THE SYMBOL OF LIPARI

Popularized in the Baroque period, the Symbol of Lipari historically  signified well wishes against misfortune; for safe travels and speedy returns. It was said to have mystic powers of protection. Not only was the Symbol of Lipari displayed in homes throughout the island; it was prominently featured on shields carried into battle and ships out at sea.

Originally created by nomadic refugees who banded together, stole Roman ships, and taught themselves to sail. According to legend, my ancestors descend from Liparo (grandson of Ulysses and the Sorceress Circe). They settled the Aeolian Islands and built what would become a major port city of the Carthaginian Empire, Lipari.

The symbol represents two Norman swords cutting the four winds and bolted in the center, creating a sea compass.