The Seal of Melchizedek
History, Meanings, and Mysteries...
An ancient symbol was suddenly used in a modern temple. Soon it was being asked...
Where does it come from?
What does it mean?
Why is it here now?
Ancient Symbol of Christ
What is the Seal of Melchizedek?
The Seal of Melchizedek is an 8-point star.
It usually is composed of 2 superimposed squares offset at 45-degree angles. The two squares then appear as an 8-point star with an octagon in the center.
However, the basic design can have many different similar or not-so-similar derivatives. Some of the most common show the 8-point star as two interwoven squares or with a circle in the center.
These derivatives may result from the time or culture that they are found, or place that they are used.
What is the meaning or Symbolism of the Seal?
There are at least 4 types of Symbolism here.
A symbol of course, can have as many meanings as there are people, for a symbol can be interpreted in that many ways.
However, the Seal of Melchizedek has similar meanings to many cultures. Here we mention 4 layers of symbolism traditional traditional to the Judeo-Christian Culture. All point to Atonement and Christ. They are:
The shape: A star
The Number associated with it: "8"
The Name of it: Melchizedek
The location: Altars/Temples & churches
What is the meaning of the Star Shape?
The Star Shape points to Christ
Ancient cultures believed the stars were gods. When the greatest star ever appeared, it lead the shepherds and wise men to Christ.
Every Christmas, we put a star on the Christmas tree to represent Christ.
In Revelations, Christ is referred to as "The Morning Star", or the Sun. The Morning Star chases the darkness away and brings life.
"Each temple is a house of learning. There we are taught in the Master's way. His way differs from the modes of others. His way is ancient and rich with symbolism. We can learn much by pondering the reality for which each symbol stands."
Russell M. Nelson: GC April 2001
"To be fluent in the language of the Spirit one must be fluent in the language of symbolism."
Joseph Fielding McConkie: Gospel Symoblism