Is that the Hand Of God or the Fickle Finger of Fate? Aside from Trumpism whu worry after eight decades of good, bad and indifferent news? It's called loved ones!
There are visual symbols that are quite overt. Friday's child may be "fair of face" but all good Scots know that while this day of the week is propitious for marriage it is not the time of week to start a new relationship, take a trip or begin any new venture. Why? Possibly because Fri Day remembers Odin's consort Freyja, sometimes identified as Frigga, who the Christian missionaries considered a bad girl. More likely is the fact that Viking raiders preferred to do their worst with her blessing and set sail on Fridays. Trumps mum was a Presbyterian Scot (predestination, only room for 26 in heaven and all that). How did he come to allow inauguration on Friday, January 20th. Weeeell... "Legislators pushed for change from the earlier date of March 4, the 20th Amendment, sets the official date as Jan. 20. Roosevelt took his first oath of office on the traditional March 4; his second inauguration, and every one thereafter, was held on Jan. 20.
However, few are fluent in the language of the less obvious. "Symbols surround us in myriad forms and form an inextricable part of our daily lives, yet unlike our spoken languages, schooling in symbolism is left to the individual initiative." For example, the horizontal line, represents the path from birth to death, beginning to end, and linear time.
The circle is the symbol of boundary and enclosure, of completion, and returning cycles and can symbolize the sun. The broken circle represents a diversion from the cosmic cycle; on one hand birth and life and on the other the other, death. The scales of justice and reason always tilt in one direction; somebody wins and some party loses. The completely symbolic representaion at left is not coincidentally, the capitalized Greek letter Omega, indicating the "Great O." Librans are sometimes depicted as indecisive.
As the last letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set, in contrast to alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Omega is also used in Christianity, as a part of the Alpha and Omega metaphor. In uncapitalized form it is represented by the character "w." This figure can be seen as a two dimensional representation of a vase or a container, which in this position would be incapable of containing anything. This is thus, a symbol of Death. In eschatology, the end of everything. Interestingly, in astrology it is the seventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, and the only one not represented by a organic entity, and animal or mythologic creature. The symbol of the scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom.
The inverted capitalized omega is seen in the earliest Latin texts as connecting two closely related words and evolved into the hyphen. The complete circle has been identified as a universal symbol of unity, wholeness, and infinity. To earth-centered religions throughout history it represented the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the "world serpent" forming a circle as it eats its own tail. The meaning of this upright vase is therefore the inverse of that symbolized above and represents birth, beginnings, emergence and life. This affirmative symbol is sometimes used by Rod Mackay to indicate happy storys.
The infinity symbol ∞ has been conjectured to be a variant form of the lower-case Greek letter ω (omega). In mathematics, the infinity symbol is used more often to represent a potential infinitythe sign implies equality between these opposing forces, with the connecting point in the center the convergent point. The sign epitomizes the idea of sexual union and of "two becoming one."as well as wholeness and completion.Those loops reflect the balance of opposites; male and female,day and night,dark and light. life and death. Again there are connections with the Old Norse World Worm. Some two dimensional illustration suggest a third dimension by creating a two breaks in the eight.
"The Möbius strip or Möbius band is a one-sided nonorientable surface obtained by cutting a closed band into a single strip, giving one of the two ends thus produced a half twist, and then reattaching the two ends. Unlike an ordinary band, which has two sides and two edges, the Möbius strip has only one side and only one edge. An ant can't leave the strip by following the longest path. A closely related 'strange' geometrical object is the Klein bottle. A Klein bottle can be produced by gluing two Möbius strips together along their edges; this cannot be done in ordinary three-dimensional Euclidean space without creating self-intersections." -Wikipedia
If that hurts you head consider the Multiverse Hypothesis, which supposes that there are in fact many universes which comprise everything that exists: all of space, time, matter, energy, as well as the physical laws and constants that describe them. According to superstring theory, there are at least ten dimensions in the universe M-theory actually suggests that there are 11 dimensions to spacetime; bosonic string theories suggest 26 dimensions, which makes our home and native universe much stranger than a Möbius strip. The model for such a time-space construct is harder to explain in terms of topography.
"String theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings. It describes how these strings propagate through space and interact with each other. On distance scales larger than the string scale, a string looks just like an ordinary particle, with its mass, charge, and other properties determined by the vibrational state of the string. In string theory, one of the many vibrational states of the string corresponds to the graviton, a quantum mechanical particle that carries gravitational force. Thus string theory is a theory of quantum gravity." Our symbols of reality are becoming more complex and beginning to suggest we may indeed live in a matrix contained sumulation. If true, we have to hope the programmer won't throw the switch and that infinity is truly infinite.
Rod may use this heading to warn of subjects which seem boundless in scope, which he does not fully comprehend.
As noted earlier, a straight line indicates a timeline having a beginning and end point. Whereever these lines appear above a block there is a link to a few underlying pages.