Saturday, April 19, 2008

Make Your Own "Jesus Fish" in 3 Easy Steps

For today's scheduled activity you will need a piece of paper, a compass (the geometry kind, not the geography kind) and an eraser.

Step 1: Draw a circle on the paper with the compass. It should take up a quarter of the area of the paper or less. You'll see why in a moment.

Step 2: Place the pivot point of the compass on the circumference of the circle, and draw another circle. This will create two intersecting circles.

Step 3: Erase the outside portions of each circle, but leave a short arc on each side of one end of the intersection.

You have now drawn a vesica piscis, the traditional symbol of Christianity. The fact that it is also the intersection of two circles has symbolic implications which I won't get into right now.

For extra credit, leave a comment with your interpretation of the symbol.

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