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A gold crown shaped pin set with four pearls is the badge for the Mother Patroness or Crown Degree. This honor may be bestowed upon a woman who has given time and support to the sorority. The Phoenix recogn it ion pin may be given to individuals, members or nonmembers , who have served the soro rity in a special way. Often charter members of a collegiate chapter are recognized with the Phoenix pin.

The jewels Our jewels are the PEARL and the RUBY . The pearl represents perfection attained through tribulation and has been designated as the jewel of the pledge degree. The ruby, according to the ancient Hindus, confers invulnerability from all evil upon those who wear it and signifies " heart's desire ." It is the jewel of the initiated member.

The PHOENIX has several meanings from its Greek origins: blood red, or heart's crimson, or the musical lyre, or the fabled bird of Egypt. Accord ing to Herodotus, the phoenix was a large and beautiful bird that lived in India and Arabia. When it was 500 years old, it flew to Mt. Lebanon and filled its wings with aromatic spices. Then it flew to the temple of the sun in Heliopolis where it burned itself to death on the altar, only to rise fully renewed and more beautiful than before. The Alpha Sigma Alpha coat of arms bears a phoenix rising from lambent flames and surmounted by a crown of gold. The riband beneath the shield carries the open motto. The narcissus received its name from Greek mythology. The tale was about an incredibly handsome youth who was so enamoured by his own beauty that he could nei ther eat nor sleep and so ardently worshipped his image in the river waters that he died from exhaustion. Whe n the nymphs came to prepare his body for burial, they found only a white flower in his place.

The colors Pearl white is the perfect blending of all colors and, therefore , was chosen to represent sisterhood. That is why those attending or participating in the pledge or initiation rituals of the sorority are required to wear "all white." Crimson, like the ruby, is reminiscent of the love that binds us together as members . Secondary colors of the sorority are palm green and gold, both depicting victory achieved. Our colors are combined for our sorority celebrations as follows : Crimson and green, Christmas Green and white, Hermes' Day Crimson and gold, St. Valentine's Day Green and gold, Founders' Day White and gold, installation of new chapters

The insignia Alpha Sigma Alpha has four insignia. The star and the crown have been described above. The PALM TREE stands as the emblem of sturdy development even in the midst of adversity. THE PHOENIX OF ALPHA SIGMA ALPHA

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The flowers Our fall flower is the ASTER and the spring flower is the NARCISSUS. Variations of these flowe rs, the chrysanthemum , jonquil o r daffodil , may be used interchangeably. The DAISY has been designated as the Mother Patroness flower. The aster, whose name comes from the Greek word meaning "star," is found in infinite variety in many lands. In the East, it is regarded as the emblem of human perfection since it comes in the fullness of the year.

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Each of these Alpha Sigma Alpha symbols has linked the dreams and values of our five founders to the challenges that face us today. By displaying these signs, wearing our badges and colors a nd us ing our insignia , we com m unicate our membership in Alpha Sigma Alpha to the world and display our pride in our heritage. We sha re our AEA story and re mind ourselves of our commitment to mutual values and aspirat ions. The intangible ideas and deepe r meanings of sisterhood and friendship can be depicted in images that allow for the drawing of individual meaning and exper ience. The time is now to live out the contemporary challenges of our symbols. -{:{

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Profile for Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Asa phoenix vol 72 no 2 winter 1988  

Asa phoenix vol 72 no 2 winter 1988