Ausekla Zvaigzne (Star of Auseklis, Morning Star)

Aueskla means “star” in Lithuanian, and the Ausekla Zvaigzne (“star cross,” from the root Aust, dawn), or Star of Auseklis, is the emblem of the morning star in the Baltic region- the Latvian God Auseklis, as well as the Lithuanian goddess Ausrine, the daughter of the sun. The symbol is one of many ancient cosmological and magical symbols used in Eastern European folk art, and represents the god/goddess as the personification of the planet Venus.

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Star of Auseklis
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Related Symbols:
Jumis
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Estonian September 30, 2016 at 6:53 am

In Estonia we also have a symbol similar to this – it is called eight-heeled star or Muhu whorl.

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Anonymous July 24, 2016 at 10:49 pm

does anyone know what the latvian sign of god over doorway mean represents ?

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Judy Cannon April 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hi,
me and my partner have bought a house in France (Dordogne) with this symbol over the doorway – its a 16th Century house, do you know if this would likely mean the same? symbol

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Jennifer May 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

This would probably have a similar meaning, yes.

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Latvian August 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

It probably should mean the same, yes. But as Auseklis is a Latvian symbol it has never been used as a sign on a house/ over the doorway. Jumis is the symbol our ancestors used on houses for protection and prosperity, not Auseklis. In this case you should look maybe for another type of cultural or mythological explanation.

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Another Latvian July 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Actually you are wrong – it was used to protect house from evil spirits (in particular from Lietuvēns), it would be carved on or near doors or windows so the spirit cannot pass. Jumis, meanwhile, was used to decorate rooftops, which perhaps was much more obvious

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