Spiritual concepts

Hero and the symbolic badges

Used by heroes in myths and legends, swords, axes and maces or similar weapons are  symbols of authority  - the badge of the hero - rather than ‘weapons’, although they can be symbolically used against demons.  Most fighting in the spiritual world, even by heroes is more in the nature of hand to hand combat.

The weapons in visions are made of all sorts of ‘impractical’ and thus entirely symbolic  materials - porcellanite, quartz, bluestone, flint all sorts of stone that basically sparkled and shone. 

Heroes in general tend to be given a number of symbolic things to help them with the quest, not just weapons

  • The sword – is not only a badge of honour a symbol of the fact the person is a hero, but is also a weapon to help in the struggle.  It also has other symbolism
  • The shield – used to protect
  • The stone – the stone of destiny, is also an indicator that the person has been chosen – it is his/her destiny to be a hero
  • The dish – in some myths contains a head – a decapitated person’s head, which may sound gruesome but is symbolic of the idea of rebirth and purification
  • The Horse – or similar fast means of transport around the spiritual world
  • The key – this can take the form of an ankh or similar key.  It is the symbolic key to the spiritual world – the key that allows a hero to go round the spiritual world without guides.

Colonel Lovelace – To Lucasta

Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.

Yet this inconstancy is such
As you too shall adore;
I could not love thee, Dear, so much
Loved I not Honour more.


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