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Symbols {196} ~ Teeth

Teeth have symbolized many things throughout time. From the Vedic religion in ancient India, teeth have different meanings. Teeth that do not overlap and are perfectly aligned symbolize wonderful luck. If your teeth are slightly yellow but lean more toward white you will also have good luck. Whereas teeth that are completely brilliantly white are considered bad luck. Teeth that are crooked are also considered bad luck. If a person has thin teeth they are dangerous and untrustworthy. If a person had all their teeth they were going to be rich and famous. If a person has less than twenty-five teeth they will have health problems and be stressed. If a person has less than twenty-five teeth they will struggle and have hardships. Teeth that have gaps are a symbol of cheaters while teeth with a small gap symbolize talkativeness.

The Bambara tribe from Ancient West Africa felt that different teeth had different symbolic meanings. Incisors were a symbol of happiness and fame. The molars are a symbol of perseverance, while the canines symbolize hatred and hard work.

In modern times, teeth tattoos are common. If there is a tattoo of a molar it symbolizes progress. Wisdom teeth tattoos symbolize wisdom, and canine tattoos symbolize the wild.

Teeth symbols can be found in dental office logos, jewelry, tattoos. Some bakeries have tooth logos with the moniker sweet tooth in the logo also.

Symbols {195} ~ Rainbow

The rainbow is a symbol that has different meanings to people around the world. From the stone age through modern times, the rainbow has been an important symbol to many cultures.

The Mbuti people of Africa have been around since the stone age. Khonvoum, one of their most important gods, carries a bow with two snakes. This bow, to people, looks like a rainbow. Khonvoum is a creator god and the rainbow symbolizes creation. The god Tore is a hunter god and god of thunder. He hides behind rainbows symbolizing good weather. The Pygmy tribes of Africa believe that the gods use rainbows to communicate their wishes.

In many cultures, the rainbow is believed to be a bridge. In ancient Polynesian cultures, the rainbow was believed to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Souls who had died would cross the rainbow into heaven. Hawaiian gods use the rainbow to return to earth. The rainbow symbolizes transformation in the Polynesian culture. In the Maori tradition, Uenuku is the god of rainbows. In New Zealand, the rainbow is a prophecy. If a rainbow appeared over a tribe that was going to battle, they would lose the battle. If the tribe going into battle were on either side of the rainbow, they would win. In ancient Indonesian culture, the rainbow was also used as a way for priestesses to row on a boat to heaven to obtain healing powers. The rainbow was also used to transport the soul boat to the next realm. Bhatara Guru was the lord of the rainbow and he created the rainbow as a passage between heaven and earth. Kalacunya, the god of thunder and storms created the rainbow. Kalacunya made the rainbow to allow water from the northern and southern seas to travel to the land to produce rain for fertile crops. In ancient Japan, Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, a divine couple that the gods created stood on a rainbow bridge to create the earth. The bridge linked the heavens and the earth. In Melanesian culture, the sun spirits use rainbows as bridges. These sun spirits, or Adaro, come to earth during sun showers. A burning rainbow bridge called Bifrost is a part of ancient Norse society. It stretches from Asgard to the earth.

Some cultures named their gods and goddesses after rainbows. Iris was the name of the messenger God in Ancient Greece. She is the goddess of the rainbow. She is the goddess of the sky and sea and the underworld. She uses the rainbow to travel throughout the realms. The Chibcha tribe in Columbia feels that the rainbow is a symbol of a goddess who protects pregnant women. In Ancient Australian culture,  the Rainbow Serpent Mother created the world. In Ancient Africa, the rainbow is a symbol of creation. The Rainbow Goddess created the universe.

In China, the rainbow represents yin and yang. It is a symbol of fertility and universal harmony.

Different cultures also attribute quantities to the color of the rainbow. In Mesopotamia and India, the rainbow’s seven colors are associated with the Seven Heavens.

The rainbow can also be a foreboding symbol. In Vietnam, the rainbow is considered a bad omen from the gods and it is associated with sickness and death. The indigenous peoples of the Adaman islands feel the rainbow is a sign of the rain spirit’s drum bringing disease and death. The Incan tribe believed the rainbow was a man-eating sky serpent whose appearance was a bad sign.

In modern times the rainbow is still used as a symbol. In Ireland, the rainbow symbolizes good luck and blessings from heaven. The rainbow is also a symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. The rainbow flag was developed in 1978 and is a symbol of inspiration, hope, and diversity.

Symbols {194} ~ Anguipedes

Anguipedes had serpents for tails or legs and either a rooster, lion or human head. Abraxas, from Persian origins, was one of the most famous anguiped. He was the ruler of the 365 heavens according to ancient Greecian texts and was called the First Principle. Later the Catholic church called him a demon, but his origins were as a god.

Another well-known anguiped that carried the whip of Helios, the sun god and a shield was called Elias and was the god that Jesus called to when he was being crucified. This belief was held by a cult of people who combined paganism and Judaism in ancient times.

Typhon was depicted as an anguiped in ancient Greco-Roman art close to 400 BC. Typhon was one of the most deadly serpents in Greek mythology. Gaia bore Typhon after the gods destroyed the Giants she had birthed. Typhon challenged Zeus to a battle for the cosmos but lost. Typhon was married to Echidna, another anguiped who had the body of a woman and the legs of a serpent. She gave birth to many creatures including Cerberus, the dog who guarded the gates of hell, Chimera who breathed fire and had the body of a lion, and the tail of a serpent. She was also the grandmother to many other monsters.

The Giants were also anguipedes. They were the children of Gaia and Uranus. The Giants battled the gods and were vanquished. Jupiter, the god of thunder has been depicted riding an anguiped showing the victory of the gods over the giants.

Anguipedes were often depicted in artwork and on coins. Some of the coins that depicted Abraxas and Elias were said to hold magical properties.

Symbols {193} ~ The Thyrsus

The thyrsus was the rod of Dionysus, the Roman god of drink and pleasure. The thyrsus symbol is a pinecone on top of a fennel stalk with a headband tied to the shaft of the stalk. The thyrsus could turn water into wine when used by Dionysus. The pinecone is a symbol of immortality and the thyrsus was also used by Maenads.

Dionysus used the thyrsus to turn water into wine, however, his thyrsus had a spear tip in the pinecone. The tip of the thyrsus produced madness. Dionysus thyrsus is referred to as a spear enveloped in vine leaves.

Symbols {192} ~ The Nandyavarta

The Nandyavarta symbol comes from two ancient religions. The symbol itself is a maze symbol with four arms with nine turns and corners. One of the religions where the Nandyavarta symbol appears is the ancient Indian religion, Jainism. The Nandyavarta symbol is one of the three auspicious signs and one of the eight auspicious symbols from the Svetambara sect. It is a teaching tool and symbol of an enlightened mind that is sometimes used for worship.

The Nandyavarta is also a symbol for two Tirthankaras or spiritual leaders in Jainism. In the Svetambara sect, the Nandyavarta symbolizes the eighteenth Tirthankar Aranatha, and in the Digambara sect, it represents the seventh Tirthankar Supershvanatha. In Jainism scriptures, it is said that followers must draw the auspicious symbols, including the Nandyavarta symbol, in unbroken rice before they can start their daily prayers. The Nandyavarta symbol is a symbol of joy and prosperity in Jainism.

In Hinduism, the Nandyavarta symbol is based on the lunar swastika, a sacred and mysterious symbol. When meditating and following the Nandyavarta symbol inward, the eye will follow a route leading to the center. There will be a choice of three routes outward from the center of the Nandyavarta symbol. The three routes represent the three paths to salvation in Hinduism: the karma-marga which is the path of duties, the jnana-marga which is the path of knowledge, and the bhakti-marga which is the path of devotion. The Nandyavarta is a symbol of inner mysteries to be found in the unconscious, the womb, and the Holy of Holies. In Hinduism, the Nandyavarta symbol is a good omen.

Ancient Indian cities were planned using the Nandyavarta symbol. The Nandyavarta symbol was also used in ancient Indian art and has been found on images of the Buddha and vijnaptipatra, which were scrolls used to encourage travelling between cities. The symbol is still drawn in rice and can be found on greeting cards, postcards, tattoos, fine art, and prints.

Symbols {191} ~ Lamia

Lamia was a goddess with the body of a serpent and the head of a woman. Lamia was the Greek name for the Libyan based serpent goddess referred to as Medusa. Lamina was probably a variation on the Mother Goddess. Lamia have appeared in different cultures during different eras throughout the world. They are generally portrayed as a woman with breasts and the tail of a serpent.

In Ancient Greece, Lamia was believed to be a beautiful human that Zeus fell in love with. They had children together. Zeus’ wife Hera found out about Lamia and killed all of her children. It was believed that Lamia lived in a cave and hunted, stole, and ate other mother’s children out of jealousy. Because Lamina could not sleep, Zeus created a way for her to remove her eyes. The only way Lamina could sleep was if she had one eye out or was drunk.

According to the Ancient Greek Historian Diodorus, Lamina was invoked by mothers as a bogeyman to scare their children. Horace, the Ancient Roman poet, also mentions Lamina as a devourer of children.

Around 1 AD, a lamia was mentioned in the book Life of Apollonius of Tyana where he states that a Lamina was fattening up a member of Apollonius’ crew in order to eat him.

In the Latin Vulgate Bible Lamia was changed to Lilith, who was the obstinate first wife of Adam. In the Revised Version of the Bible, Lilith is referred to as a night monster. In the book of Job, lamina symbolize hypocrisy.

In Germanic culture, a lamia was said to lead the nixies which were water spirits bearing the tail of a fish. In Greece, Lamia were also she-monsters who hunted people to drink their blood and satisfy sexual desires, similar to vampires.

Lamina in the Early Middle Ages referred to monsters who stole children and tore them apart. In the 9th century, lamina were female seductive spirits who threatened marriages, according to Christian writers at the time. Medieval Christians referred to Lamina as a succumbs, a spirit who sucks the life (or semen) out of a man.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Lamia symbolized witches. Many poems were written about Lamia including one written by John Keats, In 2019, a 1920s tone poem written by Dorothy Howell called “Lamia” was recorded and released within a British tone poem recording. There is a football club in Greece called Lamia. There are also bands in Kazakhstan and Argentina with the name “Lamina.”

Symbols {190} ~ The Tetragrammaton

The Tetragrammaton symbol is formed with the letters YHWH which stands for the secret word for God or EHYH that stood for female, or Eve. The word tetragrammaton means four-letter word.

In Hebrew the four letters yod, he, yau, he form YHWH which was the Ineffable Word of God. This name was only spoken once a year by the high priest. It was considered holy and magical. It could be found on amulets and charms. The Tetragrammaton was considered the embodiment of Yahweh himself. The Tetragrammaton had a secret element. This was the base HWH which stood for life, being, or woman. This became Eve when translated into Latin.

Samaritan amulets often contained the male YHWH and the female EHYH, which were two versions of the Tetragrammaton. The two versions were intertwined when written on parchment for use in phylacteries, which were armbands wrapped around the arm seven times with the end held in the wearer’s hand.

When the Bible was translated into Latin, the letter Y did not translate. Instead, it was replaced with the letter J to form JHWH which translated into Jehovah. From the 10th to the 19th centuries Christians referred to the Tetragrammaton as Jehovah. In the 20th century, the Tetragrammaton was returned to Yahweh which came from 2nd century Christians.

In the nineteenth century, Eliphas Levi wrote a book called Transcendental Magic. Levi was considered a magician and in the book, he included the Tetragrammaton symbol inside a pentagon. This represented god, nature, and the occult. Tetragrammaton amulets and jewelry are still common today among occultists and magicians.

Symbols {189} ~ Proteus

Proteus is the Greek god of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon, the sea god. Proteus was a shape-shifting god of the sea. He could become any form he wanted to including the human form, animal form, and elemental form (fire, air, earth, and water). He was a prophet but he would only prophesy to those who caught him while he was sleeping and compelled him to speak. Because of his ability to shape-shift, it was difficult for anyone to capture him. Jung called Proteus a symbol of unconsciousness because just like the dream world he shifts his shape and speaks in riddles.

His symbol is one of a curved trident on top of an inverted straight trident. Proteus knew the past, present, and future because he was a prophet. The trident represents the past, present, and future. The inverted trident is not curved. It is a straight trident, or in some cases the base of a table, or altar. The symbol is also used to represent the planet Neptune, the water planet.

Proteus was in charge of Poseidon’s sea flocks including sea animals and monsters. He was generally found in the shape of a sea lion. Proteus would spend all his time in the sea and then come out to sleep on a rock. Aristaeus who was the son of Cyrene and Apollo had bees. All of his bees died. He sought out Proteus to find out why the bees had died. Despite Proteus having altered his shape, Aristaeus was able to capture and hold him. Proteus told Aristaeus why the bees had died and how to get them back. Aristaeus followed Proteus’ instructions and was able to get another swarm of bees for his apiary.

Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Joyce referenced Proteus in their works of literature. Several modern-day companies use Proteus in their company names including software companies, healthcare, and fitness. Progress Wrestling has a Proteus Championship. This winner of the championship determines how the next round will be fought, thus it is an ever-changing sport. Amoeba proteus is thus named because it constantly changes form and has no fixed shape.

Symbols {188} ~ Feather

Feather symbolism is found in different cultures. In Ancient Greece, Hera the goddess of families was represented by a peacock. Hera had asked a hundred eyed man to keep an eye on her husband, Zeus. Zeus had the man killed and Hera turned him into a peacock. His eyes are on the tip of the peacock feather. In Ancient Greece, people believed the flesh of the peacock never decomposed so their feathers were also considered a sign of immortality.

In Ancient Egypt, feathers symbolized truth, order, and justice. The goddess Ma’at would weigh her feather against a person’s heart when they died. If the heart was heavy with sin the person would not be admitted into paradise.

In China, peacock feathers symbolize luck and fame. Eagle tail feathers symbolize love in China. Swan feathers symbolize sincerity in China.

In Hinduism, Lord Krishna has peacock feathers adorning his head. The feathers represent royalty and power. Feathers are kept in the house to promote prosperity.

Native Americans believe that feathers symbolize honor, wisdom, trust, strength, freedom, and power. Eagle feathers are most esteemed and symbolize the bravest, highest, and strongest. Native American warriors were often gifted with feathers after winning a battle. Feathers also symbolize the divine in Native American culture as birds fly in the heavens. Feathers were also a way to send messages to the spirits and their ancestors. Southwestern Native American tribes made prayer sticks topped by a plume of feathers. They put these sticks in sacred places. These prayer sticks were an offering to their ancestors.

In New Zealand, white feathers were worn by the Maori prophet Te Whiti o Rongomai. The white feathers symbolized pacifism. In the United States Marines, the white feather is a symbol of persistence and courage. Feathers are also considered a symbol of freedom and flight as they come from birds who soar in the sky. They symbolize transcendence from barriers. Feather symbols are found in airlines, automobile companies, online chats, television stations, law firms, and more.

In Mesoamerica, feathers symbolize abundance, riches, power, and fertility. Feathers were found on shields, garments, and headdresses. When soldiers died during combat, they were buried with feathers. The resplendent quetzal provided the most important feathers. These feathers were reserved for deities and the emperor.

Symbols {187} ~ Caskets

Caskets, or coffins, are used in some cultures as a place to put a body before burial. Caskets symbolize death, but they also have different symbolic meanings. In Ancient Greece, large clay pots called Pithoi were used to represent the womb the dead would be reborn from. In Ancient Egypt, The sarcophagus was a symbol of rebirth and often had the goddess Nut painted on the inside of the lid to embrace the dead on their journey toward their new life.

In the Hindu culture, the casket is a symbol of the Self. In the Atharva-Veda, the casket is a symbol of the Self, the inner void that surrounds and protects from all aggression.

In Christianity, caskets represent eternal life. They are the structure that holds a person on their way to being reborn in eternal life. Different casket types hold different meanings. An oak casket symbolizes a full, long life. A pine casket represents luck and good fortune. A maple casket represents generosity and sweetness, and a mahogany casket represents security and safety.