Saturday, August 22, 2015


Painted cave, Bandeliere National
Monument, New Mexico. Zia sun
symbol in center. Photograph 
Russ Finley.

Zia sun symbol, public domain.

On the night of the 4th of July, 2015, while watching the bursting fireworks in town, I realized that the bright points of light falling from exploding mortar shells and rockets were picked up visually as small four-pointed crosses. Whether from the smoke in the atmosphere, or humidity, or other atmospheric optical phenomenon, they all were showing visually as small, bright, colorful crosses. It occurred to me that the reason the so-called "Zia Sun Symbol' only presents solar rays on the four quadrants may indeed be based upon such an atmospheric optical phenomenon.

Petroglyph Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photograph by Julia Grundmeyer.

Petroglyph Park, Albuquerque, NM.
Photograph Peter Faris, Sept. 1988.

Equally likely is that this may be the origin of the four pointed star use by Native Americans, and the outlined cross (also 4 arms) which is often interpreted to represent the planet Venus. 

Outlined cross symbol. Johnson Canyon,
Ute Mountain Ute Reservation, Colorado.
Photograph Peter Faris 1993.

The viewing of heavenly and/or atmospheric phenomena under conditions that distorted the image to that of a four-armed cross might well have been picked up and applied across the whole spectrum as we see it today. Can I prove any of this? No, I cannot, but it is worth thinking about.

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