Solar Crescents on Roman Coins

August 5, 2017

 

This Roman gold aureus of the Severan Dynasty clearly shows the solar crescent on the reverse is originating from the Emperor. The solar eclipse symbolism cannot be more obvious. Geta is on the obverse. Septimius Severus is depicted on the reverse with a radiate crown. The radiate crown on his head represents his power of radiance like the sun. Julia Domna on the reverse is associated with the Roman moon god Luna. The horns up crescent below is always solar as it represents the moon's greatest power, to cover the sun during a solar eclipse. Catholic saints today are always shown with instruments of their martyrdom. They are not deities of the instruments of their death. I view this coin as an assertion by Emperor Severus to reassert his dominance over the empress. Julia Domna was very assertive. Star and crescent motifs were very common on the coins of the Carrhae mint with Caracalla. He was actively engaged with the Parthian Empire in war.

 

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2000 years ago the cross was a Roman symbol of death and terror. Jesus Christ transformed this symbol into a universal sign of God's love, hope and resurrection. Solar eclipse events are recorded in Roman mythology during the conception of Romulus and Remus by the war god Mars and during the foundation of the city of Rome. The solar eclipse to the Romans was a sign from their gods that war was upon the Earth. The solar eclipse symbol of the star/pellet within the crescent on Roman coins and legionary standards was also a sign of their god's approval of Roman domination over conquered lands. Fifteen hundred years later, the "Our Lady of Guadalupe" Icon was presented to the New World as an inverted Roman Legionary Standard. Jesus Christ changed these symbols of Roman domination and slavery into an everlasting sign of God's love and compassion.