Now, upon that terrace of our mandala is a central circle, again raised above the level of the courtyard, which is filled with symbols of emanation or contraction, thunderbolts of bilateral extension called diamond wedges. And within is the innermost circle, in the centre of which is again the diamond wedge. That symbol had originally a yonic and phallic significance. For instance, in our day, this is a very obscene gesture which an Eastern cocotte makes to
attract a man; it means sexual intercourse. And it meant in Babylonia the worship of the god; priests made that gesture to the idol or to the Tree of Life. The thumb has a phallic meaning, so the gesture would mean life. And those of you who heard our discussion of the cross symbolism will remember that the disc of the sun, with the cross in the centre, had also the meaning of life. Holding the ankh to the god meant, "I bestow life upon the god"; or the gods held the sign before the king, meaning that they bestowed life on the king. So that sign means generative power, because generative or creative power is only manifested where man is the victim. He offers himself to the gods as an instrument, and whatever he is creating, the will of the god is superior to his own desire, despite the fact that he identifies himself with the god and thinks he is the hell of a fellow to create such a thing.