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:
HALF-CIRCLE/CRESCENT: indicative of the moon
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