Zodiac Signs & Symbolism

CAPRICORN

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The Goat 

December 22 - January 19


Those born under the Capricorn zodiac sign are talented at applying their keen intelligence and ambition to practical matters.  Stability and order are important to them - and this makes them good organizers. Their goals are often lofty, and they achieve them slowly - but purposefully, and systematically. They are gifted with a sharp intuition, although they can be rather secretive about what they perceive. They are patient with themselves - they have confidence that they can accomplish all their goals if they follow their step-by-step plan. They are responsible people that often take the heavy burden of others - whether willingly, or just because they are so capable. However, they find it difficult to share their own troubles and can struggle with depression if they don't learn how to express their feelings.     The status-conscious Capricorn will enjoy donning the Garnet – this stone has mystical tendencies to open the doors of success that are otherwise locked. Just as the Goat modifies his or her behavior to get ahead, Garnets look different under changing light sources. 

Art by  Daniel Eskridge 

AQUARIUS

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 The Water Bearer
January 20 - February 18 


 Aquarius often comes off as an oddball - they have quirky personalities and quietly go about accomplishing their goals in quiet, and unorthodox ways. Oftentimes, just because Aquarius chooses to take the path less traveled, the results of their eccentric methods are surprisingly effective. They are the humanitarians of the zodiac, taking up banners for the greater good of humanity. Many of them are also easy going and their peculiarity alongside their curious nature make them fast friendships. Sometimes, if they don't strive to motivate themselves, they can succumb to laziness. Many are often gifted with a strong sense of art and poetry.    Amethysts will keep Aquarius levelheaded when you wear them in jewelry. The stone's name literally means, "avoiding drunkenness."   

Aquarius Zodiac Stone is Garnet -  Friendly and humanitarian, honest and loyal, original and inventive, independent and intellectual.  Intractable and contrary, perverse and unpredictable, unemotional and detached.

 Art by Daniel Eskridge

PISCES

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The Fish
February 19 - March 20

The Pisces zodiac sign are the dreamers and mystics of the zodiac - but you may never know it. Many of them have extremely vivid inner lives - filled with fantasy, magic and wonder. They may find it hard to express that inner life, meaning that many of them are introverts. They are honest, compassionate, and trustworthy but they can sometimes take it too far and be rather gullible. Because of that they can be taken advantage of.  Beneath their quiet exterior, Pisces has an intense determination, which helps them transcend any obstacles that come their way.    Pisces needs solid nature to hold on to. The soothing "solid reality" powers of the Aquamarine gem make this piece of the sky the perfect accessory to affirm and display your good looks.   The Zodiac sign of Pisces includes six stones: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal, and Sapphire. In addition to the Zodiac stones, Aquamarine is listed as the Planetary stone for Pisces and Ruby as the Talismanic Stone.  -  Imaginative and sensitive, compassionate and kind, selfless and unworldly, intuitive and sympathetic. Escapist and idealistic, secretive and vague, weak-willed and easily led. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

ARIES

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The Ram
March 21 - April 19


Those born under the Aries zodiac sign often have an exciting and enthusiastic energy. They often seek new and challenging adventures that can push their limits. They are driven, ambitious and curious, and Aries tends to have a strong sense of justice. They love competition, in all its forms. They are generally quite optimistic, and they love being placed in leadership positions.

The Ram is the most hardheaded animal in the zodiac and represents the Aries tendency to move on to bigger and better things. Wearing a Diamond provides clarity as you make your way forward without necessarily looking.   Aries Zodiac Stone is Bloodstone -  Adventurous and energetic, pioneering and courageous, enthusiastic and confident, dynamic and quick-witted.  Selfish and quick-tempered, impulsive and impatient. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge 

TAURUS

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The Bull
April 20 - May 20


People born under the Taurus zodiac sign are often incredibly dedicated, reliable and dependable. Above all things, they value their sense of security and stability.  After Aries brings its fiery energy, it is Taurus that lays down the foundations and follows through. They tend to be rather stubborn and dislike change. When they settle with a routine that they like, it can take much effort to get them to change.  The green hues of the Emerald were said by the ancients to have been the dewdrops left by the barefoot goddess, Venus. When the Bull wears an Emerald, your natural sensitivity will mix better with your deep selectivity. You are at your best when your passions have standards.   Taurus Zodiac Stone is Sapphire -  Patient and reliable, warmhearted and loving, persistent and determined, placid and security loving. Jealous and possessive, resentful and inflexible, self-indulgent and greedy. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

GEMINI

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The Twins
May 21 - June 20


Those born under the Gemini zodiac sign enjoy socializing and love surrounding themselves with people. They are ruled by the planet Mercury, and so they are never happier than when they are sharing their ideas and communicating with the people around them. They enjoy chit-chat and tend to have expression and communication very high on their list of priorities. Sometimes their love for sharing themselves with others, and their never-ending list of ideas can make them seem nervous, excited, and sometimes even manic.   Forged from a speck of irritating sand in an oyster, the ancients long ago realized the duality of the Pearl matched that of the Gemini. Out of a nuisance hidden in a shell is created a sphere of pure beauty. When the Twin wears Pearls, an ease of being two people in one fills you with a sense of calm. Gemini Zodiac Stone is Agate -  Adaptable and versatile, communicative and witty, intellectual and eloquent, youthful and lively. Nervous and tense, superficial and inconsistent, cunning and inquisitive. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

CANCER

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The Crab
June 21 - July 22


Those born under the zodiac sign Cancer need to be needed. They have a great desire to feel loved and appreciated in every part of their lives. This is needed so that they can develop a sense of security and identity. To the Cancer zodiac sign, their sense of home is very important to their feeling of safety and comfort. They find it rather difficult to achieve unless they feel safe in their home. They are talented at developing home environments for people that are close to them - in both an emotional and physical sense.   Save for only the Diamond among precious stones, the Ruby is the hardest gem. Like the Crab that signifies Cancer, its hard exterior protects an inner beauty that exists nowhere else. When the Crab wears a Ruby, a protection of your feelings occurs, allowing you to be yourself.   Cancer Zodiac Stone is Emerald -  Emotional and loving, intuitive and imaginative, shrewd and cautious, protective and sympathetic. Changeable and moody, overemotional and touchy, clinging and unable to let go. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

LEO

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The Lion
July 23 - August 22


Leos tend to have almost a royal air about them. Their planetary ruler is the Sun, and so they are talented at bringing warmth, life and light into the relationships that are important to them. Many Leos will have a large group of friends that adore them. They have a kind of natural charisma which often makes other signs gravitate towards them. Like their planetary ruler, Leos love to be at the center of attention and they deeply appreciate compliments and even flattery. Their happy and outgoing attitude towards life makes them pleasurable to be around.    Wearing the gorgeous olive-colored Peridot protects the Lion from having your understanding of the natural order disrupted. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

VIRGO

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The Virgin
August 23 - September 22


Those born under the Virgo zodiac sign have capable, organized and analytical minds, which often makes them a pleasure to chat with. Even when they have rather fantastic stories, the charming way they tell them can make those stories convincing. Virgos are curious people, and they have a natural gift for research - whether it comes to assignments, or even people. They also often have great memory and a talent for intuition. They make for excellent team members in both work and social situations. They love to collaborate, although their sometimes critical nature can annoy others when those criticisms are not understood.   The deep blue of the Sapphire protects any Virgo who should wear it. This stone is quite impervious to damage – and you will be too. The intense energy of this gemstone sharpens your mind for details with an eye for beauty.   

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

LIBRA

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The Scales

September 23 - October 22


The zodiac sign Libra thrives when their needs of balance, justice, and stability are met. They are charming creatures that somehow always surround themselves with a sense of beauty and harmony. Admittedly, some of them can go to extremes searching for that harmony - which can make their situations unreasonable or unhealthy. Their ruling planet is Venus meaning that Libras are nurturing, caring, and they can make great defenders of the downtrodden. Sometimes, they can be shy if they find difficulties in coming out of their shell and letting their guard down. Despite their more introverted side they still love a good debate.   The stone for Libra is Opal.

This mystical stone has the ability to absorb bad energy from those around you. Libra has an affable nature and can get along with people that others might judge difficult. A little protection from your own bad judgment can go a long way. 

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

SCORPIO

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The Scorpion

October 23 - November 21


Unfortunately, those born under the Scorpio zodiac sign are often misunderstood. They are quite bold, with intense personalities and feelings that hide underneath their cool exterior. They are capable people that can complete great and massive projects with control and confidence. Their intensity when approaching a situation means that they can surmount almost all obstacles if they can truly put their mind to the task. Many Scorpios have an unshakable focus when they need to call on it. However, they are often secretive, seeming withdrawn and uninterested, when they are actually keenly observing.  The Scorpion has a troubled time maintaining relationships when loyalty and superficial disagreements get confused. Wearing a Topaz pulls Scorpio out the fog of misunderstandings while the more orange the Topaz gemstone ensconced in your jewelry is, the more relaxed your friendships will be.  

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

SAGITTARIUS

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The Centaur
November 22 - December 21


The Sagittarius zodiac sign often gains the reputation of the philosopher among their fellow zodiac signs. They do have a great ability to focus, but this may be surprising since many of them love exploring and wandering the world, tasting all the pleasures of life. From an early age, they must learn how to channel their energy or else they risk stretching themselves out too thin going in too many directions. They often are hasty individuals and lack patience. When they encounter failure they can sometimes make a sudden comeback, much to the surprise of others. While they are loyal friends, they may find it hard to commit as this can run counter to their desire for freedom and expansion.    The stone of Sagittarius is Turquoise. This is one of the more brittle of all gemstones, so Sagittarians are advised to have many pieces of Turquoise jewelry to choose from. The infamous optimism of the Archer is strengthened, and you can get what you want when you wear  Topaz, this stone is known to withstand even volcanic temperatures.   

 Art by  Daniel Eskridge  

Charm Symbolism

The Dove

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The Dove represents peace of the deepest kind. It soothes and quiets our worried or troubled thoughts, enabling us to find renewal in the silence of the mind. The dove's role as spirit messenger, maternal symbol and liaison impart an inner peace that helps us to go about our lives calmly and with purpose.   




The Lotus

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The roots of the Lotus plant are stuck deep in the mud, but it still grows above murky water and blossoms into a beautiful, sweet-smelling flower. The lotus can be analogous to how we rise from our sufferings to reach enlightenment, beauty, and clarity. Different-colored lotus plants mean different things in Buddhism. White means spiritual and mental purity, pink means the traditional Buddha, purple is for mysticism, red means love and compassion, while blue means wisdom. 

Hamsa Hand

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 The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. 

Dharmachakra

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 Perhaps one of the earliest symbols, and most common, is the Dharmachakra, or the eight-spoked wheel. The Buddha is sometimes referred to as the ''wheel turner,'' the person who sets a cycle of teachings in motion, and the eight spokes represent the eight parts of the path to wisdom and the end of suffering. Finally, the swirl in the middle represents the Buddha himself, mixed with the moral code of the universe (Dharma) and the spiritual community (Sangha). This symbol is therefore the Buddha and Buddhist philosophy rolled into one.  

Evil Eye

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Evil Eye is one of the strongest symbolic images in the world. The evil eye meaning dates back almost 3,000 years to ancient Greece and Rome. Wearing an evil eye as an amulet is believed to provide protection against evil forces. The evil eye meaning has symbolism in almost every country in the world and in every religion, such as Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, and Christianity. 

Golden Fish

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In older times, the Two Fish were drawn to symbolize the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers. It has, through interpretation, come to mean luck and fortune. It also means the courage and fearlessness to face the ocean of sufferings and to be able to swim freely like fish through water.  In feng shui, goldfish are said to attract luck and prosperity.

Leaf

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While GREEN leaves depict hope, renewal, and revival, dead leaves represent decay and sadness. In general, leaves are symbolic of fertility and growth, and in the Chinese tradition the leaves of the Cosmic Tree represent all of the beings in the Universe. 

Elephants

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Elephants primarily symbolize strength, honor, stability and tenacity, among other attributes. To the Hindu way of thought, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects. 

Wings

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 Wings are the symbol of lightness, spirituality, the possibility of flying and rising up to heaven. Wings are the expression of the aspiration of the soul towards a higher than human condition, in other words the aspiration to transcend the human condition. Wings are related to the cognitive faculty, imagination, thought, freedom and victory.  In ancient Egypt, winged gods were protective gods. They protected creatures, covering them with their wings.   In Christian tradition, wings are associated with the light of the Sun of Justice that illuminates the Intelligence of the Just. God protects man with the shadow of his wings.

Butterfly

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To Native Americans, the Butterfly is a symbol of change, joy and color. The exquisite butterfly was considered a miracle of transformation and resurrection.  Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. 

Crescent Moon

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A Crescent shape is a symbol or emblem used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter (the "sickle moon"), or by extension a symbol representing the Moon itself. It is used as the astrological symbol for the Moon, and hence as the alchemist symbol for silver. 

Dragonfly

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 The Dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. 

Ganesh

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Ganesh is a Hindu God that emerged as a widely worshipped deity in the 4th and 5th centuries CE. It is depicted with the head of an elephant. The ganesh meaning is believed to remove arrogance, obstacles, narcissism, and selfishness. Ganesh is revered as benevolent supernatural being of great intellect and appreciation of the arts and sciences.

He represents everything that derives from the material universe. It is not uncommon to find a statue or symbol of Ganesh in a Hindu’s presence. He has, over time, become one of the most worshipped and praised gods of all of the Hindu gods.

Om

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The Om represents God, Creation, and the Oneness of all creation. It is most commonly used in Buddhist and Hindu religions. Om is more specifically called Pranava, which means, “it infiltrates life and runs through our breath.”

The first breath of creation signifies that Om is the primordial sound. Om is often seen as the utmost of all mantras or vibrations. Today Om is often practiced as a part of yoga.

Ankh

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The Ankh meaning has many different interpretations in different religions and cultures. The Egyptian’s believe that the ankh represents the Nile. There are also many Egyptian gods that are represented in hieroglyphs that are found holding the ankh. The gods are portrayed holding the ankh by its loops.  Another belief of the ankh is that it represents life, especially eternal life. Some also refer to it as the crux ansata, which means the key of life. It is also believed to be a symbol of power to sustain the person holding or wearing it. 

Buddha

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Buddha is a Sanskrit word that means, “The Awakened One.” It represents the life Siddhartha, an Indian prince born in 563 BC who gave up the throne and renounced his royal upbringing with its lavish lifestyle to devote his life to searching for the Truth. He set out to find the true meaning of happiness for people all around the world.

He first met with the most esteemed religious teachers of the day and sought guidance from them. He studied with them for over six years and he believed that all of the ignorance had been lifted from him. He embarked on his lifelong journey to teach others how to achieve true peace and joy, how to gain true wisdom, and how to see reality. His teaching is known as the Dharma. Buddha’s followers devote their lives to the practice of Enlightenment to gain the wisdom that transcends suffering and to teach others the same.

Siddhartha was named the “Awakened One” or “Buddha.”

Heart

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 The Heart symbol is a universal symbol for love, caring, and affection and dates back to the mid-13th century where it was found in a manuscript. By the end of the Middle Ages, the shape of the heart became more frequently used as a symbol for love. The heart symbol with an arrow through it means a captured heart. A heart that is broken into two pieces symbolizes a broken heart. In 1977, the heart was introduced as a symbol for a slogan in New York, “I Love NY.” Its popularity quickly grew after the heart was used in this manner and soon it became a universal symbol. 

Yin Yang

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Yin Yang is perhaps the most known and documented concept used within Taoism.   Yin / Yang: Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition, it’s unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin/yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. Both halves are chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other. The word Yin comes out to mean “shady side” and Yang “sunny side”.

Yin Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. We encounter examples of Yin and Yang every day. As examples: night (Yin) and day (Yang), female (Yin) and male (Yang). 

The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. 


Key

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Skeleton Keys are used as amulets and talisman all over the world. They are used to help the owner make all their innermost and important dreams come true.  It could be in any area; love, finances, career, exams. The skeleton key is there to assist you to see possibilities and solutions. It opens the doors of opportunity so that you can reach your goal.

Scarab

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The Scarab Beetle was sacred to Khepera, the Egyptian god of creation, resurrection and immortality. As a symbol of the spirit, the beetle carries messages that bring our attention to renewal, spiritual maturity, and the powerful influences of the invisible side of life. 

Owl

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The Owl Spirit Animal represents the deep connection that you share with wisdom, good judgment, and knowledge. Like the owl, which is known for its sharp vision and keen observation, you also possess insight and intuition. ... The owl totem also means that you can see beyond the masks that people wear. 

Seahorse

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The Seahorse Spirit Animal is a unique creature that is always calm as it navigates the seas. There's a lot to learn from the seahorse symbolism, such as being patient and content with where you are in life, and with how slowly or quickly you are going. 

Sun

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 The Sun symbol is found in all cultures throughout history.

Considered by most peoples as a cosmic power, it’s not surprising we see the sun emblazoned upon countless artifacts and writings.  Ancient Chinese culture recognized the sun as the Great Male Principle – the ultimate Yang. These symbolically appreciative people also personified the sun as a cosmic eye viewing out upon its dominion during the day.

Turtle

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When it comes to animal symbolism, the Turtle is a great example of persistence, determination, endurance and more. By very design, the turtle is a survivor. It has the ability to protect itself against harsh predators.  

It is also a powerful totem for protection as withdrawing into its shell is an amazing self-defense mechanism.  The turtle has few predators, which gives it an innocent energy. This also increases its lifespan, and so holds the symbolic meaning for longevity in many cultures.

Lucky Horseshoe

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Horseshoes are one of the most popular lucky superstitions with various legends attributed to giving them their lucky powers.

One legend says that horseshoes are lucky because they were traditionally made of iron. Mischievous fairies could not stand the touch of iron, so they shied away from houses that were adorned with it.

Lady Bug

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Ladybugs are popular insects worldwide and many cultures believe that they bring luck.  In German-speaking countries, they are literally called lucky bugs: "Glueckskaefer"

Some cultures say that if a ladybug lands on you and you don't brush it off, your luck will improve. Others say that if a man and a woman see a ladybug at the same time, they'll fall in love.  A large number of ladybugs in the spring was an indication to farmers that there would be a good harvest.


Lucky Coin

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There's a famous saying about Lucky Coins:  Find a penny, pick it up, and all that day you'll have good luck!  Some say that not just any penny lying on the ground is lucky, but that lucky pennies have to be found face-up. Chinese I-Ching coins are also considered lucky and are often given as gifts of luck on Chinese New Year and for weddings.


Acorns

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Because of its association with the Norse god, Odin, the lowly Acorn is also considered a symbol of luck. Odin hung himself from an oak tree to gain knowledge, so the acorn has come to symbolize wisdom.

The Norse also believed that acorns could bring divine protection and placed them in the windows of their homes to ward off lightning.

During the Norse Invasion, Englishmen would carry acorns in their pockets,  hoping that they would make their conquerors more sympathetic toward them.

As the saying, "great oaks from little 

Four-Leaf Clover

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 The Celts believed that a Four-Leaf Clover could help them see fairies and avoid their mischief, which was believed to be a common source of bad luck. The four leaves were supposed to have mystical powers representing faith, hope, love, and luck. Another legend has them standing for fame, wealth, health and faithful love.  There are many variations of clover that have four leaves, but the lucky ones come from the white clover plant, also called Trifolium repens.

Feather

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 A Feather is a reminder that you are loved by infinite people (both here on earth and otherwise). The symbolic meaning of feathers deals with ascension and spiritual evolution to a higher plane. Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom. 

Chai

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  A Chai is a Jewish symbol which means, “Life.” A popular toast is, “L’Chaim!”which means, “To Life!” Chai symbolizes the importance of the life we have been given, to appreciate life, and the wish for a good life. Chai is made up of two Hebrew letters – chet and yud. Judaism places significance in numerology; the chet is the 8th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and the yud is the 10th letter. Combined, they total 18, which is a number that represents good luck.  The Chai meaning has great importance to the Jews and is often seen on a necklace, cufflinks, or other piece of jewelry. 

Tree of Life

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 The Tree of Life is a many-branched tree that represents the interconnectedness of all life on our planet. It is a motif that is present in various religions, mythologies, and philosophies. The Tree of Life illustrates that idea that all life on earth is related and we all have the same beginnings. With beauty and diversity, we are all leaves on the same Tree of Life 

The Cross

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The Cross is a symbol that is central to Christianity. Wearing a cross or hanging a cross in the home is believed to protect you from the winds of misfortune.  The cross also symbolizes Jesus’ salvation to the world where his life was taken and then he rose days later to show that He was the Son of God.

There are also many other meanings of the cross especially found in Western Culture. It is believed that all four physical elements (fire, water, air, earth) make up the cross. Lastly, it is believed to symbolize directional symbols as well (north, south, west, and east).

The Star of David

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The Star of David  has been associated with the Jewish people for centuries.  It was chosen as the emblem for the Zionist movement in 1897 and is the symbol on the flag for the State of Israel.  The Star of David, which is called the Magen David in Hebrew, means “Shield of David.” This six sided figure symbolizes that God rules over the universe and protects us from all six directions: North, South, East, West, Up and Down, with the middle of the hexagram providing the spiritual dimension. The Star of David meaning has a deep connection for the Jewish people, representing not only their religion but a symbol of the homeland of the Jews.

Infinity

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The Infinity symbol looks like a sideways 8.  In mathematics, the infinity symbol  represents the concept of a number that goes on and on indefinitely, like pi (3.14159265359…).  When used to describe feelings, or space, or any other concept, it means limitless and boundless.

The infinity symbol has become popular recently as a jewelry trend.  Being given a piece of jewelry with the infinity symbol means forever and always, never ending possibilities, eternity.

Peace

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The Peace sign symbolizes universal peace. The peace sign was created by British artist Gerald Holtom in 1958. It was originally designed as a symbol for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War.  Although the peace symbol was originally designed for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War in England, the popularity of the symbol quickly spread and became a symbol of the peace movement in the United States in 1960. It was very popular during the Vietnam War and now the peace symbol meaning is an internationally known symbol for peace among all people.

Eternity Knot

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 The Endless, or Eternity Knot is one of the “Eight Auspicious Symbols” of Buddhism. ... It represents the connection between one's spiritual path, the movement of time, and the omnipresent Buddha self – or divine eternal consciousness. The intertwining of lines in the eternal knot is said to symbolize how everything is connected.  

Conch

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  The Conch is the shell of a large predatory sea snail, Turbinella pyrum, found in the Indian Ocean. In Hindu mythology, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver god Vishnu. It is still used as a trumpet in Hindu ritual, and in the past was used as a war trumpet. ... It may also be simply called a "chank" or conch

Footprints

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Footprints represent the physical presence of the Buddha, as well as the idea of literally following in the Buddha's footsteps. 

Animal Symbolism

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In addition to the many symbols of the Buddha, Buddhism also treats many animals as important symbols. For example, lions are often used to represent the Buddha, building on the motif of lions as kingly and powerful. Deer represent the peace of Buddhism, based on the story that the Buddha's presence was so peaceful that animals came to hear him teach. Horses symbolize the energetic and unyielding pursuit of the moral law, and Peacocks symbolize wisdom.

Animals are important symbols in  Humans can find inspiration and paths to enlightenment or even worldly peace through the examples of the natural world.


The Bodhi Tree

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 The Bodhi Tree was a large and very old Sacred Fig tree located in Bodh Gaya (in the Indian state of Bihar), under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. It takes 100 to 3,000 years for a bodhi tree to fully grow.

The term “Bodhi Tree” is also widely applied to currently existing trees, particularly the Sacred Fig growing at the Mahabodhi Temple, which is a direct descendant of the original specimen. This tree is a frequent destination for pilgrims, being the most important of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage sites. 

Om Mani Padme Hum

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 Om Mani Padme Hum is a well-loved Buddhist mantra commonly translated as, "The jewel is in the lotus." ... It is because every one of the Buddha's teachings is believed to reside within this one powerful mantra, it is repeated over and over again to invoke the loving and unconditional qualities of compassion.