Ankh The Egyptian symbol of life, regeneration, the
universe and immortality, the ankh, which means “life”
and “hand mirror,” is a tau, or looped cross. Wiccans and
Pagans wear it as an amulet against negativity and as a
talisman for good fortune and benevolent forces. It also
represents the union of the male principle (the staff) and
the female principle (the closed loop).
Egyptian art shows the ankh being carried as a scepter
in the right hand of deities and being applied to the nostrils
of the dead in order to bring them back to life. Ankh
amulets were made of faience, semiprecious and precious
stones, wax, metal and wood. Tutankhamen had a hand
mirror in the shape of an ankh.
Egyptians who converted to Christianity from the
first century on used both the ankh and the Christian
cross as their signs.