The current official symbol of the Raelian Movement is a hexagram intertwined with a right-facing swastika. This is a symbol that Rael saw on the Elohim spaceship. As a point of note, a very similar symbol can be seen on some copies of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, where a swastika sits inside two overlapping triangles.
Staring around 1991, this symbol was often replaced by a variant star and swirl symbol as a public relations move, particularly toward Israel. However, the Raelian Movement has now readopted the original version as their official symbol.
MeaningFor Raelians, this symbol means infinity. The hexagram is infinite space (one explanation indicates the upward pointing triangle represents the infinitely large, while the downward pointing one indicates the infinitely small), while the swastika is infinite time. Raelians believe that the universe's existence is cyclical, with no beginning or end.
ControversyThe Nazis' use of the swastika has made Western culture particularly sensitive to the use of the symbol. To intertwine it with a symbol today strongly linked with Judaism is even more problematic.
The Raelians claim no association with the Nazi party and are not anti-Semetic. They often look to the various meanings of this symbol in Indian culture, which include eternity and good luck. They also point to the swastika's appearance all over the globe, including in ancient Jewish synagogues, as evidence that this symbol is universal, and that the hateful Nazi associations with the symbol were brief, aberrant uses of it.
Raelians argue that the banning of the swastika because of its Nazi connections would be like banning the Christian cross because the Klu Klux Klan used to burn them as symbols of their own hate.