I have a question that perhaps somebody on the Battlestar Fan Club can answer.
We see the emblem on the patches for most Battle Stars. We see it on the Battle Stars them selves. It's on flags. It's on coffee cups and T-shirts.
What does the Re-Imagined Series emblem signify? It looks sort of like a chalice or cup with stylized flames flying off of it.
Surely this is not the mythical Holy Grail of Arthurian legend.
Soooo...Is there some sort of symbolism behind it, or is it just really cool looking and enigmatic for coolness sake?
If anybody knows please share you knowledge on the subject, and enlighten us all.
We want to know!
SO SAY WE ALL!
Popular discussions refer to it as the "Phoenix". Following is from BSG Wiki:
It consists of a stylized bird with outstretched wings enclosed by a circle. The names of the governmental offices, agencies, and military organization and formations are often incorporated.
The seal is present on all Colonial flags.
Military vessels have emblems with the seal along with their names and battlestar groups. These are also worn as a patch on all uniforms, as a clasp for dress uniforms and on flags. Onbattlestars the seal is present in the CIC as metal plaque on one of the walls and etched into the glass of the doors. Galactica and Pegasus also sport the seal on their dorsal hulls. The emblem can also be found in several other places all over the ships, such as podiums inmeeting and briefing rooms.
Like other government agencies, the Colonial Forces used the seal on official documents and correspondence, for example by the Caprican Colonial Forces Veteran's Hospital and other institutions of the Fleet.
Great research! Yes! This makes PERFECT since! It ties in completely with the use of mythology in both versions of Battlestar Galactica and the theme of the cycles of human civilization, their creative destruction, repeated over and over again, and the constant haunting eeeeeerie reminder that "All of this has happened before, and will happen again...and again...and again...and again..."
ALSO...One of the most famous civilian ships in the fleet was the Rising Star!