WHY THE “INDALO”?
Indalo was perceived to be a go-between between man and God, with a rainbow providing a bridge between heaven and earth. This symbol serves as a reminder of the complex belief of man (you the astrologer) as the microcosm and the Universe (the astrology chart) as the macrocosm.
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The ancient cave paintings of the Indalo were discovered in Almeria, southern Spain, in the late 19th Century, but they date back 4,500 years. The paintings show figures of a man holding a rainbow in outstretched arms – not dissimilar to many such paintings found in various places around the world.
Archaeologists and anthropologists believe they represent the search by primitive man for wisdom and truth in the universe.
For the native Indian tribes of North America, the rainbow was one of the most powerful qualities of the Great Spirit of creation and the Indalo Rainbow Man figure is often represented in sacred paintings and drawings by the Zuni, Hopi, and Navajo. Legends of these ancient tribes, as well as the Cree and the Sioux, foretell when the Great Spirit will once again rise up and the Rainbow Warrior will lead the world to freedom.
The Indalo is the symbol of the whole region of Almería, and you can see the lucky symbol wherever you go. Indal Eccius means ‘ Messenger of the Gods ‘ in old Iberian and the lucky charm is considered a guardian angel (a bit like a St. Christopher, or a St James Cross worn by many on the Camion de Santiago) . . not only being a symbol of good luck but also representing Man’s ethereal connection with the spirits and the universe.