Below is a photo I took of the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal in New York. I have 9 previous times photographed orbs with this very distinctive pattern.
here. The photos were taken over the course of quite a few weeks, with no such symbol appearing in 99% of the photos I took during these weeks.
I originally called the recurring motif shown above "the cul-de-sac motif," because I thought it resembled an aerial view of a winding road leading to a cul-de-sac. But now I think it resembles something else: an umbilical cord. We see a loop in the stripe, and umbilical cords sometimes become looped in the womb.
Imagine if you had the job of creating a symbol of motherhood, using only a small number of pixels. It wouldn't work to draw a nursing mother -- that would require too many pixels. Nor would it work to draw a breast or a vagina, for women have those even when they are not mothers.
But it occurs to me: you could symbolize motherhood by using a single brush stroke. You would simply draw a symbol just like the one above, which would symbolize a mother's umbilical cord. The only women with umbilical cords are mothers.
If this symbol represents an umbilical cord, it creates all kind of fascinating symbolic possibilities. A pagan might think it is a symbol of some Earth Mother or Cosmic Mother. A Catholic might think it is a symbol of Mary, the mother of Jesus. A spiritualist with a deceased mother might regard it as a symbolic message from his mother in heaven. A Jungian theorist might regard it as something coming from the psychic depths of the collective subconscious.
I honestly don't know what the strange curvy symbol means. All I know is that it keeps appearing again and again inside the mysterious orbs I photograph -- ten times so far.
Below is my revised table showing recurring orb motifs I have photographed.
|Inverted Y||6||Rather like the lower case lambda character, part of the Greek alphabet||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-6th-time-ive-seen-this-inverted-y.html
|Umbilical cord ( AKA "cul-de-sac")||10||Resembles an umbilical cord with a curved loop. Is it a symbol of motherhood?
|Curved stripe at top or bottom||6||May be on top or bottom of orb||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/10/mysterious-motif-another-orb-with.html|
|Diagonal stripe||6||Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a slash (not a backslash)||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/10/two-sky-orbs-with-identical-looking.html|
|Short diagonal stripe||3||Goes only one third of orb, from top right corner toward center||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/10/two-sky-orbs-with-similar-looking-stripe.html
|Hose and circle||6||Looks like a ball that has fallen out of a tube||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/11/two-more-cases-of-this-recurring-orb.html|
|Slanted C||4||Looks like a C shape, tilted over quite a bit to the right||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/09/striped-orb-looks-just-like-3-other.html|
|Caret stripe||2||Looks rather like the caret character||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/09/two-mysterious-orbs-with-bent-stripes.html|
|Hook-like stripe||2||Has a kind of candy-cane shape||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/07/another-orb-with-hook-like-stripe.html|
|Curvy 9 which fell down||2||Looks like a curvy nine which “fell down”||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/07/two-striped-orbs-with-same-fingerprint.html|
|4 stripes||2||Straight lines intersecting in a particular shape||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-same-strange-mark-on-two-striped.html|
|Broken squiggly T||3||One wiggly horizontal stripe at the top above a vertical stripe at the bottom||http://orbpro.blogspot.com/2016/07/reappearance-of-double-striped-orb.html|