meaning of the symbols we use

the dragonfly

Dragonflies symbolize the change in oneself which comes with maturity and gives us a deeper understanding of life. This interpretation probably sources from a myth in antiquity that dragonflies were once dragons. And the fact that their natural habitat is in or around water re-enforces the aspect of deeper understanding since water itself symbolizes the subconscious mind and thoughts. Being excellent fliers, they also represent strength and poise: They can hover in place or fly in all 6 directions, forward, backward, left, right, vertically up and down. They can reach speeds up to 45 mph. And they achieve all this with a wing flutter rate of only 30 per minute, compared to 600 for mosquitoes and 1000 for common flies!

the evil eye

Very often encountered in Christian, Muslim, Jewish and also Buddhist and Hindu societies, it is probably the most worn piece of symbolic items! Contrary to other symbols, this one has a very specific meaning: It is supposed to shield the wearer from malevolent looks, of which he is unaware, believed to bring bad luck and negative aura.

the four-leaf clover

The four-leaf clover or shamrock is a rare version of the common three-leaf clover. It is said that generally there is 1 for every 10,000 of the 3-leaf version.  While it had already  been documented by Sophocles in Ancient Athens, it is most prominent in Celtic culture. Each leaf is usually assigned a particular meaning and these depend on where you are, but generally, the first corresponds to hope, the second to faith, the third to love and the fourth to luck.

garlic

Garlic was widely used as a potent natural medicine for strengthening the immune system and as a cure for various cases. As such it symbolizes strength and is used to fend off bad spirits.

the horseshoe

The horseshoe is believed to bring luck and, in most cases, must be kept with its ends pointing up so as to hold it inside! But, for instance, when placed above the main door of the house, then it is thought that the luck it ‘pours’ when hanged pointing down will keep all evil out. Also, finding a horseshoe by chance is considered exceptionally lucky. The reason why it is considered to be lucky has to do with the fact that, back in the days, the process of making it using metal and fire left people in awe. Also, some people believed that horses did not feel any pain when it was nailed to their hoofs because of the magic of the horseshoe.

infinity

As a symbol it was conceived in 1655 by the English Mathematician John Wallis and it is quite remarkable how he managed to describe such an advanced notion in such a simple way.

The infinity symbol is often used to refer to one’s love or feelings for someone, as being limitless!  It can also symbolise the infinite possibilities which are available, but perhaps not readily visible, to us in our lives ahead. It is also encountered in Buddhism and Hinduism as a religious symbol and is taken to represent rebirth and re-incarnation or that we are all eternal whether in our physical bodies or not.

lava

Given its very distinct texture and origin, the lava rock is encountered in many cultures around the world. Being raw volcanic rock created under circumstances of immense forces, it is considered to have a strong but calming energy which also keeps our connection to the Earth strong. It is also the stone of fertility. Use it to help you remain strong and calm.

the spiral

The spiral is one of the oldest symbols and is very prominent in Celtic culture. It represents evolution in our life: Certain things will only gradually become clear to oneself. Often in life we come back to some point but with new and better kinds of understanding. Use the spiral to remind you to be more open and confident when facing new challenges!

the starfish

The starfish had various meanings in the ancient Egyptian and Roman times and later in Christian and North American tradition.  In our days, people often associate its ongoing swaying back and forth at the edge of the ocean, its natural habitat, to infinite energy, protection and love. It also takes the meaning of the star, namely the continuous movement, flow and exchange of energies within our universe. By another interpretation, its five tentacles symbolize the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit.

the wave

The meaning of the wave depends on the size of the wave depicted. For instance, the big breaking wave, prominent in Japanese culture, can refer to the fact that we have to face and persevere against the various adversities in life. It can also refer to the rush of emotions which sometimes overwhelm us. Smaller waves can represent peace and tranquility or the natural ebb and flow of day-to-day life.