The icon was created to identify a way of looking at existence. It is not connected directly to any form of religion, but it does incorporate many religious symbols. The circle represents all; this has been used in spirituality throughout history. A circle has no beginning nor end, and is symbolic of all things: electrons circle the nucleus in an atom, the earth circles the sun, our solar system rotates around the center of the galaxy, our galaxy likely circles something on a greater scale that we cannot detect; and so on in an infinite way. The circle is within the symbol for infinity: all is within the infinite. Notice that the circle is divided into four parts; this connects with various religious doctrines.
EXAMPLES OF CONNECTED RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM:
Sikhs wear a Kara, a bracelet representing responsibility with no beginning and no end. The Hindu Samsara, the wheel of life, and the four Sruti. The Buddhist wheel of life, and the Four Noble Truths. The Taoist T'ai Chi. Aboriginal spirituality holds the circle as sacred, as well as it's four divisions; the identical belief system was also held by the forefathers of the Wiccan religion, in ancient Egypt. Modern Wiccans use the circle in ritual. Ancient man used the circle to represent the sun, provider of all life. Look carefully, you will see the Christian symbol of the fish; and the four Gospels.
This list could go on and on; but the point is, this symbol is generic to all spiritual beliefs, and should not offend anyone. If you would like to have an interesting religious connection added to the list, by all means send me a note ("Comments?" link).
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