What is a symbol?
It is something that stands for or represents something else.
What is symbolism?
It is what the symbol is perceived to mean.
Symbols can be and have been changed, modified or altered from their original version throughout history.
The symbolism has also been altered, modified or changed based on the fears of some or the adoption
of a symbol by someone to represent their cause.
An example of this and the ramifications that can follow is the swastika.
Hitler did not create this symbol but he mistakenly believed that it symbolized a pure race and because of his
belief used it to represent his cause and the cruelty he inflicted. This symbol may never be viewed in any other way.
Do you know what the real meaning of this symbol is?
I didn't until a few years ago when I took an interest in symbols and this is what I learned.
The swastika is an old solar symbol and was a sacred symbol of the Navaho Indians.
The four arms look like a wheel and pointing clockwise represent the Sun/male or counterclockwise
it represents the Moon/female. The four arms are jointed which makes the significance of the
number 4 stronger (four winds, four seasons, four directions, four elements) and the center of the joint
represents the fifth element or the still center. Together, this leads to it being a symbol of the Axis Mundi or the World Axis,
the pole in which the world revolves and links the Heavens to Earth.
Symbolism is in the eye of the beholder.
It can unite. It can divide. It can save. It can destroy.
What you perceive as truth is based on the knowledge and belief you hold at the time.
Fleur de Lys
Signifies life, light and perfection; purity; Holy Trinity
Associated with the dove & the Virgin Mary
Also a prominent symbol in the Church of Mary Magdalene
Black: mourning, denial, maturity, sobriety, authority
Blue: truth, intellect, wisdom, loyalty, spirituality
Brown: poverty, humility, practicality
Gray: sobriety, steadiness, modesty
Green: luck, money, hope, new life, healing
Orange: balance between spirit and sexuality, energy
Pink: love, health, patience
Purple: royalty, power, wealth, majesty, protection (light)
Red: vitality, life force, fire, prosperity, passion, sexuality
Violet: knowledge, intelligence, humility, temperance, spirituality
White: purity, death/rebirth, beginning/end, virginity, protection (light)
Yellow: power, goodness, truth, light, endurance, life
Symbol of ascendance, flight, communication with the spiritual realms; represents the element of air. It is said that finding a feather is a sign from the angels letting you know they are there.
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Symbolizes light in the darkness; it represents the element of fire as a benevolent force that is made even more powerful if it is made of wax (bees wax)
Also see color meanings
Symbolic of transitioning between
one world and the next..
An ancient Hindu tradition and folk art. These patterns are usually drawn on the floor or ground at the doorway to welcome visitors. It is said to attract the Goddess of Abundance, Lakshmi
transcendence, fulfillment of potential
It is also synonymous with the idea
of communication between the worlds
Represents the number 3; protection;
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