The Symbolism of Columba
In 1679, a new constellation was formally published by Augustin Royer, a French astronomer. He named the star shape Columba, or “dove,” and you can find it on the meridian with Orion’s Belt.
Many cultures revere the dove as a sacred symbol of feminine power, wisdom, grace, love, and enlightenment. Not one religion or culture can claim the bird exclusively for themselves. And
no one (may this always be true) owns the stars. What better symbol to unite people from all
over the world to act with conscience and social responsibility for one another?
In addition to stars forming the actual constellation Columba, the ring design features a dove
and a lotus, as well as the elements of earth, water, wood, fire, air, and space.