Hermetic Cross (Hermes Cross)

This alchemical symbol, most often referred to as the Cross of Hermes, appears mainly in watermarks used by printers during the English Renaissance, were usually attributed patronage of their craft to the god Hermes. The emblem’s lower portion represents the hermetic maxim, “as above, so below,” and is related to the Masonic square and compass. The upper numeral “4″ is the sacred number of Hermes and represents the four directions and the the crossroads sacred to the god. This is the “sign of the cross” used by kabbalists; this self-blessing was later adopted by the Church of Rome.

Hermetic Cross

Related symbols:

Masonic square and compass

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