Borjgali (Sun Tree, Georgian Swastika, Georgian eternity symbol)

borjgaliThe borjgali appears on Georgian money and official documents and is a pervasive symbol of national pride. It consists of an ancient, seven-winged solar wheel, often shown rising from a symbolic tree of life. 

The solar wheel is similar to wheels found throughout Europe, especially in Norse and Iberian art.  Similar symbols are found in Armenian stonework.

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In modern usage, the tree’s upward-reaching branches purportedly symbolize hope; the lower branches, the past.

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Norse sun wheel

 

Borjgali on Georgian coin
Borjgali on Georgian coin

 

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