Italian BLADE Medal, among symbols and meaning.

“Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.”
Marcus Aurelius

Human being is the product of the environment in which he lived for million years. So often hostile, this environment has made our species resistant to catastrophic events and extreme conditions.

All the struggles we faced through the years are written in our DNA. Unconsciously, we have memory of the glories of women and men able to overcome the most dramatic situations in order to hand down the distinctive spiritual and genetic inheritance.

Among the symbols the human being has passed on through the generations, the echo of life-and-death struggle, nowadays forgotten, is still present.

Facing, holding on and dominating extreme elements as cold, exhaustion and fear are parts of mankind heritage. Every time the man is confronted with a new challenge, he evokes the ancestral memory that gives him the necessary elements to survive.

We, in the Association Italian BLADE, want to pay homage to Nature. For this reason we depicted on the medal “Earned” some of the most powerful elements in the world.

The oak leaf: the oak tree is stocky and firm, since ancient times it is a symbol of strength and longevity. It was worshipped by Romans and Norses (the oak was dedicated both to Jupiter and Thor), in the course of history it has always been associated to endurance and sinew.

The hexagram N.32 from the Book of Changes, also known as I Ching, is considered as the first Chinese classical text, since before the birth of the Empire.

I Ching is cut into halves: jing or ‘classic’ and zhuan or ‘commentary’. The jing part consists of sixty-four units, each based on an hexagram composed by six continuous lines (-) representing the yang principle or disjointed lines (- -) representing the yin principle. For each hexagram there is an explanation that reveals the meaning.

Considered by Confucius as the wisdom book, it is used popularly with a divinatory purpose and by academics to plunge into mathematical, philosophical and physical aspects.

The hexagram N.32 represents the standing, that is what lasts long. It is composed by a trigram (one of the hexagram halves) tough upon (the thunder, connected to the first symbol of the medal: the oak, because it is important to two Gods of Thunder), and another trigram yielding beneath (the wind, the tempest). The conjunction of two contrasting elements is the source of resistance.

The equilibrium in the chaos.

Italian BLADE medal is “Earned”, that is gained [precisely earned].

Once put on, it will be witness of an inner change: the better version of themselves.

Blader Alessio “Iceman” Alfei