Its physical characteristics are unique and well-defined; the egg is fragile, WHITE, a "repository of new life, with a shape resembling that of the testicles. The new life that lies dormant in the egg came to be associated with life-energy... The sun and the moon were also frequently associated with the heavenly GOLD and SILVER eggs, respectively. In general the egg symbolizes a primeval embryonic form from which the world later emerged. [It is] an image of totality enclosed within a shell" (Biederman, 112). The egg is one of the first religious symbols, and is a symbol of fertility and eternity, and typically carries purely positive associations.

In Egypt, often seen as the mystery of life, which persists too among alchemists. This originally came from the wonderment surrounding the realization that a secret animal comes about inside a closed shell. The symbol is most often used in Egyptian contexts. Can be seen as the symbol of the world, the yoke in the middle of the liquid (upper and lower waters).

In context with easter, the egg means resurrection or regeneration. An escape from the lands of death. Other related terms with egg: white - tastelessness, shell - something worthless, SERPENT - eternal life, wisdom, dart - ANDROGYNE.

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