The peace symbol (pictured below) was originally made by Gerald Holtom in his quest against nuclear proliferation. Eventually the symbol got picked up by the anti-war folks of the 1960’s, to be an all-encompassing “against violence” slogan. Since then, it has come to be the general hippy-style way of proclaiming a persons’ love for passivism.
But there is an interesting little detail about the design that is fun to point out.
Take a good look at the inside of the peace symbol circle:
You see the vertical line with two branch-off lines at the bottom? Yeah, that’s actually a death rune.
Let’s make it a bit clearer. Here’s a picture of the Algiz, a Proto-Germanic symbol (Elder Futhark) that symbolizes “life“:
When a rune is inverted, it typically creates the opposite meaning of the original rune. The inverse of the Algiz, which symbolizes life, is obviously “death“.
Since the ᛉ is the life rune – Then its inverted rune, the ᛦ, is interpreted as the death rune.
As you can see here:
The designations have changed over time, but the inversions are still there.
Hell, even the Germans in WW2 used ᛉ to symbolize life (Such as a child being born) and inscribed ᛦ on the tombstones of the deceased.
We can also notice this “change of meaning” effect with Christianity. The inverted cross was originally used to signify St Peter’s Crucifixion. St Peter felt unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as Christ, so he requested the cross be put upside down. However, in modern times, the inverted cross has been used as an anti-religion symbol or an anti-Christ symbol.
Which is hilarious, because the inverted cross is actually a Christian symbol. So the people using it in a negative vein, are actually just using a Saint’s cross.
Similarly, the Peace Symbol is used in modern tongue to virtue signal about peace. But it was actually a Proto-Germanic death rune.
So one of the most famous pieces of symbolism in modern culture that was meant to signify ‘world peace’ was originally used to signify death.
Sometimes, reality really is more hilarious than your imagination.