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"The Sun and the Moon...desire that the Elements...shall be separated, and this is done by the application of Fire."
— —John Dee


The Monad (left), and it's constituent parts (right).

The Monas Hieroglyphica (also known as the Hieroglyphic Monad) is a glyph designed by John Dee, an astrologer and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I of England. According to Dee, the glyph represents the mystical unity of all creation. It first appeared in Dee's 1564 book, "Monas Hieroglyphica."


The glyph can be separated into four sections, Luna (moon), Sol (sun), Elementa (elements), and Ignis (fire). All text in this section is quoted directly from Dee's book.[1]


"The central point which we see in the centre of the hieroglyphic Monad produces the Earth, round which the Sun, the Moon, and the other planets follow their respective paths. The Sun has the supreme dignity, and we represent him by a circle having a visible centre."[2]


"Although the semicircle of the Moon is placed above the circle of the Sun and would appear to be superior, nevertheless we know that the Sun is ruler and King. We see that the Moon in her shape and her proximity rivals the Sun with her grandeur, which is apparent to ordinary men, yet the face, or a semi-sphere of the Moon, always reflects the light of the Sun. It desires so much to be impregnated with solar rays and to be transformed into Sun that at times it disappears completely from the skies and some days after reappears, and we have represented her by the figure of the Horns."[3]


"The Sun and the Moon are supported upon the right-angled Cross. This Cross may signify very profoundly...the mystery of the four Elements, in which it is possible to resolve each one into elementary form, by four straight lines running in four contrary directions from one common and indivisible point."[4]


"We have added the astronomical sign Aries to signify that in the practice of this Monad the use of fire is required."[5]

In UnchartedEdit

The Monad appears twice in the official Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception teaser trailer. As with Dee's original text, in the trailer, the symbol has been broken up into its constituent parts, labelled "Ignis," "Sol," "Luna,"and "Elem" (a shortened version of Elementa).

The name "Dee" also appears in the trailer, scrawled next to yet another mysterious symbol, the Pentacle of Solomon. It has been confirmed that some elements of Dee's mysticism ot beliefs will be incorporated into the plot of the game, and that Katherine Marlowe is the head of an organization which has its roots in the court of Queen Elizabeth I.


  2. Theorem III, Monas Hieroglyphica, John Dee, 1564.
  3. Theorem IV, Monas Hieroglyphica, John Dee, 1564.
  4. Theorems VI and VII, Monas Hieroglyphica, John Dee, 1564.
  5. Theorem X, Monas Hieroglyphica, John Dee, 1564.

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