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Symbols {51} ~ Chinese Fu

The Chinese character Fu stands for good luck, good fortune, and blessing. Sometimes it also means happiness. It is most popularly used during the Chinese New Year celebrations, hung upside down on the entrances of many Chinese homes.

Hung this way, the character Fu literally means “good luck arrives” because the words “upside down” and “to arrive” are almost perfectly homophonous or “they sound the same” in nearly all forms of Chinese. Hanging the symbol upside down, therefore, has come to mean the household’s wish for good luck, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year.

The character Fu itself is a homophone for “bat”, and good fortune is sometimes represented in Chinese textile or ceramic art as 100 flying bats.

Symbols {50} ~ Arsenic

Arsenic is a highly toxic metalloid currently present in pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. Its association with mortality and death has been perpetuated by its historic use as a murder weapon, but in ancient alchemical rituals arsenic was used for both medicinal and magical cures as well as to bring about a trance-like state for enlightenment purposes.
Widely used by early alchemists, arsenic derives its name from Aramaic word Zarniqa and Zarnikh, which meant ‘yellow’ in Persian. The element, which comes in shades of gray, yellow, and black, is often symbolized by a swan.

The choice of symbol arises from the opinion that arsenic was not only a poison but also a substance ‘evolving’ between alchemical stages the way a duckling transforms into a swan. It is found in several ancient alchemical recipes: the Physika et Mystika (the earliest known text on alchemy) recommends that arsenic is used to whiten copper.

In the 13th century alchemist, Albertus Magnus produced the first instance of metallic arsenic. The alchemic symbols for the substance were soon changed to reflect its toxic aspects, but thanks to its transformation effects, arsenic continues to be represented by a swan in the alchemists’ world of symbols.

Source ~ https://www.ancient-symbols.com/symbols-directory/arsenic.html

Symbols {49} ~ Ajna

Ajna is a traditionally Hindu symbol that represents the third-eye Chakra, or the part of the brain that is said to reveal details about the future. The Hindus believe that spiritual energy from the environment enters them through Ajna, which is why they use vermilion, Namam, holy ash, and similar substances to mark their foreheads. In Buddhism, Ajna is called the Eye of Consciousness, which calls upon followers to view the world beyond what their physical eyes can see. In other words, see the world with their minds.

This symbol is mostly transparent, with two white petals and a pericarp containing the Shakti Hakini. The latter is illustrated with six faces, six arms, a white moon, a rosary, and a drum. The arms are in a position that depicts the granting of favors and elimination of fears. Above her head is a downward triangle containing a white lingam. Another, smaller triangle containing the Om and the Bija mantra hovers above it.

One theory states that Ajna, which also translates as ‘command’, is associated with insights and intuition. This belief stems from the fact that its chakra is positioned over the eyes, affecting perception. Because human cultures tend to be visual in scope, the ability to correctly perceive (‘see’) oneself is the key to manifesting the life each person is meant to live.

Source ~ https://www.ancient-symbols.com/symbols-directory/ajna.html

Symbols {48} ~ Amulets

Amulet refers to any object that is believed to have the power to ward off evil and protect its owner or wearer from injury, harm or danger. The word is often used interchangeably with ‘Talisman‘. However, the ‘talisman’ is specifically a good luck charm that is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity, though it may offer protection too.

The term ‘amulet’ is derived from the Latin ‘amuletum’ that means an object that guards a person against trouble. An amulet can take any form including gems, engraved gems, coins, rings, pendants, statues, drawings, plants, animals and even incantations or magical spells. It may be worn or otherwise carried on the body, hung upon the bed or used externally like placing it in the bath.

Amulets have been a part of the traditions and folklore of nearly all societies and cultures through the ages. In the ancient Roman society, they were linked with religion as well as magic. In fact, several gemstones have been connected with particular gods and supposed to have their associated powers.

Source: https://www.ancient-symbols.com/

Symbols {47} ~ Star & Crescent

The star and crescent symbol originated in Sumeria. The moon was associated with the god Sin and the star with the goddess Ishtar. The star was set beside the crescent moon. The star represents Venus and the crescent represents the moon. The star crescent symbolized power.

The star crescent was also found in Greece where it was used to represent the moon goddesses, Luna and Diana. The crescent is pointed upward and the star is directly above the moon. It was a symbol of virginity and female chastity.

In the early Roman period, the star crescent was associated with the goddess Hecate.

The star crescent symbol was also used in early Christianity. It was found on coins and seals used by the crusaders.

The star crescent symbol became prevalent in the Ottoman Empire after 1757. The national flag bore a crescent with a star beside it. This symbol was used in mosques and minarets which led to the association with Islam. However, not all Muslims associate the star and crescent with Islam.

Today the star and crescent can be found on flags in Turkey, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Northern Cyprus, and Um al-Quwain. It also appears on numerous coats of arms.

Symbols {45} ~Bahà’

The word Bahá’ has a numerical equivalence of 9, according to the to the Abjad system, and therefore this 9 pointed star is frequently used to represent the faith. The number 9 is associated with perfection, unity and Bahá’, as shown in the following quote by Shoghi Effendi, who was head of the religion in 1944.

“Concerning the number nine: the Bahá’ís reverence this for two reasons, first because it is considered by those interested in numbers as the sign of perfection. The second consideration, which is the more important one, is that it is the numerical value of the word “Bahá’”…
“Besides these two significances the number nine has no other meaning. It is, however, enough to make the Bahá’ís use it when an arbitrary number is to be chose.”

Symbols {44} ~ Double Happiness

Also known as Double Happy, this is a traditional Chinese ornament design, often used as the symbol of marriage. It is comprised of 2 characters of the Chinese alphabet which translate to ‘Joy’. Double Happy is said to attract a special relationship, romance, and bliss.

It is frequently used in branding today, on everything from jewellery to soy sauce.

Symbols {43} ~ Confucianism

Confucianism, represents by this symbol, while often described as a religion is more accurately a system of socio-political and philosophical teachings. Confucius was thought to be the author of the Five Classics which were the basic texts which underpin the system. The five ‘constants’ of the system are humaneness, righteousness, proper rite, knowledge and integrity. These are accompanied by a whole host of other forms of ethical behaviours which are thought to result in social harmony when adhered to.