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Seal of Solomon

Solomon was the son of King David – the poetic king who as a boy slew the giant Goliath. This is the bloodline through which Jesus is descended. Solomon was famous for the temple he built and the temple was famous for supposedly housing the Ark of the Covenant. Solomon  wrote the Song of Songs, the poetic verses that are found in both Christian, Judaic and Islamic texts. Solomon also possessed a seal that was said to have given to him from Heaven and have great powers. These powers allowed him to accomplish feats that no other human was capable of and a complete understanding of the Universe. “Behold I have given you a wise and understanding heart; there has been none like you before you, nor after you shall any arise like you” (Kings 1, 3, 12). 

The layers of meaning behind the symbol itself are many. First, the upright triangle represents the masculine aspect, earth, and fire. The inverted triangle represents the female aspect, heaven and air. In combining the two, there is a symbolic alchemy that occurs; a balance of opposites. There is the balance of masculine and feminine; heaven and earth, or “as above, so below”; fire and air combine to make water. Thus the symbol also embodies all the elements in perfect order and balance. “King Solomon’s Seal, whose base is on the ground and whose tip reaches heaven, symbolizes a harmony of opposites, whose significance is manifold as much as it is multi-cultural. It reflects the cosmic order, the skies, the movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth, between the elements of air and fire. The Seal, therefore, symbolizes super-human wisdom and rule by divine grace” (Source)

This symbol has become identfiable in many other cultures, but still maintaining it’s message of balance and knowledge.

Vatican museum floor, commissioned by Pope Leo XIII

Natsarim Synagogue

Flower of Life