A Reiki Master's Hanko Seal
- The Hanko Seal
- In Japan, seals in general are referred to as inkan or hanko.
The first evidence of writing in Japan is a hanko dating from
AD 57, made of solid gold and belonging to the Emperor. At first,
only the Emperor and
his most trusted vassals held a hanko seal, as they were a symbol
of the Emperor's authority. Noble people began using their own
personal hanko after 750 AD, and the Samurai began using them
sometime in the Middle Ages. At the time, the Samurai were permitted
exclusive use of red ink for their hanko impressions. Modernization
of these seals began in 1870, and the hanko finally came into
general use throughout Japanese society.
- Traditionally, inkan and hanko are engraved on the end of
a finger-length stick of stone, wood, bone, or ivory, with a
diameter between 25 and 75 millimeters (1 and 3 in). Their carving
is a form of calligraphic art. The most common form of this calligraphic
art is the Japanese Kanji -- the Chinese script.
- They are still used in Asia for professional and personal
purposes. Most requiring registration with local government offices
much like a trademark.
- Many of the Takata masters have used their own Hanko seals
to authenticate their Reiki certificates for students. This makes
it harder for charlatans to claim lineage that they have not
acquired legitimately. Rev. Beth Gray is one of the people who
used her personal Hanko on graduation certifications (Beth Gray Certificates). This practice has
inspired many practitioners to follow in the footsteps of the
practicing Masters choose to use the Kanji version of "Rei
Ki" as their Hanko (seen on the left). Others use words
to represent their personality, a special phrase, or their personal
name (such as the Kanji of SpringWolf displayed above).
- The use of a hanko in Reiki can create a connection between
the Reiki practitioner and the Reiki origins in Japan. It can
be used as a sigil
during Reiki sessions to connect to healing energy. It can also
be used as a symbolic seal during attunements. They can be a
source of self promotion, pride or personality. They can be seen
in email signatures, decorations on web pages and even as tattoos.
- If you are interested in your own Hanko, I suggest the following
Kanji Dictionary - A Japanese to English translation
Connection - Handmade Hanko seals
- Source: 1, h5,
- Created: 04.03.2008 Updated: 09.17.2009