vishnu breaks down etymologically from the Sanskrit root “viś” meaning “to pervade,” thereby connoting Vishnu as the "one who is everything and inside everything;" Vishnu means "all pervasive." Vishnu is typically depicted with a blue complexion and having four arms. In his lower left hand he holds a lotus flower (padma) symbolic of enlightenment and Vishnu’s divine wisdom. In his upper left hand he holds a conch shell (panchajanya shankha), which is symbolic of Vishnu’s battle with Panchajanya – an evil sea demon – and after defeating the demon, Vishnu takes the shell, names it after the demon, and according to legend when Vishnu blows into the shell it foreshadows the death of his next enemy. In his lower right hand Vishnu holds a mace (kaumodaki gada), which is one of the oldest and strongest Indian weapons and is symbolic of Vishnu’s power. In his upper right hand he holds a discus (sudarshana chakra), which is an auspicious sign related to Vishnu and symbolizes the wheel of time. The last iconic symbol of Vishnu is Ananta, the King of all nagas, which is the hooded cobra that protects Vishnu and he is often depicted as laying or standing atop of Ananta. Vishnu has many avatars that he appears as and these include Krishna in the Mahabharata, Rama in the Ramayana, Narayana, Jagannath, Vasudeva, Vithoba, Hari, and more. In addition to being the supreme deity in the Vaishnavism tradition, Vishnu is one of the most popular gods in the entire Hindu pantheon and will continue to be worshiped and celebrated for generations to come.
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Dreamcatchers
Originating among the Ojibwe people, the dreamcatcher is an iconic Native American/First Nations symbol that surprisingly was not spread among various native cultures until the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. According to American ethnographer Frances Densmore, the dreamcatcher comes from legends regarding the Spider Woman, which describe she (Spider Woman), as a guardian like figure that takes care of the children and people of the land. Therefore, when the Ojibwe people started to spread throughout North America mothers and grandmothers began to weave magical webs for the children so Spider Woman could still protect and reach them. In Ojibwe,“asabikeshiinh” is the inanimate word for spider and therefore meaning dreamcatcher. Dreamcatchers are usually composed of a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web and made with cordage from plants. To the Native traditions that adopted them, dreamcatchers were thought of as spider webs that would catch and hold any harm that might be in the air. Nowadays dreamcatchers have become a popular commodity for non natives to make, exhibit, and sell, but for some Natives dreamcatchers are seen as over-commercialized and have been an undesirable form of cultural appropriation.
Artwork: by Emily Deechaleune @heyemilydee
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Namaste
Derived form Sanskrit, Namaste is a popular Indian greeting and sendoff that essentially translates to “I bow to the divine in you.” Literally, Namah means “bow” and te means “to you;” however, given Hinduism’s concept of the atman – the soul in me is the same soul in you – it is more often understood as not just a bowing but a honoring of the divine in each other. Namaste may be spoken but is often symbolized by a gesture; the gesture is performed as a slight bow, with hands pressed together, palms touching, fingers pointed to the sky, and thumbs close to the center of the chest. Female terracotta figurines in Namaste posture have been found in relation to the Indus Valley civilization and date back to 3,000 BCE. Despite originating within Hinduism, fellow Indian traditions Jainism and Buddhism have both appropriated the greeting and in fact there are many depictions of the Buddha in Namaste meditative postures. The sacredness of Namaste has even withstood its adoption within secular cultures and is now a popular greeting among modern spiritualist. Namaste has certainly survived the test of time. Even in the busy hyper-connected world of today, Namaste has broken through cultural and linguistic barriers, in addition to being a popular emoji it is still used to expresses courtesy, honor, and politeness from one person to another. Namaste friends 🙏🏻.
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The Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa hand’s earliest recorded use is found in Carthrage (modern day Tunisia), and is an ancient amulet that spread from North Africa to the Middle East and eventually to India. The Hamsa is an amulet of a right hand with an eye in the palm and has been used by Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist, and Jains as a powerful amulet that protects people from the clutches of evil. For Muslims, the Hamsa hand is often referred to as the “Hand of Fatima,” Fatima being the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. The Hamsa hand has been found in artifacts all over the ancient Near East, and even Middle Eastern Christians have adopted it as a protective amulet called the “Hand of Mary.” Though it is hard to tell based on the depiction of the pinky and thumb, the Hamsa hand is typically of a right hand and is symbolizing someone holding up their hand as if to say “stop;” the Hamsa with fingers slightly spread is part of a curse meant to blind the aggressor, with the fingers closed it is believed to be a good luck charm in addition to a protective amulet. Due to its prevalence in Islam many have associated the Hamsa with Islamic culture however this symbol has gained popularity with Israeli Jews as well as in Indian traditions. In Egypt the Hamsa hand was associated with the eye of Horus. They believed that the Moon and Sun were both the eyes of Horus and that humans cannot escape from the eye of conscience just as evil cannot escape from the eye of Hamsa. Today the Hamsa hand is a very popular symbol among the “spiritual but not religious” and is mostly seen in the form of jewelry, tattoos, clothing, or as wall hangings.
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SYMBOL OF THE DAY
The Ankh
The Ankh is not only an Egyptian hieroglyph meaning “life, to live, eternity,” but also is an ancient Egyptian symbol found in artwork, reliefs, funerary paraphernalia, and in the hand of about every deity in the Egyptian pantheon. The number of meanings and interpretations that can be drawn from this symbol is awe-inspiring and in no way will I cover all of them here. The ankh is composed of essentially a tau cross surmounted by a loop or circle. One interpretation from Thomas Inman in 1869 is that the two separate elements that compose the Ankh symbolize, "the male triad and the female unit." This is very probable considering how often androgyny is used to symbolize true divinity; god is solely neither male nor female. Another theory sees the ankh as a solar symbol, with the round portion symbolizing the sun as it comes over the morning horizon. This is also very credible for multiple reasons; first the Egyptians like many other ancestral traditions were obsessed with astrology and astronomy, also Egypt’s religious tradition tended to be very solar oriented. Not to mention that within many cultures the cross is often used to symbolize the sun, which stems astrologically from the suns location being on the cross of the zodiac. Regarding its mythological meaning, the ankh was thought of as a key to the afterlife. Egyptians believed the ankh to be the key that unlocks the gates of death and allow a person to enter the realm that lay beyond. Because of the myths describing the ankh as a key to eternal life, early Coptic Christians adopted the ankh as a symbol for the redeeming and everlasting-life provided by their messiah, Jesus Christ. In fact the name of the Christian ankh is “crux ansata.” Since the 1960’s and its popularization by the New Age Movement, the ankh has become almost a pop-cultural symbol that can be seen in Katy Perry music videos, on the chains of rappers, or as modern tattoos. Despite some of its popular use, the ankh is a powerful, deeply symbolic, and timeless symbol that will continue to enlighten, mystify, and aid people on their own journey towards death and eternal life.
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