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Alchemy Symbols and their meaning

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Alchemy Symbols and Their Meanings –


The Extended List of Alchemical Symbols
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With the ultimate quest to find the transmutation formula for gold, that is the
Magnum Opus for alchemists, and many other works involving elements, the
mystical protoscience of alchemy has always been a very intriguing practice
since the early ages. But how did it all come to happen?What was used during
the alchemical processes and how was it all documented? For those of you
who are curious, here are the alchemy symbols and their meanings.

The Four Classical Elements as Alchemy


Symbols

Earth
Being one of the four classical elements in alchemy along with fire, water and
air, the Earth is symbolized in alchemy by a downward triangle divided by a
horizontal line crossing through it.
Plato associated properties like cold and dryness with the Earth symbol while
brown and green are the colors representing the element. The alchemical
Earth is also considered as a symbol for physical sensations/movements.

Fire
As another classical element among the alchemy symbols, fire is represented
by an upward triangle, that is to say, a regular triangle.

The alchemical fire was associated with warmth, heat and dryness by Plato
and it is generally associated with the colors red and orange. It represents
emotions like love, passion, compassion, hate, anger etc., the ones we would
call “the fiery” emotions. The element of fire is considered masculine/male.

On a side note, the alchemical symbol of fire also symbolizes ‘rising energy’
which is sometimes associated with aspiring to reach the divine above us.

Water
In alchemy, water is represented by a downward triangle, that is to say, the
exact opposite of the alchemical fire symbol.
As another point of contrast between the elements of fire and water in alchemy,
water is considered feminine/female. As you might already know, the
downward triangle has been used as a symbol to represent
women/females/femininity.

The water symbol mainly represents intuition and it is also associated with the
mercury element in alchemy.

Greek philosopher Plato associated it with properties like wetness, moist and
cold and the color blue is linked to the element.

Combined with the alchemical fire symbol, the alchemical water comprises the
Seal of Solomon/hexagon.
Air
As the fourth classical element among alchemy symbols, air is represented
by an upward triangle divided by a horizontal line crossing through it, which
makes it exactly the opposite of the alchemical earth symbol.

Air, which was also called ‘wind’ sometimes, was associated with properties
like warmth and wetness by Plato.

The colors blue and white (also gray from time to time) is linked with the
alchemical air.
Air symbol in alchemy is considered to represent holy spirit and life-giving
forces/the sources of life like breaths.
Philosopher’s Stone
Philosopher’s stone is a legendary substance in alchemy which is believed to
have capabilities that can turn common base metals like mercury into rare and
expensive ones such as gold and silver.

According to the belief, the substance, which was also known as the elixir of
life or used to create the elixir, had rejuvenating powers and could be used to
become immortal.
Creating the stone was the ultimate goal in alchemy. Many alchemists and
even famous scientists like Isaac Newton made great efforts to discover the
recipe for it.

The philosopher’s stone represents enlightenment, heavenly bliss and


perfection in alchemy.

The symbol is comprised of a circle inside a square surrounded by a triangle


inside another circle.

Three Primes (Tria Prima) in Alchemy


Three primes, namely sulfur (the mind), mercury (the spirit) and salt (the
body/base matter) were the three components which comprised material
substances according to Paracelsus, a Swiss alchemist who lived during
German Renaissance period.

Sulfur
Being one of the most prominent and interesting alchemy symbols, the element
of sulfur (also known as Brimstone) is represented by two different ways in
alchemy.

The first and more commonly used symbol for sulfur is a triangle standing on
top of a Greek cross (a cross with arms of equal length predating Christianity).
The second symbol is comprised of a patriarchal cross/Cross of Loraine
standing on top of an ouroboros/infinity symbol. Although there were no
resources mentioning this symbol being used to represent Satan before, this
symbol for sulfur came to be known as the Satan’s Cross/the Leviathan Cross
after it was adopted as a Satanic symbol by Anton LaVey in 1960s. The symbol
is still used by people of Satanic faith for identification purposes.

Read about the Satanic Cross here: The Leviathan Cross/Satan’s Cross and
Its Meaning

Read about ouroboros here: Ouroboros, The Infinity Symbol and Its Meaning

Sulfur was associated with properties like heat, dryness and masculinity and it
is considered one of the Three Primes in alchemy along with mercury (a
symbol of femininity, moist/wetness and cold) and salt.

Sulfur represented dissolution, evaporation and expansion/expansive force in


alchemy.

Mercury
As the second of the Three Primes among alchemy symbols, mercury is an
element represented by a symbol made of an upward pointing crescent moon
on top of what we call ‘the female symbol’ today.

Mercury, an element also known as hydrargyrum or quicksilver, represented


the spirit of life/life force. According to the belief, this spirit was not lost at all
while matter shifted between solid and liquid states and it even transcended
death and carried on existing after it.

Salt
As the third and final prime in alchemy, salt is represented using a symbol
comprised of a circle divided in two by a horizontal line crossing through it in
the middle.

Salt in alchemy represents crystallization and condensation and it was also


considered as a symbol for the physical matter and essence of things in
nature.

Other Alchemy Symbols


Copper
Copper was associated with the planet Venus by alchemists and that is why
there is more than one symbol representing the metal in alchemy. The first one
is the symbol of Venus/the female symbol as seen below:

The second one is as follows:


Silver
As another one of seven metals in alchemy, silver also is represented by more
than one symbol.The first one is comprised of three upward pointing arrows
joined at the bottom.
The second one is the crescent moon. While the moon is widely associated
with silver in alchemy, the crescent moon symbol needs to be approached with
caution as it might be representing the actual Moon itself.
Gold
Just like silver, gold was also represented in more than one ways in
alchemy. Here are the three of the symbols used for gold:
Gold was associated with sun, therefore, with perfection in a
sense. Representing spiritual, physical and mental perfection for human
beings, gold was one of the most prominent alchemical symbols.

Iron
Iron is represented by two symbols in alchemy. The first one is what we know
as ‘the male symbol’ today which is also the symbol of the planet Mars.
The second symbol is as follows:
Antimony
Antimony is also represented by more than one symbol in alchemy. The first
one of those definitely makes the metal one of the more familiar alchemy
symbols as it is actually an inverted/upside-down version of the female
symbol.
The second symbol is as follows although it may have different variations:
Antimony is considered as a symbol for the wild and free parts of human
nature.

Tin
Tin is also represented by a few alchemy symbols/alchemy signs. One of those
is also used to represent the planet Jupiter:
The second one is as follows:
Platinum
Platinum in alchemy is represented by a symbol which is actually the
combination of two different

alchemical symbols, namely silver (Moon) and gold (Sun).


Alchemists thought that platinum was the mixture of gold and silver and that is
why the symbol was created this way.

Lead
Being one of seven metals used in alchemy, lead was also represented by
more than one symbol. The first one is also used as the symbol of the planet
Saturn.
The second one is as follows:
Arsenic
Arsenic is another metal represented by several different alchemy
symbols. Stylized in different ways, sometimes it was a cross or a form of the
letter ‘S’ that was used to represent arsenic. The most common one is as
follows:
That being said, possibly the most interesting symbol for arsenic is
swans. Cygnets turn into elegant and beautiful creatures, namely swans while
arsenic also has the capability to transform into something else. That is
thought to be the reason why alchemists used swans to as a symbol for the
element arsenic.

Phosphorus
On account of the fact that it could actually trap light inside, the chemical
element phosphorus drew special interests among alchemist. This ability is
also the reason why it is considered as a symbol for illumination by some
people.
Phosphorus is represented by the following symbol in alchemy:

Bismuth
Similar to arsenic and antimony in terms of chemical structure, bismuth is
another element that has been used in alchemy.
Although we do not have accurate information regarding what kind of part it
played for alchemical processes, the element is known to be used since very
early ages. That being said, since it had similar physical properties, it was
confused with tin and lead until the 18 th century.

Bismuth is represented by a symbol that looks like an eight that has an


opening at the top.
Magnesium
Magnesium is another metal for which various alchemical symbols were
used. Since the element cannot be extinguished easily when it is ignited, it is
considered to be a symbol of eternity.

Here is one of the most common symbols used to represent magnesium in


alchemy:

Zinc
Zinc is a metal used by alchemists to create a substance called philosopher’s
wool (also known as ‘white snow’). The substance was obtained simply by
burning zinc.

As in many other metals included to this post, several different alchemy


symbols/alchemy signs, some of which looked like the ‘Z’ letter, were used to
represent zinc. The most common symbol used for the metal zinc in alchemy is
the following one:

Potassium Carbonate (Potash)


Potassium carbonate, also known as potash, was another substance used in
alchemical processes. It was mostly symbolized by a rectangle standing on top
of a cross.
In different variations of the symbol, sometimes the top of rectangle was open
or the cross was replaced with a straight line.
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The Star of David, (The Jewish Star) Its
Meaning, Definition and History

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When one thinks of religious symbols, one of the first that comes to
mind is the six-point “Jewish star”, no doubt. Also seen on the flag of
Israel, the Star of David is one of the most important symbols in
Judaism. In this post about the Star of David, its meaning and
definition, we will be examining the symbol and its history in depth.

Also called ‘the Magen David’ or ‘the Shield of David’ in Hebrew


language, ‘the Star of David’ is a symbol universally recognized as a
representation of modern Jewish heritage and beliefs. The official
name for ‘the Shield of David’ is ‘Magen David’, which is a name that
was used long ago (in the 11th Century) as another name for ‘the God
of Israel’.
Shaped as a hexagram, the Star of David symbol became more
common as a Jewish icon in the 19th Century, especially throughout
Eastern Europe. This is thought to have happened because more
people started wanting to represent their Jewish identity in the same
way that the Christian cross represented Christianity.

On a side note, in addition to Jewish synagogues, the Star of David


was also used in a number of Christian churches as a decorative
piece.

The Star of David’s History


Early uses of the hexagram seen in the Star of David can be seen
dating far back in history, where it was used purely as a decoration on
antiquities.

Some scholars suggest that this shape might have been used as an
ornament in synagogues, even before its religious connotations were
formed. One of the first uses linked to Jewish identity was in the 11th
Century, when the famous Tanakh manuscript featured it as an
ornament in 1008.

A hundred years later, the Star of David was used again in the
Leningrad Codex in 1108. This book is known to be the longest-
surviving, full edition of the Hebrew Bible that still exists in modern
day.

In the 17th Century, the bustling Jewish quarter located in Vienna


featured markings that contained hexagrams, the same shape used
within the Star of David. This was intended to distinguish this quarter
of the city from the rest of the architecture, providing a clear marker of
the Jewish identity within the city. This was around the same time that
the symbol began to be used en-masse in synagogues throughout
Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

At the end of the 19th Century, the Star of David became a symbol of
the Zionist movement, propelling its symbolism of Jewish identity on
the international stage.

On a sad and unfortunate side note, later on during World War II in the
20th century, the Star of David was chosen by the Nazis as the symbol
to mark and identify Jewish individuals for persecution. The symbol
used was typically yellow, or blue with a white background, and
wearing one was enforced by the Nazi population. It became
mandatory and anyone from Jewish population who did not wear it was
punished severely.
Despite this kind of inhumane use of the symbol, some Jewish people
chose to wear the symbol voluntarily as a show of defiance against the
Nazi invasion.

After the Holocaust, the Star of David was used in the national flag of
Israel.

The Star of David – Meanings and Symbolism


Although many different meanings were attributed to the Star of David,
no single meaning is completely accepted by all members of the
Jewish community.

A medieval Jewish text suggests that the six points of the Star of David
are indicative of the six male attributes of God.
Furthermore, since the 20th century, the Star of David has been
associated with the number seven, and thus with the Menorah, namely
the ancient, seven-lamp Hebrew lampstand that featured in the Bible
and was used by Moses.

Other suggestions link the Star of David’s design with the six
directions of space as described in the Sefer Yetsira (North, South,
East, West, Centre, Up and Down); the six days of creation, and the
seventh day of rest, and the six working days of each week in the
calendar.

There are various other interpretations throughout history, each with


their own meaning, though those listed above are the most commonly
reiterated amongst the Jewish community.

Regardless of the number of definitions and meanings that have been


attributed to the Star of David symbol, there is a common point
between all these attributions; each point of the star is indicative of
something in itself, with the center of the hexagram also representing
something.

The Star of David and Its Use Throughout the


World
In the modern world, the Star of David has a number of uses, though
these haven’t changed a great deal throughout history.

Since 1948, the flag of Israel has featured a blue hexagram on a white
background.

It can also be commonly used in sports, with notable stars from Israel
or of Jewish heritage choosing to use the symbol to represent their
heritage. Modern synagogues also continue to use the Star of David in
their architecture.

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Metatron’s Cube Symbol, Its Origins and


Meaning
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Metatron is an angel in Judaism that can be found in ancient Jewish


texts. He is also considered a part of some branches of
Christianity. There are two beliefs regarding the origin of Metatron.One
suggests that God created him as a very powerful and wise angel with
many skills.According to the other belief, Metatron was firstly created
as a human being named Enoch and God turned him into this powerful
angel after he has been ascended to heaven many times. You might
have seen a somewhat consistent version of him if you are a fan of the
famous TV series Supernatural. But there is more to his story than
that. One part of that story is a symbol that is called Metatron’s cube.
We will be examining this symbol and its meaning in this post after a
few paragraphs about Metatron himself.

Metatron’s History and Appearance in


Scriptures
Although Metatron was one of the most powerful angels in Judaism,
there is no mention of him in the Old or New Testament, or in other
words, in the Jewish and Christian bibles. However, Metatron is
mentioned in a couple of very short passages in the Talmud.
Metatron makes most of his appearances in extremely old Jewish texts
focused on mysticism as well as other occult writings. According to
Rabbinic tradition, Metatron was the highest angel. It is also said that
Metatron served as a celestial scribe and that he wrote down God’s
words.
What is odd here is that there is no consensus in terms of the roles
Metatron played in the hierarchy of heaven and hell. He is quite the
mysterious figure about which nobody knows much.

Metatron’s Cube Symbol, Its Origins and


Meaning – What Does It Mean?
According to the myth, Metatron created a cube out of his soul which
came to be known as the symbol named Metatron’s cube. The
meaning of Metatron’s cube symbol has been a matter of debate for
quite some time.

Metatron’s cube is a very unique two dimensional geometric


shape. Looking at it might be a little bit confusing at first, but it does
follow a specific layout. Metatron’s cube is comprised of 13 equally
sized circles, each of which have a line that comes out from the center
and extends out to the centers of the other 12 circles.

There are actually six circles on the interior part placed in the pattern
of a hexagon – all around a single circle placed in the center. There
are also six more circles extending out along those same radial
lines. Since there are 13 circles in Metatron’s cube, each of which
have nodes or lines connecting to the other 12 circles, the symbol
contains a total of 78 lines inside it.
That is not all you will notice about the symbol though; there are many
different patterns inside it created by the lines of Metatron’s cube.

Specifically, the internal lines create orthographic projections of the


first 3 platonic solids on this world. One of the platonic solids that can
be seen when the interior lines are examined carefully is the double
tetrahedron also known as the stellated octahedron. One can also
make out a distinct octahedron, as well as a cube inside another cube,
which is known as a 3D image of a tesseract.

Going back to the 78 lines, there are tons of shapes that can be found,
including many different, flattened two dimensional shapes, mainly of
the 5 platonic solids.
Metatron’s cube shares a peculiar resonance with something that is
called the Flower of Life. In some ancient cultures, this flower of life,
as well as Metatron’s cube, were very sacred geometric symbols. Of
course, the cube refers to the angel Metatron, an angel mentioned in
extremely old religious and spiritual texts, ones such as the Second
Book of Enoch and the Book of the Palaces. According to both of
these texts, Metatron is ranked second only to YHVH, a being
considered to be God itself. In terms of spiritual beings, Metatron was
considered God’s right hand man.

Some scholars have debated about the original purpose and the
meaning of this cube, but there are some pretty good theories. One of
these theories is that Metatron’s cube is a way for God or YHVH to
pass on knowledge to human beings. The reasoning beyond this
theory relates to the tree of life. Metatron’s cube is believed to be
originally derived from the tree of life. However, according to the early
holy scriptures, humans were not around when there was the original
tree of life.

Therefore, in order for YHVH to pass on knowledge to humans,


specifically about the tree of life, it would be necessary for humans to
study Metatron’s cube. It is a channel of knowledge, in a sense.

Metatron’s cube is also a holy glyph. In the olden days it was used as
a drawing to ward off demons, unholy spirits, and other unwanted
guests.

Metatron’s Cube and the Number 13


Thirteen is definitely a special number if we are talking about
Metatron’s cube. There is a reason why there are a total of 13 circles
present in this cube. This is because they are representative of more
important things other than themselves, and in fact, they can represent
more than one thing.

Some scholars have theorized that the 13 circles actually represent


the 13 archangels. It is said that these archangels each hold a specific
element of creation, and therefore, with God’s love, expand these
elements to give life to all. They are said to be able to bring balance to
the earth.

It is also said that the 13 circles in Metatron’s cube also represent the
13 centers of energy in our human bodies. It is said that there are 13
energy centers of experience. These are believed to be manifested
through Metatron’s cube.

Number 13 is also sacred because it represents the 13 sacred keys of


creation. Each of the circles is representative of one of the divine laws
of creation. According to one interpretation, these 13 keys hold the
secrets to both evolution and divine spiritual enlightenment.

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5 Buddhist Symbols For Inner


Peace

The Lotus Flower – this flower represents a very important teaching for
humanity. It symbolizes humankind and the human life. Basically, the roots of
the lotus flower are in the mud. But the plant has the power to overcome the
mud and raise above it. The blossom its flowers on the surface of the water.
This teaching brings inner peace and calmness. Because it symbolizes our
battle with suffering. And the lotus flower brings hope, because as the flower
raises above the mud, we can raise above the suffering. And blossom above
the surface of the water. It is a very uplifting teaching, and not only for
Buddhists

The Dharma Wheel – it became the symbol of Buddhism. But it also symbolizes
Buddha himself. The eight spokes of the wheel symbolize the Noble Eightfold
Path of Buddha. Which contains eight steps to achieve liberation from the
cycle o rebirth and the suffering on earth. This is also a powerful symbol that
brings calmness, wisdom and peace.
The Eternal Knot – it symbolizes the universal connection. The lines on the
eternal knot represents everything ever created. The eternal knot shows us
how everything is linked to everything else. It also symbolizes the union
between compassion and wisdom, religion and your everyday life. This
Buddhist symbol shows you your connection with everything and everyone
around you. It teaches wisdom, compassion and kindness. It shows you how
important is to respect others.

Buddhist Symbols For Inner Peace

The Two Golden Fish – initially, they symbolized that two rivers Ganges and
Yamuna. But over the years, this symbol started to signify luck and fortune.
But it has an even more spiritual interpretation. The two golden fish symbolize
our courage and fearlessness in facing the suffering in our lives. They show
how we freely swim through the suffering until we find some clearer waters.
Therefore, the two golden fish bring us hope and courage to conquer the
suffering and fear.

The Bodhi Tree – those who re already familiar with the Buddhist teachings,
know how important the bodhi tree is for their religious beliefs. Because
Buddha found enlightenment under the bodhi tree. You can recognize this tree
by its leaves. Which are heart shaped. There are other two important Bodhi
Trees today, that are sacred. One is the Anandabodhi in Sravasti, and the
Bodhi tree from Anuradhapura. Budhist beliefs say that both originate from
the first, authentic Bodhi tree. The Bodhi tree symbolizes Buddha’s victory
over the suffering. Therefore, it brings us hope, faith in salvation and inner
peace
ymbolic Meaning of Rainbows

Getting Inspired by the Symbolic Meaning of Rainbows


Most of us already know the legend of gold at the end of the rainbow. This
article on symbolic meaning of rainbows explains where that idea came from
in cultural history. Also discussed is rainbow meaning in the spiritual sense. If
you’re wondering what kind of messages and meanings the rainbow has for
you, read on!
I’m more of a skull and crossbones kind’a gal over butterflies and rainbows. I don’t
do fluffy. Never have. As a girl, I poo-poo’ed those sparkly rainbow stickers stuck on
my classmate’s book covers.
As it turns out, rainbows aren’t for girly-girls, and they’re definitely not for sissies.
In truth, the symbolic meaning of rainbows deals with some serious ju-ju in myth and
culture.
To wit, rainbows make appearances in tons of creation myths and they also stand for
powerful stuff like: Creation, divinity, good luck, duality and liminal spaces. More
research into rainbow meanings made me realize there’s a lot more to them than just
glittery symbols adorning juvenile tubes of strawberry flavored lip gloss.
At its most basic reduction, the rainbow is an amalgamation of light – a perfect
harmonic combination which produces a symbol of supernatural beauty, promise
and enlightenment.
One of the most intense references to the rainbow is found in Hindu and Buddhist
Tantra. Apparently, those who have surpassed their earthly ties are in a position to
achieve the highest meditative state, and experience the “rainbow body”. This has
also been described as a “body of light” when ultimate ascension has been reached.
The rainbow body phenomenon is an ultimate oneness, and typically happens at the
time of death. There’s a lot more to it than this small paragraph. Ask your Yogi for
more information about Dzogchen, and the ultimate realization.

“Rainbows introduce us to reflections of different beautiful


possibilities so we never forget that pain and grief are not
the final options in life.”
~Aberjhani

Before I delve further into some of the sparkly potentials rainbows offer, allow me to
give you a quick run-down of the symbolic highlights…
Symbolic Meanings of Rainbows – a Quick List
 Life
 Hope
 Divinity
 Promise
 Creation
 Initiation
 Potential
 Provision
 Harmony
 Expansion
 Ascension
 Spirituality
 Connection
 Transformation
The philosophy of spiritual cohesion is a common current in the meaning of
rainbows. The rainbow holds a ubiquitous meaning of unity in numerous cultures.
This pervasive message of unification is specifically addressed in the union between
sky and earth, with the rainbow serving as a bridge between the two.

Rainbow Meaning in Cultural History


In Chinese wisdom, the rainbow is a bridge illustrated by a double-headed dragon.
This sky dragon is the mediator between heaven and earth. With two heads, the
rainbow dragon is able to intercede on behalf of the people, by relaying their
thoughts and prayers from the earth-bound head and sending them to the head
pointed heavenwards. The rainbow is also a symbol of yin and yang in Chinese
legend. In this sense, the Chinese recognize five colors in the rainbow, and
harmonized, they represent perfect balance.
Symbolic meaning of rainbows as a celestial bridge is in old Norse traditions too.
This bridge was referred to as the Bifrost. This “rainbow bridge” spanned into the
world of the gods – it was called the “Tremulous Way” to Asgard. Here we see
another connection of the mundane (earthly) element being transported by channel
(the rainbow) into a realm of enlightenment (heaven, or realm of the gods).
This idea of bridges linked with cultural meaning of rainbows employs another
important symbol: That of the arch, and archways in general. Arches are symbolic
of gateways, openings, and portals. When in context of the supernatural
occurrence of the rainbow, it’s a reference to a portal into heavenly realms
(godly, goddess elements, heightened awareness).
Whether we’re talking about bridges, arches or their symbolic representative, the
rainbow…we’re also talking about choice. Why? Because in each case, there is one
end, and another end. One side of the bridge, and the other side. Therefore, these
symbols – including the rainbow – are iconic of crossing over, transformation and
initiation.
The Native American Navajo express the idea of initiation. Their wisdom describes
the rainbow as a multi-colored serpent, and when seen by a young brave,
the serpent is to be ridden. That ride leads to the spirit world, in which the journeyer
receives guidance. His physical path is illuminated (he is shown what to do) by
traversing the non-physical path of the rainbow spirit-serpent. This is considered to
be a highly important initiation. Unlike many initiations, which are designated by a
tribal elder, this one is organized by the Great Spirit, and the timing is divine.

Rainbow Meanings and the Pot of Gold Legend


In Celtic wisdom, the rainbow is called kambonemos, and it means “curve of the
sky”. Celtic Druids were pretty switched on about curves and arches. In their vibrant
way of thinking, curves are emblems of crescent moons and the divine feminine
presence. As a link to lunar/feminine energy, we’re linking up with the symbolism
dealing with provision, magic, fertility, and prosperity.
Consider it: Arches, crescents, moons, rainbows… they are all reminiscent of the
prominent swell in a mother’s belly, full with child. In Celtic lore, making love under a
rainbow is said to insure successful pregnancy.
Ever wondered where the “pot o’ gold” at the end of the rainbow came
from? It’s a kickback from the ancient Celts. Because their meaning of rainbows is
feminine -and the pot (or, back in their day, the “cauldron”) is a highly feminine
symbol. Not to get too graphic, but in general…openings are feminine symbols,
where as protrusions are male (you figure it out). The “gold” is symbolic of offspring.
Think of it…back in their day, the primary gift, and assurance of their entire legacy
is the promise of a child – the continuation of the bloodline, and ongoing of their kind.
Pretty cool, eh?
Where the Celts associated the meaning of rainbows with the promise of new life
provided by the divine feminine, in Christianity, the rainbow is also a symbol of
promise. We see evidence of this in Genesis, 9:13 – “I have set my (rain)bow in the
clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Biblical
scholars interpret this in various ways, but popularly, the rainbow is a symbol of
God’s reconciliation with the wild and willful ways of mankind. Similarly, we see the
same event in the Epic of Gilgamesh of the 7th century, BC in which a rainbow
appeared as a sign of promise of the future after a great flood had devastated the
earth.
“Shine your soul with the same egoless humility
as the rainbow does, and no matter where you go in this world
or the next, love will find you, attend you, and bless you.”
~Aberjhani

So, what’s your sign when a rainbow graces its presence upon you? What’s the
deeper message and meaning of rainbows to you… on a personal level? Here are
some ideas:
Potential Messages of the Rainbow
♦ Is it time to take a fresh look at the opportunities available to us?
♦ There is always another way. What other options can we see?
♦ Are we prepared to move into a new light, and see things with a new perspective?
♦ Are we ready to cross over from one phase of life to another?
♦ What kinds of promises have we made in our lives, and are we honoring those
promises?
♦Likewise, what kinds of promises do we expect from others? Are they reasonable?
Are they being upheld?
♦ What’s the condition of our connection (bridge) to our Higher Power (the deity of
our understanding)?
♦ Are we ready to be initiated into a new dimension of living?
These are just a few potential messages rainbows might offer in our experience. We
can expound on philosophical communications from the rainbow by pondering
the symbolism of colors. Interpreting rainbow colors can give us a vibrant journey
into deeper understanding of serious rainbow power.
I’ve tossed out a lot of info about the symbolic meaning of rainbows here. In the end,
the simplest interpretation is this: The best message and meaning of rainbows is
assurance and appreciation. Beholding a rainbow is a gift, and when we encounter
their beauty, it is the perfect time to be grateful for all the gifts in our lives.
I hope you have enjoyed these thoughts about the symbolic meaning of rainbows,
and this article has given you some colorful ideas about the potential this natural
phenomenon can pose in your life. If you liked this page, you might want to check
out other related topics at the end of this page. Thanks for reading, and may all your
rainbows lead you to your own personal gold.
Take Away Tips About Symbolic Meaning of Rainbows

An ending is just the beginning.


In many cultural myths, like some Native American legends, the rainbow is a symbol
of initiation. The rainbow was a sign that it was time for one of the tribe members to
undergo a new path in life – perhaps a spiritual leap, or perhaps a rite of passage
from child to adult.

Promise.
Sighting a rainbow has long been believed to be a promise of good things to come.
This commonly stems from God’s promise in the Bible (Genesis 9:13). But there are
other beliefs about rainbows being a symbol of hope and promise.

Pot o’ Gold.
As with many myths, they get shifty over time as they are told over the ages. The pot
of gold at the end of the rainbow didn’t start as a literal kettle of coin. It was actually
the gold of new life. In ancient Celtic myth, the rainbow is a sign of fertility, and the
promise of a newborn on the way.
Sacred Symbol Uses
We are blessed with our ability to attain deep understanding from simply looking at
symbols and geometric configurations. Through the ages, sacred symbols have
been able to convey and merge intangible and supernatural rays of truth into single
graphic images that take us to a point of knowing without using our cognitive skills.
We just know what we are being shown. A single viewing of a symbol can transform
consciousness, behaviors, understanding, and well being. We are forever changed
by the symbols we gaze upon.

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Meanings
Our very first symbol collection featured the main
symbols used in prominent wisdom traditions. As
we learned more about what people want to use in
their enrichment practices, we modified that
original collection to include some versions of
symbols that honor the Sacred Feminine more
with their artistic execution. Above are our
two collections of symbols. Each of these use
ideas that represent a form of love... love of earth,
water, equality, birth, eternity, belief, and
women's spiritual power.
Most sacred symbols represent ancient spiritual lineages that were established in
past ages of enlightenment. Using any size Sacred Symbols brings our attention to
the unspoken communication that helps bring mystical significance to present times.
They convey a broader principle than words can explain. When you use a symbol on
your water, the resonance of that broad concept influences all molecules to align with
the principles and become a carrier of that power. These religious symbols come
from many wisdom traditions and honor the highest manifestations possible. Use
them with great humility, for they carry profound messages from our ancestors.

Some of the symbols cross over and can be used with more than one tradition.
Using them on your water glass or drink bottle reminds you of your ancient
connections to earth and life wisdom. Use the definitions that fit your desires. Use
one symbol or many at the same time.

Ahnk - Regeneration of Life Through Water

This Egyptian symbol represents eternal life and provides magical protection, also
represents the regeneration of life through water. Many other wisdom traditions use
this symbol with some variation in the vertical and horizontal cross. Often the loop at
the top is used to represent holy water circulating the body.

Bagua - Balance in All Relationships

The center of a balanced life and the health of the home is attained using this Feng
Shui symbol. Each position represents a specific life correlation to the health of the
individual and the home.

Feminine Wisdom Eyes of Buddha - Through these eyes we are

reminded to look at the world with deep compassion as experienced through the
divine feminine. The Third Eye represents spiritual awakening. The Sanskrit symbol
below the eyes shows us the unity of all things.
Buddha Peace - The rebirth of peace happens inside

There is no path to peace. Peace is the path. The lotus flower represents peaceful
rebirth which can be a change of ideas and a renaissance of beliefs or the ability to
see past wrongs.

Dharma Wheel - The 8 fold path to enlightenment

In the Buddhist tradition these paths are represented by this wheel. The paths are,
right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right
mindfulness, and right concentration. Using this symbol strengthens the devotion.
Double Happiness - Romance & Relationships

This symbol is like a magnet to attract a special relationship, romance, and bliss.
Place it where you can see it all the time to strengthen the vibrancy of an existing
relationship.

Earth Medicine Wheel - Harmony and Earth Peace

A Native American symbol that represents the harmony and peaceful interaction
between all beings and the four elements of the earth. Use it to manifest spiritual
energy and an outward expression of inner vision. Meditate on this symbol to instill
deep earth love and personal power.
The Four Directions and Earth Love - The four directions guide us to consider

the interaction between all beings and the four elements of the earth. Loving the earth and
all its forms of life leads us to spiritual balance and wellness.
Flower of Life/Seed of Life - The Pattern of Creation
This symbol represents patterns of life as they emerge from the great void.
Everything comes from thought by the Creator. As expansive creation continues, so
do the interlocking rings. This symbol is found in all cultures on the planet and
variations of it have been used to represent equations that define mathematics,
music, religion, evolution, and medicine.
Gayatri Yantra

The Illumined Mind and Universal Knowledge - This symbol represents the
illumined mind and far-sighted wisdom. The words and sounds of the Gayatri Mantra
comprise the most powerful of Vedic affirmations. using this symbol removes the
possibility of making wrong choices in life by empowering all truth. It ocalizes
complex and cosmic wisdom about all earth elements, plants, trees, animals,
insects, fishes and birds, making an understanding of the whole life creation.
Enhances the ability to sharpen one's intellect and spiritual awareness. Used on
water, it carries the harmonic resonance of the wisdom of all life. On a larger,
universal scale, the use of the Gayatri Mantra and the sacred symbol, the Gayatri
Yantra, representing those enlightened sounds, radiates vast and powerful
knowledge to all beings. See more about the Gayatri Yantra
The Universal Flower of Life - The most important and sacred pattern in the
universe. This is the source of all that exists. It is found in everything ranging from
the human body to the galaxies. Found in DNA, molecular structures, minerals,
tissues, and plants.
Hexagram or Star of David - Union of Opposites

In Judaism, it symbolizes the connection between God and Man with the up-pointing
and down-pointing triangles overlaid. It can also mean the union of male and female.
The center represents the heart of power. It is used in occult circles and Kabbalistic
practices to represent the union of opposites, and also the spiritual energies of
heaven pointing down, and man pointing up. It also represents pagan occult
references to fire (upward) and water (downward). Finally the triangles represent
sacred chalices, the downward chalice pouring divine love to earth dwellers from the
heavens, and the upward chalice receiving the blessings of G_d.
Lotus - From the Mud Comes the Divine

This powerful image symbolizes harmony, spiritual illumination and unlimited


potential. The lotus is a water lily which rises from the sludge of muddy waters. It
reinforces the concept of resurrection. Use as a reminder that "this, too, shall pass."
It symbolizes forgiveness, gratitude and compassion and invites a balance between
humility and pride.
Luna Goddess - An ancient symbol of the life-giving, regenerative forces

of the Cosmos. She is the keep of wisdom and all magical powers on earth with
deep connection to the moon, tides, and waters. She is the sacred feminine gateway
to the divine, and the light within darkness.
Om - Sacred Sound of Creation

The Mother of All Mantras is the primordial sound by which the earth was created.
The past, present and future are all blended in this one all-inclusive sound. When
chanted, Om or Aum frees the consciousness to remember its natural state of
connection to infinite source energy or Creation. By using this image, the concept of
infinite love and creation is conveyed beyond the limitation of words or ideas.
Peace - Peaceful Waters Stimulate Creativity

Balance between opposing forces creates peace and beauty. This Chinese symbol
represents the peaceful flow of waters that calm, heal, and inspire.
Pentagram - This star encased in a circle, always with 5 points (one

pointing upward), has its own meaning. The upward point of the star is
representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air,
fire, and water. All these things contribute to life and are a part of each of us. It is
used in the Celtic and other mystical traditions, as well as many religions.
The Sri Yantra - This is a Hindu or Sanskrit symbol of aspects of

divinity and the creative forces of the universe. It has a powerful effect on the mind
and can generate increased coherence in our brains when we meditate on this
symbol, creating a balancing and calming influence.

Spiral - The oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices. It reflects the

universal pattern of growth and evolution and represents the goddess, the womb, fertility
and life force energy. Reflected in the natural world, the Spiral is found in human physiology,
plants, minerals, animals, energy patterns, weather, growth and death. It is a sacred symbol
that reminds us of our evolving journey in life. When used as a personal talisman, the Spiral
helps consciousness to accept the turnings and changes of life as it evolves.
The Triade, Triskele, or Triple Spiral - This is an ancient Celtic symbol related to

earthly life, the afterlife, and reincarnation. it is drawn in one continuous line, suggesting a
fluid movement of time. Triades are one of the most common elements of Celtic art. They
also evoke the universal concept of the domains of material existence- earth, water, and sky;
body, mind and spirit; and the eternally spiraling cycles of time.

Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. This represents

the unity between all opposites – the masculine and the feminine; the darkness and
light. Yin and Yang symbolize the primal cosmic forces. Yin is receptive, passive,
cold, feminine energy. Yang is masculine, movement, force and heat. The dark and
light represent knowledge and ignorance. In a spiritual practice, use the Yin Yang to
help maintain a balance between opposites and instill unity personally and globally.
In seeing the opposites, it is noted that each has a little of the other, which is often
overlooked in life.
The Water Hamsa - In Hebrew or Muslim faith, it offers protection against

the evil eye. In this application it offers protection for water, all water on the planet. It
monitors the waters of the world and radiates protection from negative in