The symbol of the Swastika and its 12,000-year-old history

The swastika is a symbol used by of one of the most hated men on Earth, a symbol that represents the slaughter of millions of people and one of the most destructive wars on Earth.  But Adolf Hitler was not the first to use this symbol. In fact, it was used as a powerful symbol thousands of years before him, across many cultures and continents.

For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance - on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol, reflected in many artefacts that have been discovered. It was used by Nordic tribes and even early Christians used the Swastika as one of their symbols, including the Teutonic Knights, a German medieval military order, which became a purely religious Catholic Order. But why is this symbol so important and why did Adolf Hitler decide to use it?

The word ‘swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) meaning ‘It is’, ‘Well Being’, ‘Good Existence, and ‘Good Luck’. However, it is also known by different names in different countries - like ‘Wan’ in China, ‘Manji’ in Japan, ‘Fylfot’ in England, ‘Hakenkreuz’ in Germany and ‘Tetraskelion’ or ‘Tetragammadion’ in Greece.

Swastika - Positive and Negative ShapesA Sanskrit scholar P. R. Sarkar in 1979 said that the deeper meaning of the word is ‘Permanent Victory’. He also said that as any symbol it can have positive and negative meaning depending on how it is drawn. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika is a symbol of the God Vishnu and the Sun, while the left-hand swastika is a symbol of Kali and Magic. The double meaning of symbols is common in ancient traditions, like for example the symbol of the pentagram (five pointed star), which is viewed as negative when pointing downwards, and positive when pointing upwards.

Mezine SwastikaThe earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine, which dates an incredible 12,000 years, and one of the earliest cultures that are known to have used the Swastika was a Neolithic culture in Southern Europe, in the area that is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca Culture, which dates back around 8,000 years.

In Buddhism, the swastika is a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity. It is directly related to Buddha and can be found carved on statues on the soles of his feet and on his heart.  It is said that it contains Buddha’s mind.

Lalibela SwastikaOn the walls of the Christian catacombs in Rome, the symbol of the Swastika appears next to the words “ZOTIKO ZOTIKO” which means “Life of Life”. It can also be found on the window openings of the mysterious Lalibela Rock churches of Ethiopia, and in various other churches around the world.


Navaho - SwastikaIn Nordic Myths, Odin is represented passing through space as a whirling disk or swastika looking down through all worlds. In North America, the swastika was used by the Navajos. In Ancient Greece, Pythagoras used the Swastika under the name ‘Tetraktys’ and it was a symbol linking heaven and earth, with the right arm pointing to heaven and its left arm pointing to Earth.

It has been used by the Phoenicians as a symbol of the Sun and it was a sacred symbol used by the priestesses.

Swastica - Phoenicians

The swastika, the Phoenician sun symbol, on the Phoenician Craig-Narget stone in Scotland, and on the robe of a Phoenician high priestess. (Source)

How and why did so many diverse countries and cultures, across many eras, use the same symbol and apparently with the same meaning?   

It is ironic, and unfortunate, that a symbol of life and eternity that was considered sacred for thousands of years has become a symbol of hatred.

Featured Image: Ancient Roman Mosaics in Villa Romana La Olmeda (Wikipedia)

By John Black

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It is a shame that a symbol that meant so much to so many, starting in antiquity, can be hijacked and turned into something evil by a deranged leader so that it will always be known as a symbol of hate and revulsion. 

Hello Christopher and thanks for your reply.

The naming of deities and earthly locations and populations is indeed an interesting question. Imagine humans all over the world watching the skies and wondering: "What is it all about"?

In my opinion, ancient humans have named everything in the Sky after “their own human, animal, vegetable and elementary images”. So how can they imagine “a goddess in the Sky, called Venus, born from foam”? Link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_%28mythology%29

- The roman goddess Venus is equal to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the Egyptian goddess Hathor, who specifically and mythologically is connected to the Milky Way. Subsequently they all are connected to the Milky Way, which is mentioned as “the river in the Sky” in many cultures because of its “whitish foaming” contours, looking very much as a floating river on the Earth. Link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor#Relationships.2C_associations.2C_im...

This explains the “goddess Venus, born of foam” and, in order to remember and worship this deity, ancient people made ritual local temples and as this supreme Milky Way deity was/is “the mother of humans as well as of everything else in our galaxy, one easily can imagine humans to identify themselves as “venetians”.

- The modern scholarly interpretations of deities and locations is somewhat confused because of the forgotten Milky Way mythology and its spupreme dieties of creation. All mythical earthly locations are just remenbrance locations of the celestial deities and should not be interpreted as "on this or that earthly location once upon a time this or that deity lived here". This confusion is all too common in all literature and mythical encyclopedia.


Thank you for your insiteful post.  I admit that I am only one who likes to read about such topics as my hobby.  I also wonder about this (for anyone who may be able to expand upon) I have wondered about any possible link between the words,  Phoenitian  and Venitian as in the Planet or goddess Venus.  The have been Biblical references to Phoenitians and when I read about Venus many years ago in school,  I was curious if there was any connection (homonym) to the word Venetian.  There may be nothing to it, but the similar sounds of these terms made me question it.  I realize that this may be off the main topic.  


Christopher Buehner

The Swastika - The Prime and Principle Symbol of Life.

The Swastika symbol is found in ancient cultures all over the world and it´s prime quality is that “it turns both ways” in order to create all forms in life, but also to dissolve all forms and to re-create new forms of life. As such, the Swastika is the prime symbol of life itself and it must be recognizable “all over the place”, even in the modern science.

“Magnetism is a class of physical phenomena that are mediated by magnetic fields. Electric currents and the magnetic moments of elementary particles give rise to a magnetic field, which acts on other currents and magnetic moments”. This is the very elementary principle of creation”.

When an electric current hits metallic and gaseous particles, a perpendicular magnetic field is created and, depended of the polarity of the electric current, an inwards or and outwards turning swirl is created. These two basic directions corresponds to the “two way turning” Swastika of creation and the global cultural myths logically connects the Swastika to their prime gods and goddesses of creation.

The numerous global Stories of Creation mostly speaks of the creation “before and under the creation itself”. This is not to be understood as “once upon a time the Universe was created”, but primarily as a principle explanation of the elementary creation and secondarily as the explanation of how the “local part of the Universe was created”.

Even though our ancestors new that “other worlds besides our own existed”, the numerous cultural telling of creation deals specifically with the creation of our Milky Way galaxy, which is a “barred spiral galaxy”.

Modern science still are not certain if the Milky Way has two or four bars in its swirling structure, but many myths of creation speaks of four “main rivers of creation”, thus suggesting that the Milky Way has four bars in its swirling structure which corresponds to the structure of the Swastika symbol. (Constructed image of the Milky Way galaxy – Link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way#/media/File:Artist%27s_impressio...)

As mentioned above, most stories of creation speaks of the primary elementary conditions of creation and of the creation of the local part of the Universe, our Milky Way. The Egyptian story of creation, the Ogdoad, is a fine example of this. When combining this explanation with the also Egyptian goddess, Hathor, we get the very idea of this.

The Ogdoad:
The eight deities were arranged in four male-female pairs: Nu and Naunet, Amun and Amaunet, Kuk and Kauket, Huh and Hauhet. The males were associated with frogs and females were associated with snakes. Apart from their gender, there was little to distinguish the male gods and female goddesses; indeed, the names of the females are merely derivative female forms of the male name. Essentially, each pair represents the male and female aspect of one of four concepts, namely the primordial waters (Nu and Naunet), air or invisibility (Amun and Amaunet), darkness (Kuk and Kauket), and eternity or infinity (Huh and Hauhet.

Together the four concepts represent the primal, fundamental state of the beginning. They are what always was. In the myth, however, their interaction ultimately proved to be unbalanced, resulting in the arising of a new entity. When the entity opened, it revealed Ra, the fiery sun, inside. After a long interval of rest, Ra, together with the other deities, created all other things”. Link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogdoad#In_Egyptian_mythology

Here, the elementary and principle explanation of creation is told and combining this basical explanation with the creative qualities and powers of the Egyptian goddess, Hathor, we get the very precise explanation of the Milky Way creation itself and thus also the explanation of the qualities of the swirling Swastika on the big scale.

The goddess Hathor:
“Hathor, along with the goddess Nut, was associated with the Milky Way during the third millennium B.C. when, during the fall and spring equinoxes, it aligned over and touched the earth where the sun rose and fell. Nut or Hathor could, in one account, be seen as the pillars on which the sky was supported with the stars on their bellies constituting the Milky Way on which the solar barque of Ra, representing the sun, sailed”. Link - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hathor#Relationships.2C_associations.2C_im...

The good Ra, mentioned in the Ogdoad above as “the fiery sun”, clearly represents the Milky Way central light and NOT the Sun. From this central light, everything was created together with the goddess Hathor, who represents the southern hemisphere Milky Way contours. Link - http://native-science.net/MilkyWay.MotherGoddess.htm

Modern interpretations.
As a result of the somewhat forgotten Milky Way story of creation, many historic and modern scholars have got into all kinds of speculative and wrong interpretations of the ancient myths of creation.

This is also the fact with the Anthony Peratt “plasma figures” and the Thunderbolts.info idea in their “Symbols of an Alien Sky”, mentioned in the comments here, where the idea is built on interpreting planets to be creative gods and goddess instead of the prime Milky Way deities, also mentioned in the Egyptian Ogdoad and the Hathor myth above.

The goddess Hathor is equal to the Greek goddess, Aphrodite and to the Roman goddess Venus, which consequently and logically has nothing to do with planets at all as claimed by the Thunderbolts.info society and also claimed by the Immanuel Velikovski followers of “catastrophism”, but it has everything to do with Milky Way goddesses and the Milky Way Mythology and the global Stories of Creation as such.
For more natural and logical explanations and illustrations, read and study my personal Mytho-Cosmological site - http://native-science.net/

This article (with illustrations) comment can also be read and freely copied here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_ze4R9xrRgzflNWNU1tY3NvelZrWXQ3...

Ivar Nielsen
Natural Philosopher
nielsen.ivar (at) gmail.com

Ari ,the pre illyrian or pelazg king that conqest the world!
The first horseman ( cowboy) that reached more teritores than Alexsander the grate.
From albanian ka=kali = bull=horse
ba = it do
I'm sure that if you try to translate mysterios words from albanian youre going very deep.


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