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Thomas Anthony Lux


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This certifies that the heraldic arms of Thomas Anthony Lux are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Per chevron Azure and Sable, on a chevron Argent between in chief two lynx heads guardant Argent and in base a snowy owl proper, three arrowheads Sable.
Crest: On a wreath Argent and Azure a lynx head guardant Argent.
Motto below: Lux et Scientia translated as “Light and Knowledge”
Motto above: "Anima te Cum" translated as “May the Spirit (or life force) be with You.”
Badge: The badge is to be a lynx head guardent argent encircled by a strap and buckle bearing the motto “Lux et Scientia.”

Biographical information

Thomas Lux, M.A. is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. He has earned degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Denver. His graduate thesis research located, identified, and documented prehistoric trail systems in the Southern Rocky Mountains through the use of ethnographic accounts, Native American consultation, GIS modeling, and extensive field research. His research on ancient trails and the archaeological application of remote sensing technologies has been presented at professional conferences, both in the United States and abroad. He is currently employed as an archaeologist and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado. A martial arts enthusiast since 1991, Thomas is the President of the Rocky Swordplay Guild, a state-recognized non-profit educational organization offering organized instruction in the serious study and practice of historical European fighting arts. Through teaching women’s self defense courses, he has adapted the functional principles of this six hundred-year-old art for contemporary audiences. Thomas is the Vice President of AMS Health, Inc. and serves as a Master Reiki Therapist, self-defense instructor, and counselor. Thomas Lux is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, has served as an Assistant Scoutmaster since 1993, and teaches winter camping. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity degree and has performed weddings since 1995.

Design rationale

The field and chevron represent Mr. Lux’s extensive archaeological research high in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The chevron argent bearing three arrowheads acknowledges his rediscovery of ancient trail systems, which natives peoples used to cross the Continental Divide since the end of the last Ice Age. The base and arrowheads are black, reflecting the lithic technologies used by native peoples and the presence of a diagnostic obsidian source in Mr. Lux’s research area. The two lynx heads are canting arms, as Thomas is derived from the Greek word for twin, and Lux is derived from the German word for lynx. In the 15th century European fighting art that Thomas has studied and taught since 2001, the lynx symbolizes judgment, logic, and perception. That these lynx heads are displayed upon a blue field, conventionally associated with loyalty and fidelity, reflects Thomas’s belief that unavoidable conflicts should be waged on behalf of others rather than for personal interest. The snowy owl in base is an acknowledgement of the Indian name Gokhotit Guhn, which was given to Thomas, and which is translated as Little Snowy Owl. The owl is a symbol of academic wisdom and access to occult knowledge. This charge symbolizes Thomas’s role as an educator and his prior ethnographic research on occult groups in Northern Colorado. The snowy owl is also the symbol of the winter camping program that Thomas teaches. The principle motto, Lux et Scientia, is both a reference to the Lux family name and to the family tradition of dedicating ones’ professional life to the pursuit of knowledge. Thomas also directs his martial arts students that these are the principal reasons for which a blade may be drawn. The second motto, Anima te Cum, reflects Thomas’s role as a Master Reiki Therapist and his commitment to acknowledging the importance of symbolic matters while conducting archaeological research.

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