Symbolism

  • Pick Your Message! Today’s Symbolic Study: The Christmas Wreath

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    Wreaths, like this holiday wreath, are filled with a variety of different meanings. It is a circle. The basis of the structure contains two different kinds of leaves: holly and evergreen leaves. It has pinecones, ribbons, apples, and a bow! It’s colors are red and green.

    Each one of those components means something different, and each part can be used as a message of sorts.

    So choose one aspect for your message for today!

    Will you find your message in the…

    Circle
    Color (Red or Green)
    Holly
    Evergreen
    Pinecone
    Ribbon
    Bow
    Apples/Ornaments

    Here are some of the meanings:

    CIRCLE – The shape of the wreath represents the idea of cycles (of life), eternity, and unending love. 

    RED – Can represent, in Christian ideology, the sacrifice that Jesus made, giving his life to release us from our sin. It is also a color of passion and love.

    GREEN – Green is a symbol of fertility, abundance, and life. It is also associated with healing and with money. 

    EVERGREEN – It is associated with renewal, the return of better days – even through the darkest days of the year, and eternal life.

    HOLLY – Is said to represent the thorns on the crown of Jesus. Also, because it is a sort of evergreen, it has been used to represent the return of beautiful weather, even in the depths of winter.

    PINECONES – Represent the pineal gland, also connection with the Source of all that is or God, enlightenment, and ascension.

    RIBBON – Is symbolic of tying people together during the holiday seasons (not in a bizarre, masochistic way). This is about the bonds between us and continuing loving relationships through the holiday season.

    APPLES – Can represent the idea that we share food at this time. If you see them as ornaments, then the message might refer to the sacrifices that one makes to be closer to God, as the blood of Jesus was shed in order to sacrifice himself for the salvation of mankind.

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  • Best Resources for Understanding Symbols

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    Symbolism is such a diverse and rich study, and there are a variety of different resources that will help you understand symbols you encounter! I’ve been lucky enough to find some real gems of books that are chock full o’ symbol goodness, and I want to share them with you!

    Some of my faves are:

    Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung

    Carl Jung is THE MASTER of symbols, and this is the last book that he wrote in his life. In the book, he explains the philosophic basics for universal themes that run through interpretation of symbols, along with his thoughts on how to apply symbols to different people in different phases of their journey.

     

     

     

    Symbols by Sandra Forty

    Don’t let the size of this book fool you! It might be small, but it is literally bursting with symbols from Modern Hobo to Ancient Egypt. This is one that you can pick up and just flip through to find great symbols and their meanings.

     

    10,000 Dreams Interpreted by G.H. Miller

    Holy symbols, Batman! This book has almost anything and everything that you might run into in your dreams. It does include very classic symbolic interpretations, so you might find some a little bit outdated. Definitely thought provoking. Definitely very diverse!

    Remember, symbols can be tied to such a variety of different things, from time of year to zodiac signs to ancient religious beliefs. Rarely does a symbol mean ONE thing – most of the time, each symbol contains a variety of different possible messages.

    Those three books are great starters for you, and I think I might start regularly featuring different books that will further your understanding of the symbols you encounter in daily and nightly life!

    Don’t forget, also, there is a wealth of information and resources for understanding symbols readily available at your fingertips! Some of my favorite sites are:

    What’s Your Sign.com

    Avia, the site’s author, has a library of different symbols and their meanings. She took the time to include background information and stories relating to each symbol, and her site is an invaluable resource that I check in with often.

    Spirit Animal Totems 

    This site gives a great variety of meanings of different animals – whether they come to you in dreams or show up in your yard!

    Numerology

    Numerology.com is a pretty basic site for simple information about numbers. Of course, like all the other areas of symbolism, there is way more than the basics to cover – but this site covers the basics well!

    OK, guys and gals. That should be enough to keep you occupied for a little while. Remember, the best interpretation for any symbol you see is what YOU, yourself, think of when a symbol comes to you. Understanding the basics of the universal, classic, and modern meanings of symbols can really help you to find a lot more meaning around you than you might have originally seen!

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  • Lucky Ladybugs

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    I love ladybugs!

    Today, I was deep in stressed out thought about a business investment I made when I saw a couple of ladybugs crawling around on the wall of my son’s kindergarten. I felt such a feeling of profound relief because I KNOW in my heart that ladybugs are a very blessed and fortunate symbol.

    Here in Austria, ladybugs are one of the symbols of luck and prosperity. There are ladybug charms, candles, statues, stickers, cookies, etc. that people can buy to help to herald in a fortuitous new year.

    According to the site, Spirit Totem Animals:

    The appearance of a Ladybug heralds a time of luck  in which our wishes begin to be fulfilled.  Higher goals and new heights are now possible. Worries begin to dissipate. New happiness comes about. 

    That is exactly what I needed to see right now to feel better about the risk I took. Ladybugs, don’t fail me now!

    What are your favorite lucky symbols? Please list yours in the comments below!

     

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  • Journey Through the Meanings in Tarot – The High Priestess (II)

    What does the tarot card, The High Priestess, mean? What different symbols are integrated into the card to give the tarot reader an inkling of the message contained within?

     

    Symbolism and The High Priestess

    (II) Two – partnerships, balance, choices or crossroads, duality, femininity.
    Moon cycle crown – an homage to the card’s association with the goddess, Isis. Also an allusion to religions that worshiped goddesses rather than gods.
    Veil behind the central figure – This blocks the heart of the temple from the view or from access. It is also a metaphorical symbol relating to the subconscious mind.
    Water – The collective consciousness; the unconscious aspects of people within their own lives.
    Black and White Columns – These columns indicate opposites and duality that is natural in life. Kind of a ‘yin/yang’ feeling to the symbol, showing the good in bad as well. They are also representative of some of the holiest places on Earth: the temple of Isis and the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem.
    B&J – Again, references to the Hebrew temple in Jerusalem B for Boaz and J for Jakin – these are the names of the two main columns within that temple.
    Scroll (or book in some cards) – Something akin to the modern Bible or wisdom that is directly from God, but that is not easily understandable for the masses because or those who are more base/seeing things only with the intellect and not allowing the heart or soul to have a place in understanding
    Crescent moon (at her feet) – woman, femininity, the menstrual cycle.
    Religious robe and cross – The robe and cross, again, point back to the Divine Feminine.

    The High Priestess’s Meaning Upright

    The High Priestess is a card that has a lot of intuited meaning involved. On the one hand, it can represent subconscious or intuitive thought. It can also relate to very feminine principles, like receptivity and passiveness. Another possible meaning of this card is the hidden potential of someone who has not fully realized his or her strength. This card can indicate a pause in action to gain a better understanding of the situation at hand, or looking into our subconscious for the solutions to our most pressing issues.

    When you think of this card, you can think of the seed under the surface of the soil – containing everything it needs to grow and gathering nourishment and the strength to erupt into full vision – even though it is in a dark and hidden place.

    Interestingly enough, this card can symbolism a halt in forward motion – as one has become content with being passively led around in his or her own world. It can also represent someone who is more reserved and more comfortable with looking inward, instead of interacting with the surrounding environment.

     

    The High Priestess’s Meaning Reversed

    The High Priestess reversed shows an active roll in dealing with life. Passion and emotions are higher with the reversed High Priestess. While a little of this might be good, one has to watch to make sure that the inner, instinctive, intuitive self is not lost in service of outer or material pursuits.

     

    My Experience with The High Priestess

    The funny thing is that the primary message of this card has been a key message in my life lately. Just as there needs to be a pause in life where things are allowed to just rest. I needed that return to my inner self and guidance in order to help me to move forward. Breaks are necessary and do not mean that nothing is happening… it just means that a person is taking the time to honor the down part of the cycle and all of its value before starting in to the another active phase.

    I also really love the way that Rachel Pollack described the societal want for a Divine Feminine figure in life. We can feel so detached or disconnected from God, or even hurt when bad things happen in our lives. We long for a part of God that is warm, receptive, kind, nurturing… the one that represents love and caring – not just creation and wrath. This card is symbolic of that longing for a more gentle aspect of the God equation. LOVE IT!

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