Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More on Treasure Hunting Signs and Symbols: the Circle (Part 2)

(Circle symbols, top-to-bottom: Spoked Wheel; Star of David [Mogen David]; Horizontal Oval; Crossed Ovals; Equal-Armed Cross; Crescent; Basic Circle.)

Sidetracked Yet Again

At times here at "Treasure Trove Dreams" I get sidetracked and at times I forget to finish a post sequence or series. This is one of those times and I have a sharp-eyed reader/treasure hunter out there named M.C. to thank for bringing this to my attention.

I originally wrote and published Part 1 of this series back in August of 2010. At that time I left off my discussion of circle signs/symbols after discussing the horizontal oval treasure symbol. I now continue with more circle symbol interpretations.

Crossed Ovals ("Four-Pointed Star"):
A fairly common circular treasure sign is what is known as the "four-pointed star" or crossed ovals symbol (fourth from the top above). Oftentimes this symbol is enclosed within a circle, but not in every instance so keep this fact in mind when you're out and about. An obvious aspect of this symbol are the 4 compass directions: north, south, east, and west. Sometimes they are shown equidistant (as they are in this example) but I have seen crude versions of this symbol where one of the directional points is smaller or shorter than the rest. If this is the case, that can mean that this is the implied direction of a cache or trove. Or, alternately, it can mean that treasure is buried a short(er) distance away in this direction. The dot in the center of the crossed ovals can mean "treasure is here," equidistant from all compass points, but in many crossed oval signs this dot or "X" marks the spot reference is missing.

"Gunsight" or Target Circle: This symbol is not unusual in the Western and Southwestern United States but I have not seen any instances where this symbol was used by the Spanish, so chances are it refers to more modern era troves or caches (late 1800s-early 1900s). It derives its name from the fact it zeroes in on (or targets) the location of a cache or trove. If you come across this one out in the field, try and determine the limits of the circle referenced first, because this is critical to finding any potential trove. The circle forming the outer ring of this sign/symbol could be only a short distance (a matter of mere feet or yards) or miles and miles. Finally, the circular area alluded to could be a man-made indicator ( a corral, a circle of stones, etc.) or broader geological or terrain features.

Crescent Circle: You probably won't run into this particular treasure sign or symbol in the Americas (North, Central, South, or Mexico) very often. The only proven instances I know of where the crescent (or the crescent by itself) has been associated with recovered troves has been in Eastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East (due its association with Islam??). In fact, one mid-sized trove that used the crescent circle as an indicator was found in Turkey. If you do come across this one in the United States make sure you document it properly because of its overall rarity here. My understanding is that the interior crescent line is the path along which a cache or trove will be found (again, within a circular context or configuration).

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Basic Circle: I am almost reluctant to touch upon this last circular symbol since it is so widespread and so difficult to interpret from a treasure trove standpoint. The basic circle has been with humankind from time immemorial and has so many connotations that it is, at best, bewildering to try and decipher. If the circle has "rays" that indicate a sun symbol then you are off and running because sun symbols have been used many times in many different cultures to indicate the presence of treasure. But a plain old circle? All you can hope for is a circular area again, either man-made or natural, whose limits may contain a cache or trove.

That's for circle symbols and signs. Take care and, as always, good hunting to you.

(c) J.R. 2010

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