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Article: The Sun: Symbolism & Meanings

The Sun: Symbolism & Meanings

This week we are sharing with you, the pieces of the sun.

The symbol of the sun is seen as a representation of life, energy, positivity, clarity, confidence, and more. It’s an ever-present symbol that always formed a large part of people’s lives.

In many cultures the sun was seen to connect to several gods, such as Ra and Horus. Even in the centuries past, people from all over the world appreciated this symbol. It became one of the most highly revered symbols.

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You might see a half-domed rising sun to represent rebirth and new life, as well as a full circle with dazzling rays to constitute endless positivity.

Some sun symbols are counterbalanced with the moon to showcase the duality of nature and man, while others are often found aligned with animals or plants to show how significant the sun is for our survival.

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From the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Egyptians and South American cultures, the sun has long been revered – sometimes even as a god. There was Ra, the Egyptian sun god and ruler of the heavens, Helios, the Greek god who literally drove a chariot dragging the sun across the sky, and even Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec sun god and a principal deity for their religion.

From artwork and jewellery to shrines and sacrifices, the sun deities played a crucial role in ancient cultures across the entire world.

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