The symbolism for the Crucifixion is well known but a symbol for the Resurrection was a mystery to me, however, after some time researching I first concluded that a very ancient design was one of the earliest Christian symbols, the so-called “Iota Chi Cross”. A central shaft with an X superimposed on it making a six arm figure. Later I discovered that the same six part pattern is the symbol for the lily* (or Lilium) recalling the six petals of the flower, an ancient sign of rebirth and renewal. It all made sense to me. The lily was the symbol for the Resurrection. Therefore, the Iota Chi was not a “Cross” at all but the Lilium.
*Jacob Boehme, Mysterium Magnum, 1623, trans. John Sparrow, Electronic Edition, 2009, 29:54.
Dear David, thank you so much. The picture, which seems to be so simple, shows a deep sense of the spirit of this symbol. Thomas Isermann