Have you ever realized how many symbols you encounter every day? The purpose of any symbol is to convey meaning while saving space.
Some symbols that used to be commonplace have lost their original meaning, but other signs have taken on new meaning with a new generation.
But do we really know the true meanings of all of those symbols we use? Well, that’s what you will find out in today’s post.
From the swastika and crescent to the rod of Asclepius and the Maltese cross, here are 25 Common Symbols And Their Meanings.
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Arguably the most massively used symbol in electronic communication, the smiley was created in the early 1970s.
Within a perfect circle, there is the simplest, most childlike depiction of a happy face: two vertical, oval eyes and a large, upturned semi-circular mouth.
The choice of yellow as a background color was inspired by the sun, and it represents radiant unclouded happiness.
The male symbol is known as the Mars symbol. It’s a depiction of a circle with an arrow emerging from it, pointing at an angle to the upper right.
The Mars symbol is a representation of the shield and spear of the Roman god of war – Mars.
It is also the symbol of the planet Mars that is sometimes referred to as the “fiery planet” or “planet of war.”
The female symbol is the astrological symbol for the planet Venus, and it is also used to represent the female sex.
The circle reminds us of the inclusive nature of our universe; it also represents the woman’s womb.
The cross (added in the 16th century) resting beneath the circle indicates all matter is born from a spiritually inclusive, loving womb.
The origin of this iconic symbol is rooted in the very first Earth Day in April 1970.
Back then, Container Corporation of America, a paperboard company, sponsored a nationwide contest for environmentally-concerned art and design students to create a symbol representing the paper recycling process.
Student Gary Dean Anderson won the competition with his three arrows, representing the Earth’s finite resources and the need to conserve and renew them for future generations. The arrows are green because that is the color of nature.
Skull and Crossbones
This notorious symbol consisting of a human skull and two bones crossed underneath originated in the medieval ages when it was used to symbolize death.
Later on, it was adopted by pirates who put this symbol on their flags. These days, it is used as a warning label on containers of poisonous or dangerous substances.