Wednesday, 8 November 2017
This is the mid 19th century logo for the Shakers and was an original 'spirit drawing' or 'gift drawing'.
They are representations of what the Shakers believed visions they experienced.
The bees represent ancient symbols of industriousness and represent the Shakers leadership in crafts, agriculture and pursuits in manufacturing and scientific development.
The willow tree is a symbol of bowing and bending , such as they did in their spiritual dancing, but also of the willingness to be flexible and change, and to bow to God's will and to each other in humility and forgiveness.
The fruit tree is a reminder of their productivity and how they are rooted to the earth but growing upward toward heaven. Thus it can symbolise the Shaker church.
Below is a drawing of the Shakers dancing. It was on the wall of their main worship hall.
Hope you found this helpful.
Shakers were a completely unique sect but the last of their members died in the last century.
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