Sםmbolos Antiguos (Spanish)
Antike Symbole (Deutsch)
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Symboles Anciens (French)
The heart is often used to symbolize the moral, emotional, spiritual
and even the intellectual substance of a person. The heart has been
referred to and believed to be the core of one’s humanity. It was
and still used as the primary symbol that represents LOVE. Or is it? A
group of researchers are of the opinion that the heart symbol is not
remotely related to the human heart but it is more of an ancient
depiction of something more sexual in nature. However, the heart symbol
has evolved over the centuries for today, the heart symbol best
expresses LOVE in all levels. True enough today, the heart symbol is
widely recognized not only as a symbol of love but of compassion, joy
Since the heart is most equated with LOVE and DESIRE, what other
objects or symbols represent the heart by association?
|Eros (Greek) or Cupid
(Roman) was the god of Love in mythology. He was
believed to be the son of Aphrodite and Ares. Eros’ iconography
bow and arrow which to this day remains to be symbolical of love,
passion and desire. In mythology, whoever was shot by Cupid’s
becomes filled with out of control desire. Known as Amor (love) in
Latin, Cupid was sometimes depicted with a blindfold to symbolize that
“love is blind”.
||The heart is a symbol of
truth and honesty. In Roman Catholicism, the
“Sacred” Heart equates to God’s love and His saving
grace. The heart
pierced with an arrow is said to represent the “heartache”
unrequited love. In the past, alchemists and people who
magic and the supernatural used the heart symbols for chants, spells
and summons on matters pertaining to romance, love and sexual
attractions. Heart symbols were part of rituals performed to bolster
relationships and even compel an unwilling person to fall helplessly
infatuated with the “enchanter” or
“enchantress” as the case may be.
||Looking at the heart in a
geometric way, the heart
is akin to an inverted triangle that serves as a receptacle for pouring
out and receiving love. The inverted triangle is also a cryptic
representation of what is feminine or feminine power. In Hinduism, the
inverted triangle is the center of Chakra which signifies sexual power.
The inverted triangle is evident in the chakras such as the Anahata
(heart), Ajna (third eye), Manipura (plexus) and the Vishudha (throat).
|In Greek and Roman
mythology, the apple fruit represents love,
fertility, ecstasy and abundance. In ancient Greek history, the apple
was an important aspect in courtship and rites of marriage. In
mythology the god of wine, Dionysus, gave Aphrodite apples to entice
her love. Apple-bobbing in Celtic tradition was observed in the hope of
determining one’s spouse. Instead of rice, ancient traditions
for apple-throwing at the newly weds.
||Love has a protective
quality. A shell, because of its inherent
shape and hard casing conveys a “protective” image.
In both Roman and
Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) was said to have sprung
from a foam carried to the shore by a scallop shell. Hindus believed
that the conch shell stirs up the faithful’s heart and those
heart are filled with love.
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