For many civilizations using this symbol, the loop represented the sun and it was held by many gods including Atum, the sun-god of Heliopolis. The loop is also a perfect symbol that has neither beginning nor end, so it represents the eternal soul.
The entire symbol is also a key, to unlock hidden mysteries in the Kingdom of the Dead and was often used in funeral rites. The symbol also represents the Tree of Life, with its trunk and foliage.
Even more interestingly is the belief that the ankh is the Egyptian sign of life and indicates that the King or God holding it has the power to give life or take it away from lesser mortals.
Anke, pronounced the same, is my 28 year old GERMAN bone marrow donor!!
And apparently, the woman who had the power to give or take away my life.
How cool?! I was just able to learn her identity today, because I didn't send my paperwork work earlier.
Even more oddly is I've been having the urge to draw this symbol recently. Not for any reason at all other than I like the looks and symbolism.
I remember doodling these alot in junior high. Heather had a long necklace with a huge Ankh during the same time.
It was the same time I got mono and started to get TIRED.
Interesting how these things happen. I don't think it's all coincidence.
I'll have to start on my letter.