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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Royalty ,Office And Consecration

Many of the trappings of office are highly symbolic, expressive variously of status, superior wisdom, access to secret powers, wealth and riches, or temporal or spiritual authority. Such attributes help to maintain the mystique of those who hold high position, and are constant reminders of the extent to which such people are set apart from lesser mortals.

A potent symbol of office is the key, a mark of initiation (above) : it is an attribute of the pope, and of the two-faced Roman god Janus, who held the key that both binds mankind to the gods and frees us from the lower self. The shepherd's crook carried by Osiris and the Egyptian kings, and also metaphorically by Christ, denotes leadership and protection (below). The flail, another attribute of Osiris, symbolizes judgment: it survives to this day in the form of the flyswatter carried by African tribal chiefs.

Jesus Christ
(stained glass at St John's Ashfield)
A Fly-Whisk In The Hand of an African Tribe

The Baptismal Font 

Baptism is a symbolic cleansing of sins - rebirth in the life-sustaining fluid of the earth - mother's womb. Fonts are therefore often eight-sided (the number of regeneration). Placed inside the west entrance to a church, they symbolize entry into the Christian way of life.

The Throne

As a powerful symbol of monarchy, wisdom and divinity, the throne can represent the relationship between God and mankind. In Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity the empty throne symbolizes the most high, whose features are too glorious to be portrayed.

The Coat of Arms

From its 12th-century origin as an aid to identification in battle, the coat of arms came to symbolize identity, office and honours conferred upon the bearer. The design of arms is subject to strict conventions: only certain colours and symbols (or charges) are permitted, and the status of the bearer - spinster, married man, first son and so on - is denoted by specific modifications. The shield is the oldest and most important component of the coat of arms: the crest and supporters (often animals) were 14th century additions.

The Oil Lamp

In the Greco-Roman and later in the Christian world, anoimment with oil was symbolic of consecration, dedication and wisdom.

The Crown

The symbolism of the crown has two components: its circularity represents perfection and the Infinite, and its height indicates majesty. A gold crown stands for masculine, solar power, a silver crown for lunar, feminine power. The Virgin Mary (the queen of heaven) has a crown of stars.

The Orb

Carried by a monarch at coronation, the orb represents temporal power: the surmounting cross embodies spiritual authority. The ceremonial orb and sceptre suggest dominion over female and male energies, which together symbolize the creative forces of the material world.

orb and sceptre

The Fleur De Lys

Adopted as the royal emblem by the kings of France, the triple lily stands for the triple majesty of God, his creation, and royalty. The lily also represents the trinity of mind, body and soul, which come together only in mankind.

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