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

The swastika is a symbol that was used in the 20 th century by of one of the most hated men ever to have lived, a symbol that now 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 positive and powerful symbol thousands of years before him, across many cultures and continents.

Spiritual Beginning for the Swastika

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 Rome, 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 artifacts 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?

A swastika is a symbol found in many cultures, with different meanings, drawn in different styles. (CC BY-SA 4.0)

A swastika is a symbol found in many cultures, with different meanings, drawn in different styles. ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )

Positive Days of the Swastika

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.

Mosaic swastika in excavated Byzantine church in Shavei Tzion (Israel). (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Mosaic swastika in excavated Byzantine church in Shavei Tzion (Israel). ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

In 1979, a Sanskrit scholar P. R. Sarkar said that the deeper meaning of the word is ‘Permanent Victory’. He also said that like any symbol it can have positive and negative meaning depending on how it is drawn. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika illustrated below 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.

12,000 Years of Symbolism

The earliest swastika ever found was uncovered in Mezine, Ukraine, carved on an ivory figurine which dates back an incredible 12,000 years. 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.

Swastika pattern on a mammoth bone bracelet from Mizyn. (Image: Encyclopedia of Ukraine)

Swastika pattern on a mammoth bone bracelet from Mizyn. (Image: Encyclopedia of Ukraine )

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.

Wooden Buddha statue with gamadian (swastika). (CC BY 2.0)

Wooden Buddha statue with gamadian (swastika). ( CC BY 2.0 )

On 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.

Skastika symbol in the window of Lalibela Rock hewn churches. (CC BY 3.0)

Skastika symbol in the window of Lalibela Rock hewn churches. ( CC BY 3.0 )

Various examples of the swastika in Christian settings. (The Swastikaphobia Project)

Various examples of the swastika in Christian settings. ( The Swastikaphobia Project )

Left, The Samarra bowl at the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin. The swastika in the center of the design is a reconstruction. (CC BY-SA 4.0); Right, Finding the cemetery of Ancient Thera, 8th to 7th century BC. Archaeological Museum of Fira. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Left, The Samarra bowl at the Pergamonmuseum, Berlin. The swastika in the center of the design is a reconstruction. ( CC BY-SA 4.0 ); Right, Finding the cemetery of Ancient Thera, 8th to 7th century BC. Archaeological Museum of Fira. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

In 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.

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

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.

Top image: Swastika symbol decoration of clay lamps (diya) in Varanasi, India on the festival of Dev Diwali.   Source: ShishirKumar / Adobe Stock

By John Black

 

Comments

I have never heard of plasma columns. Could you recommend a good place to find credible (scientific) information about them?

Hi Shawn, yes indeed. Look up a paper by Antony Perratt called Characteristics for the occurrence of a High Current Aurora in Antiquity. Its scientific but basically readable and it has plenty of illustration so you'll get the picture. His work is picked up by the very excellent Thunderbolts Info, a group of scientists from around the world focusing on plasma and the effects of celestial electricity. They are a growing organisation, have big seminars and plenty of stuff on youtube - look for Thunderbolts project and I think the most useful title on plasma columns, shapes and symbols is called Symbols of an Ancient sky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7EAlTcZFwY&spfreload=10
The swastika and variants of it appear in many ancient rock carvings which match plasma formations seen in ancient skies. This is the essence of Perratts work and these shapes appear around the world. They are thought to be in the region of 26,000 years old. Take a look anyway and see what you think! Personally I go a step further than the purely scientific and believe the shapes have meaning - in the way an alphabet does and that they are a method of creating evolution on this planet of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Thank you. do remember seeing a video of something similar in the sky over Russia, I think. It was some kind spinning swastika like object with curved rays. It was the for a few minutes then disappeared.

Just a faint awareness of these concepts suggest to me what is called plasma is what I consider to be the element of water, the ether, the sea of energy we float in that matter is created from. I am inspired to do more research, thank you.
The cross to me represents the four elements, earth, water, fire, air, or the four lower levels of consciousness....the fifth being spirit, the fifth dimension where our conscious lays sleeping so we are only aware of the four lower levels of consciousness. Maybe this symbol represents the swirling of these four levels in chaos, so it became a symbol of WWII a period of chaos in the world.
The sun being a transmitter of energy and not the creator also goes with the concept of the Demiurge, who in the gnostic concepts considered himself to be the Light in this world, but really he can only reflect and distort light from the true source as it comes into this dimension. The truth has been left in the foot prints of the great teachers who have gone on before us, we just have to understand. Interesting how the "scientific facts" change over time and the main populace refuse to consider such things as the world being round and not flat, etc. In this day and age we think our technology surely has given us the truth, but the search for truth never ends and it changes as we progress onward. "With each step, the path extends out before us".

In the occult there is the awareness of what is called the midnight sun, the sun that never sets and that is the true sun that can be seen by those who are "awake" in the fifth dimension. While our consciousness is trapped in the lower four dimensions we are only able to see the sun of this lower world. This sun in some respects is Typhon the creator of dark smoke...the Demiurge. The light being reflected is distorted and so illusions of evil are created....phantoms and hallucinations....so the Buddha taught that all in this world is an illusion, and yet what Emerson called the "authentic fire" can shine through the dark smoke and we can see the beauty when we look for it. I think the Thunderbolts Project has much knowledge and wisdom to offer as we come into a new age.

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