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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Type 1: circles, stars, hearts


CIRCLE (sun disc, sacred hoop, ring): An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, female power, and the sun. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. (See next item) Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the "world serpent" forming a circle as it eats its own tail.  Represents air, also metal.

The Circle Christian Symbol represents eternity. The circle symbolises eternity as it has no beginning or end.


Originally, the five-pointed star (pentangle), forming a pentagram within it, represented the ten tribes of Israel that broke away from the ruling class of Judah, Benjamin, and the Priests.[citation needed] There are ten "Vav" or "man" that form the five points. Later, satanists turned the star upside down to form the face of a dragon (or goat) which gave the symbol an evil demented meaning (the representation of Satan).

Five pointed stars symbolise the Nativity


The heart (♥) has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love.

 According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life. The process of salvation begins in the heart by the believing reception of the testimony of God, while the rejection of that testimony hardens the heart (Ps. 95:8; Prov. 28:14; 2 Chr. 36:13).

Type 2: ovals and half moons

Egg shape or Ovals - Abundance, creativity, fertility, hoarding, increase, luck, new starts.  Represents water.

a wonderful symbol of birth and rebirth, an apparently lifeless object out of which comes life.

Legend has it that St. Mary Magdalen went to Rome and met with the Emperor Tiberius to tell him about the Resurrection of Jesus. She held out an egg to him as a symbol of this, and he scoffed, saying that a man could no more rise from the dead than that egg that she held could turn scarlet. The egg turned deep red in her hands, and this is the origin of Easter eggs, and the reason why Mary Magdalen is often portrayed holding a scarlet egg.
half moons are a water symbol

Type 3: Triangles

TRIANGLE (earring pictured): Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes fire, male power and counterfeit view of God. (See pyramid) To Christians, it often represents the Trinity. Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female sexuality, goddess religions and homosexuality.


WATER: female, lunar, yoni, shakti, passive, cave, down, mother


FIRE: male, solar, lingham, shakta, active, mountain, up, father
The pink triangle has become one of the symbols of the modern gay rights movement, but it originated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. In many camps, prisoners wore badges.


Type 4: squares, rectangles
In the Chinese way of thought, the square is a symbol for earth with the circle representing the shape of the heavens. This lends further weight to the earthy, grounded nature of the square symbol meaning.
In Christian symbolism, a square represents concepts related to the number four, such as the four corners of the earth and the Four Evangelists.
In Christian art, the square is most frequently found as a nimbus (halo), where it denotes a saintly person who was still living at the time of the artwork.
This is based on the identification of the number four with earth or live on earth. 

means the same as a square


ELEMENTS: The four basic elements to many pagans are earth, water, air (wind or spirit) and fire. Many consider the first two passive and feminine - and the last two active and masculine. In Wiccan or Native American rituals, the "quartered circle" (also the Medicine Wheel) represents a "sacred space" or the sacred earth. The four lines may represent the spirits of the four primary directions or the spirits of the earth, water, wind and fire.  

CIRCUMPUNCT - CIRCLE with DOT (BINDU) in the centerIt represents the sun and a sun god (called Ra in Egypt), gold (as in alchemy), an (unbiblical) archangel (Kabbalah), emotional restraint (Freemasons), and the creative spark of divine consciousness within people linking everyone to the creative mind of a universal "god" thus making each persona "co-creator" (astrology). In the complex symbolic system of Hinduism and Buddhism, the  bindu (dot) represents the male force. Together, the circle and the bindu symbolize the spiritual merging of male and female forces.

INFINITY (also eternity): In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female. In the occult tarot it's linked to magic and represents equilibrium or the balance of various forces. The uroborus (a circular serpent biting its tail -- a UN symbol for "Human Settlements") has been found in this shape. In modern times, it became a secular mathematical symbol for infinity in numbers, time or space.



CIRCLE (Quartered): The sacred circle filled with a cross, four equal lines pointing from the center to the spirits of the north, east, south, and west -- or to the basic element: earth, water, air (or wind), and fire. In Native American traditions, it forms the basic pattern of the MEDICINE WHEEL and plays a vital part in major spiritual rituals. Many contemporary pagans consider it their main symbol for transmitting the energy of the goddess.  (See sun wheel)  Churches have used variations of the same popular shape, usually calling it the Celtic Cross. 

SPIRAL: Linked to the circle. Ancient symbol of the goddess, the womb, fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe. (Illustrated at this website) A common shape in nature (snail, shells, fingerprint...) Double SPIRAL: Linked to earth-centered or mystical faith in a blend of evolution and devolution -- decay/renewal, life/death/rebirth, spiritual/physical -- the back and forth flow of earthly and cosmic changes. With its focus on the unity of opposites, it resembles the Yin Yang.


HEXAGRAM (see triangles) or SIX-POINTED STAR: When surrounded by a circle, it represents the "divine mind" (a counterfeit of God's wisdom) to numerous occult groups through the centuries. Many still use it in occult rituals. But to Jewish people, it is their Star of David.

TRINITY [Our Triune God]: An early Christian symbol for the Trinity. It is related to the symbol of the fish (vesica piscis) used by the early -- and often persecuted Christians -- to identify themselves as belonging to Jesus Christ. Apparently, the word "fish" in Greek is a combination of the first letters of His name: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Like many Christian symbols, the same shape has also been used by various pagan religions throughout history.

YIN YANG: A Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female, etc. Yin is the dark, passive, negative female principle. Yang is the light, active, positive principle. Since the holistic balance between Yin and Yang is dynamic and constantly changing, it illustrates  the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health.

Shapes Associated with Five Elements

1.  Square : Square shape is associated with earth element.
2.  Inverted Triangle (Half Moon) : Inverted triangle (or half moon) shape is associated with water element.
3.  Upright Triangle : Upright Triangle shape is associated with fire element.
4.  Circle : Circle shape is associated with air element.
5.  Point : Point shape is associated with space element

Five Elements of Feng Shui and Shapes

shapes of mountains

shapes of rivers

WoodWood represents the nature�s creativity and is associated with spring and new life. The people associated with Wood are highly creative, resilient and strong. The try to seek new creation in everything they do. They are associated with the colors Green and Blue. All the plants, flowers, trees and things made of Wood are representing this element. The shape associated with this element is rectangular.

Earth
The Earth nurtures all form of life. It represents solidarity and grounding. The people associated with this element are conservative, hard working and down to Earth. They are also practical and resolute. The color associated with Earth is yellow, the same as the soil in central China. Rocks, bricks, stones and rectangular shapes represent the Earth element.

Metal
Metal is the symbol of the autumn season and also of the tools that are used for harvesting of the produce. The evening and the golden sunset also symbolize the Metal. The people associated with Metal are strong, determined and forceful. The will to succeed in life is their driving force. In general, all kinds of round shapes, jewelry and tools represent the Metal.  Shape of coin, circle.

Fire
The Fire is the element of summer, and optimist and enthusiastic people are governed by it. The people associated with it are intelligent and born leaders. Orange and red are the colors which are associated with it and triangular shapes represent Fire. Candles, stoves and hearths are also representing the Fire element.

Water
Water is the symbol of emotions. It is considered as a cleansing element in the Chinese astrology. The colors associated with Water are blue and black, and the people associated with Water are generally fluent with intuitive or psychic powers. Fish ponds, fountains, aquariums etc represent Water.
Sources:
http://www.crossroad.to/Books/symbols1.html
http://www.whats-your-sign.com/triangle-meaning.html
http://www.whats-your-sign.com/square-symbol-meaning.html
Jane Rekas
Written by Jane Rekas

Jane Leu Rekas, LCSW, CHt, writes a blog about seasonal color analysis and the four humors. She is certified in Color Me A Season color analysis and does Color Profiles individualized fabric fans online and in Hood River, Oregon.

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  1. Very interesting! I don't think I had ever heard that triangles can represent homosexuality.

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