Love Symbols and Their Meaning
Love knows no boundaries. Symbols of Love connect us to the Force of Love and its Eternal Wisdom
Heart as a Symbol of Love
We somehow naturally start with the heart as a symbol of love. It was firstly found on coins by the Cyrenes in the 7th century B.C.
It is interesting that the image depicted on the coins was the heart shaped seeds of a plant called Silphium, a type of fennel, that was used as a herbal contraceptive.
The Greeks believed the plant was a gift from Apollo. It was the birth-control medicine of the time so no wonder that its shape became an association for sexuality and love.
The heart shape was most likely first associated with sex, and later with love...
One of the first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates back to the 13th century.
It is found in a French manuscript where a kneeling lover offers his heart to his lady.
The heart shape is also formed by the heads of two doves in love, an animal associated with Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love.
Doves as a Symbol of Love
Doves are considered a symbol of faithful and eternal love because they mate for life. Depictions of two doves together symbolize everlasting love.
Swans as a Symbol of Love
A Swan symbolizes love, grace, purity, and beauty. The swans pair for years, sometimes for a lifetime. The image of two of them swimming creating a shape of a heart is a beautiful universal symbol of love.
Cupid as a Symbol of Love
Cupid or Eros means desire in Greek.
Cupid was born out of the chaos alongside his sister Aphrodite.
In the Roman Myth he is born from the union of Mars and Venus representing a symbolic merge of Heavenly and Earthly Love.
Cupid is often shown as blindfolded symbolizing the love's blindness.
In one tale Cupid as a todler steals some honey and is stung by bees.
He cries and runs to his mother Venus, saying that bees are so small and yet their wounds are very painful.
Venus laughs, and tells him that he too is very small, and yet that he delivers the sting of love that can be very painful.
Celtic Love Knot
The Celtic Knot has no beginning and no end, and it stands for the everlasting love.
The symbol represents the perfect union of two people.
When the three knots are laced together,
it symbolizes the Unity of Divine Lovers, God, Man and Woman.
In China and Japan the maple leaves are love symbols of the beauty of love in daily life.
The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus.
Rose represents all things sensual, sacred, pure and romantic. In Rome a wild rose was placed at the entrance door of a house where secret matters were discussed.
In Ancient Egypt the Triangle was a symbol of intelligence and it symbolized one's capacity for love. The triangle within the Buddhist Shri Yantra Mandala helps the invocation of love energy.
Rose quartz generates strong love energies. This quartz crystal is used to open the heart. Rose quartz is seen as a stone of unconditional love.
Within the Yoga Philosophy, Anahata is the 4th chakra, the heart chakra. It is located near the heart. Opening the heart chakra we open to love. Anahata symbolises love, compassion, selflessness and devotion. Anahata's colour is smoke-green-grey.
Its shape is two triangles, creating a star of David that symbolises the union of the masculine and feminine energies. It is often represented by the union of Shiva and Shakti. The chakra's animal is an antelope.
Feng Shui and Love Symbols
The back right corner of any home is the Feng Shui Love and Relationship corner.
In the Feng Shui two of anything represents a harmonious and balanced relationship. The Dragon and Phoenix symbolize a perfect couple.
PHOENIX: A Phenic dies in its self-made flames to rise again from its own ashes. To alchemists, it symbolizes the destruction and creation of new forms of matter.
SNAKE: A Snake also represents rebirth, male or female sexuality, and fertility. It represents Kundalini that is an Eastern female energy or life-force.
If separated from its mate, the Mandarin Duck will be devastated. It will yearn for its partner and die from loneliness. Feng Shui suggests that the symbol of Ducks is placed as a pair in the Southwest of a home.
Love Symbols and Hinduism
The ecstasy of devotees that sing hundreds of songs to their Gods embodies the deep feelings of Bhakti and Devotion. Krishna is an important and popular focus of these devootees.
Kṛṣṇa in Sanskrit is an adjective meaning 'black' or 'dark'. Krishna is most often depicted as a youthful man with a dark or blue skin playing a flute surrounded with women in exstasy dancing.
Krishna appears in many forms. When he is together with Radha, he is regarded as supreme lord under the name of Radha-Krishna. Radha is considered to be the perfect devotee. RadhaKrishna cannot be broken into two. Such was the love of Radha towards Krishna that they became one.
Shiva and Shakti as Love Symbols
Shiva is limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. He is depicted as a Yogi who lives an ascetic life or as a family man living with his wife Parvati and his two children:
Shakti is a concept of feminine creative power. On the earthly plane, Shakti manifests through fertility.
Chanting of the Sanskrit bij mantra MA is used to call upon the Divine Mother, the Shakti, as well as the Moon.
Shiva is a Tantric couple with Shakti that is energy, movement, action within the existence. Shiva is her transcendent masculine aspect. Shakti manifests in many female forms: Sati, Paravati, Durga, Kali, etc.
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