Friday, 13 February 2015

Lion symbol on Germanic national heraldic shields.

In the previous article I included the heraldic crest of Dresden - which includes a rampant lion in traditional Saxony colours. Other Germanic lands also share a similar lion, Flanders for example.

The 'George' cross (the flag of England and north Italy) pre-dates the Christian connection. The cross was (and still is) a Solar symbol - and was widely used throughout the Mesopotamian region - along with the Irminsul symbol.

Another symbol synonymous with the English is the so-called 'Three Lions'. However, this is not strictly true - these lions are in fact Leopards.

The Leopard is another Solar symbol, and also the root of Leo. Both the Leopard and the Lion are symbols of the Sun. However in Heraldic lore a Lion can only appear on a shield on its own. A Leopard can appear on its own or in any number, thus three cats together are Leopards. I recall reading (typically I cannot find the reference for this article) that the Leopard symbol was bought to Europe by the Romans, and that the origins of the heraldic Leopard was the Leopard headpiece that Roman officers wore).

If we look at the Scythian peoples, and especially the Alans we find further connections to the English 'three Lions' symbol. The Germanic English have ancient roots in the Scythian races. The Leopard was the original symbol of the Alans. Their sacred number was seven - an important point as in Anglo-Saxon cosmology there were only seven worlds. This is reflected in modern region of South Ossetia, home to the descendants of the Aryan Scythians and Alans, as their coat of arms clearly portrays a Leopard and Seven sacred Mountains - all important symbols shared by the Alans, Scythians and the English - which are still used today.

Above - this was the proposed flag for modern Ossetia. You can see the flag contains the George cross - as shared by Georgia and England
 Below - the flag which is most often flown

The Leopard of the Scythian folk - the roots of the English three Lions? and seven sacred mountains.