Symbolism in religion and spirituality has been around since ancient civilizations began. Every religion through out time has used various symbols for different purposes. Christianity itself has used many symbols over the years, including the pentagram, cross, fish, and the triquetra. Symbols help to create a visual of things we can’t always see. Feelings, beliefs, intentions ect…
Using a symbol in your practices or religion does not mean you are worshiping that symbol. It means you are using the properties of that symbol to guide and direct your intentions. You are using the symbol to represent the deities or energies that it encompasses for you.
It is important that you research the symbols you wish to use. Knowing their history and how they were used in the past can help you be more educated in what you are doing. Sometimes the meaning of a symbol shifts depending on time period, culture, and location. Events can change the meaning of symbols as well for different groups of people. Always use what serves your purposes and beliefs best.
:: Symbols used on my Spiritual Path ::
The Christian Cross. Most importantly this means to me Sacrifice. Knowing that there are things beyond yourself that are worth sacrificing or even dying for. I will often call this the Cross of Sacrifice.
It also represents the cycle of birth-death-rebirth. The story of Jesus is all about Birth – Life – Death – and Rising again.
The often misunderstood Pentagram. The 5 points represent: Spirit, Water, Fire, Earth and Air. Starting at the point and moving clockwise. The circle represents The Circle of Life and the Wheel of The year.
The Pentacle and Cross combo is one of my favorite symbols. It represents the Cross of Sacrifice and the Elements of Life combined. It is still a symbol that not many people see today and is usually only well known by those who follow the combined path.
The Flower of Life is a sacred geometric symbol consisting of 19 overlapping and interconnected circles, always 19 circles – no more and no less.
Sacred geometry refers to the geometric patterns and laws that create everything in the universe. The Flower of Life symbol is a visual representation of the interconnectedness of life and all beings.
I love Celtic and Irish folklore. The 4 Leaf Clover represents Faith, Hope, Love and Luck. I have been blessed to find many of these in my life. I look often. I don’t stop to smell the flowers, I stop to look for 4 leaf clovers!! I even have one tattooed on me.
The Triple Moon represents the lunar phases as well as the phases of life. The moon represents our Mother Goddess and the triple moon shows all her stages: Maiden, Mother, Crone.
An ancient Celtic symbol, the triquetra is considered one of the oldest; dating back to as early as 500 BC when it was used to symbolize the triple goddess (maiden-mother-crone). Over the centuries it has been used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity for Christians in Ireland.
Rrepresent the 3 fundamental elements – air, water, and earth and the infinite life cycle. Also used for protection.
This is a combination of symbols but it’s here to represent A Dream Catcher as well as the sacred geometrical triangle elemental symbols of earth, air, water and fire. You can see these symbols in the pentagram information above.
The dream catcher represents the circle of life and the shifting of day into night. A protection amulet.
The Witches Knot or Magic knot represents Knot magic that has been practiced for centuries. Created with a single line, it’s symbol of protection that covers all 4 directions.
There they are. They symbols I identify with most and use the most often in my everyday spiritual path. I often combine symbols as well.
Don’t be afraid to do some research and find symbols that work for you. If you have a symbol that you think I should research, be sure to drop a comment and let me know. My path is always evolving and I am not stuck in one train of though or practice.