The Starred-Cross: A Peace Symbol
(excerpted from essays by Jacqueline Lichtenberg)
The Starred-Cross is first
introduced into the Sime~Gen universe in the first novel that was published,
House of Zeor. There it is established that there are way stations,
places of refuge for children fleeing for their lives, called Shrines of the
Starred-Cross. Inside, in addition to basic comforts, one can find a carved
medallion starred-cross to take and wear. And the inscription says that if you
believe in it, and don't fear, you will be protected.
Sime~Gen Inc. and its domain
simegen.com, and also the WorldCrafters Guild writing school, are based on the
principle that combinations of diverse individuals develop an energy which when
released sparks creativity in themselves and the society around them.
The starred-cross combines
of two ancient symbols that have been used by many civilizations, the equal
armed cross and the five pointed star.
The equal armed cross here represents
the Cross of Nature - the joining of any two 'opposites' we find in Nature.
The five pointed star, the Seal of
Solomon, with the 5th point directed upwards represents the human being (two
arms, two legs and the head upwards) a living spirit.
The joining of the two symbols,
Humanity and Nature, represents the concept that the human spirit is inextricably
intertwined with Nature, that humans are a part of Nature, and that the creative
spirit within us is a part of Nature.
Thus this symbol represents
the kind of individual and personal Peace that a human can achieve when deeply
attuned to his own Nature, not having overcome fear with courage, but having
discovered there is nothing to fear. The theory is that such an individual
will generally exhibit more compassion for others than when at war with himself.