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

Related Links

The History of the Swastika

Reclaim the Swastika

Nazi Swastika or Ancient Symbol? Time to Learn the Difference

About Swastika

Related Books

Related Videos


This symbol has been used all over the world by civilizations throughout history, so it begs the questions "how did this symbol spread?". This symbol was also believed to hold magical powers, one of them being the power of healing. 

I seem to recall learning in historical astronomy that the Swastika is a representation of the rotation of the stars around the pole. That would be something that all cultures would see, and variations of the Swastika developed independent of each other.

The swastika depicts a four-armed cross which is *turning*. As such, it can represent the course of the solar year: two solstices and two equinoxes at equal intervals, which turns constantly. This four-armed cross was also used to turn the spindle of a fire-drill, for starting fires -- often a religious act at the winter-solstice. It's basically a "sun-wheel", and would have been intuited by any tribe of people who bothered to study the annual course of the sun.

I add what I have learned from very great and learned men and women who worked their entire life in ancient history, archeology, occult, etc. I pass on to you what they told me.

Before writing became a norm for most people, pictures only represented things. At the same time, people developed a sense of good and evil and saw, deduced, watched from real events that a shape, drawn or "pointed in one direction" calls out, calls "up" all the good of the universe. The same, identical figure, however, drawn "backwards, or upsidedown" came to mean the exact opposite; it would literally "call up" the demons of Hell, the worst evils that man could envision.

Christ was crucified "upside up" - as only Roman soldiers were concerned only with killing somebody and were not part of an occult event designed beyond what was going on. The spear brought out sacrifice blood, the resurrection of his body, attested by hundreds, proves a "change" - from permanent death to permanent life. That change has changed the world.

Christ's apostle, Peter, was hatefully "crucified upside-down" in an occult event trying to snatch from him the power of resurrection; however occult "changing shape or orientation" no longer has power over Christ and His Christians!

The swastika, directed to the right "calls up all the good, light-bearing thoughts and reality of the universe; to draw it, turn it, orientation, draws up the powers of Hell.

That is what Hitler wanted to do; that is what he did; and mesmerized others to do the same - the occult of which Hitler was a huge part had others events and articles designed to "call up" the powers he was expressly asking for help. His desire to rule the world was not to rule in a nice way, but in a horrible, slave-orientate, pagan way with as much savagery and hate as he could raise.

It took 14 million people's death to stop him. Along the way he "called up" events even spoken in the bible that were "to happen" so even God could not say "no" although they were hateful and evil - "Holocaust" or "whole burnt offering" is one of these horrors.

This generation, you of this publication do not "seem" to take good and evil for what they are - seriously calling up light, life, love, or the alternate. While I pray you never have to find out the utter horror of full-blown evil, I think you should know it exists and people who like to play with it, always seduced and ultimately destroyed by it, call other people to do the same.

This article laments the "misuse" of the swastika- and you say it improperly; if you dare to describe its' alternate shape, you had better describe the 14 million people that it took to squash the evil it called up.

Objects truly "represent" the thing they are supposed to "be" - never forget that in your studies. Words are the thing.

L O V E - is.

Don't write stuff of the other side for just writing it, "calls it up" - ok?

We are so used to the "power" of the written word, we forget why.

That's why.

More Hitler lies. Propaganda and complete and utter nonsense. You know most of the world is waking up to the facts about WW1 & WW2, perhaps you and your overly indoctrinated friends should go back to school! smh


Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Next article