The Secret Language of Symbols

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There is a secret language we all recognize, but few are fluent in- the language of symbols. Symbols surround us in myriad forms and form an inextricable part of our daily lives, yet unlike our spoken languages, schooling in symbolism is left to the individual initiative. Even in religious teaching, symbols are presented as emblems of belonging, mere historical artifacts one wears to identify with one’s faith.

Many of the symbols we take for granted today as static signs of religious or secular life were created long ago, representations of the movements of earth and heaven, symbols of the seasons, and representations of cosmic and earthly deities. Over time, they have acquired layers of increasingly complex meaning, and this evolution of meaning tells us much about how we developed our ideas about the nature of life and the universe.

Signs used in modern magick and Western religious traditions share a common ancestry that dates before the creation of writing. These symbols are powerful because they are archetypal- even cultures that do not share language share an innate understanding of symbols. In this article we’ll explore the evolution of symbolism by examining the basic elements that make up more complex symbolism. The symbols of western magic, astrology, and alchemy are based on a common symbolic ‘alphabet,’ composites created from smaller symbols.

Knowing how to recognize these smaller units will allow you to decipher many of the larger symbols whenever you encounter them. Knowing the secret system behind these symbols can provide an incredible amount of insight into even the most inscrutable signs.

The basic building blocks of symbolism

The Circle is the most common and universal signs, found in all cultures. It is the symbol of the sun in its limitless or boundless aspect. It has no beginning or end, and no divisions, making it the perfect symbol of completeness, eternity, and the soul:

The circle is also the symbol of boundary and enclosure, of completion, and returning cycles. The circle symbolism most familiar to us is that of the wedding ring which encircles the finger associated in ancient times with the heart. The wedding ring symbolizes not just a pledge of eternal love, but the enclosure of the heart- a pledge of fidelity.

The circle reflected represents the dyad, the introduction of duality, and represents creation and manifestation. The symbol of the dyad is known as the ‘vesica pisces,’ or fish bladder, because it appears as a fish. The equal armed solar cross is another universal symbol, which can be found in every culture with a knowledge of the passage of time. It is the first truly theological emblem, marking not only the points of the solar calendar, but the juxtaposition of the realm of the material with the realm of the divine.

The cross is in this case actuality two separate signs-

First, a vertical axis, representing man, the body, and our upright posture, which is unique in the animal kingdom. The vertical line symbolizes the path from earth to heaven and the realm of spirit, symbolizing the dual nature of man, who embodies the spiritual and the temporal. The vertical axis equates directly to the human spine and to the tree of life, as well as to the axis mundi, the great pole around which the constellations of the zodiac revolve. These seemingly disparate ideas share a common idea- they link the earth and heavens. Thus is the concept of the connection between earth and heaven established- and also the divinity of man, who alone is built on this axis.

The horizontal axis, represents the path from birth to death, beginning to end, and linear time. This axis represents life on earth as a binary, linear process- life to death, beginning to end, and the dual nature of human existence evidenced by our symmetrical shapes: left and right, male and female, good and evil. These ancient concepts are embodied even in our language- our good, “righteous” side, and our dark, “sinister” side. (sinister having the original meaning “of the left hand”)

Both axis are also representations of the sexual nature of man, the vertical line representing the solar phallus, and the horizontal, the receptive, female earthly nature. Many early solar temples (such as Stonehenge) are not only solar calendars, but representations of the earth awaiting fertilization from the masculine energies of the sun. (The appearance of the rays of the solstice on these ancient solar altars represents the copulation of the gods) The cross, then, is the symbol of humanity- when the two axis are combined in a cross shape, they represent the cube of space, the four elements, and the binding together in man of matter and spirit. (The old geometrical puzzle of ‘squaring the circle’ is a hidden reference to the continual difficulty of reconciling spiritual and material concerns.)

A cross within a circle forms a solar cross or a horoscope wheel, both symbols of spirit and matter. A horizontal bar within a circle is the alchemical symbol for salt, pure material existence in its most exalted state. The equal-armed cross is often disguised in religious art as a four petaled flower, a cube, or a scepter. Examples of this cross in it’s simplest meaning will be found in primitive swastikas and sunwheels; the more complex spiritual meanings in the symbols of alchemy, the Templars’ equal armed cross, and the symbol of the crucifix. Because of the inherent nature of this symbol as representational of both the sun and the divine in man, the cross is commonly associated with redemptive solar deities. (Read more about the Dying God archetype here)

The Tau cross is a later variation, with a horizontal bar balanced atop a vertical bar, creating a “Tau,” or “T” shape. With its exaggerated vertical axis, the tau cross is associated with sacrifice of the lower, base nature, and emphasizes the earth/heaven connection. Some examples of the Tau cross are the cross of Attis, the egyptian Ankh (surmounted by a loop or circle), and the Norse Irminsul.

The arc found in more complex symbols, especially planetary symbols, represents ascension or striving. The arch has been a traditional element of architecture and often figures in commemorative monuments of triumph and achievement. The sigils of the planet Saturn and Jupiter, for example, combine identical symbols with very different results, using the arc in conjunction with the cross. In the sigil of Jupiter, the arc of aspiration rises above the struggle of matter and spirit, and symbolizes bounty, triumph, expansion, and success. Saturn’s sigil places the cross above the arc- ascension subverted by the material struggle, and a symbol of Saturn’s power to limit and confine:

The crescent represents the powers of the moon- reflective and receptive. (An example of this symbol taken to its highest symbolic meaning would be the Holy Grail) A reversed crescent often represents emptiness and illusion.

The triangle is one of the most easily recognized religious symbols in the West, most commonly associated with the Christian trinity or Freemasonry. The triangle is the simplest geometric shape, and also the first purely theological symbol. To the ancient Pythagoreans, the triangle was, as the first complete polygon, the womb of number and the essence of stability.  Triangles stand in for the Christian trinity of Father, Son, and spirit, as well as the earlier primordial trinity of Isis, Osiris, and Horus.

The upward moving triangle is sometimes called the blade (the chalice and blade figure ceremonially in many ritual magic operations). It is a symbol of aspiration or rising up, male force, and fire. It is purely phallic in origin. The triangle represents aspiration, rising force, and the male principal.

The downward pointing triangle is sometimes referred to as the chalice. It is the symbol of water (as it flows downward), the grace of heaven, and the womb. it is one of the most ancient symbols of female divinity, as a representation of the genitalia of the goddess.

When combined, the triangles of fire and water form a potent symbol of balance and divine union. In western tradition, it is called the Seal of Solomon, and the symbols for air and earth are derived from the reconciliation of water and fire in this symbol. The hexagram has an identical meaning in Hinduism and Buddhism as well, where it also represents the divine union, or perfect balance of male and female energies. Kabbalistically, it is the sign of resurrection and completeness- in Hebrew tradition, it is called perfect. Occasionally, this conjunction forms a diamond or lozenge shape.

Next: The Egg, the eye, and the serpent: Exploring more complex symbols

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Kari September 14, 2016 at 10:56 am

I’ve been seeing this symbol a lot now and I don’t know what it means. It’s a triangle with a circle inside it and a vertical line passes through that circle. Also, another one where there’s a circle inside the triangle but there’s NO vertical line passing through it.

Jennifer September 17, 2016 at 9:42 am

Hi Kari. Your first one is the ‘sign of the deathly hallows’ from the Harry Potter books. The other is the ‘solomonic triangle’ and you can read about it here:

marky August 18, 2016 at 12:01 am

Symbols are a language that can help us understand our past

joz August 16, 2016 at 12:49 am

i was wondering what a circle with a small cross attached to the bottom, but not connected to any other side would mean?

Jennifer August 17, 2016 at 10:37 pm

It’s the symbol for female, or the planet Venus. :)

David July 19, 2016 at 4:50 am

Could anybody tell me what this symbol means please?

Jennifer July 21, 2016 at 2:55 am

Appears to be a simplified version of the web of wyrd, but it’s hard to be sure

jason July 5, 2016 at 5:54 am

i hve som old silverwhere with the symbol of an inverted v with s indide.. what is this

Jennifer July 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Probably a monogram.

Tera Turnage June 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

I was recently looking at the sky and the way the clouds had formed around the moon it looked as if there was a ring (circle ) abobe that was the heart shaped moon, and above that was a heart shaped cloud being illuminated by the moon’s light. So basically a circle with a heart above it and an even bigger heart above that one. What might this mean? Does anyone know by chance?

Antoinette June 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm

I saw a symbol on a metallic looking stone, Round, with raised symbols . The person presenting it says it means family. I’m just guessing the < symbols on both sides are representative of wings and the | are as explained above.
First, a vertical axis, representing man, the body, and our upright posture, which is unique in the animal kingdom. The vertical line symbolizes the path from earth to heaven and the realm of spirit, symbolizing the dual nature of man, who embodies the spiritual and the temporal. The vertical axis equates directly to the human spine and to the tree of life, as well as to the axis mundi, the great pole around which the constellations of the zodiac revolve. These seemingly disparate ideas share a common idea- they link the earth and heavens. Thus is the concept of the connection between earth and heaven established- and also the divinity of man, who alone is built on this axis. What do you think?

Antoinette June 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Antoinette June 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

The Symbol looks like this in the middle of a circle. The symbol is raised and also the circle on the stone medallion.

Mickie June 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

So I’m working and a woman gave me a necklace.. it’s a triangle. With a blue circle inside. And a tale of 3 arrows pointing up

Kelly May 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

The past two days i have seen a symbol three times of a circle within a circle. I have spent some time researching but i have not found its meaning or message behind it. I would love some information and insight into this symbol. Thank you.

Aejana May 10, 2016 at 8:11 am

Hi I found a silver ring with turquoise stones in it.. has a symbol I have never seen and havent found anything about it can someone please tell me what it means or anything about it has anyone seen this
It is a sideways diamond shape inside a horizontal rectangle
And on outside of the rectangle, there is a triangle on the left and a triangle on the right
Both triangles point inward pointing at the rectangle I have a picture of it but don’t know how to post the picture on here

Jennifer May 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Hi there- you could post the image on a service like imgur and link it here. :)

Aimee April 19, 2016 at 8:01 am

Please tell me what you know about the”Alphabet of Letters”.
I was told it was a way of communicating by Alchemists, Black Magic,
and was.not taken lightly! I was.told Alister Crowley was said to
Have used this symbolism and or Language to communicate with and
Carry out evil incantations. Please.advise. No one seems comfortable
discussing this.or do not.know anything.about it. I would appreciate anything you could find on it .Thank you, and love your site and.true representation of all points of view. Very informative.

Jen January 31, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Does anyone know what this picture/symbols is:
It’s a triangle with eyes on the side and an A in the middle of it surrounded by the letters KAMEY

Jennifer February 7, 2016 at 9:38 am

Hi Jen- we can’t see your picture, can you uplaod it to imgur or another public sharing service?

Geist Von PA January 13, 2016 at 2:51 am

This is a sigil I made for myself.
Don’t let the name fool you, there is deeper meaning that the title suggests.

david January 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Could anybody tell me what a circle with a horizontal line through the middle means.

Jennifer January 20, 2016 at 6:18 am

Usually, salt.

vanessa maldonado October 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Hi. I was wondering if anyone can help with a symbol I had seen . It was a black crescent moon and it was upside down and near my daughter…

Anonymous June 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Means empty. Not full.

Mick October 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Anyone know what the following symbol is or means? From bottom to top vertically, a large circle with Egyptian looking arms…one on each side, then a vertical line with a bone looking horizontal line, then a med circle with a small circle on top. All are connected. Any ideas?

Andrea September 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

This morning I found 2 large ovals and one smaller one above them, each with and X inside of them…they where in the driveway of a house I am selling that belonged to my husband and I…he Transitioned 8/2/14 …can you help me understand the meaning? I have never seen them before…

Micky July 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm

This is an odd one for you all.

I was meditating and with my mind’s eye I seen a symbol very clearly. I cannot find anything about it.

It is two vertical lines and in between them in the middle is a diamond shape.

Anyone have any idea of this symbol? I have seen others that I was able to find meanings on, but not this one.

AC July 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Sounds like the web of Wyrd, check out if it kind of matches

Sommer June 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Finally! i saw the same symbol in a dream i had last night!! i’ve been searching on all these weird sites trying to find something that look KINDA the same. the dream is a long story to tell, but a bloody message was being carved into my hand before my own eyes. it said, “Don’t let the books burn” and beside it was this symbol. it’s been driving me crazy. except the vertical lines were curved a bit, like the diamond was drawing them inward. thank you!

kadejah February 2, 2015 at 12:02 am

so my mother came across a gold upside down crescent moon with a heart charm … can you please tell what it may mean .. ( it highly resembles a fez: free mason symbol)

glb October 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

Good day!
I noticed recently decals on cars of an upside down white crescent moon. They are placed at the center of the back window. I searched and searched the Internet ……help. Thanks in advance

Jasmine October 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I am obsessed with one specific symbol. I have never seen it or thought about it before. Lately, I feel like the symbol is connected to me so much I have the need to get a tattoo of it. I’m trying to look up what it means, I can’t find any answers though. The symbol is: three perfectly round circles that are right next to each other, they aren’t touching though. Please tell me what this symbol means in your opinion or in general? Thanks

T M Matthews El June 13, 2015 at 1:10 am

Now that’s interesting Jasmine, a circle is a symbol of completion or in life, stability, our lives are well ordered when we have peace or balance in three important areas, the physical, mental and spiritual . Those three ” touch ” when we make them touch or make them one by allowing one to influence the other. In other words, we accept life and our lives, for what it is, no pretending and patiently work forward from that point . Perhaps you are doing this or need to do this.

Anonymous August 10, 2015 at 4:43 am

Very interesting T M Mat!

Would you know why I am greatly attracted to the Valknut symbol? I would like to have it as a tattoo but with thinner lines.

But, the explanation of the Valknut symbol, regarding violent deaths, bounding to Odin, and so forth is less attracting to me. It’s like the only thing that holds me back from tattooing it on my body.

Davidt August 10, 2015 at 4:48 am

Interesting T M Matthews!

Would you know why I am greatly attracted to the Valknut symbol? I would like to have it as a tattoo but with thinner lines.

But, the meaning of the symbol concerning violent deaths, bounding to Odin, and so forth, isn’t attracting to me.. It’s the thing that holds me back from tattpoing it on my body..

GG September 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

What if we see the upward and downward triangles one and after (but not like hexagram)? What does it mean?

Johnny Genlock May 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Eisler’s ideology was challenged, along with her conclusion of buxom figurines being evidence women ran the world prior to the written record. In sum, nature was nurture and it was feminine. Maleness was dominating and destructive. Hmmm. It was not hard to reference the Tarot deck where the chalice and the blade or sword is only half the story. There is additionally the Wand and the Pentacle; wand being again nominally masculine and the pentacle being feminine in the sense of the active principle cornucopia aspect. Then I’m looking at the Wand and wondering how that can be cast negatively. This journey led me to the writing of Camille Paglia, and her insightful book, THE SEXUAL PERSONAE, where the masculine, . . for all its negatives, is to a great extent returned to a position of respect in her characterization of Apollonian Projectionism. (versus Dionysian chthonic urges [feminine]). But the major difference in Paglia’s analysis rightly identifies these as processes of mind rather than something indelibly affixed to gender. Since this revelation I have come to identify many men who partake of Paglia’s feminine qualities while especially prominent women exhibit her masculine Apollo traits. Hmmm.
Anyway, just passing through. If anyone wishes to comment, I’d be interested to hear your reaction.

Johnny Genlock May 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

When I returned from a 14-year spiritual quest in 1985, the American culture had changed much. The new “demon” scapegoat was the formerly normal American male. Since this happened gradually over many years the Overton Window shift escaped the notice it should have. Since I had not learned the matching behavioral skills of “eyes cast down self-effacing guilt-ridden apologetic-toward women” demeanor this was causing friction to the point of some women raging at me in righteous indignation when I held the door or met their gaze. In short, having been well-raised by my mom to respect women (and from my dad to command respect) it was confusing. During my absence someone had performed a “brown eyes-blue eyes” psychological manipulation upon the American culture. I needed to figure this out. After wading through the hysterically funny hate speech of Mary Daly; i.e., “All sex is rape,” etc. I somehow arrived at the work of Riane Eisler, THE CHALICE & THE BLADE. Have to admit my grasp of Sanskrit terms was a bit better at that time than my knowledge of Western esoteric symbolism. Elsler gave all men a bad rap based upon her experience as a Jew under the NAZIs, the penultimate patriarchal male dominators (literally) in her book. But, . . I knew history. Adolph was a socialist. NAZI means national socialist party. Eisler’s solution? An enlightened enviro-centered socialism. The NAZIs were the first enviro “green party” folks. As they say, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Lucy June 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

There is a group that shares your belief that men are being demasculated in American culture. While the forum I found discussing the issue was interesting, it was full of hate-filled boys assigned to the belief that all women are worthless. Obviously I do not agree because I think we should all respect one another and one another’s roles- not matter how minuscule. I do feel a lot of unnatural pressure to mask my femininity (emotion, body, motherly desire) in today’s society. Both women and men are very judgmental towards those individuals who put family first. Men seem to either have extreme expectations of women or they are more afraid of women. It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t been poisoned to one extreme or another. I can’t add much to your discussion of history, but I can say that from my observations, it seems like America has become a self hating culture because many of us are forced to deny aspects of our self in order to succeed socially and in the workplace. In fact, I’d characterize much of our behavior as narcissistic. I’m confused as to why so many people believe that they have to look the part all of the time (maybe they do not truly accept their self?). It’s hard to discern what the source of the problem is, but I’m inclined to believe that it has to do with our mediums of communication, and our language regarding the self. We talk about the mind as if it is separate from the body and our environment is filled with waves of information. Our own thoughts have to compete.

Anthony December 20, 2013 at 3:00 am

What does a upright cross inside of a triangle mean I have had several dreams about it lately and I also have had dream about killing a python…. The snake is one that I have never seen before but I remembered it when I woke up and looked it up turned out to be real

Amber Lynne December 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I have this painting I found, broken in half. It is a large & seemingly simple painting of a swamp in sunset, but there is a dead body laying by a tree & the hand of the body is reaching up to a symbol carved in the tree. The symbol is a circle with a line vertical through the circle, & a knife is putruding out of the right side of the tree by the symbol. This painting & its meaning or artist is driving me crazy to know. There is no artist signature to go on, only the strange painting itself & , A-450 written on the back. Wish I could post the picture to show, on this site? I really need to know what it means? Any information in a direction to answers are appreciated? Thank you

Jennifer December 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

Hi Amber- could you email me the picture? I can post it for you. I would love to have a look at your painting!

Ed November 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

My wife just found a small metal (goldish) plate. Rectangular with stamps on both sides. On one side is what I thought at first glance to be a zodiac. 12 symbols which look more like alchemy symbols in a circle, surrounding a heart shaped M, a triangle below it and a circle above it. the circle has a cross at its bottom, and a half circle bisecting it at its top. The other side is hard to explain. It is also a large circle. In the center is a diamond shape within a larger diamond shape. within the diamonds is a circle with 7 dots inside. around the diamond shapes are several symbols. An X, a 10, a 10D,… there are two rings of these symbols, and one word. AURUM (latin for gold). these stamps on both sides are about the size of your thumb. Can you give me ANY clue as to what this is? Or at the very least possibly a reference to a book that might help?

Jennifer November 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm

That seems like a very curious object indeed- is there any chance you can provide a photo?

mohamed November 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

hi, jennifer. how could i contact with u? do u have blog, wibesite ? u have a amazing information about this .. symbologics

i will be please ..

rich April 10, 2014 at 2:29 am

HI Mohamed, you answered a question for someone last year(nov) about a small gold looking metal card with the word aurum and a zodiac and other symbols.I have one of these objects and was interested in any information you may have on it.

rich April 10, 2014 at 2:39 am

Hi Ed. just writing about the aurum card,zodiac gold object that you wife found. did you get any info on this as I also have one and I know its something important but………… thanks

Wondering July 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hi All;

My oldest son, a video gamer, likes to tease me about the symbol lined into the palm of my right hand. He calls me, “Zelda”, because the mark, which takes up my whole palm, is an inverted triangle/pyramid that is vertically bisected by a perfect line. Apparently, this same symbol appears somewhere in the game, “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina”.

I have looked and looked for the meaning of this symbol, but I can only come up with the symbol for earth, which is wrong, because my line cuts the triangle in half vertically, not horizontally. Then, from this website, I was thinking that maybe it is two, superimposed symbols…the inverted triangle (woman) and the vertical line (the connection between Heaven and Earth). Anyone have any other ideas?

cory June 10, 2014 at 1:18 pm

hey im kinda the same I have a 3 dotted triangle with an upside down 3 dotted triangle in the center of it on between my stomach and chest im also curious but im also a man soooo what does that say?

rod April 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

, I live in Australia – For the last 30 years I have be looking at the Pyramids of Egypt, there is a story that goes with this, weird ! but interesting, this I will keep for another time. I am not a religious person ! I believe I have stumbled onto a theory that you may find interesting, I don’t think that the pyramids where built just to service the afterlife of the pharaohs, but rather they were leaving a permanent legacy to mankind for the ages. Each stone is a principal component that makes up the superstructure and the shape is significant in what I want to tell you! Let us start with a question! Why would the Knights Templar who were imprisoned in Chinone castle in France, scratch on the walls of their cell, the star of David, this had no significance to the Jewish people, other that King David and his son Solomon, or did they know something – the star of David is 2 pyramids (integrated). I believe it predates the pyramids , it was a pagan symbol and the ancient Egyptian symbol for SUNRISE. The great pyramid as discovered by Napoleons surveyor general, makes up HALF PI, that’s half a circle, for anything to be whole, it would need to have 2 halves. As I found in the star of David, place each to each other’s base and we have the full circle. Now it gets tricky! Oh- for a white board, half pi is an arch, just maybe! That missing arch, and is the pyramid in real terms not a covenant? Hieroglyphics are interesting as all their expressionism was done through pictures and symbols, yet today we use words , but at the end of it! We say do you get the picture! Same thing just a different pen. Now listen to the words we use, APEX, ATTITUDE, ENCLINED, PERSPECTIVE, HIGHERARCHY, ASPECT, ASPRATION, etc etc, this is all pyramidal. Trans actual analysis is the parent, adult, child in our communication with one another, and the aspects of our own nature. One may have parent child relationship with our partner, by talking down to them. Yet, within ourselves we must come to terms with our maturity, the brain we were born with, is the same one we carry thru life, as we evolve from child to adult, just like dropping a pebble into a pond, we get the rings, like the tree that’s cut in half, we get the rings of growth, so it is with the pyramid and the star of David (the Mengan star). The base of the pyramid is the broad spectrum that youth requires to run around in as we age we need less, I believe the expression goes, as we get older life tappers of. Yet! All our experiences and wisdom rises with use, by now you should be pushing thous 2 halves of the pyramid together, you see just like the pyramids we are also the sum total of our principals. HELL this is getting scatty! Sorry! I will try to make sense of all this. Today! Pyramids influence our lives, just people don’t notice them, In Australia, our capital building, has a structure in the shape of a pyramid, it hold up our flag! Underneath it there is a small glass pyramid, there is 1 outside the Louvre in Paris, 1 outside in Rome,1 in Memphis there all over the place. They are probably Masonic, but the idea came from somewhere. This is all about enlightenment, as sunrise (half pi) is first light, a time when we can start to relate to a new day, apart from warmth, so why wouldn’t one worship the sun, half pi is also a moon sign, Horus is a moon sign, you see! When the moon is in 2 halves, dark and light! This to the ancients was the way they came to terms with the way their minds worked, you know! If something is not understood, we say! Iam in the dark, after reasoning, we might say! Oh yes I see the light. Jesus said! Iam the truth the light and the way. This then is the essence of truth, the 2 halve of the pyramid, sows us how the 2 halves of the moon, has value. The eye of Horus (moon sign), by the way! 1 eye white and the other dark. When Jesus came to heal the blind! It was not the physical, but the metaphysical, the mind! Oh yes I see, henceforth, I understand, just bake to sunrise! If one was to have a sudden awareness about something! We may say, oh yes! It just dawned on me, – there’s that sunrise again! In the Mason there are 3 pillars, 1 with a moon, 1 with a sun, and 1 with a man’s head (symbols), all aspects of enlightenment, illumination. Genius – let there be light, in the book of Isaiah, there will be discovered in the land of Egypt, a monument to the Lord of hosts. in the Luke – he who falls from the cornerstone, with be Brocken, this is not the cornerstone of the upright pyramid, but the corner of the inverted pyramid., for if one goes too far outside your base principal one could make a fool of one’s self. (needs explanation). In the Masons, there is a pyramid shape, it has in it an inverted T , this is the key, all experience in life is horizontal , until we encounter adversity, then we stop an reflected, then we start to grow UP ! so ! I believe thous Egyptians were really smart. Love to talk and shed real light on all this. As Budda said ! I could talk all day, finding someone to listen is a problem, finding someone who understands is a bigger problem. I trust you get my drift with all this, and I might add! Dan Brown got a lot right sort of! I can explain circumpuncts (symbol of GOD) and lots of other stuff… might ponder the SPHYNX in more simple terms, like studying the behaviour insects and animals, it I just man in the cat, they pretty much carry on the same. CHEERS _________________________________

Taffy March 25, 2016 at 3:51 am

Lovely , thanks for that

Peter March 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

the anchor is the symbol of “hope”, sailors used it when they drop anchor in storms or rough seas ,hopeing to find ground to ride out the seas

iz March 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

My boyfriend carved our initials in a tree (x+x)

My little girl and i visited the tree a few days ago and we found to symbols
next to my boyfriends carving.

My question:

Triangle “circle” in the middle and a line that divides the circle from top to bottom.
What does that mean?

They also left a carving of an anchor.

Any answers?

Jennifer March 17, 2013 at 7:45 am

The triangle seems most likely to be the “deathly hallows” symbol from the harry potter series. The anchor is a mystery.

Falle April 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I got 2 things popped up in my mind after reading your post. The first one is if you were to combine the carving symbol altogether. Both parenthesis would form a circle. And both x and the plus sign would form an asteroid symbol. If you look closely to the asteroid symbol. It’s a stat so there what made up a star? If you draw and upward triangle and a downward triangle and and put them together halfway and connect them halfway it form a star. Ok now look at the asteroid symbol closely again focus on the very top part of the symbol it look like a downward arrow. This can also translate as an anchor. Hope you are satisfy with my first finding but ur mind is still wondering about it. Let me know and I will tell u my 2nd version

Phillip I. Wink March 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm search helped me decode the symbols on my stone compass rock but did not refferance 3 deminishing in succession to a point. Parts not touching are seprate but linked in a total meaning. Only one that was close touched and was so old it was unknown. Still searching for it having to do with astrology, mathmatics, and triangelation used in navigation. A arch with a upright standing in the center, but not touching. The other is like a comma or the top of your ear in shape but downward. They are in threes deminishing towards the point. Please help if you can Thanks!

tony Baffour December 31, 2012 at 5:02 am

what are mystical significance or meaning of
1. circles
2. parallel or horizontal lines
3. circles

Vilear October 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Has anyone heard of or seen a name by ESPADA with two triangles side by side connected. And if so can you respond. I have been researching this for many years and still seem to come up empty handed.

Thank you

phillip i. wink September 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Have found 2 stones with tecnology and man made origins. both have many fassets of design and uses of navigation and electrical knowlage we may not be aware of today. Symbols of 2 different markings, 3 in sugsession on right and left of point indicating navigation qualities. Petrified strings indicate pivot and windings of 3 at 3 different angles and length on quartz fashened stone. Petrification gives time line of 200,000 years. Need help with symbol recognition and scientific operation?

randy June 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

i have found a celtic cross encircled with a trianglegoing up an down but these are connected i can find the triangles seperated but not as one unit with no seperation what does this mean

steven June 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

How was the philosopher stone discovered made by what secrets ?
Was it successful?

jai prakash Badlia May 20, 2012 at 6:56 am

I have two fish figures in my left hand since birth. but till now at the age of 40 I don’t the meaning of the same. If any body having the idea of symbols pls mail me.Thanks

vindy May 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

Question, I have a simple symbol that came to me during a Reiki session, a clear triangle with a yellow circle on top of it. What could this posibly mean? as I have search high and low for an understanding and appreciate it maybe completely personal to me but wondered if it has a meaning. Thanks

Robert Malseed December 28, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hi Michael,
Are you referring to the image that I am trying to relocate, because I am still going through various shops and antiques dealers to see if this particular item reappears.


David October 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

I need to see all celtic symbols if you indeed have them, or give me your website and I’ll email them to you!

Michael W. Domoretsky October 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

My name is michale W. Domoretsky, founder of Tha da Vinci Project, Research Group, if you need help with your “image” I believe I can help you, a short meaning hear for you.>>(The sender retained the ability to decrypt the information and therefore avoid unwanted persons being able to read it.)

If you are interested please write to me, I would be happy to help you.

Michael W. Domoretsky

JBwell February 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

dude, no. for real. your changing things and mystifying them. Your obviously masonic and you should defiantly know your geometry. ooohhh grrr. the down triangle is “submissive” (yield sign) who has previously given to female for that role, the upward is “dominant” previously given to male, ex: he who stands at the top of the pyramid iiisss …..

why? for real, why? hard enough to find the right symbols without some kind of trick to it. I can make your solomon without using a single strait line :-p~…guess that’s why

Jennifer February 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m sorry, but I have no idea what you’re trying to communicate here.

Robert January 26, 2011 at 11:44 am

Sorry Jennifer, No image is available. I saw this item in a Charity shop and was intrigued by it. I tried to persuade my wife to get it and even though she loves Antiques shows on TV, she didn’t see the value in this piece. I recognised all the symbols in the picture and asked the fella behind the counter to hold it for me for a day, so I could at least persuade the wife. Unfortunately the next day when I returned to the shop the fella sold it to another fella who was as equally intrigued as I was.
This reflected badly on my wife and we now have an accord that if I see anything that is of such symbolic value, we will try and get it.

brandon mowatt December 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

realy “T” the small part of the triangle is the start point…… so the “right side up” triangle “is” going up and the “up side down triangle” is the right sode too

T July 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I think the triangle symbols are in the wrong place.

Jennifer March 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hi Robert- I would very much like to see this if you have an image available.

Robert Malseed March 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I have come across an old wood block painting, which looks Greek, and has two distinct features. One is easily identified as John the Baptist, his decapitated head lying in a Grail-like chalice. But, it is the second distinctive image which has me slightly thrown. It is a small brush-like tree with an axe going through the trunk at an angle. Someone has suggested that this represents the “root of evil” that is in the tree of the Christian church. But, the problem with this is that the axe is not part of the tree itself, and that there appears to a flame in the leaves. This other person stated that would represent the burning bush, which one would identify as a thornapple bush, which then would indicate an Edomite connection with John the Baptist. There are two these bushes, the other doesn’t have a flame, and they are not Carob, nor Acacia. The central image to this painting is an angel looking up to another image of an angel or God in the sky which is surrounded by rays of the sun, and in the hands of this central angel is a script that is written in Greek. Can someone please give a hint to what these images could possibly mean.

Falle April 23, 2015 at 9:36 pm

I think what it mean is not a picture itself. I think instead of looking at it as a picture. Try to look at it as a story. The man with the decapitated head symbolize John the Baptist. The burning bush symbolize Moses. The other bush symbolize Abraham if you heard about a story of Abraham when he was going to sacrifice his son on the alter. The angel in the picture looking up symbolize archangel Michael who defeat satan in the battle. And I think the man in the picture you refer as god himself surrounded by rays of sun symbolize the risen of Jesus Christ from the dead. And if it was actually and axe in the picture. It would symbolize king herald the Great because he is known as a murderer and if you heard a story about him growing up. It describe how he murder his own family to keep the thrown through fear that his own might do the same thing he did to his own father

kent punnett January 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

Its all good in a universe that is all good. Know who you are and you will unlock all the treasures of this universe.

kent punnett January 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

Its all good in this universe that is all good.

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