These symbols are cousins to each other. I have a new Tarot class starting, and I’ll be speaking about the lemniscate – the horizontal figure-8 symbol for infinity – found on some cards. In the Major Arcana, the Magician and Strength often contain lemniscates, and the Two of Pentacles traditionally incorporates a large lemniscate entwined around the two discs.
By comparison, the Möbius strip is simple, earthy, physical. It’s just a strip of paper, its ends joined to create a ring but – vital! – with a twist in the paper so that the outer side becomes the inner, and vice versa: It has no end. Find Möbius strip details here. Flattened out, the Möbius strip is the origin of the recycling symbol.
So far, these symbols may read like math or science, but spiritually their meanings expand: The Sun’s motion and our ability to track it and celebrate its turning points; the perpetual continuity found in the lemniscate and the Möbius strip; our awareness of our earthly presence, expressed in the recycle symbol, and so much more. Symbols are our visual tools, and in these, What goes around, comes around.
Analemma photomontage credit to Jailbird, via Wikipedia Creative Commons shared use.
More analemma action: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120920.html