Solar Cross (Odin’s Cross, Sun Cross, Wheel of Taranis)

The Solar cross is probably the oldest religious symbol in the world, appearing in Asian, American, European, and Indian religious art from the dawn of history. Composed of a equal armed cross within a circle, it represents the solar calendar- the movements of the sun, marked by the solstices. Sometimes the equinoxes are marked as well, giving an eight armed wheel. The swastika is also a form of Solar cross.

The sun cross in its most simplified form (shown above) is known in Northern Europe as Odin’s cross, after the Chief God of the Norse pantheon. It is often used as an emblem by Asatruar, followers of the Norse religion. The word “cross” itself comes from the Old Norse word for this symbol: kros.

The Celtic cross is a symbol of the Celtic Christian Church, borrowed from the pre-Christian Celtic Pagan emblem of the sun God Taranis:

The Celtic Taranis with his wheel
The Celtic Taranis with his wheel

Carew Cross
Celtic solar cross


The Etruscan God Ixion was often depicted crucified on a solar wheel (note the similarity to the Chi-Ro cross):

A similar symbol is the emblem of the ancient Assyrian God Shamash:

The Lauburu (four heads), a traditional Basque emblem, is also a form of solar cross:

The lauburu’s origin is unclear, although it is undeniably a solar emblem.  In recent times, it most often used as a charm for good luck and protection, and an emblem of Basque pride. The Aztec solar deity Quetzalcoatl, depicted crucified on an equal armed cross:



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Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley April 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Cosmogram is also ancient symbol of the circle with cross going through it. Reflecting the circle of life and the movement of the sun. From West Africa West. It is from the Bakonga people of Africa ancestors of the Akan people of Ghana.


J Michael Thrasher November 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

This is as old at the earth itself in many ways. Our combined history unites us in all lands. This is the new symbol for “equality among all people” of the Real World Church.
J Michael Thrasher – Founder of the Real World Church and Caretaker of Earths Children.


Martha June 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

How true is that ! I thought I was alone in thinking we were from outer space.I wonder, which planet can we destroy next? Remember, the spaceship can only take 144,000 people, there’s going to be a lot left behind.


Asher August 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

Only according to Jehovah’s Witnesses.


sykwookiee March 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

my dear friend…I have often been reminded by my inner circle friends, that we were accidentally dropped off here by mistake…we are them…they are we…


Rob January 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Beyond and through the myth & theology, the (blind?) ritual, the SYMBOL, etc.,

it’s a THEODOLITE, the (pre?) ancient surveyor’s tool, a 360 degree protractor that can be sighted (across), and using a plumb line and the (circular) arc to measure angles … probably it’s how structures like the pyramids were laid out … how star systems are charted …

beyond the ‘horoscope’ stuff in “astrology” … astro – logos ; logos = logic = mathematical/geometric computation (as compared with mere astronomy … astro nomos ; nomos = name, naming)

it’s the ancient forerunner of the sextant (sixth of a circle) quadrant (quarter of a circle) … and on to today’s surveyor’s “transit” that we see used anytime roads or buildings are laid out and constructed … we use GPS systems nowadays … and take for granted that the ancients knew THEIR way around the stars, as they (we) are most probably FROM out there, after all …

hmm … go figure … and we of (so-called) “modern” civilization see the “ancients” as PRIMITIVE — ha, ha, ha — is the joke on US, or what?


Atlantis January 10, 2011 at 12:25 am

The solar cross represents the sun, as does the serpent. This is the ancient Aryan symbol, used since Atlantis. The man on the cross, in pre christian times, was winter solstice 25th of december. Research Aryan sun myths.


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