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Eternal return (also known as "eternal recurrence") is a concept that the universe has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.
Indra's net (also called Indra's jewels or Indra's pearls, from इंद्रजाल in Sanskrit) is a metaphor used to illustrate the concepts of emptiness, dependent origination, and interpenetration in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Namkha (Tibetan: ནམ་མཁ nam mkha "sky", "space", "aether"," heaven"), also known as De; (Tibetan mdos (མདོས) ) is a form of yarn or thread cross composed traditionally of wool or silk and is a form of the Endless knot of the Eight Auspicious Symbols (Ashtamangala)
The Sri Yantra ("sacred instrument") or Sri Chakra ("sacred wheel") or Mahameru [3D] is a yantra formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from the central (bindu) point, the junction point between the physical universe and its unmanifest source.
Since the knot has been used across a number of cultures and historical eras, it can be given a range of symbolic interpretations.
Because there is no visible beginning or ending, it may represent immortality and eternity—as does the more complicated Buddhist Endless Knot.
Because the knot seems to be two entwined figures, it is sometimes interpreted as a Lover's Knot, although that name may indicate another knot.
Because of religious connections, the knot is sometimes designated the all-faith symbol of faith, but, at the same time, it appears in many places as a valued secular symbol of prestige, importance, beauty.
Solomon's Knot appears on tombstones and mausoleums in Jewish graveyards and catacombs in many nations. In this context, Solomon's Knot is currently interpreted to symbolize eternity.
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Oh, thank you so much for that!
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Look at the Z rod on the brooch:
Gordi The Drummer
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It's just occured to me... could the "Z" part be crops? Wheat or Oats maybe? Passing through the two circle "rollers" like when they Roll Oats?
Might be a symbol which celebrates the harvest? or the bounty of nature?
Gordi The Drummer
I have nothing to add, other than to say Hi! and THANK YOU! for an interesting and fascinating thread.
I'm from Scotland, and the Scottish connections (which are piling up in here!!!) really amaze me!!
Brilliant work guys!
Swastika. Representative of a shield. IMHO. Also known as Solomons Knot as someone mentioned. Regularly found south of the border on stones, ancient carvings etc. Phoenician, Etruscan, Roman, East Indian all lay claim to its origins. Recognised these days by Hindus and some Muslims. I think it's time we got back to its original meaning and put Mr. A. H. to one side for now. It's a classic design and that's that.
I intend to make a comprehensive list of stones and their symbols & locations soon.
We're going to figure this out, I know we are!
While other ancient Egyptian hairstyles are instantly recognizable even today as solely Egyptian, the Hathor hair-do seems to have set an international style, in particular traveling all over the Middle East. Other goddesses are depicted wearing this style, in fact it seems to have become the goddess hairstyle, favored by all the most fashionable deities. In Mesopotamia, the beautiful and stylish, ever youthful if fierce, Ishtar dresses her hair this way. So do the beautiful Western Semitic love and war goddesses, Anat and Astarte, who would eventually achieve great popularity in ancient Egypt, perhaps the only foreign deities to do so. They would become incorporated into Egyptian mythology, serving as the designated consolation prize brides for Seth, in the face-saving compromise that concludes his loss to Horus. Anat and Astarte, the ancient equivalent of hot foreign babes, of course wear only the most stylish of hairdos. Technically, we have no way of actually knowing where this hair-do originated or with whom. However, Hathor's influence remains so consistent that no matter where an ancient goddess plaque is dug up, if she's wearing that flip, she is automatically described as wearing the Hathor hair do. What the goddesses who wear this style have in common with Hathor beyond celestial beauty is a willingness to boldly battle on behalf of justice, their families and followers. Ishtar, Anat and Hathor: these images of beauty are not passive or vain but action-oriented brave women...
The hair is from Hathor, the Goddess of Love:
She is nearly always shown like that, so much so that she is defined by her hair. It could be a coincidence, but it's another possibility to bear in mind.