Image: Zeus's blazing keraunos (thunderbolt), in yellows, oranges and reds, stands vertically; its golden colors show that fire is a hot, active element. Crescent flames curl from the central disk and a ray descends from it, thus approximating a flaming sign of Mercury.
Commentary: The keraunos, of course, is a symbol of Zeus's will and power, but also of the flash of inspiration and creative energy. It suggests a caduceus (the wand of Mercury, the Spirit Guide) to represent spiritual aspirations and illumination.
Image: An upright sword with a golden hilt floating among white clouds in a bright blue sky.
Commentary: The sword is upright to show that it is ready for action; it also points upward to suggest aspiration. It is golden because air is a hot, active element. The background suggests "the sky's the limit."
Image: A silver kantharos (two-handled wine cup) overflowing with the bluish-green waters of Ocean.
Commentary: The kantharos overflowing with Oceanic waters represents the subconscious overflowing with feeling. It is silver because water is a cold, passive element.
Image: Image: A silver disk inscribed with a bright red Pythagorean Pentacle. The points are labeled, clockwise from the lower left, with the archaic Greek letters U, G I, EI, A. Golden-brown background.
Commentary: The Pythagorean Pentacle, the sacred symbol of the Pythhagoreans, is described elsewhere. The disk is silver because earth is a cold, passive element, and the pentacle is bright red to suggest action. (See the Five of Pentacles for the explanation of the Greek letters.) The background is golden-brown to suggest material resources.
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