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Most commonly known to represent the nazis.

For over 3000 years it meant happiness, good luck, and harmony... this was Hitler's ideal. So he used it to represent what was to become of the National Socialist German
Workers' Party. Of course, this ideal Hitler had required conquest, and the swastika was used in their flag.
It has thus come to represent the nazis, the holocaust, and even to some extent WWII.
This is what the native Americans called it, but its German name was Hakenkreuz.
by A Nazi February 18, 2005
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In the esoteric world the different variations of the Swatika has a deep spiritual meaning. In laymans terms it goes something like this: The horisontal line represets counciousness/mind. The vertical line represents energy. The four angeled "end lines" signify the movement of the Swastika. The righthand and lefthand schools of tantra disagree upon which versions of the Swastika is beneficial or not. But they are in agreement that the one spinning clockwise represents creation, and the other the movement back to pure consciousness. The lefthand tantrikas rejoice in finding illumination through entering the world fully. Maxing the stimulation of all senses until transcendence occurs. The righthand tantrikas seek to withraw from the world to find unity with the Parama Purusha (supreme counciousness). Hence the quarrel which version of the Swastika is the "good" one.
The swastika is an integral part of the symbol of the tantric cult Ananda Marga, and the centerpiece of the Great Lamen of the magickal order Vajra Ordo Templi Orientis.
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A Symbol used as far back as ancient times and even endorsed by the Christian Communitys until as recently as 75 years ago, The SYmbol is still used by Eastern Religions such as Hinduism for good luck and as a "charm against the evil eye" today.

However in western society the Swastika has been regarded as the symbol of evil since 1945.
by Brother Number One October 03, 2003
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The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles either right-handed or left-handed. It is traditionally oriented so that a main line is horizontal, though it is occasionally rotated at forty-five degrees, and the Hindu version is often decorated with a dot in each quadrant. The earliest appearance of this symbol dates back to around the 5th millennium BCE. It came to be a universal symbol of good fortune, harmony, and protection. It is a cross-cultural symbol that was used by ancient American Indians, Hindus, Buddhists, Vikings, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Mayans, Aztecs, and Persians. For most cultures a right-handed swastika (with the top arm pointing right and the bottom arm pointing left) represented life and good luck, while a left-handed swastika (with the top arm pointing left and the bottom arm pointing right) represented death, evil, and bad luck. Counterclockwise movements are thought to send energy out (white, bright, emanating) while clockwise movements are thought to pull energy in (black, dark, devouring). Buddhists outside of India started using left-handed swastikas because the right-handed swastika was used by the Nazis. Early Christians used it as a symbol of the cross, possibly as the cross in a disguised form. In Asia it is still used to designate a church on maps and the Kanji for 10,000 is derived from the swastika, which was associated with 10,000 gods. Many Hindus and Buddhists still consider it holy. The name is derived from the Sanskrit svastika, coming from su- meaning good or well, asti meaning being, and ka meaning little. Thus swastika means little thing associated with well being. A German archealogist named Heinrich Schliemann had proposed that the swastika was a specifically Indo-European symbol and this theory had become popular for a while leading to much use of it in the West between 1880-1920. It was because of this that the Nazis took up the symbol in the early twentieth century, seeing it as a symbol of the Aryan race. Of course, not only is the symbol not a specifically Indo-European symbol, but the Aryan race is a myth (the term Aryan refers to people that were linked linguistically, but who were genetically very diverse). It is lamentable that such a beautiful and powerful symbol has been perhaps irrevocably tarnished and entangled with racism and the holaucast.
Some form of the right-handed swastika is found in almost every culture as a symbol of life and prosperity.
by Freiheit November 25, 2005
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The Swastika almost always gets mixed up with the Nazi symbol called the "Hakenkreutz" in which the outter lines go off right of the X.

Note:
Hakenkreutz (Hah-kain-kroyt-zuh)
Swastika (Ger): (Zvah-shtee-kuh)
"Es schau'n auf's Hakenkreutz voll Hoffnung schon Millionen
Der Tag für Freiheit und für Brot bricht an!"
by Anonymous July 25, 2003
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A symbol which was and still is used my Nazi and Neo Nazi groups. The symbol is commonly mistaken for the sign of peae and prosperity used within the Hindu belife. This is a misconception because where as the shapes may be identical, the Swatika is flipped vertically and rotated 45 degrees.
The Nazi's arm patch portrayed a swatika and eagle.
by yup October 21, 2003
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used way back when and had to do with peace and prosperity. nowadays, any racist, white supremicist uses it to try and scare off people.

most people dont know that not all nazi's were racist also...most people just joined the political party because they needed food..
don't tatoo a swastika on your arm to think you're a nazi.
by jesus August 17, 2003
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