Monday, December 3, 2018

Solar Symbolism Among the R1 Peoples

Alice C. Linsley

The 6-prong solar symbol is an ancient image that has been found from Ethiopia to England and from Pakistan to Galilee. It testifies to the importance of the sun as a symbol of divine authority. The image was found among the Celts of the northern Iberian Peninsula. It is seen here on one of these 9th century BC artifacts (coin on top right).

The same image is found on Balkan pottery. Her is appears on enameled terracotta tableware, 14th-15th century, found at Studenica monastery complex in western Serbia. The rosette is sometimes called "Perun's flower."

The same symbol is found on this wooden entrance in Romania.

These two amulets were discovered in 1985 at the archaeological site of Mehrgarh in Balochistan, western Pakistan. The amulets date to the 3rd millennium B.C. and represent the wheel or solar chariot of the Supreme God.

This 6-prong star or rosette appears on ancient Jewish ossuaries. This was the solar boat of the Creator, the vehicle of Light that carries the dead to the place of rest until the Last Day.

Stone ossuary chest used for secondary burial of bones

The 2,000-year-old ossuary shown above belonged to a daughter of the Caiaphas family of high priests. It is marked with the 6 pointed star and has an Aramaic inscription that says, “Miriam Daughter of Yeshua Son of Caiaphas, Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth Imri.” The inscription dates to the time of the Second Temple.

The six prong star is also found on the ossuary of Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest (shown below).

The merkaba as chariot spokes within a circle appears to be an Iron Age version of Ra's solar boat. The Creator was believed to mount the sun as a chariot and ride the winds, making His circuit. This speaks about God's sovereignty over all the Earth.

It is likely that this same image appeared on the Ark of the Covenant. In the Ethiopian Church a replica of the Ark (called Tabot) is decorated at the center with the 6-prong star inside a circle.

The same image appears on a tomb at Banais, Israel, one of the sources of the Jordan river. There is a large cave and various archaeological sites with pools of water running beneath and large cliffs rising above.

The symbol appears on the top and sides of the Magdala Stone (below) which was found in the western shores of the Sea of Galilee in September 2009.

Here is another view of the Magdala Stone.

Related reading: Ossuary of Miriam, Daughter of Yeshua; A Tent for the Sun; Solar Imagery of the Proto-Gospel; Sun Symbolism and Blood Guilt; Horned Altars and Horned Sacred Vessels

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