Many symbols in history of love are correlated to religion or worship based on cultural belief systems and what they valued. Some symbols contain food, unity with God, animals or other objects that are a part of worship or prosperity. What symbols to we recognize today as love? Why do we view these symbols as meaningful and even go as far as tattooing them forever on our bodies? Here are a few...
1. The HEART
This symbol is everywhere and is a universal symbol worldwide for love. The heart represents our human heart, the pumping source of life and the object that is 'felt' when we think of the feeling of love. 'Love with the heart not the head' is a common quote and yet the heart has nothing to do with love! In history the Egyptians thought that the heart was the moral compass! In Ancient Greece they thought the heart held the human soul, and so on in history, the anatomy of the heart turned into the shape symbol it is today and has been linked to many cultures in the way of soulful love.
2. The CELTIC LOVE KNOT
It is believed that Celts were forbidden from using animals, plants, or human forms in their artwork and therefore, the complicated and intricate Irish Celtic symbols consisting only of geometric designs were created.
The triple drop Celtic style love knot is made, as the name suggests, using three strands, each of which is an embodiment of the three most powerful forces of nature - earth, water, and fire. The continuous line represents unity, strength, spirit, and being. The symbolism within the symbol is what makes this such a popular and prevelant statement, lasting through the centuries.
3. The FLOWER OF LIFE
The flower of life is a geometrical shape composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a flower like pattern with six fold symmetry like a hexagon. The perfect form, proportion and harmony of the flower of life, has been known to philosophers, architects and artist around the world. Originally a symbol from Ancient Egypt, it has been linked to love, alchemy, the beginnings of life and botany. In New Age thought, the Flower of Life has provided what is considered to be deep spiritual meaning and forms of enlightenment to those who have studied it as sacred geometry.