Symbols – Picts – Sacred site - V Rod
Type of Spiritual Experience
Positive and negative
Both the z-rods and the v-rods exist in essentially two forms. In the case of the z-rods, there are clockwise and anticlockwise forms, with the spear tips pointing upwards or to the right, with the ‘clockwise’ form predominating.
In the case of the v-rods, there are left hand and right hand forms, with the arrow heads pointing upward and to the right predominating. It could therefore be the case that the rods are conveying information essentially in two ‘states’. Positive and negative.
There are of course many possibilities as to what these two ‘states’ might be. The CONTEXT is key. But, one possibility, in that they indicate Darkness and Light – the two contrasting and opposing forces.
A description of the experience
The V Rod is the symbol for a compass. In Pictish as opposed to more general symbolism, it is usually found paired with a crescent, although its meaning is essentially related to sacred geography and the 'potency' of the site at certain times of year.