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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!


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Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on January 15, 2014 at 4:55pm

It has all happened before and it will all happen again. Rebirth of the Phoenix rising from it's own ashes.

Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on January 15, 2014 at 4:54pm

More Wiki:


  • The bird shown in the Colonial seal highly resembles the Phoenix; a mythical sacred firebird in ancient Greek mythology.
  • The seal is displayed at the end the opening credits of Season 1, but replaced with the normal Battlestar Galactica logo in all subsequent seasons.
Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on January 15, 2014 at 4:53pm

Hi John, 

Popular discussions refer to it as the "Phoenix". Following is from BSG Wiki:

Colonial Seal

The Colonial seal [1] is the official governmental emblem of the Twelve Colonies, used by both civilian and military authorities.

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.

Civilian use

Caprican flag.

The seal is present on all Colonial flags.

President Richard Adar's office was adorned by a large seal entitled "Office of the President" (Epiphanies).

The seal is printed on the seats of Colonial One. It is also present on the hull of the vessel[2].

The emblem of the Caprica City police also contained the Colonial seal[3] (Maelstrom).

It is used by the Colonial government on official documents, for example on the execution order PresidentBaltar is forced to sign in "Precipice".

After the exodus from New Caprica, a text-less version of this seal hangs over the blue-colored backdrop cloth partition located in the Quorum meeting room on Colonial One (The Ties That Bind).

Military use

Galactica's version of the Colonial seal.

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.

On the Viper Mark VII, the seal is printed in white on the upper forward portion of the wings. Some Mark IIs sport the seal near the wingtips.

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.

The Medal of Distinction and the Medal of Valor both feature the bird symbol as their central element.

Comment by John David "Buzzsaw" Feagin on January 15, 2014 at 1:04pm

Good take Leonidas! When I FIRST saw it, it looked like a sort of Phoenix, Thunder Bird, Fire Bird, or possibly Raven like the Vikings and such used.  Yep! Since so much mythology is used in both versions of Battlestar Galactica, a spin on the Phoenix thing sounds very reasonable...ESPECIALLY with the underlying themes of destruction, the cycles of civilization, and the constant haunting reminder, "All of this has happened before, and will happen again...and again...and again...and again...and again..."

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on January 15, 2014 at 6:15am

I have often wondered about the emblem myself, but I never asked!!!!! LOL Your take on it Leonidas sounds like the answer.

Comment by Cdr. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on January 15, 2014 at 5:58am

From What I heard, It's The Proverbial 'Phoenix Rising' Out Of The Exodus From Kobol, And Uniting All 12 Colonies Under One Government; At Least That's What It Appears To Be.




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