The sign of the cross

The emblem of the cross is usually associated with Christianity, but this symbol – the archetypal meeting of opposites – is to be found in many cultures throughout history. The cross also means ‘to signify’. Those who in times past could not write their names were asked to make their mark with a cross: it is the primordial signature.

Crossings and crossroads are of deep symbolic meaning in life. Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, was guardian of the crossroads in ancient Greece. There, at the crossroads, where one is challenged by a change of direction or stark choice – a dilemma – one encounters one’s god, and signifies as oneself, to oneself, and in relation to the Other. It is only when the opposites within us are united that true peace is to be found.