Introduction / Using ARAS: The Symbolism of the Cross

Visually, the movement of the swastika implies the wheel, and the turning of the wheel, and is always an image for a change of conditions. A wheel is a cross contained in a circumference. The endless extensions of possibilities are confined, demarcated, around an unmoving centre. In Vedic mythology, the sun is always at the centre, not at the top, with the rays moving out in all directions (Coomaraswamy I, p.420n). The two wheels of the sun chariot of Indra, heaven and earth, are separated by the axle tree which also unites them.