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Symbols & Expressions of Love
The Symbols of Love
Whether you desire more love in your own life, or want to see evidence of the loving world all around you; begin by recognizing the universal signs and symbols that are attached with the shared expressions of love.
These symbols will stimulate positive energy and open up new opportunities for love to surround and flow through us. Here is a glimpse of just a few love symbols that have been used around the world and across the ages...
Loving Legends of The Apple
"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb
1.The Apple is a symbol of ecstasy, fertility and abundance as well as love.
~ In early Greece, a newly married couple would share an Apple as a symbol of their marriage and hope for a fruitful union.
~ In China the Apple blossom represents adoration and love.
~ Gypsy legend said that if a young woman ate half of an apple before midnight and the other half after midnight, her true love would appear to her in a dream.
~ At the wedding of Zeus and Hera, apples were given to the bride-to-be to ensure their lasting love and union.
~ Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, gave baskets filled with Apples that were meant to woo Aphrodite and win her love.
Murano Glass Apple Paperweight
This lovely paperweight was handcrafted by skilled artisans who worked night and day to refine his skill. Each piece starts with a designated shape carefully formed by the artist. Through hard work and years of experience the artist creates various designs of vibrant colors and textures which engulf the surface each piece. Usually several layers of assorted colors and designs are rendered--overlapping one another. Once the piece nears the end of completion, it is finished with a clear coat of glass to give it an exquisite glimmering shine.
Cupid or Eros
"When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in that house and sing for joy." ~The Brahma Sutras
2. The initial spark of love and attraction between a man and a woman was once thought to be due to Cupid.
Traditionally, Cupid is seen as a naked, chubby boy with wings and a mischievous smile. He carries a bow and arrow, which he uses to strike love into our hearts.
Cupid or "Eros" means desire in Greek.
~ In ancient Greece, Eros (Cupid), was the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and Ares. According to Hesiod, Eros was the deity who came from Chaos ("The Yawning Void") and represented the primal forces of desire.
~ According to a legend in Roman mythology, Cupid's mother, Venus (the Goddess of Love) was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, Cupid's mortal lover, and ordered Cupid to punish her. Instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her, and took her as his wife, but as a mortal Psyche was forbidden to ever look directly at Cupid.
Psyche was happy until her sisters persuaded her to look at Cupid, Cupid punished her by leaving her. Psyche instantly found herself alone in an open field without Cupid or any other human in sight. As she wandered trying to find her love, she came upon Venus at her temple. Psyche begged for release from the wasteland and return to find Cupid. Venus finally relented and gave Psyche a series of dangerous tasks, if she completed them she would be released.
For her last task, Psyche was sent to the underworld to steal some of Persephone beauty. and put it in a magic box. She was warned not to open the box, but temptation overcame her and when she opened it, instead of finding beauty, she found a deadly slumber.
When Cupid found her lifeless body on the ground, he gathered the deadly sleep from her and put it back in the box. Moved by her sacrifice and courage Cupid forgave her, and the Gods, moved by Psyche's love for Cupid, made her a Goddess.~
The Art and Poetry of Love
Scores of evocative love poems, drawn from the entire range of world literature, are matched with wonderfully vibrant works of art--paintings, sculpture, prints, collages, and stained glass to create an elegant anthology of love peoms and masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 140 color illustrations.
Symbols of Love in Crystal
The Art of Love
Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. Here is a collection of 140 works of art, celebrating love and life.
The Enchanted Harp
"Music is love in search of a word." ~Sidney Lanier
3.The Harp is a symbol of love in the form of lyrical art, poetry, and music.
"According to legends, the first harp was built by Canola. After a tiff with her love, she wandered through the night and was drawn to some beautiful music, which eventually sent her to sleep. In the morning she discovered the source of the sound - the skeleton of a whale with flesh hanging down, through which the wind had blown and made a unique sound. Inspired by the find, she created the first harp and dedicated it to Daghda, the Celtic god of abundance and protection. Daghda's harp is said to have the ability to create three types of music - sad, joyful and peaceful."
~ The Harp shares more mythical connections to the Celts, representing the bridge of love, connecting heaven and earth.
~ In Norway and Iceland, the Harp strings formed a ladder symbolizing the ascent to higher states of love and a pathway leading to paradise.
~ King David played the Harp to the Lord, to express his devotion and love.
The Music of Love
The effect of Rumi's achingly poignant words set against a fusion of east/west music is beautiful and spiritual.
The Heart as A Symbol of Love - "A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you." ~Author Unknown
4.A Heart, pierced by the cupid's arrow, once rumored to be tipped with diamonds, has become the most famous symbol of love. The Heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol for charity, joy and compassion, as well as love.
~ It was formerly believed that the heart was the seat of all human emotions and that the "vein of love", ran directly from the heart to the tip of the third finger of the left hand, which is where we wear our wedding rings today. Accordingly, the gifting of a heart signified the selfless act of giving everything to someone you love. This ancient belief has lingered on through the ages.
~ Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbol for incantations and rituals related to love, romance and strengthening relationships.
~ As an emblem of truth, the "Sacred Heart" of Christ is also the focus of Roman Catholic worship as a symbol of the Lord's love.
~ The Violet Heart, a symbol of love for those whose loved ones are ailing or no longer around. ~ ComfortDoc
~ As a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, the Heart symbolizes a vessel into which love is poured or carried.
The Rose of Love - "Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense." ~Mark Overby
5.Roses are the perfect love symbol because they symbolize love, passion, desire, voluptuousness, sensuality, purity, romance and physical perfection.
~ In ancient mythology, in Greece and Rome, the first red roses are said to have grown from the blood of Adonis for the love of Aphrodite (Venus); thus, they have become symbolic of love, and often eternal life.
The color red is associated with strong emotions and below are sentiments expressed by the different colors of roses:
Lavender Roses Enchantment and Uniqueness
Orange Roses Fascination
Pink (Dark) Roses Thankfulness,Friendship and Admiration
Red Roses Love, Respect and Courage
Peach Roses Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Pink (Pale) Roses Grace, Joy and Happiness
Deep Red Roses Beauty and Passion
White Roses Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence, Humility and (according to some sources) True Love
Yellow Roses Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Hope and Freedom
Black Roses Farewell
Red & White Roses Unity or Engagement
Yellow & Orange Roses Passionate Thoughts
Peach Roses Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Yellow & Red Roses Congratulations
Rosebuds Signify Beauty, Youth and a Heart Innocent of Love:
Red Rosebud Purity and Loveliness
White Rosebud Girlhood
Tea Roses "I'll Remember Always"
Thornless Roses "Love at first sight" or "The Virgin Mary",
The Dove and Lovebirds - Symbolizes love, loyalty and fidelity.
6.Long admired for being a symbol of peace, the Dove is also a messenger of deep symbolic love.
~ It once was a popular belief that birds chose their mates on February 14. Since doves and pigeons mate for life, they symbolize loyalty, fidelity and love.
~ Lovebirds, these small colorful birds are commonly found in Africa. Their name stems from the habit of cuddling next to one another and because once mated one can't survive without the other.
~ Slavic legend states that upon dying, our soul is transformed into a Dove which wings its way into the loving heavens.
~ In Hinduism, the Dove represents our spirit, and the spirits infinite capacity for love.
~ In Greco-Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred creature to Aphrodite or Venus (the Goddess of Love).
~ Ancient Jewish rituals sacrificed doves as gifts of love to signify the purification of a new mother after childbirth.
~ In western tradition, the Dove (as well as turtledoves) symbolizes love and are often released in wedding ceremonies.
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The Grace of The Swan
Symbolizes love, grace, purity, beauty and sincerity.
7.The Swan holds a multitude of representations including love, grace, purity, beauty and sincerity.
~ As an attribute of Aphrodite (Goddess of Love), the Swan also symbolized chastity.
~ The Swan is also associated with Zeus, the god who transformed himself into a Swan in order to seduce Leda, the beautiful mortal queen. Swans are said to have flown overhead on the day Zeus and Leda's son (Apollo) was born and are often pictured pulling his chariot.
~ In Celtic tradition, the Swan is associated with music, love, purity and the soul. They are shape-shifters, can take human form, and have mastered the elements of water, earth and air. They can always be recognized by the gold or silver chain that hangs around their neck.
~ The Swan is another symbol of the Virgin Mary and represents her purity and love.