Throughout your spiritual journey, you will be introduced to a number of different signs and symbols, each with its own meaning and religious or spiritual affiliation. These symbols and icons have an incredible level of significance to various cultures and religions.
The word ‘symbol’ is holiday signs. As the Britannica explains, “The symbol is not, however, kept hidden in meaning; to some extent, it even has a revelatory character (i.e., it goes beyond the obvious meaning for those who contemplate its depths).”word ‘symbolon’, which means token, insignia, contract or a means of identification. Today symbols are seen in various capacities throughout our lives from technical scientific symbols to musical notation, social media icons to various
In the religious and spiritual world,have deep significance, tied to specific theology, dogma and religious affiliations. Interested in learning more?
One of the most recognized religious symbols in the world today, the cross is known for its association with Christianity. This one religious symbol has graced schools, hospitals, orphanages and religious buildings around the world, a clear way of denoting one’s Christian association. The cross is associated with the nailing of Jesus to the crucifix and the hope that Christians associate with the events that followed.
The Dharma Wheel
A symbol found as part of the Buddhist teachings, the spokes of the Dharma Wheel area said to represent the 8 aspects of spiritual enlightenment. This includes right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration. The round shape is said to represent the perfection of the Buddhist teaching of the dharma, while the wheel itself represents the concentration and mindfulness that underscore the teachings.
Also known as the ‘Egyptian Cross,’symbolizes eternal life. This symbol has also come to be associated with wisdom, fertility and the basic concept of life itself. It is often seen throughout Egyptian folklore representing the gift of eternal life from the Gods to kings and world leaders.
The Flower of Life
A unique geometrical shape, the flower of life is believed to represent the very foundation of space and time. This symbol has been found in various temples, manuscripts, and works of art throughout generations. It is said that the unending connection between all aspects of the symbol represents the way in which all aspects of life and the world around us are connected.
A representation of good, pure, white magic,is a symbol often associated with Wiccan and Pagan beliefs. The five points of the pentacle refer to North, South, East, West and the Spirit or Earth, Water, Air, the Spirit and the Divine. While some religions focus their views on a duality concept, Wiccans and Pagans go further, looking at life as a balance of the elements.
A popular symbol in ancient Middle Eastern cultures,is believed to bring health, happiness, luck and good fortune to those who wear it. The hand sometimes includes the symbol of the evil eye, and when the two are combined in this way it is believed to protect the wearer from the curses associated with the evil eye itself.
Also known as the ‘ichthus’ or the Christian fish, the origins ofare, surprisingly, Pagan. As the symbol was widely used by other belief systems before the Christians adopted it, including the Greeks and the Romans, the fish was far less recognizable than the cross and was often used by those who were at risk of being persecuted for their beliefs.
A symbol traced back to ancient Chinese, ‘bagua’ can be translated to mean ‘eight symbols.’ The symbol itself is made up of 8 trigrams, arranged to create an octagonal shape. The symbol refers to a specific collection of 8 symbols each with their own meaning In Chinese philosophy. They refer to a specific family member, animal, personality trait, direction, season, etc.
A symbol associated with traditional Chinese, thesymbol incorporates two separate Chinese characters that when together translate to ‘joy’. This symbol has come to be associated with love, luck, and happiness in life.
Finding its roots in Taoism/Daoism and ancient Chinese philosophy,is designed to represent the balance of the two sides of each aspect of our lives. This can be associated with many examples of the two opposites needed in each situation such as light versus dark and femininity versus masculinity.
Similar to the importance of the cross to the Christians, the Khanda is an important symbol associated with the Sikh religion. The center of the symbol depicting a double-edged sword is the reason for its name, as they are also called a Khanda. This symbolizes divine knowledge and truth from the falsehoods we encounter in life.
The Tree of Life
Recognized across many different cultures,is based on a mythical magical tree that is believed to provide energy to every being on the planet. Each of the individual parts of the tree – the roots, the trunk, the branches and the leaves – have their own unique meaning, representing a different aspect of life itself. The roots show the deeper hidden connection, the trunk provides the tree with a solid foundation, the branches extend from the tree, building upon the reach of the tree and its leaves collect the sunlight, providing the tree with the sustenance it requires.
Earth Medicine Wheel
A Native American symbol,is said to represent peace and harmony throughout all beings that exist in the world. Native Americans believed that the cardinal directions were each associated with great forces, which is why the wheel specifically points to each of the four. They all come together, aligning all of these forces in one powerful entity.
Originally a symbol associated with ancient Greek mythology, the caduceus has been adopted as a symbol in today’s modern medical world. The double snakes represent the duality of life – light versus dark, good versus evil. The way in which they spiral together is designed to show the dance of the cosmic forces. The staff along the middle is the central connection between the physical world and the ethereal. Finally, the wings represent ascension and the divine.
The Lotus Flower
A symbol highly associated with Buddhism and Hinduism, the lotus flower is associated with spiritual awakening, purity, and faithfulness. A flower that is often found growing in murky ponds and waterbodies, it is the symbol of something pure and beautiful rising from the dark, dirty struggles of life. It has also come to be associated with spiritual enlightenment, its petals spreading and opening up in the way that one’s mind does upon acceptance of the Universe.
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