regards to the charms Julian has been recently wearing (shown to the
left)... one with a "4" and the other with a "B"..
both are from ancient scripts. In an interview in the June
98 German edition of Rolling Stones Julian says "The number
4 stands for Faith"... Incidentally, Julian has also said that
4 is his favorite number... This particular script character, which
kind of looks kind of like a 2 and a 4 combined, is the
scientific symbol of Jupiter which is a symbol of the "higher being."
An astrological definition I came across explained the symbol... "The
crescent placed to the upper half of the cross symbolizes that the human
soul must expand and develop a higher awareness above the physical senses,
but also rooted in them."
As for the "B," the "B" is a runic symbol.
Runes are an alphabetic script used by many cultures in Northern Europe
between the 1st century and the middle ages which were later replaced
by the Roman alphabet. Unlike other alphabets, in the runic
alphabet each of the 24 symbols are associated with a Germanic or
Old English word and therefore have meaning of themselves. They are
also considered to have magical and religious significance... they
are used for divinatory readings similar to the readings done with
Tarot cards... and to learn more about the lives and beliefs of the
ancients who created them. The "B" is "berkana"
(Germanic) or "boerc" or "beorc" (Old English)...
all of which mean birch in English... Birch is commonly used to symbolize
fertility. The divinatory meanings of berkana are fertility,
health, new beginnings, and growth.. and magical uses of he
rune include healing, achieving conception, and making a fresh start.
To find out more about runes, check out The
Jules apparently likes the charms since he wears them often... back in the early 80s he always wore an earring which had "OM" written in San Skirt letters... because he liked the shape... my only conclusion... I have "faith" that Julian will have an awesome "fresh start" with his new album "Photograph Smile"...
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile'
CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
'Hey Jules' © 1998 - 2002 CJ Burianek