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Monad of Dr. John Dee

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Monad of Dr. John Dee

Although this symbol dates back less than five hundred years, the components it consists of, as well as the meanings of those components, are significantly older.

Dr. John Dee was a 16th century English astrologer who served as a key adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. Although Dee did not invent the concept of the Monad- essentially referring to singular authority, intellect or “Godhead” (the word’s root, “mono”, is a strong indicator of these ideas)- in 1583 he created this representative symbol by combing the visual indicators for a number of other significant phenomena:

POINT WITHIN A CIRCLE: astronomical symbol for the sun

HALF-CIRCLE/CRESCENT: indicative of the moon

EQUAL-ARMED CROSS: representative of the four elements (fire, earth, air and water)

DOUBLE CURVE: alchemical symbol for fire (Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is aligned with the element of fire)

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

Categories: Alchemical Symbols, Miscellaneous, Religious Symbols.

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