Colors

Lilac, dark green, and golden. The colors that represent korp! Amicitia were chosen by our founding member, vil! Emilie Ruubel. According to a popular myth, vil! Emilie’s color combination was inspired by the sight of a lilac branch in a golden vase in springtime. These colors can be seen in our sorority flag, on our coat of arms, sorority caps, and sorority ribbons. Our sorority colors were first debuted when publicly worn by our members on Estonian Independence Day in February 1925.

 

Motto

“Per Aspera Ad Astra” (Latin for “Through Hardships to the Stars”). Our choice of motto was influenced by the realities of societal norms of the early 20th century. In a society still ruled and dominated primarily by men, socially and academically active women were forced time and time again to prove themselves in the face of adversity. We believe that, even today, our motto serves to help inspire our members to better themselves.

 

Principles

Courage, hope, and honesty represent our sorority’s core guiding principles, and are symbolized respectively by our sorority colors lilac, dark green, and golden.

 

Zirkel

(German for “compasses”). Known in Estonian as the sirkel, this is a symbol comprised of a flourish of connected initials, common to many German and Baltic-German-influenced academic student organizations, with each organization having its own unique zirkel to represent them. Our zirkel, with which we may publicly identify ourselves, is made up of the letters V, C, F, C, A; these initials repreent the Latin phrase, “Vivat, crescat, floreat corporation Amicitia in aeternum!” (“Live, grow, prosper korp! Amicitia forever!”). The zirkel, drawn with one continuous line, represents a sense of unity and the inner circle.