The unalome can represent the journey toward enlightenment or the third eye of Lord Shiva, depending on who you ask. The unalome is most popularly known in the West as a Buddhist symbol, but it also appears in Hinduism. It is sometimes referred to as the urna.
In this article, I will focus on the classical symbols of rebirth in the first place, and then I will reflect on the living creatures most commonly used for the same purpose throughout various traditions.
Earlier Greek philosophers had wondered amongst themselves whether just one of the four, like air or water, was the foundation of everything. Once the four elements of fire, earth, air, and water were decided upon, the idea was expanded by other writers such as Aristotle. It then remained influential for many centuries thereafter.
We can see that desire reflected in the world of symbols. Many of the most popular symbols of the world – such as the Lion or the Eagle – are originally symbols of power. By applying these symbols to their kingdoms, families, or businesses, people have looked to attract power to their lives.
The issue of truth is one of the major moral issues of humanity. Lies are the other side of the medal – there seems to be no truth without accompanying lies, and lies remain forever stained by the lingering truth.
The Triple Goddess symbol is very simple visually, but it makes a profound statement about the life cycle of women – and about the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is common to everyone at least on some level.
One ancient story involving palm branches that many people still know today is the story that became Palm Sunday in the Christian religion. In that story, as summarized by Learn Religions, Jesus Christ went to Jerusalem for the observance of Passover, a major Jewish holiday.
Dhvaja is one of the Ashtamangala, a set of Eight Auspicious Signs shared by Buddhism and Hinduism. It is a victory banner. A drawing of the Buddhist version of a dhvaja usually looks like four flags on the same staff.
The Odal rune, also known as Othala, represents inheritance and legacy. It can be used in divination to answer questions like Tarot cards. The Odal rune was associated with one’s home and homeland until the Nazis adopted it and similar symbols as part of their attempt to reconstruct their mythic Aryan past.
It is no wonder that symbols of victory have a strong association with historical entities and events – great civilizations, great battles, or historical struggles. Some of them evolved in various ways and have become omnipresent across multiple cultures. A number of them keep their former strength today and are embedded in jewelry, prints, and tattoos by people that feel like they need additional courage boost in their lives.
The symbols of patience can offer some relief, help, and even guidance. You may get surprised about what are these symbols are, those that can help us build and attract patience and resilience into our lives – some of them are quite unlikely.
A laurel wreath is a symbol of accomplishment, so to get one is a great honor. However, you had better not get too complacent about your achievement and rest on your laurels!