- Solar symbol
A solar symbol is a
symbolwhich symbolises the Sun. Solar symbols can have significance in psychoanalysis, symbolism, semiotics, astrology, religion, mythology, mysticism, divination, heraldry, and vexillology, among other fields.
Some solar symbols include:
circleor circular disk can be a solar symbol, as in the flag of Japan, the flag of Bangladesh, and the Australian aboriginal flag, or in three-dimensional form as part of the Trundholm sun chariot.
Circle with a point at its center
This is an ancient solar symbol featuring a circle with its center marked with a
dot(Unicode U+2609 ☉ preferably or U+2299 ⊙). It is the astronomical symbol/ astrological symbolfor the Sun, and the ancient Egyptian sign for "sun" or " Ra" in the hieroglyphic writing system. The character for "sun" or "day" in early Chinese scriptwas similar, but it has become square in modern script: 日 ("ri").
Circle with a point at its centre" for non-solar meanings.)
The "sun cross" or "solar wheel" is often considered to represent the four seasons and the tropical year, and therefore the sun (though as an
astronomical symbolit means "earth").
Sun crossfor main discussion.
swastikacan be derived from the sun cross, and is another solar symbol in some contexts.Fact|date=February 2007It is used (not as a solar symbol in particular) among Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus (see manji) in addition to its infamous Nazi associations.
Varying forms of an eight-pointed star (but usually having only four-fold symmetry) with solar meaning appear on the flags of several Russian subdivisions — such as Udmurtia,
Mordovia, Mari El, and Chuvashia — and had a similar meaning on the 1959-1963 flag of Iraq.
Doubled sun cross
Other version of the "sun cross", in the form of an eight-spoked wheel.
is given this meaning.
Slavic solar symbol and popular decoration element (a rosette of the "flower of life" pattern). It's also widely found on traditional art and ancient architecture as decorative motif in different parts of
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Although the rosette is still normally seen as a traditional symbol without political implications, in
Asturiasthe symbol is nowadays used by some nationalist movements, together with other asturian traditional solar symbols [ [http://www.astura.org/andecha] - Use of the six-petal rosette symbol by the Asturian nationalist party Andecha Astur.] .
un (Swarog) Circle
Slavic solar symbol found on the
A circular disk with alternating triangular and wavy rays emanating from it is a frequent symbol or artistic depiction of the sun. Minimally, there are four straight rays and four wavy rays (as in the ancient Mesopotamian symbol of the sun-god
Shamash), but there can be a higher number. The Jesuit emblem (see left), the flag of Uruguay, the flag of Kiribati, some versions of the flag of Argentina, the Irish Defence Forces cap badge, and the are official insignia which incorporate such symbolism.
The depictions of the sun on the
flag of Taiwan, the flag of Kazakhstan, and the flag of Nepalhave only straight (triangular) rays, while that on the flag of Kyrgyzstanhas only curvy rays. The flag of the Philippineshas short diverging rays grouped into threes.
Another form of rayed depiction of the sun is with simple radial lines dividing the field into two colors, as in the military flags of Japan and the current
flag of Macedonia, and in the top parts of the flag of Tibetand the flag of Arizona.
Black Sun (occult symbol)
*Gallery of sun flags
Sun of May
* [http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/26/268.html Symbols.com description of circle with dot at its center]
* [http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/29/291.html Symbols.com description of sun cross]
* [http://altreligion.about.com/library/glossary/blsolarsymbols.htm Solar symbols at About.com]
* [http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/13/132.html Symbols.com description of tetraskele]
* [http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/25/2516.html Symbols.com description of Shamash symbol]
* [http://suncrossxsymbol.homestead.com The Cosmic Cross]
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