Originally Posted by Play The Man
The bald eagle is our national symbol. The eagle clutches 13 arrows in his left talon (13 original states) and in the right talon is an olive branch. The olive branch symbolizes peace and the arrows symbolize the willingness to fight a war if necessary ("Si vis pacem, para bellum"). The eagle looks toward the right, meaning we prefer peace to war. In the eagle's beak is a banner with our national motto: "E pluribus unum" meaning "out of many, one". The shield on the eagle's chest has 13 stripes (13 original states again) and there are 13 stars and 13 clouds above the eagle's head (notice a pattern?). Fifty stars ring the periphery of the seal, symbolizing the current 50 states (perhaps Obama will increase this to 57).
The Presidential Seal is heavily influenced by the Great Seal of the US. Here is an official explanation of the Great Seal symbolism provided by the Congress in June 1782:
Thats truely Magnificent
One questions...who does "amoung other soverign powers" allude to?
and what do the three stars on the War side of the Eagles head represent...the beak faces towards the symbol of peace, in the same position on the other side, lie a vertical line of Three Stars....are those particular Events of War? or are they particular States?
Sorry for the questions...but I'm kinda a symbologist by trade if you like...I love this sort of things...
also...why "clouds" I means...whats the significance of that? I get the number, and that the Stars represent the States...and Stars or Dots to represent something like that is understandable...but whats with the clouds above? Why Clouds?
Finally...what is the significance of 19 in the Monogram? its unclear from that size picture, but the stars and clouds are arranged on a backing of lines with dots runing vertical...gathered into groups of four...and two....or depending on whats important I suppose 19 columns of something...or is it the number of lines that is important?? or the numbers of dots? or is it all symbolic? I mean you could read it from the groupings, or the orders of the groupings read from either direction because they are the same...or the number of columns, or numbers of dots between the coloumns...or numbers of dots and columns.