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Symbols are the foundation upon which human society was built.  Operating at a different level than language and more complex forms of communication, the symbol and icon contain last minute connotations which combine to produce images and reactions that almost precede thought.  We have chosen some of the most common symbols which, when combined together, represent Unity.

Symbols:  Unity | Cross | Star | Yin/Yang | Ankh | Om | Moon | Trinity | Triskele

 


Unity Symbol

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Our Unity symbol is based upon the circle, the archetypal symbol for unity and wholeness.  It has no beginning and it has no end.  A circle is all encompassing.  The spiral represents a process of growth and evolution, coming to the same point again and again at different levels.  one-gallery's original trademark weaves these two powerful symbols together to represent Unity.  You will see our symbol throughout our jewelry, and tagged on our necklaces and bracelets.  The Unity symbol will remind you of our intent and assure you of the highest quality in our materials and workmanship.

This symbol is located on all of our earrings and chains, as well as our Unity Turquoise Pendant and Spiral Ring.


Christian Cross

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There are many symbols of importance in Christianity, but none so well known as the cross. The cross is the main symbol of Christianity because Jesus was crucified on a cross. It serves as a reminder to Christians of the sacrifice that Jesus made for them when he conquered death. It emphasizes the resurrection of Jesus rather than the crucifixion. 

This symbol is located on all of our pendants, as well as our Way to the Heart rings in garnet, amethyst and plain.


Star of David

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The Star of David is the symbol most commonly associated with Judaism today, but it is actually a relatively new Jewish symbol. It is supposed to represent the shape of King David's shield (or perhaps the emblem on it), but there is really no support for that claim in any early rabbinic literature. In fact, the symbol is so rare in early Jewish literature and artwork that art dealers suspect forgery if they find the symbol in early works. Scholars such as Franz Rosenzweig have attributed deep theological significance to the symbol. For example, some note that the top triangle strives upward, toward the heavens, while the lower triangle strives downward, toward the real world. Some note that the intertwining makes the triangles inseparable, like the Jewish people. 

This symbol is located on all of our pendants.


Yin/Yang

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Perhaps the best known symbol of Buddhism is actually a symbol from Taoism. This symbol serves as an aid to meditation and as a representation of the illusions of duality which produce all human suffering. The ultimate aim of the Buddhist is to eliminate these illusions. The significance of the dot in each lobe is to point out that in each aspect of duality we can find the "seed" of the opposite aspect of the duality. Which we label as "good" or "bad" is largely arbitrary. 

This symbol is located on all of our pendants, as well as our Way to the Heart rings in garnet, amethyst and plain.


Ankh

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This Ancient Egyptian symbol of life and immortality, also called the key of life. Ankh is the modern reading of the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph which represents a part of a sandal: the rounded top of the symbol is the loop that goes around the leg, the two "arms" of the symbol go to the sides of the feet and the longer "body" of the symbol goes from the leg to between the toes. For some reason, the Egyptians called that part of the sandal 'nkh (exact pronunciation unknown). Because this word was composed of the same consonants as the word "life", the sign to represent that particular part of the sandal, was also used to write the word "life". The Ankh-sign used to write "life" is a phonogram, a sign used for its phonetic value. It then became so associated with the concept "life", that one might have the impression that it was exclusively used to write the word "life".

This symbol is located on all of our pendants


Om (Aum)

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The most sacred symbol in Hindu dharma. Aum (OM) is the sound of the infinite. Aum is said to be the essence of all mantras, the highest of all matras or divine word (shabda), brahman (ultimate reality) itself. Aum is said to be the essence of the Vedas. By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite Brahman (ultimate reality) and the entire universe.

This symbol is located on all of our pendants, as well as our Way to the Heart rings in garnet, amethyst and plain.


Moon

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Ancient cultures considered the flow of time to be a circle without beginning or end. Since people were mostly farmers, hunters and shepherds, they lived and worked closer to nature than in more current times. It was important that they knew the 'lore of the land' just to survive. They observed that the various phases the moon passed through in a month coincided with events transpiring in their environment. To this end, they learned to plant, fish, harvest, hunt, and make predictions, all by the light of the moon. The cycles of the heavens are symbolized in the Medicine Wheel of the American Indian Tribes; the Egyptian Wheel of the Law; and the Tibetan Prayer Wheel, all of which the Moon is an integral part. 

This symbol is located on all of our pendants.


Trinity

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This is one of the many symbols for the Holy Trinity from Christian symbolism. Symbols of this type are called triquetras, which is Latin for three-cornered. Since one of the symbols for Jesus is a (loop forming a fish) , one may also interpret this triquetra as a Jesus symbol, composed by three conventionalized, plaited fish.

This symbol is located only on our Unity Black Onyx Pendant.


Triskele

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This ancient structure has been found both in pre-Columbian America and in Bronze Age Europe and is associated with the Celtic tribes. The circle, spiral and wheel are all powerful symbols, representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth, including the seasons of the year. The Hopi Indians and their culture used the mirror image of this symbol which was centered around the concept of several returns or homecomings.

This symbol is located only on our Unity Black Onyx Pendant.

 


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