Learn about the symbol meanings

Alchemical Symbols

The cup of intuition, wisdom and prudence for the pure of heart seeking after the mysteries of enlightenment.
The overlapping circles (Vesica Piscis) symbolizing the union of Male Reason and Female Intuition. Glastonbury hiding place of the Holy Grail.
This ancient symbol of Freemasonry signifies Masonic membership.
Sister to Mother Earth, Queen of the night. Ruler of emotional waters and cycles of growth. Diana - Greek
The fertile union of Heaven and Earth, the Male and Female life forces, balanced and harmonious. Hebrew
Sophia Mother of practical and spiritual wisdom; brings peace, joy and happiness.
Sun The source of energy that provides growth and life. Apollo - Greek
The Tree of Life The Axis Mundi or World Tree/ Tree of Life. The single trunk of divine life and power nourishes all the multitudinous forms of which the universe is composed.
The Tree of Life II The single trunk of divine life and power nourishes all the multitudinous forms of which the universe is composed.

Ancient Symbols

Because of its importance in navigation, the anchor was regarded in ancient times as a symbol of safety. The Christians, adopted the anchor as a symbol of hope in future existence.
Labyrinth Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path, winding but without divisions or branches; a path that moves inevitably toward the center of the labyrinth and then outwards again. Used to contemplate the descent into Mother Earth and reemergence by many spiritual traditions.
Ankh In Egypt Ankh meant “life” and “hand mirror”, derived from the Mirror of Hathor. Pharaohs and Egyptian deities were shown carrying the ankh as a symbol of the promise of eternal life. It also represented the union of Isis and Osiris, which mystically caused the Nile’s annual floods.
Laurel Wreath In the ancient Greek Olympics victors were crowned with a wreath made of laurel leaves. Associated with the Sun God, Apollo, the laurel tree is also known for its medicinal virtues. The laurel crown is identified with achieving victory, success and excellence.
A caduceus or wand of Hermes was an ancient astrological symbol of commerce. Many medical groups have adopted the twin serpent caduceus of Hermes or Mercury as a medical symbol during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Lightning The highly energetic eightfold path of enlightened effort. The inspirational quickening of the spirit
Claddagh One of Ireland’s unique treasures, the “Claddagh” is a symbol of Love, Friendship and loyalty. The Claddagh Ring belongs to a widespread group of finger rings called Fede or “Faith rings” which date from Roman times.
Maltese Cross Identified with the Knights of Malta, originally called the Order of Knights Hospitaller (white or silver on black background), and the Knights Templar (red on white), also called the “Rosy Cross”. Today it is used by Firemen, skateboarders, and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Death’s Head Death’s Head, the skull, has been given strong religious meaning for many cultures. Hindus wear it to remember that you must die’. In Mexico it symbolizes the Day of the Dead. To the Celts it was the seat of the soul. To Christians it symbolizes Golgotha, the place of the skull, where Christ was crucified.
Sword Dancing is usually regarded as a type of morris dance. Revived in England from more ancient traditions, the swords are interlinked into a woven knot, known as a lock or nut, which is strong enough to be held up by one of the dancers
Eye of Horus (Right and Left) In Egypt, the symbol of a sacred Eye of Horus protected against many evils. The two eyes were represented two ways of seeing by way of the sun (rt) and the moon(left).
The Vikings, also called Norsemen or Northmen, were members of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the 9th to the 11th century. During the Viking period they sailed the seas in their longships and raided cities and towns along the coasts of Europe—earning them the name vikingr, meaning “pirate”.
Goddess This particular talisman is derived from one of the Western Neolithic sculptures and petroglyphs of the Great Mother. In many early cultures she was the prime deity. Associated with the cycles of the moon, she often had three aspects named independently as Maiden, Mother and Crone.
Om In the Hindu Upanishads, the sound of Ohm is the called the supreme syllable, the Mother Mantra, from which all the sounds that brought the universe into being arose. It is called the universal logos of oriental creation, the word that first brought forth the diversity of the material world.
Hand of Fatima The Hand of Fatima (also appearing in Jewish lore as the Hand of Miriam) serves as an ancient talisman to avert the evil eye, and appears in several stylized forms. In Muslim traditions, the Hand is associated with Fatima, the daughter of the prophet Muhammad.
Pentagram The pentacle or pentagram is a very ancient symbol whose meanings have been given as life and/or health. Alchemists used it as a symbol for the cosmos, with the figure of a man placed within a circle. They can still be found decorating older churches of Europe.

 

 

Animal Spirits

The Honey Bee signifies immortality and resurrection. Represents diligence and tireless effort and the sweet love of the Mother Goddis. Used as a model of human society.
Watcher, guardian of the World, giver of great strength of body, courage and power of will. Native American
Ancient mythology, from ancient Greece, Persia, Ireland, Gaul and elsewhere counted the bull as magical and sacrificial. Cattle were the primary measure of wealth and the bull was the symbol of ownership. Strength, virility, swift in anger.
Spiritual rebirth, happiness and joy. Symbol for the human soul since ancient times. Dreams are brought by butterflies
Protectors from evil spirits and otherwise invisible beings.
Dogs have lived and worked with humans in so many roles that they have earned the unique sobriquet "man's best friend".
Wise and happy, able to explore the great depths of emotion; friend to lovers of the sea. Universal
Helpers of human kind. Associated with the Mother Goddess Apollo and the preservation of life.
Doves are a traditional Christian and Jewish symbols of love and peace
In Celtic mythology, the dragonfly is often the transitional home of the soul between one life and the next. Its flight and aerial acrobatics capture our attention and inspire our hearts.
Rising, circling the Sun, he carries messages and prayers to the Great Spirit. Native American
Elephants are also traditionally considered a symbol of wisdom, fertility, and protection and good fortune.
The fox is associated with quick mental and physical responses, magic and cunning.
Fertility, creativity, abundance and natural balance.
Hares and rabbits are fertility symbols of antiquity. Here three hares chase each other in a circle with ears connected in a threefold rotational symmetry as in the Triskellion and Triquetra.
The hawk is all-seeing, soaring on the breast of the wind; inspiration. Native American
The horse is associated with Power, Grace, Beauty, Nobility. Strength and Freedom.
Jewel of the Gods. Symbol of beauty and joy. The bird of Lovers. Native American
Associated with royalty, and with the Sun; King of Beasts; Courage, determination, nobility of character and leadership; will, authority, generosity.
Represents the struggle of life between the Sun and the Waters. Extremely intelligent, creative and adaptable.
Wise watcher in the night, fate seer, riddler, beloved of Athena. Greek
Shaman's companion on journeys to the other worlds; spirit of grace and silent power. Native American.
Trickster, wise in oracles and omens, messenger and watcher for the gods. Native American
The rooster represents Pride, Honesty, Courage, Vigilance, Arrogance, Strength, Watchfulness, Flamboyance
Four intertwined serpents. Ancient wisdom; immortality via self-renewal. Celtic
Lord of the forest; masculine power of regeneration; giver of bounty and mystical signs. Native American
Many myths and animal legends hold the Tiger as a Sister to the Moon.
Symbolizes the Earth, longevity and endurance. Preserver of life; calms the soul.
The whale is Lord of the Sea; revered for it size and power; considered a sacred brother to fishermen and sailors.
Pathfinder of the spirit. Intelligent guardian of nature. Native American

Celtic Myths & Symbols

The inter-woven nature of all life, the inner weave of body and spirit.
Courage and fierceness on the battlefield Buy Now
The union of Irish Christianity with the ancient Earth-lore of the original peoples. From the Nigg Stone.
Beloved of the goddess Epona, the interlaced legs of these horses show the intertwining of Life. Great strength and endurance.
A meditation on the interconnectedness of all things.
A meditation on the interconnectedness of all things
A meditation on the interconnectedness of all things.
The five points of the pentagram represent Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Spirit. Interconnected within this design they symbolize the unity of all life.
On the floor plan of the great Cathedral at Chartres, this eleven path medieval labyrinth symbolizes the journey of self discipline and spiritual transformation.
Shamrock - The trefoil in Arabia is called shamrakh and was sacred in Iran as an emblem of the Persian triads. A sacred plant among the Druids, three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion as well as all others. Legend suggests that it was used by St. Patrick in the fifth century to demonstrate the meaning of the Trinity.
This widely recognized knot has been used for centuries as a sign of special things and persons that are threefold, such as: The Triple Goddess; Past, Present and Future; Body, Mind and Spirit and the Holy Trinity.
Triple spiral showing the trinity of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Ever moving, ever changing, containing the dualities of existence.
We are born of the waters. Water is identified with the emotions, intuition, the feminine mysteries and the deep places of the psyche

Mythical Beings

Bestower of Great Love and Compassion, a messanger of inspiration.
Archangel Gabriel is the messenger of good news and mercy, guardian of humanity. Christian European
Archangel Michael is the leader of the Angels and Patron Saint to the sick and of sailors and soldiers. Guardian and Protection.
If Apollo is the shining sun symbol of order, Bacchus is the symbol of disorder. Both are sons of Zeus/Jupiter. Dionysus/Bacchus, is the god of fertility, wine and intoxication. Myths of his death (as Zagreus) and rebirth place him among the divine figures who are resurrected after death.
Cupid the son of Venus and Lars, lusty archer whose arrows bestow passion and devotion. Greco- Roman
Dragon represents earth energy, imperial guardian of the four quarters of the Universe. Chinese
The winged Dragon is a formidable adversary, volatile ally, rising from the Earth. commanding the skies. European
Dragon's castle
The two-headed eagle represents power of the Sky, symbol of leadership past and present. Prussian
Fairies and devas are elemental spirits: beings that protect and live among plants and flowers. Joy and connection to the unseen worlds of nature.
The Green Man is lord of the plant world, consort and protector of the Earth.
The Griffin is guardian of treasures, shown grasping the pearl of truth. European
Medusa is a healer and protector of women. Keeper of the Mysteries. Greek
Pan is the woodland god of Arcady, horned, verile and merry and wild. Greek
Pegasus is the mount of Apollo, freedom in the flight of the Spirit. Greek
Phoenix rising from the ashes of the fires of transformation: rebirth and renewal. Mythological
The Salmon of Wisdom at the source of the Boyne River is a pool surrounded by Hazel trees. A salmon lives in the pool and eats the nuts. Whoever eats the salmon gains all knowledge.
The Siren is the mistress of the seas, enticer of mortal men— bestows ecstasy and self-knowledge. Greek
The Unicorn is the embodiment of innocence. Its horn of reason can pierce through the vale of evil.
The Wizard is wise in the knowledge of universal truth. Gifted with vision and healing

Heraldry, Chivalry & Renaissance

Comedy / Tragedy Tragedy and Comedy are classic symbols of theatre as well as for the duality of human emotional experience. In Greek sacred drama, actors did not show their faces. Instead, masks were held up to illustrate emotions for the course of the play
Queen Elizabeth The reign of Queen Elizabeth I is often referred to as The Golden Age of English history. She was dedicated to her country in a way few monarchs ever are. Her brilliant rule from 1558 to 1603 saw England rise from bankruptcy and civil rupture to prosperity and strength.
The Flaming Heart comes from Crests from Europe, which
would mean ‘burning passion, love, desire, ardent affection,
burning love. In Christianity the flaming heart is a symbol of
sacrifice, higher love, grace and mercy.
Sailing Ship Advances in shipbuilding techniques and in navigation allowed the European nations to sail and chart all the oceans
of the world during the Age of Discovery (ca. 1450 to 1600).
Great danger and great opportunity faced those who were willing
to face the sea.
Fleur De Lis The Flower of Light was adopted as an heraldic emblem by the Kings of France. This signifies the blessed Trinity and enlightenment. As a personal talisman, it continues to be associated with purity and nobility of purpose.
Saint George The cult of Saint George goes back to the 4th century. Venerated by the Byzantine Church as a soldier saint, the English Crusaders brought his stories back (including slaying a dragon to save a fair princess) and chose St. George as the Patron Saint of England. Appeared to Richard the Lionheart.
Jester In Heraldic times, it was the job of the Court Jester to keep the King amused, in good humor and in balance. The Wise Clown is found in all cultures and most pantheons, from England to Africa to Japan, reminding people not to take themselves too seriously
Scottish Thistle The prickly purple thistle was adopted as the emblem of Scotland during Alexander III’s reign (1249 -1286). According to legend, a Norse army, attacking Scotland at night, removed their shoes. One barefoot raider found a thistle and shrieked in pain, warning the Scotts just in time
Knight in Shining Armor The Saxon word for servant, “cniht,” gives us our English word knight. A knight was a mounted warrior in the service of his liege-lord. Loyalty, courtesy, honor, glory, courage — all this and more come to mind when we think of the knight in shining armor.
Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) navigator and privateer, Sir Francis Drake is one of the greatest English sea-captains of all time. Hero of the fight against the Spanish Armada, captain of the first English ship to circumnavigate the globe, privateer and terror of the Spanish Main, Drake’s legendary status is well earned.
Knot of Love The design for the Lover’s Knot or Endless Knot of Love is a very popular one in American history. These love knots were primarily an expression of love; however, they were also used as proposals of marriage. Left on the sweetheart’s doorstep, she kept it or returned it as her answer.
Tudor Rose From 1455 to 1485, the War of The Roses raged in England between the Houses of York (white rose) and Lancaster (red rose). The war was ended by Henry VII (of Lancaster), who married Elizabeth of York. As emblem of his House (Tudor), he joined the white rose with the red.
Lion Rampant The symbol of a lion has been used as a heraldic device for many centuries by Scottish Kings. William I of Scotland (1165 - 1214) was known as ‘The Lion’, after he introduced the lion symbol into his coat of arms. Lesser Houses throughout Europe included it to symbolize majesty.

Native American Symbols

The bear's paw print is an icon designed by Lorenzo, artist of Pueblo/Apache descent, to symbolize man's practice to walk in balance and harmony with nature.
Chumash Spirit Being is the vision of a Spirit Ancestor or elemental being.
The Desert Flower is the manifestation of energy from the Sun, of Life Force, its vitality and fragility. Pueblo.
Elemental Spiral - Mind, Body & Spirit hold the Center as the elements spiral around. Pueblo / San Ildefonso
Four Directions Apache - The Wheel of Life moving around the circle of the Four Directions.
Four Directions Mimbres - Movement on the Wheel of Life revolving around the Center
The Four Winds is the energy path of the Elements. Center outward, returning. Pueblo
Humpback Whale - Traditional Image. Northwest Coastal Native Americans.
Kokopelli the wandering trader, musician, and story-teller among the many tribes of the American Southwest. Anasazi, Hopi
Love Birds - Eagle and Raven shared the skies, forests and streams of Alaska, bringing a balance to the world. They represnet a marriage between clans and peace between tribes. Northwest Coast & Alaska Indians
Migrations - Path of the Thunder Beings as the travel in the four directions. Cliff Dwellers
North Star - The mythical origin of the Chumash tribe; also symbolizing the center of the Universe.
Northwest Raven - Trickster, embodiment of the Creator, emissary of Great Spirit. Northwest Coast
Pima Sun - Life-Giver sends energy to the four directions, sustains all life. Tohono O'Odham
Pueblo Pottery - The Life Cycle. Pueblo Indians
Quetzalcoatl is a Plumed or Winged Serpent of the Aztecs. Ruler of Earth and Sky.
The Star Spiral is the magical number five occurs in this Native American mandala that symbolizes the movement of life and good health. Pueblo Indians

Runic Talismans

The Vikings, also called Norsemen or Northmen, were members of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe from the 9th to the 11th century and whose influence profoundly affected European history. The Norsemen believed the runes were created by the Gods and given to men through Odin, their God.
Runic Talisman of Love Magic
Runic Talisman of Prosperity & Well Being
Runic Talisman of Spiritual Attainment
Runic Talisman of Success

U.S. Military

U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Navy

Zodiac Signs

Aries ~ Mar 21 – Apr 19
Taurus ~ April 20 - May 20
Gemini ~ May 21 – Jun 20
Cancer ~ Jun 21 – Jul 22
Leo ~ Jul 23 – Aug 22
Virgo ~ Aug 23 – Sep 22
Libra ~ Sep 23 – Oct 22
Scorpio ~ Oct 23 – Nov 21
Sagittarius ~ Nov 22 – Dec 21
Capricorn ~ Dec 22 – Jan 19
Aquarius ~ Jan 20 – Feb 18
Pisces ~ Feb 19 – Mar 20