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The Vesica as a Fish Slide 9-94: Car Medallion Vesica pisces literally means fish bladder and if we extend the ends on one side, we get a simplified picture of a fish. The vesica is a variation of the zodiac sign for pisces, and thus has an astrological connection. In Judaism, on the first day of Rosh Hashana Jews are encouraged to visit a body of water containing live fish and recite prayers in which we cast away our sins. "As fish depend on water so do we depend on God's providence." Also a fish's eyes never close, symbolizing God's unceasing watchfulness over us. The fish is also a symbol for baptism. "Just as a fish cannot live without water, a Christian cannot live without the waters of baptism." A fish sometimes appears on the table in pictures of The Last Supper. Fish in Greek is ΙΧΘΥΣ . These letters are also the initial letters of the words, Jesus Christ God's Son Savior
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Unformatted text preview: . This association is often given as a reason why the fish is associated with Christianity. Slide 9-97: Three Fish , Prospero. The Book of Symbols: Magic. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1944. p. 22 A figure showing Three Entwined Fish has double symbolism, both of baptism and of the Trinity. The Vesica as Aureole Slide 9-98: Christ Pantocrater Master of Tahull, c. 1123. Fisher, Sally. The Square Halo. NY: Abrams, 1995. p. 91 The Middle Ages saw numerous appearances of the vesica used as an aureole, a field of radiance surrounding the entire body, a sort of body halo surrounding holy figures. This use continued into the Renaissance. It is the most common use of the vesica as an art motif. Interpreting the aureole as a Venn diagram, it could represent the uniting of God and man or the intersection of two realms, earthly and divine....
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