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Symbols {53} ~ Gordian Knot

This mystical knot traces its roots way back to ancient times. Legend has it that an oracle predicted that the next man driving an ox cart into the city of Phrygia would be its king. Gordia, then just a poor peasant, drove into the city and priests declared him as king. In gratitude and thanks to Zeus, he then tied his ox cart to a column using an intricate knot. Another oracle predicted that whoever could untie the “Gordian knot” would rule all of Asia. But while everyone else did not succeed in untying the complicated knot, Alexander the Great, using his wit and cunning, cut the knot in half using his sword in 333BC.

The Gordian Knot also takes on a very mystical meaning in sacred geometry. This knot can actually be made from a Torus Tube (which resembles a donut shape), known in physics as the perfect shape. The Torus Tube was used as a symbol for the unity of the consciousness with the universe. Although the Gordian Knot goes on for eternity, with no beginning and no end, there are three clear ovals shaped by this continuous line. These three shapes represent the Holy Trinity and its union, as well as the three forces (positive, negative and neutral) that comprise the universe. It is said that the Gordian Knot can help enlighten one’s mind to see problems and difficult situations more clearly and with renewed hope and energy.

Symbols {3} ~ The Endless Knot

The Infinite Knot, also known as the Endless Knot, is a line with no beginning or end that radiates both calm and movement. It represents the idea that everything in this world is interconnected. It is also symbolic of the Buddha’s infinite compassion.

Dharma is continuous and inexorable, while time is but an illusion. The Knot of Infinity symbolizes that truth. The Knot also represents the idea that material life and religious thought are intertwined: the search for enlightenment does not mean giving up on worldly responsibilities.