'Eternal truth needs a human language that alters with the spirit of the times. The primordial images undergo ceaseless transformation and yet remain ever the same, but only in a new form can they be understood anew. Always they require a new interpretation if, as each formulation becomes obsolete, they are not to lose their spellbinding power.'

Carl Jung


Seen above is the Gnostika, a hexagonal mandala that encloses the dynamic image of the swastika at its core. Multi-layered in symbolism, the Gnostika is a universal meditation and centering device, representing as it does a number of spiritual traditions, such as astrology, the I Ching, Hinduism, Wodhanism, the three monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the Japanese religion of Buddhism/Shintoism.

ASTROLOGY
The Gnostika represents the planetary structure of our solar system. There are eight planets - two of them (Venus and Mercury) lie between the earth and the sun; and six of them (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus and Neptune) lie between the orbit of the earth and the outer edge of the solar system.

Thus, the six outer planets correspond with the six outer walls (or six corners) of the hexagon; the earth/moon system is represented by the inner black and white segments, androgynous Mercury is represented by the swastika, Venus is symbolised by the whole inner orb, and the Sun is the fiery, central core.

I CHING
The Gnostika reformats the traditional octagonal layout of the eight hexagrams of the I Ching into a new hexagonal form. At the centre of the Gnostika, the trigram of the Creative (male) and the trigram of the Receptive (female) are fused into a symbol of permanent union and perpetual motion (symbolised by the trailing arms of the swastika), and it is out of this union and motion that the three son and three daughter trigrams are being eternally generated. Note that each of the outer son/daughter trigrams represents the polar opposite of the one that it faces.

The six outside walls of the enclosing hexagon represent the six lines that make up each of the 64 hexagrams of the oracle, and the binary black and white halves of the hexagon reflect the fundamental duality - life/death, light/darkness, good/evil - that lies at the core of the I Ching and life itself.

The Creative is also echoed in the fiery central core of the Gnostika, while the Receptive is reflected in the symbol of a cup (as if viewed from above) in which this fire is contained.

The symbolism of the trigrams of the I Ching corresponds neatly with that of the planets: thus we have Fire=Mars, Wind=Jupiter, Mountain=Saturn, Water=Pluto, Thunder=Uranus, and Lake=Neptune. In regard to the inner segment of the Gnostika, the Receptive corresponds with Venus, the goddess of love, and the Creative corresponds with the fiery energy of the inner sun. Mercury - the archetypal adrogynous messenger of the gods - represents the I Ching itself, while the moon and earth represent the mind and body of the person consulting the oracle.

HINDUISM
The central masculine column represents the erect lingam of Shiva which penetrates the horizontal form of his feminine consort Shakti/Parvati. The sun at the centre symbolises mystical illumination and the whole central orb can also be seen as the opened third eye. The four scythes within the inner orb point to the destructive aspect of Shiva, while the egg image seemingly contained within the hexagon represents his creative aspect. The Gnostika also reflects Shiva's two sons: the outer hexagon represents six-headed Skanda/Kumara, the boy-god of beauty and war; and the inner swastika with its tusk-like arms is of course the primary symbol of his brother, the elephant-god Ganesha who acts as the intermediary between man and the gods.

WODHANISM
The central swastika of the Gnostika is a stylized version of the World Tree on which Wodhanaz hung prior to discovering the runes, and the eye motif enclosed within the outer hexagon is the one that Wodhanaz sacrificed and cast into the well of Mimir (Memory) in order to obtain wisdom.

ISLAM, JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
The Gnostika represents a symbolic fusion of the three monotheistic faiths: the central cross is the crucifix, the half crescent arms attached to it echo the crescent moon of Islam, and the outer hexagon replicates the inside of the Star of David. (See also The Holy Holocaust)




JAPANESE RELIGION - BUDDHISM AND SHINTOISM
The Gnostika brings together the central symbols of the two principal religions of Japan - Buddhism and Shintoism. In Buddhism, the swastika represents the heart of the Buddha, and in Shintoism, a red sun on a white background symbolises the sun-goddess Amaterasu, the founder of the imperial line and the most important figure in the Shinto religion. The cultural importance of bamboo in Japan is reflected in the intersecting 'poles' of the Gnostika, and its six sides represent the 'six directions' - ie, the four cardinal points, and above and below.