About the Faravahar







The Faravahar has a profound significance. It is a symbol used by Zarathustrians / Zoroastrians around the world, reminding of the purpose of life and the progression of soul. It represents everlasting life, shows the duality of  the two opposing forces of good and bad, and indicates divine universal law to strive to lead a good and morally upright life in order to progress and attain union with the All of the All.

The circle in the centre of the figure - which shows no beginning or end - represents the soul and its immortality. 

The wings enable the soul to evolve and progress. In showing flight, they reflect mankind's advancement. The feathers to the left and right represent good thoughts (or good reflection), good words and good deeds. 

In the lower part of the Faravahar there are three parts that  represent bad thoughts (or bad reflections), bad words and bad deeds that cause misery for human beings.

The two opposing forces - one positive and one negative - are reflected in the two loops to the left and right, showing the continuous conflict that is present between the two. The soul, sitting in the middle, has choice to proceed to the good and turn away from the bad.

The Faravahar's face indicates connection to humanity.


One hand of the Faravahar is raised,  showing man's striving for the higher good.  The other holds a ring that is a representative of the progression of soul to attain union with Ahura Mazda (I'hua'Mazda).


It is interesting to note that First Nations' name for Her Holiness Alexandra Hehpsehboah is Thunderbird Woman, meaning the messenger between the Great Spirit -the Creator - and mankind.  The thunderbird itself is larger than an eagle.  The winged symbolism reflects similarities in the theme represented in the Faravahar.


"You are responsible and accountable for your own actions and truthfulness to self and others in all you do. Each action you take has a consequence - cause and effect - and must be dealt with before surrendering your physical body in order that your soul continues on unencumbered. One must strive towards good thoughts, good words, good deeds and no killing on a moment to moment basis, as your soul evolvement is what is of paramount importance." 

- H.H. Alexandra Hehpsehboah




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