Crossed Swords Symbol"Crossed swords" redirects here. For other uses, see Crossed swords (disambiguation).
The crossed swords symbol (⚔ at Unicode U+2694) is used to represent battlegrounds on maps. It is also used to show that person died in battle or that a war machine was lost in action. Two crossed swords also look like a Christian cross and the mixed symbolism has been used in military decorations, for instance in the Polish Order of the White Eagle (before 1730) and the Cross of Independence. Several German military orders in both world wars had grades adorned with crossed swords, e.g. Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern), and so was the British Order of Merit when awarded for military achievements. Crossed swords are also used in tatoos as a symbol of power, violence and death.
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“The counting-room maxims liberally expounded are laws of the Universe. The merchants economy is a coarse symbol of the souls economy. It is, to spend for power, and not for pleasure.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
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“And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross,”
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