Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hexology: Part IV

The above video is part one of eleven of the Hunter Yoder series on Pennsylvania public television. As it finishes, the next part will show somewhere on the screen, or you can simply find the whole series on the FrankBlank231 channel on YouTube. I think I will just wrap this up for now. I could just go on and on, as there are so many facets to Hexology. It's so enriching to briefly emerse yourself in something new that actually has always been part of your folk soul. Below are a few more links:

Symbol Meanings

The Symbol
Its Meaning

Eternity or Infinity
Distelfink (Bird)
Good Luck and Happiness
Peace and Contentment
Good Health, Strength and Courage
Four Pointed Star
Bright Day
Love and Kindness
Horse Head
Protect Animals from Disease and Building from Lightning
Maple Leaf
Oak Leaf
Quarter Moons (4)
Four Seasons of the Year
Abundance, Fertility, Rain
Good Luck. Keep Away Bad Luck and Evil
Good Luck
Triple Star
Success, Wealth and Happiness
Tulips (Trinity - 3)
Faith, Hope and Charity
Twelve Pointed Rosette
A Joyous Month for Each Month of the Year
Virtue and Piety. Belief in God
Wavy Border
Smooth Sailing Through Life

3-20-12 ADDITION: I have started to view this Hexology series, and I noticed that Hunter Yoder referred to the sun of the Alps symbol as a "rosette." I don't know if it's a rosette or not. However, when there's a distinct symbol, it's usually called only by it's proper name. Rosettes are a much larger category. On one hand, the sun of the Alps isn't a greatly-known symbol, such as the triskelion or the triquetra; on the other hand, it would seem that he should know exactly what it is since it's on so many hex signs. So, when do we challenge experts on certain items? I'm quite certain on this one however. It's an Alpine symbol, of either proto-European or Gaulish origin; and which has been found occasionally in other places, such as Portugal or north Germany. It's rare for a symbol to be unique to only one place, like the Rosa Camuna basically is.



  1. That is very interesting, I have never heard the term, 'sun of the alps' Of course it makes sense, not only are the Hex Signs of Berks County, PA derived from their Swiss ancestry, but also the Bank Barns, the distinctive architecture the Hexes were/are placed.

  2. Discovering the Rosa Camuna, here has been an Epiphany! I am an avid pro Cycling fan and the last classic race of the year is the 'Tour de Lombardia" Watching it last year, I saw all these Green 'rossettes' everywhere and sought in vain to find out why they were being used. My last name, Yoder, is from a certain St Joder, who achieved that status by tricking the Devil into transporting a heavy Bronze bell the Pope in Rome had gifted him, high into the Alps where his Parish was located. The Devil agreed to the task in exchange for a human soul, presumably his own if the task could be completed before 'cocks crow' This Yoder like many of us have cocks that crow early, lol and thus the story goes complete with a St Yoder day in August

  3. It's good to hear from you, especially since I'm so interested in the subject; and I often have synchronistic connections to symbols and words, as if they were some sort of guiding lights. The Lega Nord party in Italy uses what they refer to as "Sun of the Alps" on their flag. However, Wikipedia has modified that symbol to the "Flower of Life," and sites many origins. There's even one in the Val Camonica. And that ties into the "Tree of Life," which also has many different origins, as well as sacred geometry. So I think this maybe is back in your court, since I'm a bit lost now as far as the bigger picture. The flag of Lombardy is the Rosa Camuna; however I think an authentic one must have the dots on it. It's an extremely regional symbol; however, somehow there is one very clear and ancient Rosa Camuna in northern England ("Swastika Stone"), perhaps designed there by a Roman-Camunni recruit. There's also its similarity to the Saint Johns's Arms. Cingular Wireless used to use a Rosa Camuna, but nobody ever understood the origin.

    The story of St. Joder sounds like great clan folklore. Also, that interview was a great text interview. I think I really got the proactive meanings of what you were saying. There was one Heathen woman blogger in Arizona who was so moved by the article that she began painting some hex signs on smooth flat circular stones, but I seem to have misplaced that link. I wanted to add a question which I have had, after reading a couple of book by Guido von List, as to what symbol he was referring to when he mentioned the five-pointed "Veheme Star Rose" as an ancient Germanic symbol? He did show a pentagram in 'Secret of the Runes', but I think that there may perhaps have been an ancient symbol which was possibly similar to the one used in the movie 'The Blair Witch Project', and which may have had the same basic meaning as the Sumerian pentagram. If anyone had any idea of what it was, it would be you I think.

    ~Have a Heathen Day!~


  4. Thoughts on what I would call a pentagram are as follows: We rarely use it in Hexology. It refers to the planet Venus which we are in a Phi relationship with. The number of earth days in a Venus year to the number of earth days in a Earth year equals 1.618. Phi is the proportion found in growth spirals. I use it occasionally as in my Belladonna Hex based on that plant. In Hexology we use six, eight, nine and twelve and multiples and divisibles of each such as three, four, and two. Nine is the perfect number, all multiples of which when added up in a numerological sense equals itself or nine. Example, 666 a combination used frequently as six is employed three times. Three is the charm.

  5. Thank you. Have a Heathen day.