



About 3000 years ago the first Olympic Games were held at Olympia in Greece. These Olympic Games reached their zenith in the 6th and 5th centuries BC, but then gradually declined in importance as the Romans gained power and influence in Greece. In 393 AD the Roman emperor Theodosius I declared that all pagan cults and practices illegal and with that the Olympic Games. 

After the demise of the Olympics, they were not held again until the late 19th century.
Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937)
is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. The idea
for reviving the Olympic Games as an international competition
came to Coubertin in 1889 and he spent the following five years
organizing an international meeting of athletes and sports
enthusiasts that might make it happen.




In 1896 the first international Olympic Games in the Modern era
were held. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the
Olympic Games, Athens was perceived to be an appropriate
choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.
The symbol of the modern Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, coloured blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field and was originally designed by Pierre de Coubertin in 1912. It came to him when he was in charge of the USFSA. Pierre de Coubertin's Olympic symbol is based on a design used by the USFSA, Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques, an association founded by the union of two French sports associations and until 1925, responsible for representing the International Olympic Committee in France. The emblem of the union were two interlaced rings whereby the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung formed the basis for the design. Teams representing the USFSA wore a uniform based on the colours of the flag of France. This included a white shirt with two interlinking rings, one red and one blue. 



Lets first have a look at this emblem of the USFSA, the two interlocking rings. At first glance you would think we are looking at a vesica piscis, but a closer inspection will proof this to be wrong. The vesica piscis is a shape that is the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the centre of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other. The USFSA rings are closer together. 

This intrigued me,
as well as the fact that the original design was based on an idea of Carl Gustav
Jung. Jung was fascinated by the relationship between the human psyche
on one hand and geometry on the other. He extensively studied mandalas
and wrote more than once about the concept of ‘squaring the circle’.
There it is again: ‘Squaring the Circle’. Could it be that there is a
relationship between the USFSA symbol and ‘squaring the circle’? Lets
have a look.




The diagram above on the left shows a so called vesica piscis. It is easy to see that the two circles are much further apart than the two rings of the USFSA logo. The middle diagram above shows a new starting point: perfect 'squaring the circle'. Next the red circle is copied and placed as shown in the diagram above on the right. 



This red circle is part of a second 'squaring the circle'. See diagram above on the left. We now have two rings based on 'squaring the circle'. And the total diagram in itself is also based on 'squaring the circle'. Notice how the distance between the two rings is identical as the distance of the rings in the USFSA logo! See diagram on the right. The original USFSA logo is based on 'squaring the circle'! Twice! Since the original symbol of the USFSA was based on ‘squaring the circle’, it was a logical step to start my efforts to decode the fundaments of the Olympic Rings with the same ‘squaring the circle’. Click on the diagrams to see them enlarged 



The ‘squaring the circle’ I started with, is the same as the starting point for constructing the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ as depicted in the book ‘Atalanta Fugiens’ written by Michael Maier back in 1617. See also my article the Philosopher’s Stone. Two more ‘squaring the circle’ are added as shown in the diagrams above. 



Another set of two ‘squaring the circle’ is constructed. The two sets are brought together, and voilà ... the Olympic rings are born! Click here to see how magical the two sets of ‘squaring the circle’ are entangled. 



It is truly amazing that both symbols, the original USFSA logo and the Olympic rings, are based on ‘squaring the circle’. Was this done on purpose or did it happen because of a subconscious knowing? And did Carl Gustav Jung play a role on a subconscious level? All options are equally and totally fascinating. How many times have we looked at the Olympic rings, and how many times did it touch us? How many times did the rings talk to our inner knowing? The Olympic rings, and the crop circle rings in the fields. 

Did Pierre de Coubertin know about Jung's fascination with the 'squaring the circle'? Or did he not, and is 'squaring the circle' archetypal, which was unintentional demonstrated by using 'squaring the circle' without knowing? And are we looking at a majestic act of the unconscious mind? © Bert Janssen, 2012. 

In my book 'the Organizing Principle', I elaborate on this subject and others of comparable quality... 