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I’ve had a lot of questions asked since I did my TEDxGlasgow talk a few weeks ago.

One of them has been what was I wearing around my neck!

Some people thought it was a cross but as they know I’m Jewish, they were confused

I was wearing the symbol known as the Zia which I bought last summer on a road trip in the US, in Sante Fe, New Mexico

There was a wallpaper border in the room that I was gang raped in made out of pink and grey bows, which I counted over and over and over again. There were 44 in total, which is a number I still see everywhere!

When I saw the Zia it spoke to me!

The Zia regard the Sun as a sacred symbol. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun. Four is the sacred number of the Zia and can be found repeated in the four points radiating from the circle

  • the four points of the compass
  • the four seasons of the year
  • the four periods of each day
  • the four seasons of life
  • the four sacred obligations one must develop (a strong body, a clear mind, a pure spirit, and a devotion to the welfare of others) according to Zia belief.