First one is the sign of the
planet Jupiter. ("Keep your eyes on Jupiter such beauty in the sky….."). There
are two different dates for Maurice’s birthday – 17. or 19. December 1941. In every case he is Archer and Jupiter is the planet of the
spreading positivity to them in right constellation.
This is the sign of Paracelsus, often used as medical symbol. Paracelsus was a doctor who pointed out the need of caring for natural life (own and other life-forms).
Then there is Buddha. The main message in Buddhism is the taking away of personal needs and wishes by meditation to eliminate the personality and reaching a stadium of freedom (freedom of rebirth). Maurice (and for some time, the whole or parts of the band) did and do meditation. A result of that is, that Maurice is able to deal with many of his masterpieces as they would not be important, something what has been done and now it is ready. So he ever was free for experiments and new ways of music.
From Iril Kolle in Norway I got the
This is the caracter "Ankh", the old Egyptian
symbol of life. For Maurice, Egypt was the place where it all started and it all will end,
best shown on the cover of Raise! Iril Kolle in
PS: There seems to be some disagreement when it comes to the Ankh symbol (read "life");
1) It doesn’t just mean life but resurrection, because the Ankh is put together by a T-shaped cross and death, and that this is supposed to symbolize re-incarnation and is "the key to the gates of life and death".
2) Others mean the symbol is put together by the sun and that the "T" is the horizon over the River Nile. An early version is supposed to symbolize both sunrise and sunset.
3) Eternal Life, and when it’s shown in the hands of royal people it means "the gift of eternal life".
4) The key to the River Nile + the union between Isis and Osiris
5) Life AND immortality
6) Life AND man and woman
7) Holy matrimony between Gods/Goddesses
8) Different combinations of the above
The Hexagram symbol which is (also) the star of the jewish people has many more meanings. Fundamental it is a Hexagram. In the Nsibidi script of West Africa, the symbol meant ardent love. Maybe Maurice knew this. All in all it is a very old mystic symbol in many cultures and religions with a lot of spiritual meanings.
The one beside the star should be the candlestick of the Jewish religion. I do not know what it means, but in the music of EWF there are always songs about fire and sparkles, so light has a big meaning.
The eighth symbol is called Eye Of Horus. Horus was an old Egyptian sun God with the head shaped like a falcon. It’s found frequently in Egyptian art. Also known as Egyptian Eye or Psychic Eye.
The statue of Shakespeare as symbol for the power of words and intellectuality.
The symbol of all Christians.
Then there is Shiva, God of the Hindus. Shiva is the Dancing God, his message is "Everything in this universe is a part of the big dance". Last years physics experiments have somehow the same result. Nobody in our days can say, that there are separated parts in this universe. The actual point of view for this cosmos is, that everything is somehow connected with everything and that everything moves. Forget the protons and electrons, forget the planets and solar systems, they all are only aspects of one and the same thing which is the "Eternal Dance".
This is the well known Kalimba, an African thumb piano. The kalimba is clearly close to Maurice White’s heart, he introduced it to millions of listeners by making it a centerpiece of Earth, Wind & Fire’s spectacular concerts.