Sacred Symbols & Their Meanings
Posted on December 3, 2013 by: Turiya's
SACRED SYMBOLS & THEIR MEANINGS
Recently many of our wonderful Turiya’s customers have asked about some of the Sacred Symbols that are so beautifully displayed throughout the store. Here are a few of the Sacred Symbols and their meanings.
The Aum or OM symbol was birthed from Hindi origin. It is made up from three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which when combined make the sound of Aum or Om. It is said to not only be the sound of the earth but the very sound of creation, which represents the ultimate power, the divine, and the eternal. The Om is shaped to represent all forms of human consciousness. The Om is used in chants, meditations and prayers.
The Gayatri Yantra is a sacred diagram that is a geometrical representation of the Gayatri Mantra. The Mantra was written in Sanskrit about 2500 to 3500 years ago, and the mantra may have been chanted for many centuries before that. This sacred Symbol assists one in receiving wisdom and realizing ones spiritual path and purpose.
The spiral is one of the oldest known symbols. It represents the concept of growth, expansion and cosmic energy. In this symbol there is no true beginning or end representing the ongoing life cycle. The spiral also reprents the Goddess, the womb and life force energy. It is reflected in nature from humans, plants and energy patterns. This sacred symbol reminds one of the evolving journey of life.
The Hamsa has been associated with both Muslim and Jewish communities for centuries. However it has pre-Monotheistic roots and is believed to have been created by the Phoenicians to honor their moon Goddess. There is much history surrounding the story of Fatima and her husband. It is said that the hand is a representation of Fatima’s patience. The hand is used throughout the world as a symbol of protection. It is believed that the eye often found in the palm is placed to ward off evil.
Luna is the Latin word for Moon. Many depictions of the Goddess were found from ancient beginnings. The Moon or Luna Goddess is found throughout the world in many different cultures. In many tribes the moon or Luna is associated with the divine feminine. The cycles of the moon related to the cycles of the feminine. The Lunar Goddess represents not only the Divine Feminine within but all of her aspects. This symbol is often used for fertility and acknowledgement of the Goddess herself.
The symbol of the Yin Yang dates back to about 1400-1100 BC. This sacred symbol is a representation of balance. The feminine and masculine character and principles are both represented as one cannot be balanced without the other. This symbol is used throughout the world in the use of medicine, energy work, Tai Chi and much more.
This symbol represents the all seeing eyes of the Buddha, a symbol of the omnipresent compassion of the Bodhisattvas. The small dot depicted between the eyes represents the third eye, a symbol of spiritual awakening. The squiggle between the eyes is the Sanskrit numeral one, symbolizing the unity of all things. It is often found on Tibetan Stupas (temples). This symbol is a reminder to one to always see from the eyes of openness and compassion.
The Triskele or also known as the Traide is an ancient symbol that has been found in a number of cultures throughout the world. The Celtic and most common version of the Triskele were found in the remnants of an ancient Bronze Aged Temple in Ireland. The Triskele is associated with many different beliefs. For some it is a symbol of reincarnation. Others it can be mind body spirit or any other significant representation of the number three.