Shaded Seal

EAFS logo

The shaded seal of EAFS was designed, in colors and forms, to express the values that underlie the identity and purpose of the Association.

The official colors are green enamel (the color of earth, plants and trees) and the yellow gold metal (yellow is the color of the sun, fertility and the kingliness).

An oval shield, which is the Ancil used by the Romans and, according to legend, fell from the sky for Numa Pompilius, is lying on its side: this would mean that the war does not exist and that there is a need for peace. So, now it becomes the basis for a painting.

At its edge is set, like frames, a drawstring, meaning the resistance to the great efforts, heavy weights, but it also evokes the seafaring tradition, full of charm for the ongoing discovery of the mysteries of the unknown.

The field shield is edged and truncated, the board is green enamel surrounded by yellow gold. At the top it is written the name of the Association, while at the bottom there are two branches, on the right the olive, on the left the bay, with the cross sections.

Laurel refers to glory, loyalty and friendship, values and fundamental importance, often present in many cultural traditions of the world, it was in fact used for the wreaths with which they crowned the emperors of Rome, the victorious warriors, poets and winners of the Olympic Games. Wreaths of laurel full of berries were placed on new doctors in many universities and some people say that this custom derives from the word "baccalaureate": "laurel" comes from the Latin "Laurus", hence the word "graduate".

The olive tree is rather a symbol of peace, victory, fame and immortal glory.

Against the background of the field it is drawn a sun, a symbol of forever being energy, shining on the horizon of a barren land, ready to be reborn and to fertilize uncultivated soils too, on which the symbols science arise. The splendor of the Sun, a " rotor ", an Enigma machine hard-wired, an electro-mechanic machine developed by Arthur Scherbius inspired by Leon Battista Alberti cipher disk, shown at the bottom of the field, with its harmonic and circular motion, encrypts and deciphers the meanings of the various sciences that are around, creating the interdisciplinary nature which is the basis of forensic sciences.

At the center of the field, a pan balance, a symbol of fairness and justice, keeping "equal weight and equal measures", is wrapped on the stick which supports that, is tackled by two snakes and topped by a flight, so to form a caduceus (from: caducus, frail like a branch off a tree). Legend tells that Mercury (Hermes), the messenger of the gods, was given a stick from Apollo. When he arrived in Arcadia, he found before him two snakes devouring each other, then he threw the stick between them, and they made peace. From this legend was born the symbol of Caduceus, a sign of peace. For this reason, in ancient Greece, it became the symbol of the heralds peace negotiations, while, originally, it was believed to protect them from dangers in foreign lands. This was also seen as a symbol of moral equilibrium and exemplary conduct: the stick expresses the power, the two snakes wisdom, the wings diligence.

Metaphysically, the caduceus represents the descent of the primordial matter in gross matter. In this symbol, in fact, it is represented the pilgrimage of involution and evolution, in addition to the straight path of initiation.

However, physiologically it represents the vital currents that flow in the body. The central axis, therefore, symbolizes the spinal column, and the two snakes who wrap themselves allude to ascension energy latent and coiled on itself, which is located at the base of the backbone of man (the Kundalini).

Between the two arms of the balance, on the fulcrum, there is a small round shield on which blue field, in this case with the meaning of justice, is engraved with the symbol "@", known as the snail, the most modern symbol of human communication.

At the end of the rod there is another small oval shield, white, in whose field is engraved the symbol of DNA, i.e. deoxyribonucleic acid, an acid that is found in every cell of our body, containing the genetic information necessary for the development and functioning of our body.

On the left side of the shield there is an hexagonal blue crystal, the color of piety, wisdom, intelligence, truth, modernity, etc.., in which it is inserted Phi (Φ, φ), twenty-first letter of the Greek, with which begins the Greek word φιλοσοφία, philosophy (from: φιλείν (filèin), love and σοφία (sofia), wisdom, love for wisdom). The hexagon has a privileged meaning in the Universe: the air sacs of bees, the flakes of snow, several six-petalled flowers, etc.. Not to mention that the hexagon is the only figure, except the equilateral triangle and the circle which has this unique characteristic: its first dimension is a simple relation to its perimeter, this ratio is 3, the perfect number.

On the right there is a rampant mongoose, a small mammal carnivorous belonging to the subfamily of erpestini. Most of them are confined to the African continent, but they are also found elsewhere, in Arabia and South Asia. Like most of erpestini, the mongooses are primarily nocturnal and terricolous habits; unlike other members of the family, they does not live in organized populated colonies, but in small groups of 6-7 members. They feed on small mammals and, as you know, snakes, to capture them, without risking their poisonous bite, can count on a remarkable speed of movement. Imagine of the activity and dynamism, it depicts the greed of fearless curiosity and the need for knowledge, which they run mainly in the dark depths of science.

On the left, a leaf of Trifolium (Shamrock), a plant which, although it does not stand the cold very well, preferring clay soils, it adapts to almost any soil, not too waterlogged. Emblem of the Irish people and used as a symbol in many parts of the world, it represents the perfection of the flora precisely because of its simple and harmonic shapes.

Finally, on the right, there is a quill pen, a tool used to write which gradually replaced the pen in the West between the sixth and ninth century because it allowed to write with greater thinness on the parchment and because its flexibility allowed to obtain fullness and delicacy in the stretch more easily. In this way, people began to leave on the paper also marks which were synthesis of personality and intellect approach which characterizes all of us.