AFRICAN “STAR/HALO” (ICON) CONCEPTS
In African Tradition the equivalent of the C16 English word “Icon” (Greek eikon, ‘be like’) derived out of the “Star/Halo” concept. An eventually realized intent of Very Ancient African priest-astronomers (c20,000 BC) in studying the sky in general and looking for Lucky Stars in particular was to mystically acquire God’s messages designed to open and sharpen their minds to Truth and Unconditional Love while expanding their awareness of Reality and the Natural. They noted God appears in Nature as both the sun and moon as well as that both give off Halos (Nimbus, Aureole)–a luminous circle–a visual expression of irradiating physical forces and/or symbolized Intellectual or mystical Spiritual forces. From this they inferred that metaphorically the “Cosmic Star” featured in the “Star/Halo” Concept symbolizes the Amenta (God’s Cosmic home), while the Cosmos itself is its “Cosmic Halo”; that the Star represents the Substance of God and the Halo pertains to what radiates out of that Substance; that a human’s Immaterial Soul is to a sky Star as the Astral Intangible “Heart” is to that Star’s Halo. An analogy would be the flower, Nature’s “star” jewel, whose “halo” is its fragrance. It is almost a human nature trait to select flowers for conveying the expression of its finest emotions and sentiments (thoughts wrapped in emotions)—selecting one color, or a combination of colors, to accentuate certain nuances—perhaps to generate a particular amount of a given color–so as to impart different effects of hues, saturation, and lightness or brightness. The ‘big picture’ of this is like a kaleidoscope capable of producing soap bubble effects of constantly changing figures in continually changing patterns. Thus, with any given soap bubble ‘big picture,’ one is unable to tell where one pattern ends and others begin. This process of producing colorful images from a ‘star’ is called “Reflection.” In the Star/Halo Concept the light we see shining from the moon is actually the reflection of light coming from the sun.
Similarly, an Icon is a Halo (Images, Symbols, or Legends) of some definite or contingent “star”—whether derived from reality, distortion, or fantasy. The “star” may be “as large as life” (reality or distortion of reality) or it may be “larger than life” (Supernatural—i.e. fantasy). Supernatural Icons may be distortions of reality or of the Supernatural. The Supernatural of African (which leads to a Free Mind) and European (which is about mind control) Traditions are vastly different made-up realms regarding their nature and intent. Thus, they must always be distinguished in any presentation. Whereas the star is more about understanding, its halo is more about the stimulation of natural emotions by removing all boundaries between realms of any kind. In this manner, one is unable to tell where one realm or item ends and the others begin. In African Tradition, the “star’s” “flower fragrance” (like Lucky Stars’ Halos) makes manifest Reality’s radiance just as it is. Its Icon carries messages whose inner character provides a “Feeling” sense of actual participation–“Feeling” messages delivering an inexpressible intellectual concept which the “Heart” understands and embraces. Whereas such Icons bear some resemblance to the thing for which they are a sign, by being a “Seed” symbol it causes people to think of that “Thing” as being larger than life.
Very Ancient African teaching by means of Icons about the “Spark or Image of God” constituting each human’s Soul is termed “Imago Dei” by Europeans and is inside the category of Iconology (primordial or mythical images). Nevertheless, a Very Ancient African meaning for “Ankh” refers to a human’s inner spiritual illumination by possessing this “Spark”–an illumination thought to convey the spirit of God or “life force” present in humans and in all real creatures–“a kind of individualized fragment of the Supreme Being.” Therefore, the “life force” present in humans forms the Highest or Divine Self–the image of God–the “Soul.” This Immaterial Divine Spark which enters ones Selfhood at conception is transfigured by changing from the realm of “the Heavens” into the finite Cosmic Realm. Then added to it is the Intangible “Vehicle Spirit” to signal a human’s Spirit and Matter composition. The human’s Soul, because of its Divine Consciousness (composed of a drop of God), naturally aspires to Freedom, Peace, and Bliss. Since humans are Icon representatives of God’s Image, their Divine Self is never lost–only ‘Clouded” out. jabaileymd.com