Symbolic Meaning of Number Five – A Brief Summary

A follower of my blog questioned why she kept seeing the number five, to which I respond: 

The vibratory energy of Five is sending you a message to move or change the scenery in your life.

Fives are all about travel, motion, direction, adventure, and change.

Ironically Fives also represent the Five human senses.

If things are unstable in your life right now – your attention to the Fives are an indication that you need to take action to balance the equation.  Get in touch with all of your senses – get grounded – be aware of yourself and your surroundings.

If you have been thinking of making a change – your notice of the Fives is a clear signal to begin moving in that direction of change.  Take all possibilities into account, and begin to work in the direction you feel most pulled.

A word of caution – Fives can be extremely erratic – Fives can have a very unpredictable energy. 

Work with the number Five – incorporate it into your meditations.

Concentrate on the a geometric representation of Five (like a five pointed star) before sleeping and upon meditating.  All the while concentrating – pose the questions you want answers to.  The vibrational frequency of the Five will allow for answers to come.

Symbolic Meaning of Chestnuts

The symbolic meaning of chestnuts deals primarily with prevention and foresight.  This is due to the fact that the chestnut (please note this post is detailing the sweet chestnut – castanea sativa – not the horse chestnut which is inedible to humans) has long been recognized as a highly nutritious food that has a high-calorie punch in such small package.

This is key as we consider its roots in symbolism.  Most primitive cultures (particularly nomadic groups) would honor such traits in a food.  Imagine being sustained and nurtured by such a small (and tasty) morsel!  So here we derive the attribute of foresight and prevention within the symbolic meaning of chestnuts because upon planning a journey, or providing for the body, the chestnut fulfills the human need.

 The symbolic meaning of chestnuts also deals with:

  • fertility
  • provision
  • abundance
  • longevity
  • invigoration

Many Native American Indian tribes (indigenous to the northeast) held fertility & abundance as the prime symbolic meaning of chestnuts because of its prolific production of nuts.   

The symbolism of longevity and provision were touted in the 12th century when Christian mystic Hildegard von Bingen extolled the virtues of the chestnut, including their propensity to prolong life when consumed in natural remedies.

Celtic druids were reputed to make handles and staffs out of chestnut tree branches as they believed touching these was a way do energetically draw out longevity and invigoration tree’s being.

Chestnuts drop [from their trees] in the fall.  As such, they are considered a symbol of harvest, abundance and preparation.  This serves as a message that now is the time to prepare for possibly tighter times ahead.  It is also a message that now is the time to gather and rejoice in the bounty we have.

Chestnut symbolic meanings even have their place in dream interpretation:

If you are dreaming of picking chestnuts off the ground it is a message that you have shared trust in your love life.  If you are picking the chestnuts off the tree, however, it is a sign of infidelity.

If in a dream you are observing a bunch of chestnuts, it is indicative of prosperous business opportunities. 

Dreaming of sitting under a chestnut tree is symbolic of happy times on the horizon after enduring a spell of dissatisfaction.

When our minds continually  encounter the chestnut, we may want to ask ourselves the following questions:

  • Have I properly planned for my goals?
  • Do I have the provisions to meet my needs or obtaining my desires?
  • Am I letting in enough nutrients (physical/spiritual/mental/emotional) into my life, or am I neglecting these aspects?
  • Am I prepared for the challenges ahead?
  • Am I giving thanks for all that I have available to me now?

Symbol for Visualization

A reader asked me to provide her with a symbol that represented “visualization” to which I respond …

 Dear Vigorous Visionary:

Thank you for visiting my website.

The beauty of symbols is that their meanings are all subjected to the interpretation of the beholder.

You are wanting to know “the” symbol for visualization.  However, this is such a broad concept that no one symbol could possibly capture its entire meaning to all people.

If you are wanting a symbol for visualization in order to assist in keeping your mental focus, or spiritual sight intact, might I suggest researching mandalas?  Here is a good intro to mandalas which facilitate visualization on my website: Mandala Symbol Meanings

Other people resonate with the eyes of Buddha as a symbol of visualization. I have attached an picture of this symbol in this email (image seen left).

Yantras are another tool of visualization – here is a link to yantra information: Yantra Mandala Meanings.

Bullseye’s are also good symbols for visualization.  I’ve written a bit on the bulls eye symbol here: Hit your bullseye by using mandalas

I would recommend getting in touch with your own thoughts and feelings about what you want to accomplish here.  Ultimately the best symbol for you is what YOU determine.

For example…my idea of visualization deals with creative determination and focus….when I think of these things, I think of water…specifically, a river.  So…to me, a symbol of visualization would be a river.

You will certainly have other ideas. Ask yourself:

  • What does visualization mean to you?
  • What are you trying to accomplish by visualizing?
  • When you think of “visualization” what images come to your mind?

If this is very important to you, I know you will invest the time and effort in searching your own heart to obtain a meaningful symbol that is perfect for your purpose.

Meaning of Hexagon

Meaning of HexagonA reader of mine kept having dreams and visions of a hexagon, and asked me the meaning of such visions – to which I responded:

Dear Geometrically Jammed:

In most of my writing and instruction I am constantly driving one point home….that symbols, although potentially focal points for entire cultures, are still intensely personal according to the observer.

In other words, symbols are personal and unique to each individual.

In your case, the hexagon is going to have an entirely different meaning to you than it would to someone else.

If you have a tendancy towards prophetic dreams, this symbol may indicate a spiritual or metaphysical trigger for you.

In further determining the meaning of your symbol, I would encourage you to begin breaking down the elments of the image.

Take for example the number of sides…as the hexagon has six sides, you could investigate the implications of the number six meanings here.

I have a brief summary of the symbolic meanings of the number six on my website, here is the link: Spiritual and Symbolic Meaning of Numbers.  While there, I would encourage you to take a look at the symbol within the image to the left of the “meaning of number six” entry….the six pointed star…in which the center-most formation is a hexagon. 

Other meanings of six (as a numerological aspect of the hexagon) include:

  • Communication
  • Interfacing
  • Balance
  • Union

It may also be noteworthy that the shape of the hexagon is used in beehives…what does this mean to you?  Efficiency?  Community?

I would encourage meditation upon this symbol – note that every side of the symbol is equadistant with another ( its opposite) side.  Same too with each angle.  What does this mean to you?  Facing reality?  Facing up to others?  Holding up a mirror?

The more you meditate upon your special symbol, the more meanings will be revealed to you.  I promise, it is worth the investment you make.

I trust this information helps you on your path.

Regards & blessings to you,
A. Venefica

Symbolic Meaning of Magpies


Primarily, magpie symbolic meanings deal with expression.  This is due to the wide range and variability of her vocalizations.  Her song, which is more like an other-worldly chatter is a unique and specialized communication in the animal world.  Her voice has often been said to communicate messages from the spirit realm.

To further this point, in the west, the magpie is associated with witchcraft and wizardry.  Lore often depicts the magpie among witches, and there are claims that this bird (along with the crow) commonly serves as a familiar (spirit embodied in the form of an animal) to the witch.

This legend was likely started due to the complex vocalizations of the bird, as there are also other stories that the magpie was said to speak spells to witches and wizards.

The magpie persists in the lore of witches and wizards due to her insatiable attraction to all things shiny.  Just like the crow (of which the magpie shares the same family in the animal kingdom) the magpie will go out of her way to get a closer look at a shiny, sparkly bauble, and will often steal the trinket.  Lore further states the magpie taking these baubles back to her master (typically a witch or wizard).

For more information on magpie symbolism, visit my Magpie Symbolic Meanings webpage.  

Meaning of Spiral

In terms of astrology, mysticism and myth the spiral translates into meanings of spirituality and rebirth.In terms of spirituality, the spiral symbol represents the path leading from outer consciousness (materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception) to the inner soul (enlightenment, unseen essence, nirvana, cosmic awareness).

In terms of rebirth or growth, the spiral symbol represents the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and thus expanding outwardly.  This is the way of all things, as recognized by most mystics.

This is a painfully brief post on an infinitely expansive topic.  For more information on spiral meaning and symbolism, visit this expanded page on the spiral symbol.