Look into the sun, the eye in the sky. Look at the devotional dot between the eyes of Hindus. Appropriated from ancient sign-systems using a dot and a circle is used in many cultures as a solar symbol. In conjunction the symbol or visual tag makes up the astronomical and astrological symbol for the sun. In our digital sign system a circled dot is expressed in Unicode U+2609 ☉; or bigger as c.f. U+2299 ⊙ “circled dot operator”.

Conceptually close in Hinduist tradition is the point of creation (Bindu, in Sanskrit: बिंदु) meaning “point” or “dot”.  It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state”. The Egyptian sign for “sun”, “Ra” or “Aten” in the hieroglyphic writing system (Gardiner N5) is also drawn as a dot in a circle. The character for “sun” or “day” in early Chinese script was similar, but it has become square in modern script.

Evolution of the pictographic character

I do not own the symbol, nor do I use it exclusively. I do not own the sun – the sun is there for everybody. We owe the sun, the star Sol, our life and evolution. The symbol in my use stands for reverence and reference to distance, spatial relations and abundance. “Bindu” can be read in German as “(ich) bin du” – “I am you”. In Tibetan Buddhism Bindu refers to the subtle body, which is composed of drops (Tibetan: ཐིག་ལེ thig le) and winds (Tibetan: རླུང rLung).

We are all creatures from drops of stardust formed by a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma. The sun the biggest factor of continuity and change for our solar system…this is a fact – no religious meaning implied.

I use this symbol in a designed form for watermarking photos and other media types for quite a while. I am a form, basking in energy input of a celestial body. All belongs to the factory of the sun – so do my works.