Symbols: Tell Me More
lyre was a musical instrument used in Ancient Greece to accompany
singing or recitation of poetry or prose. Lyric poetry developed
from such songs, reaching a height of popularity and practice
in the 6 th and 7th centuries BC.
cock - In most cultures, the cock is an attribute of the sun or sun gods and relates to the masculine principle. In Buddhist symbolism, the cock symbolizes carnal passion and pride. For the Chinese, it is the yang (masculine) principle, courage, and faithfulness. In Japanese Shinto symbolism, the cock stands on the drum calling people to prayer. For Christians, the cock may be connected with the resurrection of Christ or with St. Peter, either banishing evil and darkness or reminding us of human weakness and repentance.
flayed a piebald horse - This is a pretty grotesque image if you take it literally, but remember you are in the Land of Myth. In this realm, the flayed horse reminds Amaterasu and us to look below the surface (below the skin!) to seek the truth.
mirror - In Japanese culture, the mirror represents Truth and is one of the Three Treasures. The other two treasures are the sword (Courage and Strength) and the jewel (Compassion). All three treasures can be found in the Amaterasu myth. The mirror is used symbolically by many other cultures as well. It can represent truth, wisdom, self-knowledge, and self-realization, but it can also also simply symbolize the qualities of the person in the mirror: good, bad, wise, or ignorant.