Symbols – Picts – Sacred site - V Rod and Crescent
Type of Spiritual Experience
There are numerous artists and poets who have incorporated the sun and moon symbolism in their paintings, but one of the most interesting is a painting by Max Ernst [Ernst, Max] entitled ‘Men shall know nothing of this’.
It shows the soul cone ready to receive the soul delivered from a moon above it, a sun symbol is also shown. The Creator symbol is shown twice, once as the primary source of creation and once – much smaller within the body – the cone itself. We all have the Creator within us. There is the implication - because it is Max Ernst - that it is sexual activities in general that give us these experiences.
The crescent moon in this context can be the pelvis like the plough!
The Pictish symbol uses the same symbolism, more like an advertisement than a painting though.
A description of the experience
The V rod is a compass, and it is symbolically being used to enable people to calculate the times of maximum potency of a place in relation to certain activities. What activities will be shown on the rest of the stone. It could be something related to sowing or harvesting, but it may be a specific festival or ceremony that is entirely spiritual.
The best video I have found to show this graphically [and I hope the link stays unbroken as it is well explained], is this one