Meaning of the Circle Symbol
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual
people and they communicated their history,
thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation
and Signs such as the Circle symbol. Native American symbols
geometric portrayals of celestial bodies,
natural phenomena and
animal designs. The circle is used as a basis
for many symbols including the
Sun symbol, the
cycle of the seasons and the cycle of life to
death to rebirth and the four elements.
Symbol - Meaning
circle is symbolic of equality, where no person
is more prominent than any other person. Circle
meetings ensured that all people were allowed to
speak and the words spoken were accepted and
respected on an equal basis. A circle around
other Native American symbols signifies family
ties, closeness & protection. The circle has no
break and holds that which cannot be broken.
Circle Symbol - The Cosmic Cross
elements is represented by the Hopi tribe with
the following circle, called the "Cosmic Cross"
or the Cross
in the Circle - Solar Cross Symbol. which means the world. The four bars represent
north, south, east and west.
individual elements of Air, Fire, Water and
Earth are each represented by a circle.
The elements are the four great primary forces
emanating from the Creator. The fire circle
represents warmth and light. The air symbol
represents life. The water symbol represents the
sustenance of life. The four circles
inside the outer outline on the Earth symbol
represent the four nations (the first four
tribes of mankind) which came to the world to
keep balance. The cross in circle was one of the
most sacred symbols of Native Americans as it
represented the Sun, Moon and fire.
Meaning of other Circle Symbols to the Native
There are many other circle symbols that have
been used by both the Mound Builders and the
Native Americans. many are presented in
combinations with other icons such as
The following cross and circle symbols relate to
the Four Great Primary Forces and their place in
These additional circle symbols symbolizes
control over forces and the gravity of the
earth. The final petal-like symbol represents
the earth's forces passing into the atmosphere
There were many Sun
symbols that utilised the shape of the
circle with rays emanating for it.
Circle Symbols on Native American Rock Paintings
The following Native American Circle Symbols are
depicted on ancient Rock Paintings that were
found at Santa Barbara. The rock paintings which
include various circle symbols and signs were
created by the Chumash people of southern
California. The circle symbols are believed to
be associated with religion and astronomy.
Symbol - Meaning
There were so many tribes of Native American
Indians it is only possible to generalise
the most common meaning of the Circle symbol or pattern. Native Indian symbols
are still used as
and were used for a variety of
reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes
War Paint. Indian
Tribes also used their own
for Symbols and designs depending on the
natural resources available to make
Native American paint.