Armenian Wheel of Eternity

As one of the most common and sacred symbols of our culture, the wheel of eternity stemmed from worship of the sky and the sun. it shares a common origin with the swastika, known as the sun wheel or cross symbol. Swastikas, solar disks, sacred bulls and trees of life are common Indo-European symbols which are found riddled across the Armenian highlands. Some of the earliest solar disks found within the Armenian plateau date back to 10,000 BC. It is called a kerkhatch, “ker” meaning curved or turned and “khatch” meaning cross. Originally, however, it was known as Arevkhatch, cross of the sun. It represents, time, recurrence, universe and the eternal motion of life. There are variations with 4,6,9, and 12 petals, but the most common is the use of the 8, representing eternity. Those with 9 rays represent the 9 months of human conception. The 12 represents the 12 months of the year, the 12 zodiac signs, 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. These represent the sun’s passage through everything through 12’s. There are both clockwise and counter-clockwise motions of distinguishing the patterns. The former represents activity while the latter` passivity. As such, the 2 motions complement one another like the Chinese Yin/Yang. Artifacts from pre-christian times until the present include the use of this solar disk. Absorbed into Christian culture, the symbol became as sacred as the Holy Spirit and was used on nearly every Christian design.


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