ideogram is an Egyptian hieroglyph representing a reed shelter
in the fields. If used together with the hieroglyph for house,
and other hieroglyphs, it could stand for room, i.e. a walled enclosure within
Signs like are common decorative elements in Greece in the antiquity. They are found, for instance, on a plate with a pictorial representation of the deeds of Jason. The plate can be dated back to around 500 B.C.
Jason was the famous seafaring mythological hero, who among other things set out on the quest to find the golden fleece of the ram, Aries. This myth, as the rows of ram sculptures in the Egypt temple in Karnak, Egypt, show, is probably a reference to the cult of the Ram marking the beginning of the Aries era around 2350 B.C. See the section "The symbolism of the astrological ages" in the Appendices for data about these eras.
Since Jason was an explorer of the overseas the structure possibly originated as a combination of the graphic structures and , i.e. as . That sign would in such a case mean sea voyages with safe returns or overseas explorations. The sign was an ideogram for a homecoming or return in the oldest Chinese ideographic writing system.
The form is also common in pre-Columbian America. It has been found in what is now Colorado, all over Central America, and even in South America. is often joined to "the stairs", , to become or or .
In most cases the ideograms of the type have a clockwise rotation design, i.e. if one follows the line from the center outward the movement is clockwise. It does, however, sometimes have a counterclockwise rotation. Both rotational designs were common as decorative elements in ancient Greece.
Since the Mayas and some other Indian cultures in the Americas had temples with steep and long stairs to the top where the ritual human sacrifices were made, one possible interpretation of is regularly recurring journeys to the temple sites for worshipping.