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Sator Arepo or Sator Square

The Sator square or Sator Arepo is a Christian enigma beyond words.
The earliest known appearance of the square was found in the ruins of Pompeii, and is thought to be a hidden way for early Christians to signal their presence to each without fear of exposing themselves to persecution.

The square itself is a palindrome which feature the words “SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS” written in such a way that it may be read top to bottom, bottom to top, left to right and right to left.

 

S A T O R
A R E P O
T E N E T
O P E R A
R O T A S

Some scholars believe that translated, they create a sentence that reads:
“The sower holds the works and wheels by means of water.”

Additionally, around the central letter “N”, a cross can be made by rearranging the letters that reads both vertically and horizontally  “Pater Noster.”( fig 1 ) Which translates to “Our Father,” the first words of the Lord’s Prayer. Additionally, each line is surround with an “A” and “O” which would represent the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last.

This pendant is 3D printed and made to order. Necklace not included.

 

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