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thanks for the comment
Yata No Kagami - The Sacred Mirror
does have a striking resemblance to...
The Eye of Kanaloa
In the mythology of old Hawaii, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean, a healer god, and the close companion of Kane, the god of creation. They would
journey together, share the sacred drink of 'awa, and use their staves to strike the ground and cause springs of fresh water to burst forth. Rare
statues of Kanaloa feature him with round eyes, unlike those of any other representations of the gods. According to a Kauai tradition, if you could
look into the eye of Kanaloa you would see the pattern above . In the Hawaiian language, "kanaloa" is also used as a word that means "a sea shell;
the young stage of a certain fish; an alternate name for Kaho'olawe Island; and secure, firm, immovable, established, unconquerable." A root
translation of the word, ka-na-loa, means "the great peace, or the great stillness." The word also has the connotation of total confidence. In the
esoteric tradition of Huna Kupua, Kanaloa represents the Core Self, or the center of the universe within oneself.
As a whole, the pattern represents the Aka Web, or The Web of Life, the symbolic connection of all things to each other. In this aspect, the star at
the center is the spider/shaman, or the individual who is aware of being the weaver of his or her own life, a dreamweaver.
In another aspect, the eight lines represent "mana", or spiritual power, because another meaning of "mana" is "branching lines" and the number
eight in Hawaiian tradition is symbolic of great power. The four circles represent "aloha", or love, because the "lei" or garland, a symbol of
love, is circular and is used figuratively in Hawaiian to mean a circle (as in "Hanalei - Circular bay"), and because the word "ha" is a part of
the word "aloha" and also means "life" and the number four. Together the circles and lines represent the harmony of Love and Power as an ideal to
The star pattern is composed of a dot in the center representing the Aumakua, or Higher Self; a ring representing Lono, or the Mental Self; the seven
limbs of the star representing the Seven Principles of Huna; and the ring around the star representing Ku, the Physical or Subconscious Self. One
point of the star is always down, aligned with a straight line of the web, representing the connection of the inner with the outer.
Hawaiian Huna - Eye of Kanaloa
does show minor similarity with the two island cultures - perhaps we will see more