Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crete Sun

This is the Phaistos Disk. These writings have not been deciphered. The disk on the right has what I believe to be a sun image right in the center. There are many civilizations that have a flower and a wheel as the symbol of the sun. There are so many symbols of the sun...some even include an eye, heart, triangle.etc. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Etruscan Sun God

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This is Usil, and the name has not been agreed upon. The language of the Etruscan has not been deciphered, so Usil may be the name or it may not. So what do we know about the artifact.

He has wings on his heels like Mercury. He is running over the water. Do you see the waves. He is one an ionic column, but I am not sure why. I think if this was a part of someone's home they may have sought to align themselves with a God. Many aristocratic or upper class people would align themselves with the Gods for more power. He also has wings. They look like they may have been the ones Icarus used. I hope he knows what happened to him.

He is an interesting God non the less. I have seen other Sun Gods with barges, but wings and wings on the heels. I think that this is a real clue about the Etruscans. I think they originally came from somewhere else. Maybe Crete?  Their art has influences from Assyria and Egypt. The flight over the sea of waves, it must have been a long trip to their destination. Their main God is not in a barge or on wheels...he has wings and he is flying over waves.

Do you have any thought about it?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Scythian Sun Image

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These signs are read from the bottom to the top. You are going to be floored when I tell you what it is. The bottom part with the two swirls crossing is "Ma" She is represents the supreme fire...She is the Goddess of fire. 
The eye (you can see it right?) is named "Tara" The God of Sun and Thunder.

The two horns sticking out represent rays of the sun, bull horns, and arrows.

The overall symbolism is from the cult of the sun, fire, home, and hearth.  Symbolism of cattle, wealth, life and death in also included. The bull is so prevalent in ancient times because it represents fertility. I think you could probably guess why it would have that associated with it.

A Little Sun for Sunday

I have special permission to utilize this painting from my friend Robin Ann at Insights and Belly Laughs. She does so many beautiful paintings. I really love this for the sun, and the colorful flowers. Even the centers of the flowers give hints of ancient symbolism of the sun. The one on the left foreground has the wheel pattern, and the one behind it clearly has a more realistic sun right in the center. The one on the right foreground has more of the Vergina  Sun symbol look. The colors are bold and striking. Thank you Robin for the use of the image. Please go by and say hi to Robin.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Native American

This image is from Kiva's American Indian Symbol. This is the sun, made with feathers. This symbol was bestowed on those of honor, and during special occasions. Sometimes it is found in the center of a headdress. The feathers make up the circle. A square in the center usually refers to the number the seasons, and the directions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


This is Danu, and she is the Goddess of all living things. You see her sun pendant around here neck, and the swirls in her pan. The swirls are a sign of the sun, but also of the water. She was an original Goddess throughout Europe and India. On her back are three phases of the moon. She is light, and dark, earth, air and water. Then Danube River gets it's name from Danu.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Christianity and the Sun

I think this image is interesting. We have the Pope in the center with the orb and keys to heaven in his left hand. In his right hand is his staff with three crosses on top to symbolize the other two men that were put to death at the same time as Jesus. In the right hand corner is a messenger. He appears to be blowing his horn, and about to write a message. On the left is the sun. The sun has a face, but not a happy look. I wonder what the message was to the Pope.

Monday, February 1, 2010

My image of the sun from my son

This is a sun image my son made from copper. Designs and patterns were the subject that we were learning about in this art class. The sun in the center of a diamond, and the eyes have swirls. The swirls are repeated again all along the border. He gave this to me as a present.

I am asking all of you for any photo's you may have of a sun image. Do you have a ceramic sun in your back yard? Does you neighbor? Is there one in the square where you live? Please share your photo. If you have a photo of the sun to share with me. Please e-mail me, and I will share all the information and a link to your blog or website. In can be any kind of image of the, ceramic, what ever you have...send it to me, and I will share it!