We all know what the infinity symbol or the so-called "lemnisca" looks like, which translates to ribbon. The sign symbolizes eternity and endless love. Its popularity is due to its simple and beautiful curves, which are combined with deep symbolism for its wearers. Is each of them aware of its true meaning and origin?
How did it all begin?
Before it acquired its "eternity" symbolism, the symbol in question was nothing more than a beautiful design in the shape of an inverted figure eight.
The first person to use and mention the symbol more than 2300 years ago was Archimedes.
Lemniska has also appeared on various paintings and other creative works in the past.
The term was not directly associated with symbolism until the mathematician John Wallis introduced the symbol to the world. He used it to denote infinity in mathematics in 1655.
Some of the main theories are that the Lemniska derives from the ancient Roman symbol for the number 1000 - CIƆ or from the Greek letter omega - ω.
Still others claim that the symbol has a Tibetan-Indian origin, where an inverted figure eight symbolized perfection and balance between the male and female sexes. The shape has also often been seen in a number of 'Celtic knots' which, like the infinity sign, have no beginning and no end, representing eternity and limitlessness.
The infinity symbol these days:
In our daily life full of obligations and lack of time, the sign of infinity gives a feeling of inner peace. It is a symbol that reminds us of who we are and that our possibilities are endless.
Nowadays, the Lemniska is used in meditation as a symbol for balance, focus and harmony. Considering the origins and deep symbolism of the inverted eight, it should come as no surprise that the symbol is still so popular today.
In the Ancient times:
Infinity was originally known as Lemnicat, meaning "ribbon". The idea also comes from a symbol depicting a snake biting its own tail. It represents immortality and eternal return.
So far we have talked about the symbol being a mathematical and scientific element of infinity in numbers and eternal time and space. However, the fact is that it comes from a religious place that allows us to believe in the unseen but important things.
Does it symbolize divine power?
What very few people know is that the symbolism of Infinity comes from the Egyptian Urai, a spitting cobra meant to represent the goddess Wadget, also known as Wadget.
Urai is known as a symbol of power worn by pharaohs or gods and goddesses. During the coronation of the Pharaohs, no person became king or queen until they were crowned by this divine serpent.
This symbolic action represents the understanding that one will never have true power until one realizes the divine power within oneself.
Mehet or Yaret?
Less well known is that the symbol of Urai is found in two images.He is either a mekhet or a kid…Mehet means "winded up" and Yaret means "resurrected".
It is the resurrected Urai who is mistaken for the perfect symbol of infinity. Moreover, the resurrected Urai is the eye of the Sun, ready to claim his power and defend what needs to be defended. Thus he is ready to fight against darkness and oblivion. Therefore Jareth Urai has ascended and is awakened.
Mehet Urai (the coiled one) is simply the Ouroboros (the snake eating its tail) - one of the interesting mysteries of the infinity symbol.
The secret teaching is that we are bound to repeat our incarnations as long as we adhere to this Realm. The Witch (meaning awakened) must realize that this Life offers all kinds of experiences to be had as lessons for Awakening. Once awakened, we can end the cycle of endless reincarnations, just as many ancient religions preach. An example of this is Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Ouroboros was used to symbolize eternal life and subsequent incarnations.
The circle of life - birth - death …
It simply symbolizes the lessons of this plane, of this reality in which we exist.
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