Muse Symbol

I’m looking at and thinking about religious symbols all day – ok, I admit it, CHRISTIAN symbols, those symbols I’m surrounded by here in Western Civilization, but which have always been forbidden because I’m an atheist Jew. Well, I’ve lifted that internal prohibition recently, and my symbol-loving mind has been wallowing in symbols like a pig in shit ever since.Crosses are everywhere, including the Venus symbol, also known as the Woman symbol. Some say the O represents the womb, and the + represents a man hanging off it. Obviously the cross symbol predates Christianity, and its meaning goes well beyond that religion, although it can’t shake its association in the West.

While I don’t strictly believe in any God of organized religion, I do believe in my Muse – at least I try to. So I made a symbol for Her. It looks just as occult and disturbing as any other religious symbol I’ve seen, which was the objective I guess. If I were the tattooing type, I’d consider it.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

3 thoughts on “Muse Symbol”

  1. Among the ancients, the circle was believed to symbolize the spirit which has no beginning or end. The cross is the cross of matter and physical life which is made up of the four traditional elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

  2. personally, your image looks like a penis entering a vigina…

    I personally stuck with images of the lier, pen in an ink well, and painters tools….

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