Which Ancient Symbol Represents Your Soul?
From Ancient Egypt to The Norse Vikings, symbols were used to represent ultimate powers, and also - ourselves. Which ancient symbol encapsulates your soul & who you are?
Which part of this tarot card stands out to you most?
Now choose a tarot card to represent yourself:
You feel most connected to which art style?
Has anyone ever told you the color of your Aura? If not, which do you feel it is?
That considered, do you think you're more drawn to the circular, or edged in life?
Which of these tarot cards best represents the Meaning of Life to you?
And which represents your worst fear?
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol that can be found across continents in various ancient cultures. It is a symbol of a dragon, a snake or sometimes a worm that is coiled into a perfect circle in order to eat its own tail. While this sounds disturbing, this symbolism holds great power and meaning to many people. From the Vikings to the Celts, ancient European cultures engraved this symbol into the sides of graves, stone monuments, caves, pottery, shields, and more. In fact, the Ouroboros is associated with the Viking hero (now commemorated in the Vikings show on the History channel) Ragnar Lothbrok.
Other cultures have myths of creator gods in the form of snakes that ate their own tails. This symbol is often closely related to the Caduceus, which is the symbol of two snakes entwined. The Caduceus is a symbol of modern western medicine, and is used in the Blue Cross Blue Shield logo.
The Triple Spiral
The Triple Spiral
One ancient symbol that can be seen in nature is the spiral. The spiral symbolizes growth and expansion. It can also symbolize the never ending cycle of the soul...winding its way along an eternal path. If we look in nature, we can find spirals on snail shells, nautilus shells, certain animals' horns, and even entire galaxies of stars.
To the Ancient Celts, the spiral was used in architecture, on jewelry, on clothing and more. The Celts tended to use the spiral in their elaborate knots and also more famously within the triskele. The triskele is a three spiraled symbol that is thought to have represented immortal movement...meaning that everything is constantly in action. This idea differs from culture to culture, as the triskele has been used not only by the Celts but also by other European peoples. The triskele is even older than we can imagine, predating the Celts arrival in Ireland in Neolithic times.
The ankh is an ancient symbol that is believed to have meant eternal life. It is a symbol that also combines the male and female parts. Quite often it is depicted as being held in the hand of a god or a pharaoh and in this nature is also called the "key of life". This symbol is probably seen the most out of the ancient Egyptians' symbols. Other cultures and religions have used the ankh including the Greeks, Minoans, and the Coptic Christians in later times.
The Eye of Providence
The Eye of Providence
The Eye of Providence, like the Eye of Horus, is the "window to the soul", or so the saying goes. Most of us look at someone directly in the eye when talking, or at least we're taught that we should. What is so captivating about a pair of eyes? And why were eyes used in ancient times as powerful symbols?
The Eye of Providence is still used as a prominent symbol today. You may recognize it from the back of US currency.
The Eye of Horus was seen in ancient times in (you guessed it) Ancient Egypt. It has also been called the Eye of Ra and Wadjet. This symbol was a very protective one, often used to ward off evil or what was known as the "evil eye". It was thought to be the right eye of Horus, a falcon-headed sky god who was thought to be a great protector and healer in ancient times. To put this eye symbol on a sarcophagus imbued the person within with a speedy and safe passage to the other-side after death.
The Pentagram has a rather negative connotation to it in Western society. This is because of its modern use in the Occult and by the infamous late Anton Lavey (founder of the Satanic Church). The Pentagram used in Wicca is a symbol that represents the five elements - earth, air, fire, water, and spirit (this is usually seen as a five pointed start with a circle around it). The Satanic Church uses the Pentagram as a symbol copied from the Sigil of Baphomet, while Thelemites also use the symbol to represent quite a few things brought into religious limelight by Aleister Crowley.
But the Pentagram is much older than the Thelemites and the Satanists. The five-pointed star was used by the early Christians to represent the five wounds of Christ. It also represented the five senses or the five joys that Mary had of Jesus. But in addition to the early Christians using the Pentagram, the Chinese used the Pentagram to represent their five elements involving medicine and wellbeing. Pentagrams can be seen on other ancient cultures' religious objects and temples dating back centuries.
The Pentagram can be used in all manner of representation involving spirituality, the earth, and protection.
The Yin and Yang
The Yin and Yang
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (Chinese: 陰陽 yīnyáng, lit. "dark-bright", "negative-positive") describes how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. This duality lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (t'ai chi), and qigong (Chi Kung), as well as appearing in the pages of the I Ching.