Saint John's Arms
This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Saint John's Arms.
Saint John's Arms, a.k.a Cross of St John and Viking magic ideogram, used today in cartography and as traffic sign for ancient remains.
⌘ is a square with loops at the corners. It is referred to as Saint John's Arms, the Place of Interest Sign, the Saint Hannes cross, or Looped Square, and is an ancient symbol that remains in common use. It is this symbol that in Scandinavia is called valknute.
In Finland, the symbol was painted or carved on houses and barns, and domestic utensils such as tableware, to protect them and their owners from evil spirits and bad luck. The oldest surviving example is a pair of 1000-year-old wooden skis (Finnish pre-Christian period) decorated with the symbol.
In modern times, the symbol is commonly found in Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden as an indicator of cultural locations, first in the Scandinavian countries since the late 1960s.
Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.
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