The Sacred Dove of Peace
Symbolism of The Sacred Dove
The dove is known to symbolize innocence, compassion, faith, affection, peace and hope.
The dove can soothe our troubled soul and calm our worried minds. It renews our faith and inner spirit and reminds us to appreciate the simple blessings that surround us every day. The sacred dove lead us to the miracles and new possibilities that await us just around the corner...
Cultural Significance of The Dove: - Legend, Lore and Meaning of The Dove
Islam: The three holy virgins are represented by stone pillars surrounded by doves.
Japanese: The dove was sacred to Hackiman, the god of war. A dove seen with a sword was said to prophesiize the end of a war.
Chinese: In China, doves are symbolic of good digestion, marital duty, and long life.
Pagans: The dove has been seen as a symbol of marital affection and fidelity. This may be due to the mating habits of turtle doves.
Motherhood and Femininity:
Doves are sacred to all great mothers and the queens of heaven. They depict femininity and maternity; often two doves accompany the mother goddess.
Greek Myth: In ancient Greek myth, the dove was the bird of Athena, which represented the renewal of life.
According to European superstition, the devil and witches can transform into any bird except the dove.
Source: Princeton online- Louisa Twining, Symbols of Early Christian Art, p. 183
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Religious Symbolism of The Dove
The dove is a symbol of the Catholic sacrament of confirmation. In traditional early Christian symbolism, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost was represented by a dove. A descending dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit arriving from heaven.
The image of seven doves surrounding the letters "SS" (Latin Spiriti Sancti, "Holy Spirit") symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise (Rev. 5:12).
In the Old Testament: the dove represents simplicity; harmlessness, innocence; meekness; guilelessness and incubation. It also embodies the souls of the dead.
The dove sits in the branches of the Tree of Life and appears with the fruit of the tree and vases filled with the waters of life.
The Legend of Noah in The Old Testament:
The Dove was a symbol of gentleness, peace, and divine guidance.
In the bible a dove was released from the ark by Noah, it returned with an olive branch to show that the biblical flood was over. Ever since, the dove has symbolized deliverance and God's forgiveness.
Symbol of the Holy Ghost in The New Testament:
As a symbol of the Holy Ghost, the dove originates with Christ's baptism, when, according to St. Luke,
'It came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, "Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased."'
(Luke 3.21-22, Matthew 3.16, Mark 1.10, John 1.32).
The Holy Grail and Parsifal a Legend in Alchemy:
A hermit is describing the grail castle to Parsifal. The Grail is guarded by the Templars.
"I will tell you how they are nourished. They live from a Stone whose essence is most pure". "On Good Friday", the hermit continues, "a dove flies down from heaven. It brings a small white Wafer to the Stone and leaves it there. The Dove all dazzling white, then flies up to heaven again... from which the Stone receives all that is good on earth of food and drink of paradisaical excellence".
- Wolfram Von Eschenbach, Parsifal: (Penguin p. 239)
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Dove Confirmation Sacramental Gifts
Dove Depictions and Their Meanings
A happy event, loving constancy and peace. Seen with an olive branch, it is a bringer of good news.
The 12 Christian apostles.
Two Wings of a Dove:
Love of God, love of man; an active and meditative life.
A health talisman; eaten as an antidote against infection.
Dove with Olive Branch In Beak:
Symbol of peace and good tidings. The dove, which is a species of pigeon, has been employed as a messenger from the earliest civilizations to the present day. It was trained in that capacity by the Greeks and Romans, and during the Christian era, and was also used in World War One.
- Gertrude Jobes, Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore and Symbols Scarecrow Press, New York, 1962, Volume 1, pp. 466-467