Svastika vs Star of Rempham


The Svastika

‘SWASTIKA’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘स्वस्तिक'(svastika) which literally means “that which is associated with well-being”

The word and symbol has been mentioned in innumerable Hindu texts and the sacred Vedas. Also found in other ancient off-shoot religions of Hinduism, like Buddhism and Jainism, with variant meanings. Found heavily in ancient European cultures, such as the Ancient Germanic Iron Age, Celts, Armenians, Ireland, Korea etc. Even Native Americans have many swastika motifs on their arts.

The earliest known depiction of the Swastika is from the Ukraine, dated as far back as 10,000BC and carved on Mammoth ivory.
The Swastika (also called a Fylfot or Hakenkreuz) appears on various Germanic Migration Period and Viking Age artifacts, from the 3rd to 9th century, from Denmark, the Gothic spearhead from Brest-Litov, Belarus, Russia to Armenia and the Norse.


swastika-jesus-churchIn Christianity, the Swastika is used as a hooked version of the Christian Cross, the symbol of Christ’s victory over death. Many Christian churches built in the Romanesque and Gothic eras are decorated with swastikas

In Hinduism, the Swastika is an important Hindu symbol. It is traced with the finger with sindoor on the head or body during Hindu religious rites, and on doors on festival days, notably on Diwali, or Deepavalli. It is a charm of luck to protect from evil and attract good.

The Swastika is also one of several variations of the quadratura circuli and other examples, being oriental mandalas and the Latin cross with the circle of eternity. The Tetrad 4 (square, cross, or cube) symbolises the world of man and a circle symbolises heaven, the realm of the spirit and heavenly virtues. As such, the combination of circles, crosses, spheres and cubes, as found in various forms of the quadratura circuli, symbolise the union of heaven and earth.

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Star of Rempham – Better-known as the Star of David / Magen David (Shield of David)

Biblical Reference:
Acts 7:42-43
42 Then “God turned, and gave them up, to worship the host of Heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel (Jacob), have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, ye took up the TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH, and the STAR OF YOUR GOD REMPHAN, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Amos 5:26-27
26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun (Remphan) your images, the STAR OF YOUR GOD, which ye made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is the God of Hosts.

The mark of Cain was worshipped by the Israelites in the wilderness as the STAR OF REMPHAN, which Strong’s Concordance says is “Chiun.”
Strong’s #4481 – Rhemphan {hrem-fan’} by incorrect transliteration for a word of Hebrew origin 3594; n pr m AV – Remphan 1;
1 Remphan = “the shrunken (as lifeless)”
1) the name of an idol worshipped secretly by the Israelites in the wilderness.
Strong’s #3594 – Kiyuwn {kee-yoon’} from 3559; n pr dei AV – Chiun 1;
1 Chiun = “an image” or “pillar”
1) a statue of the Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn (Satan) and used to symbolise Israelite apostasy.

The Magen David (literally “Shield of David”), as it’s referred to in Modern Hebrew, comes from its supposed resemblance to King David’s shield.

It was in 1897, when the Zionist movement adopted the Star of Remphan as its emblem. In 1948, it was incorporated into the design of the flag of the new State of Israel, and it is used today to symbolize everything from Israeli Air Force planes, to the local version of the Red Cross, the ‘Magen David Adom’ (Red Star of David) emergency paramedic service.

nuno-goncalves-abarbanel-03Prior to the Zionist movement, it was during the middle ages, when Jews were required to wear badges to identify themselves as Jews, as they were in 20th century Germany, but these Jewish badges were not always the familiar star of Remphan. For example; a 15th century painting by Nuno Goncalves features a rabbi wearing his identifying six-pointed badge that looks like an asterisk.

In the 17th century, it became common practice to put the Star of Remphan on the outside of synagogues, to identify them as Jewish houses.

However, in Hinduism, the symbol is referred to as the Shatkona, with the upward triangle representing Shiva (the masculine side of God) and the downward pointing triangle representing Shakti (the feminine side of the divinity), thus represents the merging of the male and the female and, the elements of fire and water, respectively… just as the Hermetic representation of “As Above, So Below.” The mystical union of the two triangles represents Creation, occurring through the divine union of male and female.

Historically, the most commonly used symbol related to the religion of Judaism, was the menorah, the seven-branched candelabrum.

masonNumerically it represents 666. The Six-Pointed Star is engraved on the Talisman of Saturn (Satan) which is used in ritual magic, later known as the SEAL OF SOLOMON. The six-pointed star was used in mystery religion initiation rites, Kabbalahism and Freemasonry for example.

temple-canada“In an ancient book on numbers the INITIATE is defined as ‘the one who has experienced and expressed 666 and found it naught; who has dropped the 6 and become the 66, and thus found himself on the Way; later, again, he drops the 6 and becomes the PERFECTED 6-FORM, the instrument and expression of spirit.” (Bailey: Rays and Initiations, p. 80)

mj-2012-seal-of-solomon-morroccan-coin-copyThe Seal of Solomon; “On the first face is engraved an inverted pentagram or a star with five points. On the other side is engraved a bull’s head enclosed in a SIX-POINTED STAR, and surrounded by letters composing the name REMPHA, THE PLANETARY GENIUS OF SATURN, according to the alphabet of the Magi.” (Christian, p. 304-5)

Further esoteric study here

Please view the following slide-show which depicts the broad use of the svastika all over the world and from all cultures.

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N. Jones is a Writer, Researcher, Historian and Literary Critic.