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Cardiff, Wales, UK, CF24 1DL.




Explanation of the Emblem of the Theosophical Society


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      The emblem of the Theosophical Society is composed of a number of

      symbols,  all of them having been used from ancient times to express

      profound  spiritual and philosophical concepts about humanity and the



      They may be found in a variety of forms in the great religions of the world

      and their universality is further shown by their appearance in widely

      separated cultures.


      Each symbol, studied separately, will yield a wealth of understanding, but

      none of them can be interpreted with a narrow precision. Taken together as

      in the Society's emblem, they represent a unity of meaning, suggesting a

      vast evolutionary scheme embracing the whole of nature, physical and

      spiritual. Study and contemplation of the emblem as well as its several

      component symbols will lead the serious student to an awareness of some

      of the deepest mysteries of existence.




      The Serpent



      The Serpent is the timeless symbol of the highest spiritual Wisdom.

      Swallowing its tail, it is a symbol of regeneration. It is the self-born,

      the circle of infinite wisdom, life and immortality. The circle itself is

      an ancient symbol of eternity and represents the Absolute, the

      unmanifested universe containing the potentials of all form. As

      representative of the infinite sphere, the 'world egg' of archaic

      cosmology, this symbol is found in every world religion and philosophy.





    The Interlaced Triangles


      The interlaced triangles, one (lighter) pointing upwards and the other

      (darker) pointing downwards, symbolize the descent of spirit into matter

      and its re-emergence from the confining limits of form. They also suggest

      the constant conflict between the light and dark forces in nature as well

      as the inseparable unity of spirit and matter. When depicted within the

      circle of the serpent, the figure represents the universe and the

      manifestation of Deity in time and space. The three lines and three angles

      of each of the two triangles may remind us of the triple aspects of

      spirit: existence, consciousness and bliss, and the three aspects of

      matter: mobility, resistance and rhythm. The glyph can also be seen as the

      six-pointed star, embracing spiritual and physical consciousness and

      viewed by the Pythagoreans as the symbol of creation.





    The Ankh


      In the centre of the emblem is the Ankh or Crux Ansata, an ancient

      Egyptian symbol of resurrection. It is composed of the Tau or T-shaped

      cross surmounted by a small circle and is seen in Egyptian statuary and in

      wall and tomb paintings where it is depicted as being held in the hand.

      The Tau symbolizes matter or the world of form; the small circle above it

      represents spirit or life. With the circle marking the position of the

      head, it represents the mystic cube unfolded to form a Latin cross, symbol

      of spirit descended into matter and crucified thereon, but risen from

      death resting triumphant on the arms of the conquered slayer. So it may be

      said that the figure of the interlaced triangles enclosing the ankh

      represents the human triumphant and the divine triumphant in the human. As

      the cross of life, the ankh becomes a symbol of resurrection and






    The Jaina Cross


      Placed in the emblem at the head of the serpent, is one of the numerous

      forms in which the symbol of the cross is found. It is a fiery cross, with

      arms of whirling flame revolving clockwise to represent the tremendous

      energies of nature incessantly creating and dissolving forms through which

      the evolutionary process takes place.


      In religions which recognise three aspects of Deity, the Jaina Cross is

      associated with the Third Person of the Trinity, who is at once the

      Creator and the Destroyer: Shiva in Hinduism and the Holy Ghost in

      Christianity. Applied to humanity, the figure may show the human as the

      link between heaven and earth, one 'hand' pointing to heaven or spirit and

      the other toward earth or matter.







      Above the emblem, in Sanskrit characters, is the sacred word of Hinduism,

      Aum or Om, a word of profound significance. It may be said to stand for

      the creative Word or Logos, the ineffable Reality, which is the source of

      all existence. We are reminded of the statement: 'In the beginning was the

      Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God'. Om is a word

      of power and should be uttered only with the greatest reverence.







      There is no religion higher than truth


      Around the emblem appears the MOTTO of the Theosophical Society.

      Truth is  the quest of every Theosophist, whatever his or her faith, and every

      great  religion reflects in some measure the light of the one eternal and

      spiritual wisdom. Each points a way toward the realisation of Truth.




      The Whole Emblem


      Speaks to an inner perception, to the intuition and to the heart, calling

      forth the divine in each individual who contemplates it. In its totality,

      it represents a synthesis of great cosmic principles operating through

      involutionary and evolutionary cycles, bringing us all, in the fullness of

      time, to the realisation of our divine nature.


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