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Symbols of Love,
Symbolism for Love

Symbols are known to stimulate positive energy. These symbols of love symbolize how people truly feel about each other, and visualizing them can stimulate you and bring you positive outcomes.

These symbols of love have been used throughout the world to help people share how they feel. Some of these symbols are as old as time itself, and yet they still manage to convey our deepest feelings.

Here are the world's most popular symbols to express love.

Heart Symbol

heartThe heart symbol is an ancient symbol that dates back to the time of the Bible. 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. For example: if your soul is pure and good, your heart was filled with love. The ancient heart symbol is still used today mostly to symbolize love, and it is used mostly on Valentine's day. Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbol for incantations and rituals related to love, romance and strengthening relationships.


The Swan

swanSwans are often a symbol of love or fidelity because of their long-lasting, apparently monogamous relationships. See the famous swan-related operas Lohengrin and Parsifal. In Greek mythology, the story of Leda and the Swan recounts that Helen of Troy was conceived in a union of Zeus disguised as a swan and Leda, Queen of Sparta. This ancient symbol dates back to the times of when the bible was written. The Swan is also known as a symbol of the Virgin Mary and The Swan represents the Virgin Mary's purity and love.


The Apple

appleThe apple is an ancient love symbol which has had several meanings over the years, however it often had something to do with love. Secular art made use of the apple as a symbol of love and sexuality. It is often an attribute associated with Venus who is shown holding it. The apple is also known as the biblical 'forbidden fruit'. The larynx in the human throat has been called Adam's apple because of the folk tale that the bulge was caused by the forbidden fruit sticking in the throat of Adam. The apple as a symbol of sexual seduction has sometimes been used to imply sexuality between men. When Hera married the god Zeus, Gaia gave apples to Hera, with the significance of long love and union. Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, gave baskets filled with Apples that were meant to woo Aphrodite and win her love.


The Triangle

triangleIn ancient times in Egypt, the triangle was often seen as a symbol of intelligence, and it indicated the capacity for love. The triangle is also associated with the Holy Trinity, the Holy Trinity is spirit, love, God.


The Dove

dove with olive branchDoves, usually white in color, are used in a variety of settings as symbols of love, peace or as messengers. In Hinduism, the Dove represents our spirit, and the spirits infinite capacity for love. In Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred creature to Aphrodite or Venus (the Goddess of Love). Ancient Jewish rituals sacrificed doves as gifts of love to signify the purification of a new mother after childbirth. In western tradition, the Dove (as well as turtledoves) symbolizes love and are often released in wedding


The Rose Symbol

roseRoses have been long used as symbols in a number of societies. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. "Rose" means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish). The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. In ancient mythology, in Greece and Rome, the first red roses are said to have grown from the blood of Adonis for the love of Aphrodite (Venus); thus, they have become symbolic of love, and often eternal life. The red rose is an ancient symbol of love, roses in other colors carry different meanings.



cupidModern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Here is some history on this ancient love symbol. Cupid is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.


Claddagh Heart

claddagh - The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given as a token of friendship, love, or marriage. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). When worn on the right ring finger with the heart pointing to the fingertip, the wearer is free of any attachment. On the same finger but the other way round, with the heart pointing away from the fingertip, it suggests someone is romantically involved. When the ring is on the left hand wedding ring finger, it means the person is married or engaged.


Celtic Knot

celtic knotThere are several types of celtic knots, many of them symbolize love, eternity, and continuum. The interlacing lines of the Celtic Knot stands for "no beginning, no ending, the continuity of everlasting love and binding together or intertwining of two soul or spirits." Heart knots were added recently to Celtic symbolism. Hearts now known as symbols of love date back to the later medieval period but they have become an established part of Celtic lore in the last decade of the 20th century. There is also the lover's celtic knot, any knot can be a lover's knot. Knots that link two separate paths are used as lover's knots. | © 2009- All Rights Reserved
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