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The inevitable 'i'
Written by Messiah   
Sunday, 07 May 2006

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Origins of "i" 

In Semitic, the letter Yôdh was probably originally a pictogram for an arm with hand, derived from a similar Egyptian hieroglyph, but was reassigned to /j/ (pronounced as English Y in "yoke") by Semites, because their word for "arm" began with that sound. This letter could also be used for the vowel sound /i/, mainly in foreign words. The Greeks adopted a form of this Phoenician yodh as their letter iota (Ι, ι). It stood for the vowel /i/, the same as in the Old Italic alphabet. In Latin (as in Modern Greek), it was also used for the consonant sound of /j/. The modern letter J was originally a variation of this letter, and both were interchangeably used for both the vowel and the consonant, only coming to be differentiated in the 16th century. In modern English, I represents different sounds, mainly a "long" diphthong /ai/, that developed from /i:/ during the Great vowel shift of the 15th century, as well as the "short", open /I/ as in "bill". The dot over the lowercase 'i' is sometimes called a tittle. In the Turkish alphabet, dotted and dotless I are considered separate letters and both have uppercase (I, İ) and lowercase (ı, i) forms.

In English, I is the nominative case of the pronoun denoting the first person, singular. In Roman numerals, I denotes the number 1 (there are also separate Unicode characters for this number).

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The diacritic, the tittle (dot over the i) symbolizes the human mind and the ring around it, the halo, aura or nimbus, symbolizes it's capacities. Figuratively, an aura refers to the character of concepts, issues or phenomena surrounding a particular topic; for example, "The discussion had an aura of casualness". In the circular form the aura constitutes a natural and even primitive use of the idea of a crown, modified by an equally simple idea of the emanation of light from the head of a superior being, or by the meteorological phenomenon of a halo. The probability is that all later associations with the symbol refer back to an early astrological origin (compare Mithras), the person so glorified being identified with the sun and represented in the sun's image; so the aureole is the ''Hvareno'' of Zoroastrianism. From this early astrological use, the form of "glory" or "nimbus" has been adapted or inherited under new beliefs.

The Ankh symbol The Ankh symbol and it's relation to "i".

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The Cross symbol and it's relation to the Ankh symbol.

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The three in combination: "The Inevitable i".

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The dot in a circle: - "The female principle, symbolized by the moon, assumed the form of a lunette [small circular opening], or crescent, while the male principle, symbolized by the sun, assumed the form of the lingam [Phallus] and placed himself erect in the center of the lunette, like the mast of a ship."

The circle: - "a symbol of eternity in the Western traditions, of completeness in the Chinese traditions, and of the planet earth in the emerging Gaian spiritualities and the Neo-Pagan traditions."

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