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Monad of Dr. John Dee

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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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