Today we wish to reveal our crest. The concept behind it was devised by Ïal Lehmti I’Riv, and the drawing and actual realisation of it was done by Babalon Graphics, mid-June 2013.
About the concept behind the TEO-crest
We clearly see both the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the Eurasian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos) side by side. Both are known to be some of the world’s most powerful and instinctive solemn hunters. The bear is the strongest of all carnivorous mammals, where-as the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on the planet, with astonishing eyesight and maneuverability. The bear, on the right side for a reason, symbolizes the solemn strength of mind and will. Furthermore the bear is an opposer to all pack mentalities, from sheep to wolves. The bear represents our physical side. The Peregrine falcon, purposely on the left side, symbolizes analytic vision and the crude vigilance that go with veritable devotion and practice. The falcon represents our meta-physical side.
The crest is flanked on both sides by a Common Adder (Vipera berus) coiling around branches of Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and Sage (Salvia divinorum). These represent the affirmed Sophia behind meditation and visions into the adverse realms, but again the need for vigilance and great mobility to evade the many pitfalls and malign influences there-from.
As a crown, the Moon is depicted to emphasize the sinister and dormant beast within the vessel. Recognizing and giving way to the full spectrum of the physical and meta-physical realms and/or universe. Below the banner at the bottom of the crest, is the holiest Sigilla of the Ophidian Adversarial current, which our core embodies, describing the vessel’s path.
Furthermore, the Peregrine Falcon, the Common Adder and Wormwood are indigenous to Toxandria, though the latter is very rare. Sage is also indigenous to Toxandria, but not the genus mentioned above, which originates from Mexico. The Eurasian Brown Bear’s ancestors used to dwell south-east of Toxandria, but have since receded mostly to Scancinavia and the mountainous forests of southern- and eastern-Europe.