This entry is part of a series of posts dedicated to Leonard Cohen Album Logos.
A variation of the unified heart logo appears on several pieces of merchandise, including a pullover and bag, from the 2012 Tour.
While other album logos (especially the hummingbird, heart, & handcuffs) have also appeared on tour merchandise, they were used in conjunction with the tour supporting the album referenced by the logo. The hummingbird, heart, & handcuffs logo representing The Future album was featured on merchandise associated with the 1993 The Future Tour. The unified heart symbol, however, appears independently of the Various Positions album.
The Priestly Blessing Unified Heart Logo Variant
The 2012 Tour version of the unified heart logo differs from the original form first found on the cover of Book Of Mercy.
David Peloqui points out that “the image with the hands in the shin position of priestly blessing is new (circa 2012).” In The Unified Heart and The Blessing to End Disunity, he wrote
The image of The Unified Heart has evolved and now depicts two hands from the Heart beneath that support the Heart above. The Hebrew letter Shin appears in the center; a Blessing to End Disunity.
“In Judaism Shin also stands for the word Shaddai, a name for God. Because of this, a kohen (priest) forms the letter Shin with his hands as he recites the Priestly Blessing.” (From Wikipedia)
O troubled dust concealing/ An undivided love
The Heart beneath is teaching/ To the broken Heart above