The Ankh - (/ˈæŋk/ or /ˈɑːŋk/; Egyptian: IPA: [ʕaːnax]; U+2625 ☥ or U+132F9 ), also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life", a triliteral sign for the consonants ꜥ-n-ḫ. It represents the concept of eternal life, which is the general meaning of the symbol.The Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their…
Life! Prosperity! Health! (Pronounced like "Ankh" - "Wedja" - "Seneb", and was used in reference to the royal family, similar to adding a brief prayer or blessing when talking about someone royal, like an honorifc. There were a few other versions, used with the Ankh symbols)
Only Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals.
Ankh symbol in Egyptian hieroglyphs at the Temple of Kom-Ombo. Its meaning represents aspects of life itself, such as "zest for life", "eternal life", or "future life". The reason for this interpretation is because the loop is the perfect symbol having neither a beginning nor end and stands for the soul which is eternal because it has sprung from the spiritual essence of the Egyptian gods. The ankh was associated with water, the sustainer of all life.
Only Egyptian Kings, Queens and Gods were allowed to carry this symbol. The ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals.
Tree of Life, Djed, and Ankh - "Ankh" - symbol of life - thoracic vertebrae of a bull, "Djed" - symbol of stability - base or sacrum of a bull's spine, "Was" - symbol of power and dominion - a staff made from a dried bull's penis.