Symbolic Meaning of Cardinals

The symbolic meaning of cardinals deals with vibrancy and brilliance.

As we observe the cardinal – particularly against the backdrop of the stark winter months, we are reminded that even when things appear bleak or isolated, there is always the presence of beauty, hope, and love.

Cardinals encourage us to express our brilliance and reveal our truest selves.  Their radiant red is a symbol for us to recognize the gifts in our hearts that we have to give to others in love and friendship.

 Here is a quick summary of the attributes & symbolic meaning of cardinals:

  • Sexuality
  • Vibrancy
  • Renewal
  • Self-reflection
  • Friendliness
  • Vitality
  • Goodwill
  • Industry
  • Brilliance

More on the symbolic meaning of cardinals can be found here.

Celtic Symbols for Protection

celtic symbol for protection

I often get questions from folks asking for Celtic symbol meanings as they consider various Celtic designs for tattooing purposes.

One such question came from a gentleman wanting to know if there were any Celtic symbols for protection.  To which I respond:

Dear Inky Celt Man:

As you are wanting a quick list of Celtic symbols for protection – I’ll provide these here:

Legend has it that the soothsayer of a particular Celtic clan would create personal designs for a tribe member.  These designs were specific to that warrior and his family line, and were considered highly protective in battle and throughout life.

You may want to consider taking a spirit journey – a time of introspection and spiritual contemplation to discover your own unique designs that signify protection for you.  These could be your own personal designs of protection that you could bear as tattoos.

I would also encourage you to do your own research on the ancient Celts in order to fully appreciate all the diversity and symbolism their culture provided humanity.  I think you’ll find their ultimate protection came from an unshakable faith/belief system

Better yet, take some time to meditate upon that which you are trying to achieve in obtaining such a protective emblem.  Often when we invoke the energy of our Celtic forebears we find these ancient energies are forthcoming with incredible insight and enlightenment.  Perhaps such insight will provide you with more substance and meaning than just picking a random Celtic symbol that might not be as personal as it could be.

You may also find more information on the Celtic Symbol Meanings page of my website.

Whatever your action, I wish you the very best of luck on your journey.

Regards & blessings to you Celt Man,

A. Venefica

Symbolic Meaning of Number Eight

Some people are naturally attuned and sensitive to certain number frequencies.  

Those who vibrate with certain numeric frequencies will have certain number sequences show up in their lives very often –       sometimes these numbers only stay with them for a phase – sometimes they stick for life.

I’ve had so many readers tell me they continually see the number eight.  So many in fact, that I’ve decided to publish this entry on the symbolic meaning of the number eight.

Quick Symbolism of Number Eight:

  • Opportunity
  • Observation
  • Balance
  • Intention
  • Abundance
  • Repetition
  • Continuation
  • Infinity
  • Prosperity

The symbolism backing number Eight deals largely with business, success, and wealth. This is primarily due to the fact that Eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Such elements are seen in arenas where success is obtained simply because of dogged determination and repetition by the practitioner. Also, matters of business and wealth largely depend on cycles to fulfill their manifestation. It’s like the snowball analogy: As it continues to roll, in gets bigger and bigger with each revolution.

Symbolic meaning of the number Eight also deals with terrestrial and celestial energies that are in constant circulation from top to bottom and regenerate themselves.  Or, better said, the eight represents primordial & prime energies – male/female, life/death, dark/light, etc.  This makes it an ultimate balance symbol (think yin & yang).  So where there is continuation, there is also evolution in all areas of energy – the either is an incredibly intense number as it embodies the concept of connectivity between polar opposites of energy.

The ancient Myanmar Monks understood this concept and their entire branch of astrology is based on the mystical number eight.  Read more about Mahabote, Myanmar (Burmese) astrology and zodiac meanings here.

I trust this information helps you on your path.  Click here for my other post on the number eight, and putting number meanings in proper perspective. 

You may also find this essay on the number eight interesting.

Mandalas Hit a Target – Symbolism of the Bullseye

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who is practicing mandala therapy with her speech impared partner. 

The idea behind mandala therapy is that the process of creating a mandala is meant to engage the mind and soul in such a fashion so as to release intensely expressive creativity and communication..the likes of expression that is much more rich than typical artistic expressions due to the mandala’s circular & seemingly endless nature. 

She notice her partner’s mandala art looked very much like bullseyes and asked me if this might symbolize anything.  To which I respond:

Bull’s eye-type emblems are symbolic of focus or concentration.

Native Americans have been drawing these type symbols for eons.  For the Native American, these circles within circles represent various forces within the universe converging with The One…the one spirit, the one energy that animates all that is (God, if you will).

Other cultures have drawn concentric circles to illustrate the same thing. The inner circle may represent the self, consciousness, the soul, or the mind…with the external circles representing the waves of influence our center has over everything else.

The very nature of this symbol commands our vision to focus.  As we look at it our eyes tend to immediately concentrate to the center…that’s the beauty of this symbol (and primarily why it’s been used by sharp shooters of all kinds in competitions).  As such, this symbol stands for focus upon the center – focusing on the one thing.

The fact that your partner is gravitating to this type of design may be a signal that he is reaching out to obtain more conentration or focus in his life.

Other pages of interest:

Definition of Mandalas & Related Terms

Yantra Mandala Meanings & Examples

Chinese Symbols for a Welcoming Home

A frequent visitor at one of my websites was expecting guests from China to visit his home in California.  He asked me what kind of Chinese symbols he could put in his home to warmly welcome his guests. 

This is my response:

Dear Hesitant Host:

How very thoughtful and considerate of you to incorporate well wishes and special signals of greetings to your friends from China.

Here are some simple suggestions – items you can easily find this time of year that will symbolize your well wishes to your friends:

If they have not arrived already, I would recommend a light energy cleansing of your home with incense.  Sandalwood, lavender, lemon grass, or sage are perfect scents for cleansing and welcoming.  Simply burn one or two sticks in each of the four major corners of your home.  This is a practice that is very effective for clearing out stagnant/old energy, and welcoming new friends, family, laughter and bright energy in the home.

Yellow Chrysanthemums are wonderful to display in your home or present as a gift to your friends.  They symbolize long lasting relationships and durability.  They are also symbols of love, welcome, and good luck.

Oranges signify gold, and are seen as emblems of good fortune.  Present fresh oranges to your friends, and you will wish them good luck and fortune for the coming 12 months.  These are often given during the new year to wish luck for the whole year.

A bowl of fresh fruit in your dining room is a symbol of luck and prosperity to all those who dwell in your home.  It is a symbol that your friends and family will always be provided for by the most bountiful harvests.  Display fresh summer fruits.

As one of the eight auspicious Buddhist objects, the vase symbolizes a receptacle of blessings from the Buddha.  The vase is a symbol of peace and harmony – if you put your Chrysanthemums in a vase – this augments your message of well wishes.  Even empty – a lovely vase with happy colors will encourage happy times with your friends.

If you wish to assure complete good fortune to all your household, you may want to display all eight auspicious objects together to seal your intent for good times and good fortune for your house-guests.  They are:

  • The Lotus – A symbol of purity and perfection – In Buddhism it represents the attainment of enlightenment.
  • The Wheel –  Symbol of noble truth – and a symbol of the wheel of life, it represents the Buddha’s doctrines.
  • The Jar – a vase with a cover – typically holding ancestral relics (memories and power of our forebears).
  • The Mystic Knot – the knot that never ends – symbolizes no beginnings and no ends as well as a representation that we are all united or intertwined in our lives.
  • The Conch Shell – Symbol of prosperous voyaging – great luck in travel. Also a symbol of royalty.
  • The Double Fish – Fish are a symbol of wealth, abundance, harmony and bliss. When shown in a pair, it is a symbol of harmony between partners.
  • The Canopy (or umbrella) – is a symbol of protection from negative influence, and is a show that the highest respect is being paid to someone.
  • The Vase – whose symbolism I’ve conveyed above.

You may display each of the eight Buddhist auspicious objects together or singly.

What is most important and effective is that you are mindful and willing to be a gracious host, and you are wishing your guests to have every comfort available to them.  These attributes you have are first & foremost the MOST auspicious elements your guest will appreciate.

I hope you this information helps you.  Enjoy your guests.

Regards & blessings to you,
A. Venefica
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Exploring the Dragon as a Chinese Symbol for Strength

A friend of mine asked if I could confirm whether or not the dragon is a Chinese symbol for strength, and if I knew of any more animal symbols representing strength. 

I reply:

Dear Dragon Lady :-),

Absolutely – on top of the list of Chinese animals that symbolize strength is the Dragon.

The Chinese dragon is symbolic of:

  • power
  • courage
  • ferocity
  • wisdom
  • balance
  • good judgment
  • protection
  • loyalty
  • good luck

The Chinese have long honored the dragon for these attributes, and call upon various types of dragons to bolster strength when needed.

Although the dragon is a major power symbol, there are other Chinese animal symbols that represent strength are:

I hope this helps you on your journey,

Regards & blessings to you,

A. Venefica
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