As I was growing up,
my brother created paintings incorporating symbols he found interesting.
One of my favorite was a combination of the peace sign,
the Maltese cross and the ankh.
He worked in vivid black light poster paint
(it was the sixties, after all…)
and it hung on our wall for years.
I recall looking at it as I drifted off to sleep.
In spite of the brilliant colors,
I found the image soothing and offered a sense of comfort.
I created an amulet that represented the image and dubbed it the Craig,
naming it after him.
Recently I came across the old charm and decided to add a small change:
the lower emanation extends lower than the classic Maltese cross,
symbolizing an emanation of blessings
to both the person who wears the amulet
and to all one surrounds oneself with.
The Ankh of Peace,
for me a logo of the sixties;
but for the world it is a new image:
a culmination of many lands,
many cultures all focused on life,
vitality, stability and peace.