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It was so named because it looked like the letter "tau", or our letter "T". Philip who was allegedly crucified on such a cross in Phrygia.One author speculates that the Church may have copied the symbol from the Pagan Druids who made crosses in this form to represent the Thau (god). May Day, a major Druidic seasonal day of celebration, became St. Later in Christian history, the Tau Cross became the Roman Cross that we are familiar with today.
If the other were a Christian, they would complete the symbol with a reverse arc: (), forming the outline of a fish.The word is derived from the location of the ancient Oracle at Delphi who worshipped the original fish goddess, Themis.The later fish Goddess, Aphrodite Salacia, was worshipped by her followers on her sacred day, Friday. From her name comes the English word "salacious" which means lustful or obscene.Reference 3 contains a humorous expose of the battle between the Darwin and Christian fish.It displays some new species such as the "Evolve Fish" (a fish with "EVOLVE" on its body and a wrench in one of its forepaws) and the "Shark Jesus Fish" (a shark that eats all types of Jesus Fish).The body of the symbol may be empty, or may contain a name ("Jesus" or "ICTUS").
This has inspired some Secularists, Atheists and promoters of the theory of evolution to mimic the Christian fish symbol with one of their own.
The Moon is the heavenly body that has long been associated with the Goddess, just as the sun is a symbol of the God.
The link between the Goddess and fish was found in various areas of the ancient world: In Greece the Greek word "delphos" meant both fish and womb.
That recalls Revelation 1:8: The fish symbol has been used for millennia worldwide as a religious symbol associated with the Pagan Great Mother Goddess. The fish symbol was often drawn by overlapping two very thin crescent moons.
One represented the crescent shortly before the new moon; the other shortly after, when the moon is just visible.
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