Connecting with the Universe: Popular Symbols and Their Spiritual Meanings

"And if you're ever lonely, just look at the moon. Someone, somewhere is looking at it too" - Unknown

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Whether you're waiting in line at the grocery store or are stuck in a traffic jam, wearing a meaningful piece of jewelry can inspire a deeper connection with the universe and self, serving as a reminder of what matters to you most. 

Our Dreamer Collection includes over a dozen exquisite pieces that will nourish your spirit and soul in a most aesthetically pleasing manner. But first, let's look at the meanings behind some of the most popular symbols you may have seen before: 

Ahimsa - A Sanskrit word meaning 'do no harm' applies to all living beings including animals. Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues of Buddhism, Hinduism & Jainism. It is a multidimensional concept, inspired by the premise that all living beings have the spark of the divine spiritual energy, to hurt another being is to hurt oneself.

 

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‘Awakening of Enlightenment’- Reversible sitting Buddha and lotus flower pendant with words to inspire each of us... compassion, karma, peace, love, kindness, respect and tranquility.

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Buddha - One who is enlightened or fully awakened to the true nature of the universe is considered a Buddha. The Buddha acts as a teacher and leads others.

 

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Evil Eye - The evil eye symbol is a talisman in many cultures, dating back to at least the 6th century BC. As a class, they are called "apotropaic" talismans, meaning that they turn away or turn back harm. It is believed that wearing an evil eye will protect you or ward off any harm or illness that may be inflicted from a malevolent glare.

 

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Lotus Flower - The lotus flower symbolizes new beginnings, purity and enlightenment. Buddhists liken the unfolding of the lotus petals to the unfolding of the divine within the human self. The closed bloom represents the heart with its infinite potential for enlightenment; the open blossom represents the enlightened self. In Buddhism, the lotus blossom represents a heart-opening. The lotus flower blooms on the surface of the water, with its roots deep below in mud - making it a symbol of light and beauty emerging from darkness.

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Om - Aum is the main symbol of Hinduism, it signifies God, Creation, & the One-ness of all creation. (Sometimes shown as om, aum or ohm.) Om is the “primordial seed” of the universe—this whole world, says one ancient text, “is nothing but om.” The three letters also indicate three planes of existence, heaven, earth, and the netherworld. Om is said to be the essence of the Vedas and is considered to be the sound of the Sun and the sound of Light - basically the ‘sound of life’. The chanting of Om revitalizes the body, soothes the mind, nourishes the soul and prepares us for meditation. Om is considered the most powerful of all Indian mantras (sacred chants), and is considered to be the root mantra from which all other mantras emerge.

 

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Infinity - The infinity comes from the Latin word “infinitas,” meaning boundlessness. It has no beginning and no end, reflecting the belief that in life and in the universe, there is nothing but an unending continuum. In ancient India and Tibet, it represented perfection, dualism, and unity between male and female. In the occult tarot, it's linked to magic and represents equilibrium or the balance of various forces. No wonder it’s such a popular symbol in jewelry! Wear one to remind yourself of your limitless potential or give one as a give to a friend or a partner to show them your invested in the relationship for eternity.

 

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Namaste - "We are all one when we live from the heart." The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra and acknowledges the soul in one by the soul in another. To perform Namaste, place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. Yoga teachers initiate Namaste as a symbol of gratitude and respect toward their students, and in return invites the student to connect with their lineage.

 

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Hamsa Hand - The word Hamsa originates from the ancient Semitic root word for the number five. The Hamsa can be worn around the neck as a talisman to protect the wearer from general misfortune or as an amulet, for example, it can be hung in baby carriages. The spiritual protection of a Hamsa Hand brings good fortune, love, happiness, and good health.

 

 

 

Lunar Goddess - The lunar goddess is a traditional symbol of female energies. The lunar goddess, also known as the moon goddess, is a traditional symbol of female energies throughout many cultures and form a central role in mythology. Many of the lunar goddesses throughout history have also been associated with magic and the intuitive nature of women, as well as fertility. The triple moon goddess represents the three phases of the moon's cycle. The new moon (maiden) symbolizes the power of regeneration, rebirth, and renewal. The full moon (mother) symbolizes motherhood, nurturing and fulfillment. The waning moon (crone) symbolizes old age, the ability to understand the circle of life and the deep soul wisdom gained from experience.

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Tree of Life - The tree of life is a powerful, life-affirming symbol in almost every culture. With its branches reaching towards the sky, and roots embedded deeply in the earth, it dwells in three worlds, becoming a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld... uniting above and below. Many believe the tree represents family, mother nature, wisdom, knowledge, healing, bounty and the eternal cycle of the seasons. The Tree of Life is all that is true, wholesome, stable, and noble. When you are in need of stability and strength in your life - envision the tree of life in your mind's eye.

 

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Moon or Lunar Phases - The moon has always been a powerful and symbolic part of cultures around the world. The moon is a feminine symbol, universally representing the rhythm of time as it embodies the cycle. The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dark side of Nature herself. It also provides an analogy for the stages of human development: the new moon is infancy, the crescent is youth and adolescence, the full moon is maturity and pregnancy, and the waning moon represents the decline of life, sleep.

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Mudra hand - Mudras are a silent language of self-expression used in Hindu and Buddhist teachings and are often used for healing purposes. The Gyana Mudra represents home, taking you back to your roots and inviting calmness and meditation.

Sanskrit Prayer - "Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu" a beautiful Sanskrit prayer meaning - May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

 

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Claddagh Meaning- "With these hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love." People wear a Claddagh ring all over the world as a symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. When it is worn on the right hand, with crown and heart facing out, the ring tells that the wearer’s heart has yet to be won. While in a relationship it is worn with heart and crown facing inwards. Wearing the ring on the left hand, with the crown and heart facing out, signifies that your heart has been won. The hands are there for friendship, the heart is there for love. For loyalty throughout the year, the crown is raised above.

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