The Significance of the Faravahar / Farohar Figure

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The Significance of the Faravahar / Farohar Figure
1) The Faravahar’s face resembles the face of human being and therefore, indicates its connection to mankind.
2) There are two wings in two sides of the picture, which have three main feathers.
These main feathers indicate three symbols of good reflection, good words, and good deed, which are at the same time the motive of flight and advancement.
3) The lower part of the Faravahar consists of three parts, representing bad reflection, bad words, and bad deed which causes misery and misfortune for human beings.
4) There are two loops at the two sides of the Faravahar, which represent Sepanta Minu, and Ankareh Minu.
The former is directed toward the face and the latter is located at the back. This also indicates that we have to proceed toward the good and turn away from bad.
5) There is a circle in the middle of the Faravahar’s trunk.
This symbol indicates that our spirit is immortal, having neither a beginning, nor an end.
6) One hand of the Faravahar, points upwards, showing that we have to struggle to thrive.
7) The other hand holds a ring. Some interpreters consider that as the ring of covenant, representing loyalty and faithfulness which is the basis of Zarathustra’s philosophy.

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  • Thank you for sharing this wisdom! I also know that the center ring is upward in front & downward at the back – To hold in good & overturn evil, AND that the Asho farohar MUST face towards the right (east) not left (west) Often, when pictures are taken & reproduced this error occurs, so caution needs to be taken that when looking at the picture, it should be facing the right hand. I have seen many a farohar facing left or the ring overturned – NOT intentional, but also not right! Privileged 2b Zoroastrian by birth, Proud 2b Zoroastrian by choice. Navroze Mubarak, Ushta-te!

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