Symbols of life have been found throughout recorded history leaving lasting psychological impression in our minds. Just by studying the intricacy and deeper meaning each one holds and gazing at these symbols we feel connected, alive and intrigued. But what do these symbols mean?
Here are 10 commonly used spiritual symbols and their meanings.
1. The Lotus Flower
An important symbol in Buddhism as well as many other eastern cultures. The lotus flower is seen as a sign of enlightenment. A symbol of the third eye or ajna-chakra in Hindu culture. The lotus flower symbolizes the balance between the masculine feminine energies.
The moon and the sun represented in balance on either side of the petal and the third eye open thus, signifying that the disciple has attained this inner balance.
The symbol is also a representation of the journey into darkness involving deep and inner transformation. A sign of detachment, just as water glides off a petal.
2. The Hamsa
The Hamsa is known as the universal sign of protection and is used to ward off anyone who aims to cause you harm. Known as the “evil eye” the Hamsa is known to the wearer that no harm will come while carrying this symbol. Hamsa is the Arabic word for “five” and represents the five digits of the hand and is known as the universal symbol for protection.
3) The Yin Yang
The yin yang represents the harmonization of duality. The unification of masculine and feminine energies as well as serving for reminder that balance is key to living a holistic meaningful life.
4) The Flower of Life
Found in nearly all major religions across the globe, the flower of life is considered to be the most important symbol of sacred geometry.
Containing the ancient religious values that represent the fundamental forms of all space and time, the flower of life is the pattern of creation itself.
Within the flower holds a secret set of symbols, known as the Fruit of Life. Through which, one can discover the most important and sacred secrets of the universe.
5. The Tree of Life
The tree of life has been represented by a number of cultures and religions across the world. Also known as the World Tree, the tree of life is associated with birth, life, death and rebirth the circle of life.In Christianity, the tree is known to be in the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve picked the forbidden fruit from.
The world tree is used by shamans to travel between the three worlds, the upper, lower and middle worlds and is sacred to those who practice Asatru. And it is believed the tree of life is a metaphor for the human brain.
6. The Ankh
The Ankh is a well-known symbol of life associated with the Egyptians. It is said that our ancestors would use the Ankh during sexual practice in order to regenerate the sexual energy at time of orgasm. Generally, the Ankh symbol has been associated with eternal life and regeneration.
7) The Pentacle
This primary symbol of Wiccan Religion the pentacle is said to be the symbol of man. For those who wear it, it is believed to protect against evil. The top point represents the spirit, while the other four points represent the four elements.
8. The Eagle
Known as the eternal spirit or great spirit, the eagle is known throughout many cultures and religions from Christianity to Native American Tradition. Known as the creator of All, the eagle is the ruler of the skies and when called is said to assist the disciple to reaching the tree of life.
9. The Caduceus
Mistakenly used as a symbol by healthcare organizations, the Caduceus is the traditional symbol of Hermes and features two snakes winding around an often winged staff.
The Caduceus provides the basis for the astrological symbol, representing the planet Mercury. The Caduceus symbol is also a representation of your own primal life force energy. The twin snakes, represent the Kundalini energy rising from the base of your spine, one being feminine and one masculine; intertwining with the other, allowing the successful person to possess the wings of new life.
10. The Snake
Often praised and often feared the snake is the most well-known spiritual symbol in the world. In some cultures the snake is worshipped while others highly frowned upon. In Christianity, the snake is referred to as “the devil” while in eastern cultures the snake is known as a symbol of primordial life energy, death and rebirth.
by LJ Vanier