The traditional meaning of the cross in the circle symbol was that the four equal lines pointed from the center to the spirits of the north, east, south, and west and a representation of the Sacred Four elements, the great primary forces of Fire, Air, Water and Earth.
Meaning of the Cross in a Circle Symbol to the Native Americans - the Solar Cross
The individual elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth are each represented by a cross in a circle.
The elements are the four great primary forces, or the Sacred Four, emanating from the Creator and these are depicted in the 'Solar Cross' or cross in a circle. The air symbol represents life. The fire symbol represents warmth and light. The water symbol represents the sustenance of life. The four small circles on the Earth Solar Cross Symbol represent the four nations (the first four tribes of mankind) which came to the world to keep balance.
Meaning of the Cross in a Circle Symbol - the Hopi Techqua Wheel
Meaning of the Cross in a Circle Symbol to the Mound Builders - the Solar Cross
"...a sort of fan of deerskin...the size of a shield, quartered with black and white, with a cross made in the middle
The sacred religious Solar Cross, or circle cross, is a symbol of the sun and fire and was adopted by many Native American tribes in various forms. The Cross in a Circle Symbol, used by the Mound Builders, features in relation to the panther symbol, a fearsome creature from the Underworld. The Panther symbol is depicted as a 'water monster' with the body parts of other animals. The tail is colored to reflect snake or serpent like similarities and the feet have the claws of a bird of prey. The symbol shows four panthers revolving around a central cross in a circle symbol or motif - the Solar Cross. The Cross in the Circle Motif (Solar Cross) had solar connotations with the circle (the Upperworld) and the Cross in a Circle Symbol is believed to symbolize the sacred fire that exists in the Middle World (Earth).
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