Talisman • Symbols • Icons • Totems I Meanings I Properties I Healing
Bees are the symbol of fertility and sexuality. Its honeycomb, a hexagon, is the symbol of the heart and represents the sweetness of life found within our own heart.
The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile (productive) while the sun shines.
No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams.
The Bee is the symbol of accomplishing the impossible. Aerodynamically, its body is too large for its wings and should not be able to fly.
All bees are productive, they stay focused on whatever they are doing and do not get sidetracked from their goal.
Although now we understand how it does fly (high rate of wing movement), the Bee remains a symbol of accomplishing anything you put your mind to.
The Buddha is a symbolic as well as spiritual representation of the enlightened one's wisdom and knowledge.
Buddhists find that gazing upon the image of the Buddha gives them a clear role model in their own paths toward enlightenment. Aspirants gain inspiration as they contemplate the qualities embodied by the Buddha during his lifetime.
Cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. Imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation.
In the Bible and in ancient times, the cherub was a very powerful angel. Cherubs were in charge of protecting God and protecting heaven.
The coin is one of the "Eight Treasures". Chinese coins are a potent symbol of wealth and prosperity.
Ancient Chinese coins are round with a square hole in the middle which reflects the Chinese view of the earth as square and the heavens as a circle.A coin (qian 钱) can be a visual pun for "before your eyes" because the hole in the center is called an "eye" and the coin (qian) has the same pronunciation as the word "before" (qian 前).
The basic shape of a cross, has since prehistoric times been employed in almost every culture throughout the world and all the roughly similar shapes of cross symbols have wildly different meanings.
The cross variously symbolized health, fertility, life, immortality, the union of heaven and earth, spirit and matter, the sun, the stars... it is seen a world center and a cosmic axis, the cross represents the human form, with its four cardinal points it can be mapped to fourfold systems: the four directions: north, south, east, and west; the 4 seasons; the four elements; the four winds...
The dharma wheel, or dharmachakra in Sanskrit, is one of the oldest symbols of Buddhism. Around the globe it is used to represent Buddhism in the same way that a cross represents Christianity or a Star of David represents Judaism. It is also one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism.
Buddhism adopted the wheel as the main symbol of the cakravartin "wheel-turner", the ideal king or "universal monarch", symbolizing the ability to cut through all obstacles and illusions.
A dharma wheel has three basic parts -- the hub, the rim, and the spokes. Over the centuries various teachers and traditions have proposed diverse meanings for these parts, and explaining all of them possibly would take a book. Here are some common understandings of the wheel's symbolism:
- The circle, the round shape of the wheel, represents the perfection of the dharma, the Buddha's teachings.
- The rim of the wheel represents meditative concentration and mindfulness, which hold practice together.
- The hub represents moral discipline.
The wheel often has spokes protruding beyond the wheel, which we might imagine are spikes, although usually they don't look very sharp. The spikes represent various penetrating insights.
The Double Infinity Symbol often signifies long lasting harmonic co-existence of the two infinities. Two sets of circles, on top of each other show perfect balance between the partners where they can be together side by side, independently as well as intertwined.
Having the characteristics of all four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, the dragon symbolizes the unity of opposing forces. These forces include light and dark, sun and moon, masculine and feminine, life and death. As the reptilian embodiment of primordial power, the dragon is associated with fertility, the rising sun and immortality. In the East and pre Christian Europe the dragon was considered a beneficial and protective symbol, and thought to bring good luck. The red dragon is the emblem of Wales.
In China the dragon is a symbol of masculine energy and fertility. They are thought to guard the East and represent the sunrise and spring and rain. They are also symbols of supernatural power and can bestow the wearer with happiness, gifts of spiritual knowledge, and immortality. In Japan they are symbols of rain and have the power of thunder.
In Chinese Astrology people born in the year of the Dragon are considered to be strong willed, fiery, lucky, intelligent, and self reliant.
The dragonfly talisman carries the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. As spirit animal, the dragonfly is connected to the symbolism of change and light. When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life. Those who have this animal as totem may be inclined to delve deep into their emotions and shine their true colors.
In China, India and Africa, the elephant is a symbol for power, dignity, intelligence and peace.
The elephant is generally considered a symbol of good luck and the animal is a symbol of good fortune. Elephants in Asia are symbolizing a kind of divinity and benevolence and that is why in the recent Asia there are still religious ceremonies where offering is made to the elephants, they wash them and anoint them with special oils and pigments so that the community be blessed with good will. They also symbolize wisdom, loyalty, strength, fidelity and longevity.
As a symbol of wisdom, the elephant is said to attain old age and with all its wisdom. The animal is highly revered for its strength and power. With different species, the white elephant having been chosen by Buddha was because he wanted to use it for his many incarnations.
It is the most positive animal symbol known with no negative consequence. There are several lessons we can learn from the elephant and these too are used as its symbol: strength, wisdom, solitude, strong sense of loyalty to the family and intelligence. Other communities still consider the Elephant to be a strong symbol of luck.
The Evil Eye Symbol is meant to “reflect” the power of the evil look. The evil eye amulet originated in Greece, where it was known as an “apotropaic” amulet, meaning that it reflected harm.
Fairies are known to represent beauty and femininity as most fairies are depicted as female with wings (wings being the symbol of freedom and liberation) hence the liberation of females or a symbol of female strength.
The wings of the fairy can also denote spirituality. The wings of the fairy are its most striking and outstanding feature, it is what sets them apart from the other beings of the corporeal realm (much like the mermaid's tail) and wings are often depicted as the manifestation of the human psyche.
The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled "fleur-de-lys") is "flower of the lily." This symbol, depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, has many meanings.
Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light, and life.
Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity.
Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when waterlilies showed him how to safely cross a river and thus succeed in battle.
Fu Shou : Felicity & Longevity
The character fu is "good fortune, blessings, happiness." It denotes being happy as the result of being lucky. The character is prominently displayed on doors, often upside-down, as "turn upside-down" and a word meaning "arrive" are homophones; in other words, to say "luck upside-down" sounds like "luck is coming."
The character shou stands for longevity. In Taoism, life is everything, without which, nothing is left. So the current life (as opposed to the afterlife) is overwhelmingly valued. Thus the desire to live longer is the goal of life.
Shou and fu co-exist; to live long is to have fu.
In general terms, Ganesha is a much beloved and frequently invoked divinity, since he is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity and fortune and also the Destroyer of Obstacles of a material or spiritual order. It is also for this reason that, traditionally, all sessions of bhajan (devotional chanting) begin with an invocation of Ganesha, Lord of the "good beginnings" of chants. Throughout India and the Hindu culture, Lord Ganesha is the first idol placed into any new home or abode.
Ganesha, in fact, is the symbol of he who has discovered the Divinity within himself.Ganesha is the first sound, OM, in which all hymns were born. When Shakti (Energy) and Shiva (Matter) meet, both Sound (Ganesha) and Light (Skanda) were born.
He represents the perfect equilibrium between force and kindness and between power and beauty. He also symbolizes the discriminative capacities which provide the ability to perceive distinctions between truth and illusion, the real and the unreal.
A hamsa is a hand, with three extended fingers in the middle with an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful talisman against the “evil eye.” The evil eye is a certain “look” that can cause bad luck for the person at whom it is directed.
This “look” often originates with a person, though not always intentionally. Legends about the evil eye give both regular people and those with certain powers the ability to cast the evil eye. In the case of the average Joe, envy is most often cited as the unintentional source of the evil eye.
The hummingbird as a talisman are invited to enjoy the sweetness of life, lift up negativity wherever it creeps in and express love more fully in their daily endeavors.
In ancient India and Tibet, the infinity symbol represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female.
The purpose of using the Jubilee medal is to call down God's blessing and protection upon us, wherever we are, and upon our homes and possessions, especially through the intercession of St. Benedict. By the conscious and devout use of the medal, it becomes, as it were, a constant silent prayer and reminder to us of our dignity as followers of Christ.
Lion Amulets are meant to signfy composed self assurance and boldness. In many countries and belief systems this animal stands for a fearless, positive and dignified force who offers security and a strong sense of control.
The Lion with its proud noble features is seen as a universal symbol of strength and has a natural air of authority. In the flesh or in symbolism the Lion holds his head high and oozes dignity and confidence in all circumstances. A Lion Amulet is created with the intention of capturing this animal's calm nobility and belief in oneself for its guidance, comfort and protection. The Lion is well known for his courage and territorial defense and many altars, temples and other sacred places display this creature's protective image. Yali a mythical Hindu Lion is seen illustrating many pillars of blessed buildings. In Hinduism the Lion is often depicted as a personification of the God Vishnu. The Hindu Goddess of War Durga was usually seen riding a Lion to symbolize and reinforce her ferocity and image of overall greatness.
In Buddhism the Lion is considered very important as they are representative of and referred to as 'the sons of Buddha'. They are symbolic of bodhisattvas who are beings who have achieved a higher plane of spiritual development. To do this they have to understand and practice the main six paramitas of concentration, charity, morality, patience, effort and wisdom. Only then can they become 'Buddha's Lion's'. The Lion is also associated with the City of Venice in acting as a guarding patron by assisting Saint Mark.
Lotuses are symbols of purity and 'spontaneous' generation and hence symbolize divine birth. In Buddhism the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness.
The Om Sign (or Aum sound) is the past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, all that will be is om.
"A" stands for Creation
"U" stands for Preservation
"M" stands for Destruction or Dissolution
The three letters also indicates three planes of existence, heaven (swarga), earth (martya), and netherworld (patala).
The word Merkaba or Merkava - Hebrew 'Chariot' or 'to ride an animal, in a chariot' - is used in the Bible (Ezekiel 1:4-26) to refer to the throne-chariot of God, the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four Cherubim, each of which has four wings and four faces (of a man, lion, ox, and eagle). Four means 'time' in alchemy.
Jewish biblical commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world.
A Merkaba Star, or Mer-ka-bah Healing Crystal, carries the meaning and energy of a vehicle of Divine Light which is used by Seekers, Healers and Realm Walkers - the Masters - to travel into the Astral realms and thereby connect with the higher realm beings of Light.
It is a tool for Ascension.
- Mer means connecting thread- Light
- Ka means The Spirit or Astral Self
- Ba means The Body or Physical Self
Using a Mer-Ka-Ba surrounds your being with energy spirals and is very symbolic spiritually of the Wheels within the Wheels image which transports a Seeker to higher thoughts, lessons, and states of being as they travel on their Journey-Quest.
The mermaid with the body of a woman and the tail of a fish is a symbol for fertility, eternal grace and beauty. As with many water creatures she is associated with the moon, mystery, and the unconscious. Residing in the cosmic ocean from which all life has emerged and into which it must eventually return, the mermaid also represents renewal, purification, wisdom, and infinity.
Sexually tantalizing and devastatingly lovely, mermaids are perfect symbols for feminine (yin) power. This is quite nice, as mermaids also represent wild freedom, rebellious spirits and ferocious independence (they can never be contained and frequently avoid settling).
The skull is one of the oldest and most powerful of all symbols. Skulls symbolize protection, strength, power, fearlessness, wisdom and guidance, and surviving through a difficult time.
The snake is a powerful symbol representing fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
The Spartans are some of the most well-known of the ancient Greeks. The Spartan helmet represents protection.
The Spartan's helmet was not only for protection but also a tool to intimidate enemies by making them larger and frighteningly imposing.
The iconic helmet symbolizes discipline, strength, vigor, valor, simplicity, frugality, brevity, courageousness, and prowess.
The double triangle of the Star of David symbolizes the connection of both dimensions of G‑d, Torah and Israel: the external level of the soul connects to the external expression of G‑d via studying the exoteric parts of Torah; the essence of the soul connects with G‑d’s essence through the study and application of the teachings of Kabbalah.
Perhaps the most wondrous of all mystical creatures, the Unicorn is a symbol of magic, miracles, purity, innocence and enchantment.
This magical and enchanting animal appears to only a rare few and has the ability to bestow magic, miracles and Wisdom to those who are pure of heart and virtuous in their deeds.
According to ancient beliefs, the wolf is known in many cultures as the teacher, pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas, & of inspiration for changing old patterns & ways.
With a strong individualistic tendency, wolf teaches us to honor the teacher within ourselves, seek the true self and look for teachings wherever we are.
A howling wolf symbolizes finding & expressing your inner voice.
The word Yin comes out to mean “shady side” and Yang “sunny side”.
Yin and yang is the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin/yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.