Interfaith College

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About the Crest
by Peter Brabyn - Sunday, 12 February 2012, 01:20 AM

IC Shield

The IC crest bares the initials IC upon an otherwise blank winged shield, behind it are two serpents entwined about a trident.

The blank shield represents the tabula rasa, the blank slate, an educational and psychological concept that dates back to Aristotle. A mind open to learning and to different ways of thinking, ready to receive knowledge and then to pass it on. The blank slate is like a painter's canvas that has been untouched by the brush, capable of becoming anything.

The letters upon the shield represent the initials of the university, but also a bit more. They spell out the sentence 'I see' and are intended to represent the realisation of finding one's self. Hopefully through education and an open mind we can assist you to do this. Find yourself and nothing shall be lost to you.

The wings on the shield represent the ability to take off to places unknown with the new knowledge gained and the ability to affect others upon our life's journey. They equally represent the freedom that knowledge can present us with upon this path and the ability to be unfettered by our own ignorance.

The two serpents about the trident represent the caduceus, the staff of the messenger of the Gods and a symbol of negotiation. The two snakes representing the balance around an item of dissention (the staff), they are the same but different, light and dark, yin and yang, in harmony. The caduceus has also become an alchemical symbol and thereby represents the ability to change and to grow.

As a symbol for mercury it displays the properties of a metal and a liquid signifying both strength and malleability.

The staff of the caduceus, in this case, has been replaced with a trident. The trident represents the fluidity of water, of which we are mostly composed and which covers over half of our planet. It is the ability to be strong when needed and to give ground when this is the best solution. Historically the trident has been used as a hunting tool, primarily for fish. Give a person a trident and they shall have fish forever, more than just a single meal. These are the tools of life and in this way the trident represents the knowledge to be passed to the student, and hopefully from the student onwards to society one person at a time.

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