circular garland, usually woven of 4 flowers (equally spaced), leaves,
and foliage, that traditionally indicated honour or celebration.
The wreath in ancient Egypt was most popular in the form of a chaplet
made by sewing flowers to linen bands and tying them around the
head. In ancient Greece, wreaths, usually made of olive, pine,
laurel, celery, or palm, were awarded to athletes victorious in the
Olympic games and as prizes to poets and orators. In Rome, laurel
crowns were bestowed as a mark of honour, especially on civil officials
and returning warriors. The heraldic chaplet is a crown of joy
and admiration, honour and celebration. In the
Catholic Church, the chaplet was a devotional prayer headdress.
FOR MORE ON THE CHAPLET
(STAG): The Stag is the male deer indicative of long life (fabled to
live over 1000 years). The
Stag is a symbol of
wisdom, regeneration, growth, and virility. Because its antlers
resemble branches, the Stag has been associated with the 'Tree of Life'
and because of the way it renews its antlers, it is used as a symbol of
regeneration. During the Middle Ages, the Stag was often shown
with a crucifix between its horns where, in Christianity, it
represented purity and solitude and was the enemy of Satan, the
serpent. The Celts believed the Stag guided souls through the darkness
(the world for departed souls). In Greco-Roman mythology it was an
animal sacred to Artemis. Heraldic writers say of the
Stag: "One who will not fight unless provoked, a lover of music and
harmony who well foresees his times and opportunities". The
Vikings used the stag as a symbol of royal status and the Romans used
it as an icon of masculine values.
The Scorpion is the symbol of both wisdom and self-destruction. The
Scorpion's sting could also be directed at enemies and so amulets in
of Scorpions were worn in many cultures as a protection against
evil. It was thought that the Scorpion produced
both venom and anti-venom. In some areas
this made it an emblem of resurrection and constancy. Selket, the
Egyptian goddess and protectress
of the dead had the head of a scorpion.
Ancient symbol of a ruler; also symbolizes the
Spirit's actions; denotes zeal; was anciently connected with the
worship of the sun. However, fire can indicate the demise of someone or
trees. Torn up by the roots. Eradicated, which
means eliminated, utterly destroyed, yanked out of the
ground, roots and all.
In Astrological terms, the moon represents the MOTHER, the 4th house,
domestic, real estate, home life, beginning of life, nurturing, and
Crescent. In Heraldry, a half-moon with the horns turned upwards. When
used as a mark of cadency it denotes the second son.
If the horns are turned towards the dexter, it is termed an
increscent. If the horns are to the sinister, a decrescent.
When the horns are turned down it is termed a crescent reversed.
Decrescent. The half-moon looking to the sinister. [Sinister - the
left. i.e. the right to the spectator. Dexter -the right hand side i.e.
left to the spectator.]
Estoile. A star of six waved points. When
more than six points, the number should be expressed. When of
eight or more points half should be straight and half waved. ESTOILE:
Celestial goodness, a man of noble personage. A STAR ON A SHIELD
INDICATES AN ENSIGN OF KNIGHTLY RANK, common in the Heraldry of all
Heraldically this was a flower, it stands at the head
heraldry. Its origin is unknown; one "authority" claiming that it
was brought down from heaven by an angel for the arms of France.
It is also said to mean the flower of Louis (Fleur de Louis), and was
certainly used by Louis VII. It is undoubtedly the "flower of the
Lilly." Originally the royal banner of France was semee-of-lis
(completely covered with fleurs-de-lis); but from the time of Charles
VI it has consisted of three golden fleurs-de-lis on a blue
field. The fleurs-de-lis did not at first meet with much favor
in England so it did not become popular, in fact, until its assumption
by Edward III. George VI, on his accession, abolished French
quartering, in the English royal arms. When used as a difference
the fleur-de-lis represents the sixth son. Note: France represents
the tribe of Reuben, so the original flower may have been Mandrakes.
(tower, chateau): The emblem of grandeur and
society, and has been granted sometimes to one who has faithfully held
his king, or who has captured one by force or strategy. The castle of
Western Europe was a Norman creation, stemming from the 10th and
11th-century 'Norman Mound' castles. A castle that became the
model for many English and Norman castles was the formidable castle
built at Arques in Normandy by Henry I of England. In the Middle
East the Crusaders developed great castles with double circuits of
curving outer walls and towers or turrets to overlook all sections of
the wall. Early in the 13th century the medieval castle, a
mixture of Norman, English, and Byzantine elements was born.
A Castle, the emblem of safety.
in the towers: Ancient
of a firy rule; also can symbolize the transforming energy of the Holy
For instance: King Louis VI (1108-1137) - to revive French royal power
recounted by his minister, Abbot Suger. None could behold the castle
tower flaming like the fires of hell and not exclaim, "The whole
universe will fight for him against these madmen." Those are they who,
when thou didst issue commands to destroy the commune of Laon, did burn
with fire not only the city of Laon; but the noble church of the Mother
of God, and many others beside. What I believe the images are saying
with the tower in flames is that the
'Church of Rome' would see its end, perhaps predicting the end
to the Holy Roman Empire - not visualizing 2012 events.
|Many Vatican images were found at the website
Thanks to: http://en.wikipedia.org/, and the Catholic Encyclopedia for
information gathered to make up this interpretation.