Religious Symbols

This page lists all the various symbols in the Religious Symbols category.

Religious symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by a religion. Religions view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of compelling ideas or ideals. Symbols help create a resonant mythos expressing the moral values of the society or the teachings of the religion, foster solidarity among adherents, and bring adherents closer to their object of worship.

Symbols in this category:

Agwé

In Vodou, and especially in Haiti, Agwé, also spelt Agoueh, is a loa who rules over the sea, fish, and aquatic plants, as well as the patron loa of fishermen and sailors. He is considered to be married to Erzulie Freda and La Sirene.

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Ajna: The Brow Chakra

Ajna is symbolised by a lotus with two petals, and corresponds to the colours violet, indigo or deep blue, though it is traditionally described as white. It is at this point that the two side nadis Ida and Pingala are said to terminate and merge with the central channel Sushumna, signifying the end of duality.

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Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega, alpha (α or Α) and omega (ω or Ω), are the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet and are an appellation of Christ or of God in the Book of Revelation. These couple of letters are used as Christian symbols, and are often combined with the Cross, Chi-rho, or other Christian symbols.

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American Atheists

Founded in 1963, American Atheists is a major player in the ongoing battle to separate religious teachings from government proceedings.

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Anahata: The Heart Chakra

Anahata, or Anahata-puri, or padma-sundara is symbolised by a circular flower with twelve green petals. (See also heartmind.) Within it is a yantra of two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolising a union of the male and female. The seed mantra is Yam, the presiding deity is Ishana Rudra Shiva, and the Shakti is Kakini.

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Anchor Cross

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Anchor Cross (alternate #1) or White lead

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Anchor Cross (alternate #2)

This symbol, which can take several different forms, is a variation of the Christian cross.

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Angel Moroni

Because of his instrumentality in the restoration of the gospel, Moroni is commonly identified by Latter-day Saints as the angel mentioned in Revelation 14:6, "having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people."

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Ankh

The ankh, also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata (Latin meaning "cross with a handle"), was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "life", a triliteral sign for the consonants.

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Apocalyptic Trees, Merlán, Galicia

Symbols carved on the lintel above the South Door of the Church of San Salvador, Merlán, Galicia, Spain

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Apple

One of the most symbolic of all fruits, apples have held a central place in the traditions of many different cultures.

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Apple of Discord

"apple of discord" is used to signify the core, kernel, or crux of an argument, or a small matter that could lead to a bigger dispute.

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Arevakhach

Arevakhach (Armenian: Արեւախաչ, "Solar Cross") and Ker khach (Armenian: Կեռ խաչ, meaning "Crooked Cross"), khach paterazmi (Armenian: Խաչ պատերազմի , the "Cross of War"), Vardan (Armenian: Վարդա

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Aum or Om Symbol

Aum or Om (in Devanagari ॐ) is one of the most sacred symbols in Hinduism. In Sanskrit known as praṇava (प्रणव) lit. "to sound out loudly" or oṃkāra (ओंकार) lit. "oṃ syllable")

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Awen Symbol

In some forms of Neo-Druidism the term is symbolized by an emblem showing three straight lines that spread apart as they move downward, drawn within a circle or a series of circles of varying thickness, often with a dot, or point, atop each line. The symbol was invented by Iolo Morganwg and adopted by some Neo-Druids.

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Ayizan

In Vodou, and especially in Haiti, Ayizan (also Grande Ai-Zan, Aizan, or Ayizan Velekete) is the loa of the marketplace and commerce.

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Boar

When it comes to symbolic meaning, the boar can be distinctly different from the “pig”, so in this article we will only be addressing the former. While there are some general connotations to the boar that are fairly easy to understand, there are also innumerable cultural associations that follow in the tracks of this animal, wherever it happens to reside.

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Bull

A powerful animal in all senses of the word, the bull has held symbolic importance for thousands of years across many different cultures.

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Camunian rose

The Camunian rose (or in Italian Rosa camuna) is the name given to a particular symbol represented among the rock carvings of Val Camonica. It consists of a meandering closed line that winds around nine cup marks. It is engraved in the form symmetrical, asymmetrical or swastika.

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Canterbury cross

The Canterbury Cross is one of the crosses that are used to symbolise the Christian faith. It is so called because it was designed after a Saxon brooch, dating ca. 850 that was found in 1867 in Canterbury, England.[

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Celtic Cross

Celtic cross (Irish: cros Cheilteach, Scottish Gaelic: crois Cheilteach, Manx: crosh Cheltiagh, Welsh: croes Geltaidd, Cornish: krows geltek, Breton: kroaz geltek) is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection.

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Chi Rho

The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram, and is used by some Christians. It is formed by superimposing the first two (capital) letters chi and rho (ΧΡ) of the Greek word "ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ" =Christ in such a way to produce the monogram. Although not technically a Christian cross, the Chi-Rho invokes the crucifixion of Jesus, as well as symbolizing his status as the Christ.

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Chiwara

A Chiwara (also Chi wara, Ci Wara, or Tyi Wara; Bambara: ciwara; French: tchiwara) is a ritual object representing an antelope, used by the Bambara ethnic group in Mali.

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Christian Cross

The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the best-known religious symbol of Christianity.

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Christian Flag

The Christian Flag is a flag designed in the early 20th century to represent all of Christianity and Christendom, and has been most popular among Christian churches in North America, Africa and Latin America.

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Chrysanthemum

The chrysanthemum is one of the most important floral symbols in all of Asia. Geographically speaking, the symbolism of the lotus is more widespread throughout the continent, but in China and Japan, it runs into some stiff competition from this golden-hued beauty.

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Church of Scientology cross symbol

Church of Scientology cross symbol

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Church of Spiritual Technology logo

Church of Spiritual Technology logo

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Coconut

Usually associated with tropical climates, elaborate cocktails and high-calorie pastries, the coconut also has cultural symbolism on a more esoteric level.

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Conch

Tibetan Buddhists make use of a particular set of eight auspicious symbols, ashtamangala, in household and public art. Some common interpretations are given although each symbol although different teachers may give different interpretations.

The right-turning white conch shell (Sanskrit: Śaṅkha; Tibetan: དུང་གྱས་འཁྱིལ, Wylie: dung gyas 'khyil), representing the beautiful, deep, melodious, interpenetrating and pervasive sound of the Buddhadharma, which awakens disciples from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own welfare and the welfare of others;

In Hinduism the Conch is an attribute of Vishnu as is the Wheel (Sudarshana). Vaishnavism holds that Shakyamuni Buddha is an Avatar of Vishnu.

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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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Cross and Crown

The Cross and Crown (a cross passing through a crown), is seen by some to be a Christian symbol appearing in many churches, particularly Roman Catholic; and has also been used in heraldry.

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Cross of St. Peter

The Cross of St. Peter or Petrine Cross is an inverted Latin cross traditionally used as a Christian symbol, but in recent times also used widely as an anti-Christian symbol (a meaning which is not valid with respect to traditional conventions of Christian symbolism).

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Cross of Tau

The Cross of Tau, named after the Greek letter it resembles, is suspected to have originated with the Egyptians. It has been a symbol to many cultures before Christianity, including a mention in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. It has been adopted by Christianity as a representation of the Cross. It is strongly identified with the bull in the astrological sign of Taurus.

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Cross of the Evangelists

A variation of the Christian Cross.

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Dates

The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world today. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, the trees from which dates grow (a species of palm tree) also hold symbolic importance in their own right.

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Dove

With its pure white feathers, softly rounded body and gentle demeanor, the dove is one of the most ubiquitous symbols of peace, innocence and purity. On the other hand, the dove’s symbolism is considerably more complex than notions such as these, and in some cases those complexities can prove quite surprising.

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Druze Flag

This flag represents the approximately one million people who are followers of Druze, a rich yet secretive religion centered primarily in Syria and Lebanon, as well as parts of Jordan and Israel.

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Druze Star

A symbol such as this one might not look out of place at a child’s birthday celebration, but it is in fact the emblem of a relatively obscure religion that possesses a rich and eclectic cultural history.

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Eight-Armed Sun Cross

The eight-armed sun cross represents the Pagan Wheel of the Year.

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Elephant

As one of the largest and most powerful land animals of all time, the elephant is rich in symbolic meaning. This meaning includes not only the animal’s physical presence, but also its behavior and sense of “society” with others of its kind.

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Elven Star

The Elven Star or the 7 pointed star has many different uses. One is to keep secrets safe from prying eyes of other magicians.

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Endless knot

The endless knot or eternal knot (Devanagari:

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Endless Knot

In essence, the term "endless knot" can be applied to a variety of designs that can be drawn or created without the tool ever leaving the creation surface.

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Enso

The enso is a simple calligraphic design originating from Zen Buddhism.

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Ethiopian cross

Ethiopian crosses are symbols of Christianity in Ethiopia.

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Evangelization Cross

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Evangelization Cross (alternate #1)

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Evangelization Cross (alternate #2)

This form of the Christian cross represents the process of evangelization.

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Eye of Providence ( or all-seeing eye of God)

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle.

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Falun Gong

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa (literally means "Dharma Wheel Practice" or "Law Wheel Practice") is a spiritual discipline first introduced in China in 1992 through public lectures by its founder, Li Hongzhi.

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Faravahar

This symbol, known as the faravahar (or, alternatively, the farohar), is the central icon of Zoroastrianism, a religion that emerged in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) some time in the first millennium B.C.E.

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Fig

As one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, the fig is a potent symbol in many cultures.

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Five Fingered Hand of Eris

The Five Fingered Hand of Eris (also known as The Hand of Eris or, within a Discordian context, simply The Hand) is the name given to "two opposing arrows converging into a common point

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Five-Pointed Star or Haykal

The five-pointed star, or haykal (Arabic: temple‎) is the symbol of the Bahá'í Faith as mentioned by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith: "Strictly speaking the 5-pointed star is the symbol of our Faith, as used by the Báb and explained by Him." The five-pointed star has been used as the outline of special letters or tablets by both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh.

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Fox

In terms of symbolism, the fox is one of the more interesting creatures that you’ll ever come across; not only does it hold symbolic importance in a number of diverse cultures, but the nature of that importance can vary quite widely from one culture to another, and sometimes even within cultures. While some of its meanings are quite well known, the fox also represents concepts that may not be immediately obvious to the causal observer.

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Globus cruciger

The globus cruciger (Latin) is an orb (globus) topped with a cross (cruciger), a Christian symbol of authority used throughout the Middle Ages on coins, iconography and royal regalia. It symbolises Christ's (the cross) dominion over the world (the orb), literally held in the dominion of an earthly ruler (or sometimes celestial being such as an angel). The first known use was in 423 on the reverse side of the coins of Emperor Theodosius II.

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Hamsa

The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khomsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. "five") is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye.

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Hand with a Wheel

The hand with a wheel on the palm symbolizes the Jain Vow of Ahimsa.

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Happy Human

The Happy Human is an icon and the official symbol of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a world body of Humanist organizations, and has been adopted by many Humanist organizations and individuals worldwide.

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Helm of Awe

Aegishjalmur, also called Ægishjálmur is an ancient protective talisman of the Norse ---but the true nature of its magic has many interpretations. In icelandic sagas it can be found to confer power and dominance in conflict. To instill fear in one's enemies and to conquer fear in one's own mind. And while its literal translation is "Terror Helm", it is believed that it was never actually a helm, but rather something worn impressed or imprinted upon the forehead.

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Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus is an extremely powerful animal, both on land and in the water. Its massive size and fierce demeanor, yet also its association with fertility, all contribute to its potent symbolic meaning.

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Honey

While the rich sweetness of honey accounts for part of its symbolic importance, there are multiple meanings attached to this foodstuff, some of which may come as a surprise to many people.

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Ichthys

Ichthys (also Ichthus or Ikhthus /ˈɪkθəs/[1]), from the Koine Greek word for fish: ἰχθύς, (capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish.

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Jackal

In certain parts of the world, the jackal often carries negative meaning, and some would argue that even the word “jackal” sounds harsh to the ears. This, however, is not the complete picture, and here we’ll examine some of these symbolic meanings and pinpoint specific aspects of the animal’s nature that has led humanity to classify jackals the way they have.

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Jerusalem Cross

Dating back nearly 1000 years and also known as the Crusader's Cross, this symbol has been a noteworthy Christian emblem since its creation.

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Khanda (Sikh symbol)

The Khanda (☬ Punjabi: ਖੰਡਾ, khaṇḍā) depicts the Sikh doctrine Deg Tegh Fateh in emblematic form. It is also part of the design of the "Sikh national flag", the Nishan Sahib. A double edged sword (also called Khanda) is placed at the top of a Nishan Sahib flag as an ornament or finial.

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Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah (Rev 5:5) is the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah in the Book of Genesis.

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Lord of Light

The faith of R’hllor, also known as the Lord of Light, is one of several religions followed in the world of Game of Thrones.

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Lotus

In terms of symbolic importance, the lotus has achieved a status that has seldom been equaled by any flower. Its beauty, perfume and central place in many belief systems has made it a true monarch of the botanical world. It would be highly difficult to enumerate all the symbolic meanings of the lotus, so this article will provide a basic overview along with a few specific examples of cultures where the flower holds special significance.

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Lotus Carrying Namam

The symbol of the Ayyavazhi is a lotus carrying a flame-shaped white 'Namam'. The lotus represents the 1,008-petalled Sahasrara (in Tamil, Ladam) and the Namam represents the Aanma Jyothi or atman, sometimes translated as "soul" or "self".

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Luther Rose

The Luther seal or Luther rose is a widely-recognized symbol for Lutheranism.

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Maltese Cross

This symbol takes its name from the island nation of Malta in the southern Mediterranean Sea, which it has been associated with since the 16th century and of where a version of the symbol appears on the national flag.

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Mango

Juicy, sweet and a perfect messy handful, mangoes have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. They have been a culinary staple in everything from spicy condiments to sweet pastries to alcoholic beverages, and their importance doesn’t stop there; the mango is a highly symbolic fruit, particularly in India, where it plays a role in numerous religious and cultural traditions.

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Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura or manipuraka is symbolised by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals, along with the color yellow. The seed syllable is Ram, and the presiding deity is Braddha Rudra, with Lakini as the Shakti.

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Menorah

The menorah (Hebrew: מְנוֹרָה‎ [mənoːˈɾaː]) is described in the Bible as the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand made of gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel.

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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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Muladhara: The Root Chakra

Muladhara or root chakra is symbolised by a lotus with four petals and the color red. This center is located at the base of the spine in the coccygeal region. It is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat.

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Navaratnas

The word “navaratna” (meaning ‘nine gems’ in Sanskrit) refers to an ancient Indian astrological system in which nine specific gems are used to represent the heavenly bodies.

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Nine-pointed star

According to the Abjad system of Isopsephy, the word Bahá' has a numerical equivalence of 9, and thus there is frequent use of the number 9 in Bahá'í symbols. The most commonly used symbol connected to the number 9 is the nine-pointed star; there is no particular design of the nine-pointed star that is used more often than others. While the star is not a part of the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith, it is commonly used as an emblem representing "9", because of the association of number 9 with perfection, unity and Bahá’.

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Nishaan

Harr Nishaan or Nishaan Sahib " हरि " " ਹਰਿ " is an official copyrighted symbol of Ravidassia religion. The Harr nishan can be found on top of the Ravidassias Bhawans or on the flag, every year the Harr Nishaan is changed on the auspcious day of Guru Ravidass Jayanti (Birthday). The Ravidassias, especially of Punjab,proudly hoist flags with the print of insignia „Har‟ on top of their religious places, and on vehicles during processions on the occasion of Guru Ravidass‟s birth anniversaries and other festivities.

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Nyansapo

Wisdom knot

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Oak

In many parts of ancient Europe, the Oak tree was a revered symbol. Besides the tree itself, individual components such as acorns and leaves held their own unique significance, and oaks were also associated with numerous deities.

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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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Olive

Olives are one of the most ubiquitous crops of the Mediterranean region, having been cultivated there for at least five thousand years. Not only were they a major staple of local diets, but also highly symbolic to the peoples and cultures living in the area. This article will address not just the fruit itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolism of all three are interconnected.

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Omphalos

An omphalos (ὀμφαλός) is a religious stone artifact, or baetylus.

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Orthodox cross

The Orthodox, Byzantine or Russian (Orthodox) Cross is a variation of the Christian cross, commonly found in Eastern Orthodox Churches.

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Parsol

The jewelled parasol (Sanskrit: chhatraratna; Devanagari: छत्ररत्न; Tibetan: རིནཆེན་གདུགས, Wylie: rin chen gdugs) or Sacred Umbrella, which is similar in ritual function to the baldachin or canopy.

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Patriarchal cross

The Patriarchal cross is a variant of the Christian cross, the religious symbol of Christianity. Similar to the familiar Latin cross, the Patriarchal cross possesses a smaller crossbar placed above the main one, so that both crossbars are near the top. Sometimes the patriarchal cross has a short, slanted crosspiece near its foot. This slanted, lower crosspiece often appears in Byzantine Greek and Eastern European iconography, as well as Eastern Orthodox churches.

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Peacock

Although indigenous to the Indian sub-continent, the peacock has acquired symbolism in countries and cultures far beyond its native land.

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Pentagram

A pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or a star pentagon) is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes.

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Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a fruit with a very long history, both as a culinary staple and as a cultural symbol.

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Prayer Wheel

A prayer wheel is a cylindrical "wheel" (Tibetan: འཁོར་, Wylie: 'khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton.

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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 and Black Ribbon

The Red and Black Ribbon is used on Atheist Solidarity Day.

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Ringstone

The ringstone symbol was designed by `Abdu'l-Bahá, Bahá'u'lláh's son and successor, and as its name implies, is the most common symbol found on rings worn by Bahá'ís, but it is also used on necklaces, book covers, and paintings

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Rub el Hizb

The Rub el Hizb (Arabic: ربع الحزب‎ rubʿ al-ḥizb) is a Muslim symbol, represented as two overlapping squares, which is found on a number of emblems and flags. In Arabic, Rubʻ means "one fourth, quarter", while Hizb means a group or party.

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Sacred Chao

The Sacred Chao is a symbol used by Discordians to illustrate the interrelatedness of order and disorder.

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Saffron

Throughout history, spices have been among the world’s most sought after trade items, at certain times worth their weight in gold. Among the many varieties of spices, saffron surely ranks as one of the most prestigious. Difficult to find and time consuming to gather and process, saffron was extremely highly prized and acquired a number of important symbolic meanings over the centuries.

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Sahasrara

Sahasrara (Sanskrit: सहस्रार, Sahasrāra), or Sahastrara, is the seventh primary chakra, according to Hindu tradition.

The Sahasrara is described as having 1,000 multi-coloured petals which are arranged in 20 layers, each of them with 50 petals. The pericarp is golden and a circular moon region is inscribed on it with a downward pointing triangle.

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Scallop Shell

This little marine bivalve holds a great deal of symbolism inside its elegant shell.

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Scientology symbol

The "new-era" Scientology symbol is an "S" curving through two triangles. The "S" stands for Scientology. The top triangle represents a set of Scientology factors — knowledge, responsibility and control. Collectively the first three factors make up the KRC triangle. The lower triangle consists of the ARC triangle of affinity, reality and communication.

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Sea Org symbol

Sea Org symbol

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Seal of Shamash

An ancient solar symbol that dates back over 3000 years.

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Seal of Solomon

In Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic legends, the Seal of Solomon was a magical signet ring said to have been possessed by King Solomon, which variously gave him the power to command demons, genies (or jinni), or to speak with animals. It has the properties of both amulets and talismans.

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Shamrock (clover)

In modern times, this little weed has come to serve as a visual metaphor for anything connected with Ireland, and many people simply take it at face value. However, the shamrock actually has some interesting history behind it that everyone should know about.

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Shield of the Trinity

The Shield of the Trinity or Scutum Fidei is a traditional Christian visual symbol which expresses many aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity, summarizing the first part of the Athanasian Creed in a compact diagram. In late medieval England and France, this emblem was considered to be the heraldic arms of God (and of the Trinity).

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Stag

When it comes to symbolic meaning, the stag can be distinctly different from the “deer”, so in this article we will only be addressing the former. While there are some general connotations to the stag that are fairly easy to understand, there are also innumerable cultural associations that follow in the tracks of this animal, wherever it happens to reside.

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Star and Crescent

A star (or stars) and crescent featuring in some combination form the basis of symbols widely found across the ancient world, with examples attested from the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia.

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Star of David

The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the Shield of David or Magen David (Hebrew מָגֵן דָּוִד; Biblical Hebrew Māḡēn Dāwīḏ [maːˈɣeːn daːˈwiːð], Tiberian [mɔˈɣen dɔˈvið], Modern Hebrew [maˈɡen daˈvid], Ashkenazi Hebrew and Yiddish Mogein Dovid [ˈmɔɡeɪn ˈdɔvid] or Mogen Dovid) is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles. The hexagram has been in use as a symbol of Judaism since the 17th century, with precedents in the 14th to 16th centuries in Central Europe, where the Shield of David was partly used in conjunction with the Seal of Solomon (the hexagram) on Jewish flags. Its use probably derives from medieval (11th to 13th century) Jewish protective amulets (segulot).

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Star of David with Old Jerusalem Temple

Star of David with Old Jerusalem Temple inside it

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Swadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana, Svadisthana or adhishthana is symbolised by a white lotus within which is a crescent moon, with six vermillion, or orange petals. The seed mantra is Vam, and the presiding deity is Brahma, with the Shakti being Rakini (or Chakini). The animal associated is the crocodile of Varuna.

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Swastika Symbol

The swastika (from Sanskrit svástika) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing form or its mirrored left-facing form. Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments have been dated to the Neolithic period and was first found in the Indus Valley Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent. It occurs today mainly in the modern day culture of northern India, sometimes as a geometrical motif and sometimes as a religious symbol.

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Tanit

Tanit was a Punic goddess, the chief deity of Carthage alongside her consort Ba`al Hammon.

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The Celtic Shield

The Celtic shield is often used to ward off evil spirits, and also for protection.

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The Chai Symbol

Chai (Hebrew: חַי‎ "living" ḥay) is a Hebrew word that figures prominently in Jewish culture; the Hebrew letters of the word are often used as a visual symbol.

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The Kolovrat

The Kolovrat (Коловрат) Swastika (Свастика) is the foremost symbol representing Rodnovery amongst East Slavic peoples and traditions.

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The Papal Cross Symbol

The papal cross is an emblem for the office of the Pope in ecclesiastical heraldry.

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The Quatrefoil Symbol

In art, architecture, and traditional Christian symbolism, the quatrefoil is a type of decorative framework consisting of a symmetrical shape which forms the overall outline of four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter. The word quatrefoil means "four leaves", from Latin quattuor, four, plus folium, a leaf. and applies to general four-lobed shapes in various contexts.

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The Sacred Chao Symbol

The Sacred Chao is a symbol used by Discordians to illustrate the interrelatedness of order and disorder.

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The Taegeuk Symbol

Taegeuk (also rendered as Taeguk) is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese word taiji which is translated as "great polarity" and commonly associated with certain philosophical values. It is also the symbol that makes up the center of the South Korean Flag and the source for its name, Taegeukgi.

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The Tetractys Symbol

The tetractys (Greek: τετρακτύς), or tetrad, is a triangular figure consisting of ten points arranged in four rows: one, two, three, and four points in each row, which is the geometrical representation of the fourth triangular number. As a mystical symbol, it was very important to the secret worship of the Pythagoreans.

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The Trefoil Symbol

Trefoil (from Latin trifolium, "three-leaved plant", French trèfle, Italian trifoglio, German Dreiblatt and Dreiblattbogen) is a graphic form composed of the outline of three overlapping rings used in architecture and Christian symbolism. The term is also applied to other symbols of three-fold shape.

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Three Jewels

The Three Jewels, also called the Three Treasures, Three Refuges, Precious Triad, or most commonly the Triple Gem Pali: त्रिरत्न (triratna), are the three things that Buddhists take refuge in, and look toward for guidance, in the process known as taking refuge.

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Tiratana

The tiratana represents the three most fundamental aspects of Buddhism.

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Tomoe

A tomoe (巴?), also 鞆絵, and tomowe (ともゑ?) in its archaic form, is a Japanese abstract shape described as a swirl that resembles a comma or the usual form of a magatama.

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Torii

A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

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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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Treasure Vase or Um of Wisdom

The treasure vase or Urn of Wisdom (Tibetan: བུམ་པ, Wylie: bum pa) represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, wisdom and the phenomenon of space. Indeed, to disambiguate, "Space" (Sanskrit: ākāśa) is a rendering of the particular denotation of the element of the mahabhuta (Sanskrit; English: "Great Elements") and the Five Pure Lights.

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Triple Goddess Symbol

The triple goddess sign is identified with Greek moon goddesses.

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Two Goldfish

The two goldfish (Sanskrit: Gaur-matsya; Tibetan: ག་, Wylie: gser nya), representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of samsara, metaphorically often refer to buddha-eyes or rigpa-sight; symbolises the auspiciousness of all sentient beings in a state of fearlessness without danger of drowning in the Samsaric Ocean of Suffering, and migrating from place to place and teaching to teaching freely and spontaneously just as fish swim freely without fear through water.

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Unicursal hexagram

The unicursal hexagram is a hexagram or six-pointed star that can be traced or drawn unicursally, in one continuous line rather than by two overlaid triangles. The hexagram can also be depicted inside a circle with the points touching it.

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Vesica piscis

The vesica piscis is a shape that is the intersection of two circles with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each circle lies on the perimeter of the other. The name literally means the "bladder of a fish" in Latin. The shape is also called mandorla ("almond" in Italian).

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Veve of Baron Samedi

Baron Samedi (Baron Saturday, also Baron Samdi, Bawon Samedi, or Bawon Sanmdi) is one of the Loa of Haitian Voodoo.

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Veve of Damballa

In Vodou, Damballah is one of the most important of all the loa (also spelled lwa). Damballah is the Sky God and considered the primordial creator of all life.

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Veve of Maman Brigitte

In Vodou, Maman Brigitte (Grann Brigitte, Manman, Manman Brigit, Manman Brijit) is a death loa, the wife of Baron Samedi.

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Veve of Ogoun

In the Yoruba religion, Ogun (or Ogoun, Ogún, Ogou, Ogum, Oggun) is an orisha (deity) and loa (spirit) who presides over iron, hunting, politics and war

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Veve of Papa Legba

In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is loa who is the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages.

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Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra

Vishuddha (also Vishuddhi) is depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue, or turquoise petals. The seed mantra is Ham, and the residing deity is Panchavaktra shiva, with 5 heads and 4 arms, and the Shakti is Shakini.

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Wheel of Law

The Wheel of Law (Sanskrit: Dharmacakra; Tibetan: ཁོར་ལོ, Wylie: khor lo), sometimes represents Sakyamuni Buddha and the Dharma teaching, and also represents the mandala and chakra. This symbol is commonly used by Tibetan Buddhists, where it sometimes also includes an inner wheel of the Gankyil (Tibetan). Nepalese Buddhists don't use the Wheel of Law in the eight auspicious symbols.

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Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals in contemporary Paganism. It consists primarily of eight festivals based around the solstices and equinoxes, known as the quarter days, and the midpoints between, known as the cross quarter days.

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Xiantianism Symbol

The Xiantiandao or Way of Former Heaven (Pinyin Xiāntiān Dào, 先天道) encompasses a group of religions of Chinese origin which trace their lineage back to the White Lotus movement in past centuries.

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Yin and Yang

In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang (simplified Chinese: 阴阳; traditional Chinese: 陰陽; pinyin: yīnyáng), which is often called "yin and yang", is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

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Yoism Symbol

Open-source religions attempt to employ open-source methodologies in the creation of religious belief systems

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