Famous symbols in history and their meaning

The most popular symbols in history


Symbols are basically an objects that represent an idea, object, belief, action etc.. The whole point of using symbols is that it conveys meaning and saves space, but sometimes these famous symbols can have double meanings. That is the thing that separates symbols from signs, because signs only have one meaning. For example the image of a fish may mean a sign of the zodiac to some people, but to Christians this mean following Jesus. Or the pentagram once has been used to transmit occult power of rituals for centuries, but to Christians this famous symbol represent a star – a special part of God’s creation.

However, we want to share with you some of the most popular symbols in history and their meaning!

Swastika

Swastika


Swastika

The Swastika is one of the most famous symbols in history. Before Hitler adopted the Swastika as a symbol of the National Socialist Party, this had been an ancient occult symbol of the sun and good fortune. Like any other occult symbols, the Swastika is often placed inside a circle. Actually the Swastika has been found on object from 4,000-10,000 B.C. In Buddhism, some people believe that Swastika was stamped on Buddha’s chest when he was buried, that is why they call this symbol the Heart’s Seal. But the Indus Valley Civilization religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism still use this symbol which for them represents the sun’s rays.

Cross

Cross

Cross

Before Christians adopted the cross as their symbol, this was a pagan symbol for the Sun-God and represented the union of male and female energy. The Pope still wear the original cross which had equal length axes. Constantine, the Roman Emperor was a sun-worshipping pagan, so it’s easy to see why the Roman Empire later adopted the Christianity as their main religion and the cross as their symbol.

The Eye of Providence

The Eye of Providence

The Eye of Providence

This famous symbol on the U.S. dollar bill is believed to represent the eye of God who’s watching over Earth. The Eye of Providence is a universal symbol representing inner vision, higher knowledge and spiritual sight. Masons use this symbol to remind them that their thoughts and actions are always observed by God.

The Jesus Fish

The Jesus Fish

The Jesus Fish

Today the image of a fish is used to represent Jesus, but once was used by Christians as a secret symbol of identification to avoid persecution. This symbol was known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia, when it was associated with cyclical birth and rebirth.

The Pentagram

The Pentagram

The Pentagram

Today the Pentagram is a symbol for devil worship, magic and many other pagan or occult groups, but in history the pentagram is not associated with evil because it was an important religious symbol. For example in ancient Sumer, the five points were tied to five known planets, while the Greek Pythagoreans thought that the pentagram was mathematical perfection. Christians used the pentagram to represent the five wound on Jesus.

The Serpent

The Serpent

The Serpent

Many pagan cultures worshipped the serpent in the past, which represents rebirth, protection against evil, rain and fertility and a mediator between the physical and spiritual world. However in the Bible, the serpent represents sin, temptation, destruction and Satan.

Muslim Crescent Moon

Muslim Crescent Moon

Muslim Crescent Moon

The Crescent moon adorns the flag of some Muslim nations and symbolize Islamic faith. This is one of the oldest symbols in history of humanity, and represents the feminine aspect of life, worshipped in the form of ancient Greek goddess Artemis, who always had a crescent moon around her head. However, in Roman times this symbol was adopted by Diana, the goddess of hunt and moon, who protected virgins.

Hexagram

Hexagram

Hexagram

The Hexagram or Six-pointed star is currently the primary symbol of Israel, and represents the Shield of David. Thousands years ago, the South Indian temples had hexagrams in their exteriors. The Hindus hold the hexagram as mandala, and they use it to represent the heart chakra. The hexagram is used in a few religions in the world, but always represents a positive principle.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.