Everyone recognized the pink or red heart as the symbol of love. It decorates cards, clothing, romance novels, chocolate boxes, gift wrap and more. But is the heart the only symbol of love around the world? No. Read these explanations from http://www.whats-your-sign.com/love-symbols.html
Apple: A symbol of ecstasy, fertility and abundance as well as love, the Apple is a testimony to the adage "big things (or meanings in this case) come in small packages." At her wedding to Zeus, Gaia supplied Apples to Hera signifying long love and union. Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, offered Apples to woo Aphrodite and win her love. Split apart, the Apple conjures an image of vulva, signifying feminine love and beauty. In China the Apple stands for peace and its blossom for adoration.
Cupid: Cupid or Eros means desire in Greek. According to Hesiod, Eros was the deity who came from Chaos ("The Yawning Void") and represented the primal forces of desire. Eros is said to have been born from the union of Aphrodite and Ares. Known as Amor (meaning love) to the Romans, the Cupid was often shown blindfolded in art to symbolize love's blindness.
Harp: The Harp is a symbol of love in the form of lyrical art, poetry, and music. The Harp shares mythical connections to the Celts representing the bridge of love connecting heaven and earth. In Norway and Iceland, Harpstrings formed a ladder symbolizing the ascent to higher states of love and pathways leading to paradise. King David played the Harp to the Lord to express his devotion and love.
Heart: Likely the most common symbol for love and certainly the most recognizable is the Heart symbol. Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbols for incantations pertaining to matters related to love and romance. They were also used in rituals with a goal to strengthen relationships. The Heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol for charity, joy and compassion. Also 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. As a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, this symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried.
Maple Leaf: In China and Japan the Maple Leaf is an emblem of lovers. North American settlers used to place the Maple leaves at the foot of their beds to ward off demons and encourage sexual pleasure as well as peaceful sleep. Also in the North American region, the stork can be observed weaving Maple branches in nests - as such, the Maple became a symbol of the love found in welcoming a new child in the home. Just as the sweet rich sap produces Maple syrup so too does the Maple leaves serve as a love symbols as they depict the sweetness and wonder of love in everyday life.
Rose: The perfect love symbol because they represent all things sensual, sacred, pure and romantic. In ancient Greece and Rome the rose was sacred to Aphrodite (Venus) and was her emblem of beauty - it was said to grow from the blood of Adonis. In the Western traditions the Rose is a symbol of passion, desire, voluptuousness, and physical perfection. The Rose is also a common symbol of eternal life and resurrection. The Rose is also connected to the goddess Hecate, Dionysus and the three Graces.
Shell: Because of its hard casing, the Shell is a protective image - protecting life (sheltering pearls) and also symbolizes the protective quality love sometimes takes. In Roman mythology, Venus, the goddess of love, was said to be created from the foam carried ashore atop a scallop shell. The Hindu goddess Lakshmi was said to also be created from the grit and pearls within the shell. Also in Hinduism the conch shell is symbolic because it awakens the heart of the faithful and calls to those who live with heart-filled love.
Triangle: In Ancient Egypt the Triangle was seen as a symbol of intelligence and indicated the capacity for love. The triangle is a prime element of the Buddhist Shri Yantra mandala encourages the invocation of love energy to achieve ascended states of consciousness and union with the divine. The Triangle also deals with the love represented in the mother, father, child union as well as the holy trinity. As mentioned earlier, as a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, it symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried.
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