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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knots,Chords and Rings

The Thread of Life: In Greek myth, the three Fates  - Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos - respectively spin, measure and cut the thread of life, thus controlling a person's destiny from cradle to grave. 

Symbolizing the binding together of people or objects, knots, cords and rings can have negative connotations of imprisonment and limitation, or positive ones of unity and initiation. For example, the sacred cord of the Hindu Brahmin stands for his link with Brahma, the absolute (see below) ; however, Buddhism alludes to mortals "tied to" the wheel of becoming. Knots, like the labyrinth, can stand for the tortuous path to enlightenment, while the ring suggests protection, eternity and the absolute.

The Spiral

The ancients believed that energy, physical and spiritual, flowed in spiral form. The spiral represents both solar and lunar, masculine and feminine, energies.

The Plait

Representing the covenant between man and God, the plait featured in Christian art and architecture. This roof boss is from Southwark Cathedral, London.

The Endless Knot

In Celtic, Chinese and Hindu art, the endless knot represents the continuity, longevity and eternity. The design is often incorporated into bridal dresses and jewelry.

The Silken Cord

In occult traditions, the etheric body is said to be joined to the physical by means of a silken cord. In Greek myth, the precarious nature of existence is symbolized by the single hair that suspends a sword over the head of Damocles.


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