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Sacred Symbols Meanings & Uses in Your Spiritual Practice

Om Symbol

Om - The Mother of All Mantras is the primordial sound by which the earth was created. The past, present and future are all blended in this one all-inclusive sound. When chanted, Om or Aum frees the consciousness to remember its natural state of connection to infinite source energy or Creation. By using this symbolic image, the concept of infinite love and infinite creation is conveyed beyond the limitation of words or ideas. This symbol, when used on water re-structures the molecules of the water to carry the same divine resonance. Also, when used anywhere visible to others, it rediates the message to all living beings beyond the limitations of conscious thought.

Gayatri Yantra
Gayatri Yantra - This symbol represents the illumined mind and far-sighted wisdom. Representing the words and sounds of the Gayatri Mantra, one of the most powerful Vedic affirmations, it removes the possibility of making wrong choices in life by empowering all truth. Calling upon Infinite Creation to enlighten all living beings, the symbol focalizes complex and cosmic wisdom about all earth elements, plants, trees, animals, insects, fishes and birds, making an understanding of the wholelife-creation available to all who view it. Using the Gayatri Yantra in a spiritual practice has a number of positive effects, including the ability to sharpen one's intellect and spiritual awareness. Used on water, it carries the harmonic resonance of the wisdom of all life. On a larger, universal scale, the use of the Gayatri Mantra and the sacred symbol, the Gayatri Yantra, representing those enlightened sounds, radiates vast and powerful knowledge to all beings.
Spiral Symbol
Spiral - The Spiral, which is the oldest symbol known to be used in spiritual practices, reflects the universal pattern of growth and evolution. The spiral represents the goddess, the womb, fertility and life force energy. Reflected in the natural world, the Spiral is found in human physiology, plants, minerals, animals, energy patterns, weather, growth and death. The Spiral is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our evolving journey in life. When used as a personal talisman, the Spiral helps consciousness to accept the turnings and changes of life as it evolves. The acceptance of change is one of the greatest freedoms a human can experience, putting consciousness in the present moment where the power of creation is condensed. On a larger scale, using this symbol assures all beings are reminded of their inward and outward evolution, a balanced and centered state of mind. On water, it carries the power to flow and change.
Hamsa
Hamsa, Hand of Fatima - The Hamsa or Hand of Fatima, was named after the daughter of Mohammed, but the symbol is used as a protective amulate by Muslimm, Christians, Egyptians, North Africans, and Jews. Hamsa, or Hamesh, refers to the five digits. The Two thumbs are often said to represent Osiris and Isis, and the fingers representing the offspring of that union. This symbol is used to represent the Goddess whose hand wards off evil intent and radiates love as a downward gesture of non-aggressive open-handedness. This is truly an early peace symbol. In using the Hamsa, an energy of peace prevails in all beings simply because the power of the hand radiates the cosmic connection between the hand of action and the heart of peace, which is a muchly needed positive force in the world right now. Many people place the Hamsa above their doorways, wear the symbol on chains or draw it on their possessions. The sacred nature of this symbol is that is sends a message of love and protection to all beings. On water, it carries the power of peace and sends a message to lay down arms, open hands and invite love.
Luna Goddess
Luna Goddess - Symbolic of the regenerative, life-giving forces of the cosmos, Luna Goddess represents the Moon as a keeper of wisdom and magical power.  Her hands connect above her head creating a halo of sacred knowledge. Her belly contains the genesis of light within the darkness of the womb. She holds the frequency of all life honoring the Great Cosmic Mystery in balance with the manifestation of earthly creation. Using this symbol enhances sacred creativity within the consciousness of the individual, and on a larger scale, helps to maintain a sacred reverence for the darkness that is in the process of giving birth to light. Where darkness prevails on earth, within individuals or populations, Luna Goddess silently resonates a remembrance and a return to reason and balance. When using this symbol on water, the power of the Moon's magnetic resonance influences molecules to seek the Great Mystery and learn from Her Power.
Wisdom Eyes
Wisdom Eyes of Buddha - Through these eyes we are reminded to look at the world with deep compassion, balancing earth realities with higher consciousness. The spiral at the third eye represents the process of unfolding spiritual awakening, and is represented by primordial energy moving into manifestation. Below the eyes, appearing much like a nose, the reversed symbol is a stylized Sanskrit symbol representing the numeral "one", standing for the unity of all things on earth. By balancing spiritual awakening with earth challenges, one is able to develop strong compassion for themselves and others in considering the journey all beings take when they enter this realm of consciousness. Used on water, compassion becomes second-nature as this harmonic resonance passes through all molecules.
Lotus
Lotus - This powerful and ancient image symbolizes harmony, spiritual illumination and unlimited potential. The lotus is a type of water lily which rises from the sludge of muddy waters and opens into a beautiful flower. It is often used as a mandala, or circular symbol, but any way you use the Lotus in a spiritual practice, it will provide a resonant field that reinforces the concept of resurrection. Human mistakes and challenges are the fertilizer for brilliance and awakened creation as the Lotus shows us. Borne in the murkiest of ponds, Lotus still emerges pure. Use the Lotus as a reminder that "this, too, shall pass." Be assured that all fertilizer nurtures a beautiful new life. In the greater world, Lotus is a peaceful cosmic beacon for forgiveness, gratitude and compassion to prevail where the sludge of conflict has resided. Using this symbol on water invites a balance between humility and pride.
YinYang
Yin Yang - Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. This represents the unity between all opposites – the masculline and the feminine; the darkess and light. Yin and Yang symbolize the primal cosmic forces. Yin is receptive, passive, cold, feminine energy. Yang is masculine, movement, force and heat. The dark and light represent knowledge and ignorance. In a spiritual practice, use the Yin Yang to help maintain a balance between opposites and instill unity personally and globally. In seeing the opposites, it is noted that each has a little of the other, which is often overlooked in life. Instead of seeing absolute, learn to see an all inclusive form of diversity. This symbol has been a universal symbol of balanced consciousness for thousands of years and brings inner radiance to all who view it. In using this symbol on water, all elements will become balanced, all molecules will pass this balance to all beings.
Seed of Life
Seed of Life - This sacred geometry is the center of the larger Flower of Life, a sacred blueprint of all Creation. The pattern is also repeated in the Kabalistic Tree of Life and appears in most all early religious traditions in the Middle East. Used in religious art, it often represents the all-seeing eyes of God. The overlapping circles represent the omniscience of Creation honoring the infinite connections of all life circles, nurturing diversity. As a spiritual practice, use the Seed of Life to hold a morphogenic field of acceptance for all beings, all cultures, all beliefs, realizing that all circles rotate through the center of creation, and thus establishing the holiness of all orientations. In a larger context, the Seed of Life resonates tolerance and infinite source energy for all beings. Placed on water, the Seed of LIfe will be a silent reminder of your place in the web of creation.
Tomoe Symbol
Tomoe - (Toh-moh-ay) This symbol is frequently seen on Buddhist and Shinto temples. Its name means turning or circular energy, referring to the motion of the earth. The Tomoe represents the play of forces in the cosmos. Visually, the Tomoe is made up of interlocked flames resembling tadpoles. These are energy patterns revolving through space and time, ever replenished from the center of all being. The most common Tomoe emblem has three flames and reflects the earth, the heavens, and humankind. To use the Tomoe in a personal spiritual practice, is to invite infinitely accelerated power of the cosmos to be part of your consciousness, providing balanced and abundance support for all endeavors. Universally, the Tomoe radiates a never-ending source of energy from the interaction of all three forces creating Regenerative Cosmic Consciousness as the source of all Creation. Water becomes vibrantly energized with this symbol.
Triad Symbol
Triade - The Triade, Triskele, or Triple Spiral, is an ancient Celtic symbol related to earthly life, the afterlife and reincarnation. it is drawn in one continuous line, suggesting a fluid movement of time. Triades are one of the most common elements of Celtic art. They are found in a variety of styles in both ancient and contemporary uses, especially in relation to depictions of the Mother Goddess. They also evoke the universal concept of the domains of material existence- earth, water, and sky; body, mind and spirit; and the eternally spiraling cycles of time. Used in a personal spiritual practice, this symbol reinforces the movement and interconnection between the dimensions or realms of consciousness – ordinary reality, the underworld, the overworld, all integral to a complete earth experience. In larger context, the Triade radiates the potential of complete experience and wisdom for all. In water, the harmonic convergence of all truths bring a quality to water that nourishes all cells with expansive potential for greater creation.