Saturday, 26 June 2010

Mil-Eye-tary Medals Part 1

(U.S.?) Atlantic Warzone Active Duty Medal
Eagle/Horus Eye within an illuminated Pyramid?

This is the 1st in a series of brief look at Esoteric imagery and references in Military Badges. It is in no way to be viewed as a negative statement on Military personnel, it is strictly an unbiased look at the imagery employed by Military Units around the world.

Maltese Cross References

Various World War 2 Cross badges. The Maltese/Crusader/Iron Cross is symbol that pre-dates Christianity, and has been used by many Religious and Political factions. Some say it also represents a Pyramid viewed from above.

British Military Badges. On right is the East Lancashire Regimental Egyptian Campaign Badge featuring a Europeanized image of the Sphinx

European Sphinx found in Vienna Austria

Various examples of (1st World War?) British Military Badges

Various examples of (1st World War?) British Military Badges

Winged Solar Disk References

U.S. Military Patch
Winged Solar Wheel Disk of Horus?

Corps Badge
Pyramid within/capped by Winged Solar Disk

Cherub headed Sun reference, Solar Disk Reference found on London Building

Air Forces Service medal Solar Disk

U.S. (Navy?) aircrew, again Winged Solar Disk

(U.S.?) Medical Corps Badge
Winged Cross acting as a Solar Disk Capped and Grounded by 5 Pointed Stars, circled by a Wreath of Oak. The twin snakes and staff of the Caduceus also feature on this badge.

US Army Medical Corps Branch Plaque
The staff of the Caduceus was incorporated as the symbol of the US Army Medical Corps at the turn of the 20th Century

US Army Major Branch Schools - Officer (Medical Corps)

Depiction of the Sumerian serpent god Ningizzida dating from before 2000 BCE. The god itself is the two (copulating) snakes entwined around an axial rod. It is accompanied by two gryphons. Alternate spellings are Ningiszida, Ningishzida and Nin Giz Zida.

Some say this is an Ancient representation of the twin strands of DNA or 7 Chakras, or Kundalini Energy.

DNA Helix

First Aid/Medical Badge common in the U.S. and Canada. The Staff of Moses and Snake also represent the Biblical storyof when Moses battled the Pharoah of Egypt's top Magician and turned his Staff into a Snake. Presumably, Medicine was equated with Magic in the past.

The logo is prominent on most U.S. Ambulabnces and Medical facilities

Modern reference in an advertisement for the popular American Television series House, about a Doctor.

TheWinged Flying Serpent, insignia of the Israeli Paratroopers Brigade (Israli Defence Force)


Unknown U.S. Military Patch
Sword & Fasci. In the background there features a Fasci a bundle of small sticks, this symbol represents the concept - "out many we are one". It was a Roman Empire symbol and the Italian Fascist Party used it as their premiere logo. The word
Fascist derives from Fasci. The U.S. use of it presumably represents the unity of the many, it also features on either side of the House Speaker in the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Roman Fasci

Flag of Italian Fascist Party

House of Representative Fasci on either side of Speakers chair

House of Representative Crest

Kosovo Campaign Medal
Sun rising above (Caucus?) Mountains. Wreath Wrapped in a Fasci. Often Pyramids are represented by Mountains

U.S. Military Patch
Mountain/Valcano/Pyramid with Earth capstone?

1 comment:

  1. The Snake Staff of Medical Fame isn't anything to do with Moses or Biblical iconography but rather is an ancient Greek symbol called the Rod of Asclepius.
    The snake pictured is a Aesculapian Snake, one of Europe's largest snakes.
    It was used often in medical rituals of the day though how and to what capacity I don't know.