How to Tie the Gordian Knot

by Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Gordian knot descibes Alexander the Great's ability to overcome a tough obstacle.

Gordian knot descibes Alexander the Great's ability to overcome a tough obstacle.

The phrase Gordian knot refers to an ancient legend of Alexander of Macedon and his war against Persia. Alexander came to Gordian, a town near the Aegean Sea, and learned of a wagon tied to a pole at the temple of Zeus. The legend said that whoever could undo the knot, which had no end, would be the ruler of Asia. Alexander tried to untie and unravel the knot and eventually cut it with his sword. The Gordian knot is used as a metaphor for seemingly unsolvable situations that require swift resolution. Gordian knots are worn as talismans by people who believe in their spiritual powers.

Look for Gordian knot talisman's or jewelry in occult stores or online. The knot is worn as a symbol of "sacred geometry." This term is used by archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians as a description of spiritual, philosophical or religious beliefs about expressing inner feelings and beliefs. The knot is impossible to tie by hand. Technology in jewelry making machinery and the use of computers have made it possible to recreate the Gordian knot in different kinds of metal.

Wear the Gordian knot as a reminder of karma. According to David Weitzman, a creator of sacred geometrical jewelry, the endless nature of the knot reminds the wearer that "if you pull here, something happens there."

Give Gordian knot jewelry as a gift to surround loved ones with the spiritual energy of perpetual motion. The Gordian knot is a symbol of death and rebirth and the cyclical nature of life. It serves as a reminder that we are all connected.

Items you will need

  • Gordian knot jewelry

About the Author

Mary Johnson-Gerard began writing professionally in 1975 and expanded to writing online in 2003. She has been published on the Frenzyness Divorce Blog and on Neumind International Pte Ltd. Her book "When Divorce Hurts Too Long—Ouch" was published in 2009. Johnson-Gerard holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Missouri.

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