Halo Symbolism

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Halos are found in the sacred art of ancient Greece, Rome, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, among other religions, and is often representative of light. This light is most often depicted as golden, yellow, white, or red when flames are depicted. In common use, it symbolizes the solar disc.

The halo is also cognate with the winged sun symbol found in the wall paintings and jewelry of ancient Egypt, reliefs in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Hebrew seals, the knob of the Staff of Hermes in Greece, and the prime symbol of Zoroastrianism. This symbol was then combined with anthropomorphic depictions of sky gods, such as the Egyptian Apis bull, Ahura Mazda, and various angelic beings, to connect them with the traveling Sun.

Thus, the halo or winged sun represents a portal to heaven. And since these symbols likely descended from the Vedic Soma-yajna ascension ceremony and the "sacrifice" of Soma by fire and communion ingestion, we might now recognize the halo or "Sun Door" as a designation for those who have taken the sacred communion of the Sun and been given wings to ascend into the sky.