Aux armes …

More strange than true: I never may believe
These antique fables, nor these fairy toys …

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare (c. 1595). A Midsummer Night's Dream.


These well-meaning airy nothings and unruly digressions will offer little of interest for many, yet tastes vary and some venturing further may find a morsel here and there: to the rest, farewell! Even so, no one should confuse sometimes flippant but otherwise solemn commonplaces with scholarship — this is clearly not a treatise on heraldry. If that is your object then these could be helpful:

In comparison, what follows is a self-indulgent ramble through the antique fables heraldic symbology of an obscure English commoner.*

The Arms and Crest of Alan Geal1



Azure semy of Mullets of six points conjoined Argent.


On … a Wreath Argent and Azure within a Circlet of Chain fracted Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons the Chain.


Azure doubled Argent.


Below the Arms:

Be bright: be daring: be joyful.

Above the Crest:

Seek the truth.


On a Circlet of Chain sans the base link Argent an Eagle wings expanded Or grasping in the talons a link fracted also Argent.3

Figure: The 'Seven Stars' badge

A Mullet of six points within a Circlet of six of the same all conjoined Argent each with an orle of six regular Hexagons conjoined Azure.


* Commoner: a quaint and condescending term for an ordinary person where subject to monarchal prerogative and privilege, one without clerical or aristocratic rank. Time has erased this insolence, considering the reflected glory of commonalty's myriad admirable members and their achievements, and here it is readily taken as an honourable appellation.

The arcane idioms of the blazon are explained in the glossary.

Copyright © 2006 Alan Geal