Saturday, March 3, 2012

Symbolism of Simple Shapes

Simple Shapes Symbolism

Circle represent: Life, Motion, Female, Beginning, Potential, Cosmo, Unity, Perfection, Womb, Infinity, Completion, Focus

Northern American Native cultures, the circle is the sun, the moon and her children (man and woman). The circle is also thought to hold a spiritual energy 

Circles were protective symbols to the Celtics. Circles are drawn as protective boundaries that can not be crossed by enemies or evil. Circles were also cosmos symbols representing the procession of time by the Celts.

Chinese the circle expresses the heaven and earth is shown by a square. If you see a square inside a circle in Chinese art, that represents the union of heaven and earth. The yin yang (positive/negative) symbol is a circle.

Crosses Represent : Honor, Balance, Structure, The Sacred, Unification, Choice
Celtic Cross Meanings: Transition, Honor, Faith, Temperance, Hope, Life

Spirals are fun and insightful. They can represent the expansion of our awareness.
keywords: Expansion, Contraction, Creativity, Femininity, Journeying, 
Balance, Progress, Direction, Initiation, Centering, Expanding, Awareness 

Square:  represent stabile energy like: Earth, Security, Structure, Masculine, Order

In Islam the square symbolizes the heart. Each side of the square symbolizes an aspect of awareness,
Angelic, Diabolic, Human, Divine

To the Hindu the square represents the natural order of the universe. North south east west the four directions. Winter spring summer fall four seasons. Suns moons planets, stars the four cosmic elements. Fire, earth, air water the four elements.

Triangle: Triangles represent magic, and creativity. 
Keywords: Combination, Creation, Manifestation, Illumination

The diamond symbol, triangle symbol and similar symbols that are combined to form a more complex symbolic designs occur in every era, culture, religion.

Native American Symbol for Butterfly - A Diamond symbol motifShown left is a common motif among Native peoples from North America, Canada, and Mexico. It represents the butterfly. Indian nations see the butterfly as the concept of “immortality.”

Also, the diamond butterfly motif represents rebirth, revitalization, and metamorphosis.
Mystic Earth Diamond SymbolThis is alchemical, mystical, and astrological symbol for “Earth.” If seen with a circle around it, it symbolizes the four seasons

Futhark Dagaz Diamond SymbolThese diamond symbols  are both from northern Europe and are from the runic system of “Futhark” – a symbolic language. This rune is the Dagaz and is the Symbol of the Dawn.

This rune speaks of night and day with the center-point representing the dawn. The dawn marks an awakening to all new understandings. 
Futhark Ingwuz Diamond symbolKey words: Awakening, insight, clarification, awareness, sudden understanding, new beginnings, and connections to the mystical in all things.

European tribes seen this symbol as the image of the birth canal, also meaning the creation of life.


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