The graphic structure was used in the earliest known runic alphabet, but was usually carved . In the antiquity this structure was a graph for the staff of Poseidon (Greece) or Neptune (Rome). It is usually drawn with the addition of barbs or flukes as a fish-spear,.
Sometimes it has appeared as an iconic sign for paddleon prehistoric rock carvings and similar pictorial representations. In pictorial reproductions of hell from the Middle Ages the sign was occasionally used to signify the spears used by the smaller devilsor the Evil One, Satan himself, to torture and torment the poor human sinners in the hellfire. The sign Evil One, Satan himself, to torture and torment the poor human sinners in the hellfire. The sign is related to both the element of water and its opposite, the element of fire (the polarity of meanings of elementary graphs). This also implies that it is related to thunderstorms with their combination of falling water and striking fire, , the lightnings, which together with its enormous accompanying sound, the thunder, is the ancient gods’ primary expression of their power. Compare with. This sign, like, is used in comic strips together with crossbones, exclamation marks, and ideograms for lighting and defecation, assigns for curses or great wrath.
There are several signs for staffs of thunder and lightning, held in the hands of gods on sculptures, pictures and hieroglyphic representations. Different types of staff signs are shown in entry. Poseidon got his trident staff as a weapon given to him by the three sons of Uranus Compare with , the sign for Pisces, and with that of the planet Neptune, , both of whose structures are similar.
In both the French and the British system of hobo signs means workor here they give you food if you work.