Symbol from New Mexico's flag is a sun with rays streching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group -- an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. The Zia believed that the giver of all good gave them gifts in groups of four. These gifts are: the four directions, the four seasons, the day (sunrise, noon, evening, night), and life (childhood, youth, middle years and old age), all bound by a circle of life and love, with no beginning or end.
New Mexico's distinctive insignia is the Zia Sun Symbol, which originated with the Indians of Zia Pueblo in ancient times. Its design reflects their tribal philosophy, with its wealth of pantheistic spiritualism teaching the basic harmony of all things in the universe. The Zia rayed Sun symbol has four arms each of which has four parts. 'Four' is an auspicious or sacred number for the Zia: the 4 points of the compass, the 4 periods of each day, four seasons of the year, 4 stages of life.