Miscellaneous

This page lists all the various symbols in the Miscellaneous category.

Symbols without any special category attribution but that are widely used worldwide.

Symbols in this category:

Aida (musical)

Although its run on New York City’s Broadway theatre scene was relatively brief (from 2000 until 2004), this powerful performance, with music composed by Sir Elton John and with lyrics by Tim Rice, certainly made an impression on theatregoers during its tenure.

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Almaty

A rock carving discovered in the vicinity of Almaty, a large city in southeastern Kazakhstan.

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Amber

When describing amber, using the word “gemstone” can seem particularly awkward, since amber is not technically a stone at all. Nonetheless, it has been used as ornamentation for thousands of years, and over that time has acquired a number of symbolic meanings.

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Amethyst

Like many gemstones, the amethyst possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Aquamarine

Like many gemstones, the aquamarine possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Asexual Symbol

Asexuality (or nonsexuality) is the lack of sexual attraction to anyone or low or absent interest in sexual activity.

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Atlas Mountains

A rock carving discovered in the Atlas Mountains in the northwestern corner of Africa. No contextual information is known at this time.

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AVEN triangle

The AVEN triangle representing asexuality.

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Aztec Sun Stone

Prior to the arrival of Europeans in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the Aztecs were the mightiest civilization ever seen in the Americas. While much of their culture was destroyed, lost and/or repressed in the succeeding centuries, a few remnants, such as the famous Sun Stone, survived to bear witness to an empire that spanned much of modern-day Mexico and spawned some of the greatest technological feats the Americas had ever seen.

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Bamboo

One of the most ubiquitous symbols of eastern Asia, bamboo is a plant with many meanings and, in modern-day industry and manufacturing, a plant with many practical uses.

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Baphomet

Upon first glance, this image seems like the quintessential portrait of the devil. It certainly has demonic symbolism attached to it, but the history of Baphomet and how the name became associated with this image is far more complex than many people realize.

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Barranco de Balos

A rock carving from Barranco de Balos on the island of of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). No contextual information known at this time.

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Beatles logo

The Beatles logo was based on an impromptu sketch by instrument retailer and designer Ivor Arbiter.

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Blue (color)

The symbolism of the color blue.

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Blue circle for Diabetes

The blue circle is used to represent diabetes awareness.

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Brazil

A rock carving discovered in Brazil. No contextual information known at this time.

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Carnelian

Like many gemstones, carnelian possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Catal Hüyük

This symbol was discovered at the site of Catal Hüyük, a Neolithic settlement in southern Turkey.

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Coral

Found primarily in warm and/or tropical waters, coral presents a somewhat enigmatic facade that nonetheless carries multiple symbolic meanings.

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Cornicello or Cornetto

A cornicello or cornetto, Italian for "little horn" or "hornlet", is an amulet worn to protect against the evil eye. In the Southern Italian Dialects, it is called cuornuciello or variants thereof.

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Crete

A symbol discovered on the wall of an ancient building on the Greek island of Crete. Dated to 400 B.C.E. No contextual information known at this time.

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Cueva de los Letreros

Dating back five thousand years, this carving was discovered at Cueva de los Letreros, located near the city of Almeria in southern Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Cueva de los Letreros #2

Dating back five thousand years, this carving was discovered at Cueva de los Letreros, located near the city of Almeria in southern Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Dagger

A dagger, or obelisk, U+2020 † dagger (HTML: † †), is a typographical symbol or glyph. The term "obelisk" derives from Greek ὀβελίσκος (obeliskos), which means "little obelus"; from Ancient Greek: ὀβελός (obelos) meaning "roasting spit". It was originally represented by the ÷ symbol and was first used by the Ancient Greek scholars as critical marks in manuscripts.

A double dagger or diesis, U+2021 ‡ double dagger (HTML: ‡ ‡), is a variant with two handles.

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Darwin Fish

The Darwin fish is an ichthys symbol with "evolved" legs and feet attached and often with the word Darwin inside (like the ΙΧΘΥΣ or Jesus found in some Christian versions). It symbolizes the scientific theory of evolution, for which Charles Darwin laid the foundation, in contrast with Creationism, which is often associated with Christianity. The Darwin fish bears a stylized resemblance to Ichthyostega, which is a major example of a transitional fossil. Related to the Darwin fish is a fish with legs, the word 'evolve', and a hand that is holding a wrench.

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Diamond

Like many gemstones, the diamond possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Emerald

Like many gemstones, the emerald possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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England

A Bronze Age carving discovered on a stone in England. No contextual information known at this time.

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Five-pointed star

A five-pointed star (☆) is a common ideogram used throughout the world. If the colinear edges are joined together a pentagram is produced.

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Fleur-de-lis

The fleur-de-lis or fleur-de-lys (plural: fleurs-de-lis) is a stylized lily (in French, fleur means flower, and lis means lily) or iris that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be "at one and the same time, religious, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic", especially in French heraldry. It is represented in Unicode at U+269C (⚜) in the Miscellaneous Symbols block.

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Fuencaliente #1

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. Dates back between four thousand and six thousand years ago. No contextual information known at this time.

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Fuencaliente #2

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Fuencaliente #3

Found in the Fuencaliente municipality near the city of Ciudad Real in southern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Galicia

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #2

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #3

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #4

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #5

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Galicia #6

Dating back to roughly 3000 B.C.E., this carving was found in the region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Garnet

Like many gemstones, the garnet possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Green (color)

The symbolism of the color green.

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Hakkari-Gevaruk

A carving discovered at Hakkari-Gevaruk in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). No contextual information known at this time.

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Hammer and Pick

The hammer and pick, rarely referred to as hammer and chisel, is a symbol of mining, often used in heraldry. It can indicate mining, mines (especially on maps or in cartography), or miners, and is also borne as a charge in the coats of arms of mining towns.

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Haute-Garonne #1

A symbol discovered on the wall of the Marsoulas cave in Haute-Garonne, southwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Haute-Garonne #2

A symbol discovered on the wall of the Marsoulas cave in Haute-Garonne, southwestern France. Although the image of a bison was portrayed below it, no contextual information is known at this time.

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Heart symbol

The heart symbol or "heart shape" (♥) is an ideograph used to express the idea of the "heart" in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially (but not exclusively) romantic love.

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Heterosexual symbol

Heterosexual symbolism dates back to the earliest artifacts of humanity, with ritual fertility carvings and primitive rock art.

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Huelva

A Neolithic carving discovered in a location called Soto, near the city of Huelva in southwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Illuminati Brand: Air

One of four elemental brands used by the secret organization known as the Illuminati.

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Illuminati Brand: Earth

One of four elemental brands used by the secret organization known as the Illuminati.

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Illuminati Brand: Fire

One of four elemental brands used by the secret organization known as the Illuminati.

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Illuminati Brand: Water

One of four elemental brands used by the secret organization known as the Illuminati.

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Imperial Porphyry

Originating from a single quarry in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, this purple-colored stone has been prized by Mediterranean civilizations for thousands of years. Aside from being used to carve objects and statutes of all descriptions, this substance formed the pillar, literally, of one of humanity’s greatest cultural empires.

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International Symbol of Access

The International Symbol of Access (ISA), also known as the (International) Wheelchair Symbol, consists of a blue square overlaid in white with a stylized image of a person using a wheelchair. It is maintained as an international standard, ISO 7001, and a copyrighted image of the International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA), a committee of Rehabilitation International. It was designed by Susanne Koefoed in 1968. The design was modified by Karl Montan. Taking the original copy of the design, he added a circle to the top of the seated figure, thus giving it a head.

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Inyo County

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #2

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #3

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #4

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Inyo County #5

A petroglyph discovered in Inyo County, California. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Ivory

In terms of environmentalism and conservation, ivory is a highly charged symbol, representing the effect that human activity can have on the natural world. In terms of cultural symbolism, ivory also has a very prominent place, and some of those cultural meanings in turn effect its position in the conservation movement.

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Jade

In purely monetary terms, jade can sometimes fall short of the high value placed on more desirable stones such as diamonds and rubies. On the other hand, when it comes to symbolic meaning, a rich history and holding a revered place in diverse cultures, the readings for jade can truly shoot off the charts.

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Järrestad

Believed to date between 800 and 400 B.C.E. this rock carving was discovered at Järrestad in southern Sweden.

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Kville #1

Resembling an elaborate capital "Q", this rock carving was found in the vicinity of Kville, a town in the Bohuslän area of Sweden. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Kville #2

Resembling a stylized sun, this rock carving was found in the vicinity of Kville, a town in the Bohuslän area of Sweden. No major contextual information is known at this time.

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Labrys

Labrys (λάβρυς in Greek, lábrys) is the term for a symmetrical doubleheaded axe originally from Crete in Greece, one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization; to the Romans, it was known as a bipennis.

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Lapis Lazuli

Like many gemstones, lapis lazuli possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Lascaux #1

France's Lascaux Caves are a rich repository of early artistic images. This symbol was found amidst depictions of animals, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Lascaux #2

France's Lascaux Caves are a rich repository of early artistic images. This symbol was found amidst depictions of animals, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Lauburu

The lauburu or Basque cross has four comma-shaped heads. It can be constructed with a compass and straightedge, beginning with the formation of a square template; each head can be drawn from a neighboring vertex of this template with two compass settings, with one radius half the length of the other.

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Love heart

love hearts are a way of expression of deep feeling for one-another.

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Lozenge

A lozenge (◊), often referred to as a diamond, is a form of rhombus. The definition of lozenge is not strictly fixed, and it is sometimes used simply as a synonym (from the French losange) for rhombus. Most often, though, lozenge refers to a thin rhombus—a rhombus with acute angles of 45°. The lozenge shape is often used in parquetry and as decoration on ceramics, silverware and textiles. It also features in heraldry and playing cards.

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Lyre

A stylized image of a lyre, a stringed musical instrument strongly associated with several characters and stories in Greek mythology.

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Malachite

Like many gemstones, malachite possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Manaia

Often worn as a pendant, the manaia is an important cultural symbol for the Maori people of New Zealand.

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Mjolnir

In Norse mythology, Mjolnir is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Distinctively shaped, Mj

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Monad of Dr. John Dee

Although this symbol dates back less than five hundred years, the components it consists of, as well as the meanings of those components, are significantly older.

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Mont Bégo #1

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #3

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France, in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels"). No contextual information known at this time.

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Mont Bégo #2

A carving discovered on the face of Mont Bégo in southwestern France. It was found amidst a number of carvings from the Neolithic era, but it could easily have been carved at later date. No major contextual information is known at this time.

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Moonstone

Like many gemstones, the moonstone possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Niaux

An image from the Cave of Niaux in southwestern France, probably created around ten thousand years ago by the local Cro-Magnon population.

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Obelisk

The obelisk is an architectural feature that originated in ancient Egypt. Although simple in design, the crafting and transportation of these monolithic masterpieces was a highly involved process, and the form itself took on a number of important symbolic meanings.

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Obsidian

Obsidian is one of nature’s more curious products. Smooth to the touch, it can hold a razor sharp edge, but at the same time crack and flake under less pressure than most other stones. Nonetheless, obsidian has a very long history of use by humans, and as such possesses a number of important symbolic associations.

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Opal

Opal is one of the “oddballs” of the gemstone family. Like its cousin turquoise, opal is a non-crystalline stone; composed primarily of hardened silica, its water content is much higher than most gems (up to ten percent or more). This fragile nature can cause opals to crack rather easily, but the high water content and delicate silica structure also causes the stone’s characteristic rainbow coloring, and these are all key components of the opal’s symbolic meaning.

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Painted Cave

A symbol from the Painted Cave area near Santa Barbara, California, likely created by the Native American Chumash people. No contextual information known at this time.

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Paralympic Symbol

The symbol of the Paralympic Games is composed of three "agitos", colored red, blue, and green, encircling a single point, on a white field.

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Pearl

Although the word “gemstone” can seem a slightly awkward way to describe pearls, these beauties are often accorded high symbolic status, even among their crystalline brethren.

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Pedra do Ingá #1

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Pedra do Ingá #2

A symbol carved on the famous Ingá Stone in northeastern Brazil.

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Peridot

Like many gemstones, the peridot possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Petit-Mont

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Petit-Mont in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Píča

Píča (Czech pronunciation: [piːtʃa]), sometimes short piča or pyča [pɪtʃa], is a Czech and Slovak profanity that refers to the vagina.

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Pierres-Plates

A carving that dates from 3500-2500 B.C.E. Discovered at the site of Pierres-Plates in Brittany, northwestern France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Pontevedra #1

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #2

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Pontevedra #3

A carving discovered in Pontevedra, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time.

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Quartz (rock crystal)

Compared to most of its gemstone cousins, quartz is not particularly valuable. Rarity is a significant factor in the monetary worth of many gemstones, and as one of the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust, quartz doesn’t quite measure up in this regard. On the other hand, quartz is still a rather fascinating stone in its own right, both in terms of physical nature and symbolic importance.

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Rainbow

When it comes to natural phenomena, there are few things more intangible (for lack of a better term) than rainbows: you can’t pick them up in your hand like a rock; you can’t hear them like a thunderclap or a strong wind; you can’t feel them on your skin like rain; and you can’t remove things from them like fruit off a tree. Nonetheless, the rainbow is one of the most ubiquitous natural phenomena known to humanity. Artists have painted them, poets have written about them, and nearly every culture has assigned them powerful symbolic meanings, no matter where on the planet those cultures were located.

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Red (color)

The symbolism of the color red.

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Rio Majes

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 B.C.E.). Possibly indicates a house, but no contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes #2

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 C.E.). Possibly indicates lightning, but no contextual information known at this time.

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Rio Majes #3

A carving from the valley of Rio Majes in southern Peru (roughly 300 C.E.). No contextual information known at this time.

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Ruby

Like many gemstones, the ruby possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Saint John's Arms

Saint John's Arms, a.k.a Cross of St John and Viking magic ideogram, used today in cartography and as traffic sign for ancient remains.

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Salzburg

A carving discovered near Salzburg, Austria. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Salzburg #2

A carving discovered near Salzburg, Austria. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Sapphire

Like many gemstones, the sapphire possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Scania #1

Dating to around 1000 B.C.E., this Bronze Age carving was discovered on an altar in Scania, Sweden. No contextual information known at this time.

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Section sign

The section sign (Unicode U+00A7 § section sign, HTML §, TeX \S) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code. It is also called "double S", "hurricane", "sectional symbol", "the legal doughnut".

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Sign of the horns

The sign of the horns is a hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses in various cultures. It is most commonly used in Italy and the Mediterranean either for superstitious purposes or as an offensive gesture. It is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb.

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Soyombo symbol

The Soyombo symbol is a special character out of the Mongolian Soyombo script that was invented by Zanabazar in 1686. It serves as a national symbol of Mongolia, to be found on the Flag of Mongolia, the Coat of arms of Mongolia, and on many other official documents.

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Square and Compasses

The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry. Both the square and compasses are architect's tools and are used in Masonic ritual as emblems to teach symbolic lessons.

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Starburst Symbol

A starburst is graphic design or typographical element that resembles diverging rays of light, or consists of a star-like image with rays emanating from it.

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Superman Shield

The Superman shield, also known as the Superman logo, is the iconic emblem for the fictional DC Comics superhero Superman. As a representation of one of the first superheros, it served as a template for character design decades after Superman's first appearance. The tradition of wearing a representative symbol on the chest was mimicked by many subsequent superheroes, including Batman, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, and many others.

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Symbol of Chaos

The Symbol of Chaos originates from Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories. In them, the Symbol of Chaos comprises eight arrows in a radial pattern. In contrast, the symbol of Law is a single upright arrow. It is also called the Arms of Chaos, the Arrows of Chaos, the Chaos Star, the Chaos Cross, or the Symbol of Eight.

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Symbol of Hospitality

The pineapple has been considered a symbol of hospitality for centuries.

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Tajikistan #1

A Bronze Age rock carving discovered in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tajikistan #2

A Bronze Age rock carving discovered in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tanum #1

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #2

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #3

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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Tanum #4

A rock carving discovered in Tanum on the western coast of Sweden.

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The Olympic Symbol

The Olympic symbols are icons, flags and symbols used by the International Olympic Committee to promote the Olympic Games. Some - such as the flame, fanfare, and theme - are more common during Olympic competition, but others, such as the flag, can be seen throughout the year.

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The Owl Symbol

In modern West culture owls are generally associates with wisdom.

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The Phantom of the Opera (mask)

Ever since it burst onto the scene of New York City’s Broadway theatre district in the 1980’s, The Phantom of the Opera has become a global sensation of epic proportions, and its iconic white mask has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world of preforming arts.

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The Square and Compasses Symbol

The Square and Compasses (or, more correctly, a square and a set of compasses joined together) is the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry.

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Thumbs Up

A thumbs-up or thumbs-down is a common hand gesture achieved by a closed fist held with the thumb extended upward or downward in approval or disapproval, respectively.

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Tilde

The tilde (/ˈtɪldə/, /ˈtɪldi/; ˜ or ~ or "Squiggly" ) is a grapheme with several uses. The name of the character comes from Portuguese and Spanish, from the Latin titulus meaning "title" or "superscription", though the term "tilde" has evolved and now has a different meaning in linguistics. Some may refer to it as a "flourish".

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Toulouse

Although it strongly resembles the logo of the car manufacturing company Mercedes-Benz, this symbol was actually discovered on a Bronze Age altar in Toulouse, France. No contextual information is known at this time.

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Tulare #1

A rock carving discovered in Tulare, California. No contextual information known at this time.

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Tulare #2

A rock carving discovered in Tulare, California. No contextual information known at this time.

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Turquoise

Like many gemstones, turquoise possesses a number of different symbolic meanings.

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Uppsala

Discovered near a cathedral in Uppsala, Sweden, this marking has been interpreted two different ways.

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USA (Southeast)

A rock carving discovered in the southeastern area of the United States. No contextual information known at this time.

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USA (Southwest)

A rock carving discovered in the southwestern area of the United States. No contextual information known at this time.

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V sign

The V sign (U+270C ✌ victory hand in Unicode) is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented. It is most commonly used to represent the letter "V" as in "victory," especially by Allied troops during World War II. It is also used by people of the United Kingdom and related cultures as an offensive gesture (when displayed with the palm inward); and by many others simply to signal the number 2. Since the 1960s, when the "V sign" was widely adopted by the counterculture movement, it has come to be used as a symbol of peace (usually with palm outward).

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Val Camonica

A Bronze Age symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica #2' and 'Val Camonica #3') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #2

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #3') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #3

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this family of symbols ('Val Camonica' and 'Val Camonica #2') is of stylized human beings, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #4

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). One possible interpretation of this symbol is of a pair of oxen pulling a plow, but no contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #5

A Bronze Age (roughly 800 B.C.E.) symbol carved on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information is known at this time.

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Val Camonica #6

One of many ancient carvings discovered on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information known at this time.

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Val Camonica #7

One of many ancient carvings discovered on the face of Val Camonica in the southern area of the Alps (Italy). No contextual information known at this time.

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Valais #1

A prehistoric rock carving found in the area of Valais in southwestern Switzerland. No contextual information known at this time.

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Valais #2

A prehistoric rock carving found in the area of Valais in southwestern Switzerland. No contextual information known at this time.

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Viascón #1

A Bronze Age carving from Viascón in Galicia, northwestern Spain. No contextual information known at this time

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Viascón #2

A Bronze Age carving from Viascón in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Appears to be a version of the swastika.

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White Rose of York

The White Rose of York (also called the Rose alba or rose argent), a white heraldic rose, is the symbol of the House of York and has since been adopted as a symbol of Yorkshire as a whole.

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Yellow (color)

The symbolism of the color yellow.

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