Sunday, July 7, 2013

Secret Symbols on the Gate Door At White Cemetery

 The beautiful and original wrought iron fence surrounding the White Family Cemetery is full of mystery on it's own.  The gate has symbols on it that can be misleading if you don't know what they mean.  I am, by no means, an expert in this area, but I do recognize some of the things depicted on this gate as being symbolic. 

 This is the All Seeing Eye. It is on the Great Seal of the United States of America and it is on the dollar bill. It represents God watching over mankind.  It is also known as the Eye of Providence.  The Great Seal was also a symbol that belonged to Freemasonry.  
The snake or serpent swallowing its own tail has several meanings.  One is the circular nature of time.  It is called the Ouroboros.  It was so named by the Greeks and means "self-devourer."  It symbolizes not only the cyclical nature of time and the seasons, but also the eternal cycle of rebirth. For some societies, it s also a symbol of eternity.  Finally, the serpent is a creature of the earth, close to the ground.  The circle it creates by swallowing its own tail is a symbol of completion and spiritual perfection.  It demonstrates a union of Heaven and Earth working in harmony.

This is one of the most beautiful gates I have seen leading into a cemetery.  I realize there are other mysteries on this gate, telling you in a secret code something about John White and his family.  One even suggests a hidden treasure, though I believe it is of a Godly nature.  If cemeteries like this fascinate you, as they do me, then stopping to see this one should be on your list! 

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