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Symbol 18
The living being’s arcs of fate

A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 18 - The living being’s arcs of fate


The living being is the source of and centre for the creation of manifestation and movement. Through causing movement the being creates its way of being It promotes this way of being with its manifestations or creations, thus forming its relationship to other living beings. These manifestations return to their source in the form of effects. Martinus describes the passage of the movements - from their source outwards into manifestation, outwards into life and back again to their source - as arcs of fate. Our fate is the connection of our present life with our past and present.

The main details of the symbol:

  • The white triangle with the star cross symbolises the living being.
  • The orange and violet section around the star cross, which is framed by the two vertical white lines, constitutes its present terrestrial life.
  • The rectangular orange sections symbolise the being’s various physical lives on Earth. The white sections symbolise its spiritual lives between its physical lives. Together these sections symbolise the being’s principle of reincarnation.
  • The orange and white rays that emanate from the white triangle or the I of the being indicate the being’s eternal connection with its physical and spiritual lives respectively.
  • The yellow section symbolises the being’s past and the green its future.
  • The network of violet semicircles or arcs at the top of the symbol constitutes the arcs of fate that the being sends out through its behaviour, and which return to its source. They contain the effects of the being’s conduct towards itself, towards its surroundings and its fellow beings. The number of the arcs of fate and their various sizes symbolise that the living being is always part of a great number of cycles of fate with more or less profound effects, some of which are completed quickly, others later in the same life, other in the next life and yet others in subsequent lives.


See also Martinus' description of symbol no. 18 in The Eternal World Picture 2.