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What is a symbol? Definition and Meanings

Symbols usually represent objects and give clues to abstract or supernatural events and the opinions or concepts of historical cultures. They are products of collective thinking and are the shortest way to describe something.

In the opinion of Carl Gustav Jung, symbols are not a sign of the ordinary; they are images of an invisible spirit and have a meaning far beyond themselves. When words are inadequate symbols provide their own language of communication. Although symbols are perceivable, sometimes their true meaning is not visible.

The sacred art of symbols reflects the opinion of spiritual religions by associating them with icons, talismans, amulets, charms, idols, figures, etc. Divine grace is imparted to them and blessed, so showing respect or reverence to the image or icon is the same as addressing it directly to their God.

Today, even in the modern world, we are surrounded by symbols whose beliefs and traditions go back thousands of years. They have succeeded in their most important function of guarding and protecting their secrets and confidential information.

These ancient teachings and beliefs have reached us today thanks to these symbols. They have survived in opposition to time, space, and cultural differences, and now these symbols open the door to a very different world. They express the unseen, by using icons of the contemporary world to illuminate the spiritual forces that surround human life and with it the parallelism between the visible with the unseen worlds, as natural events and physical things are inevitably symbolized in the unseen world.

To understand these symbols we must intuitively synthesize the information and open our minds to very different knowledge and perceptions.



Symbols are used to represent invisible objects, colors, or figures. In other words, symbols are the theoretical ideas, beliefs, concepts, and emotions which can be represented by figures, colors, and letters.

From past to present, the symbols especially used for the purpose of bringing good luck or protecting from evils and at the same time represent the state of belonging.

The cross symbol used by the people of the Christian Community is a good example of this issue.

Symbols have got deep meanings and wide areas of use. Also, symbols are classified in various ways; such as good luck symbols, religious symbols, symbols of nature.

The most commonly used symbols are luck symbols which thought to have positive effects on the person's life and protective symbols are believed to protect from the evil eye and envy.


What Are The Mythological Good Luck Symbols?

Mythological symbols are Mysterious. Because they were also used in order to hide something as well as intended to explain something.

The basic ideas here are;

  • Hiding the facts from the people who have not reached the stage of learning the truth.
  • To protect the people who cannot tolerate the energy of facts which carried by the knowledge.
  • For reduction to simplistic the part of this information that must be known by the ordinary people.

Good luck symbols and protection symbols that used in mythology are usually monsters which half-human half-animal or half of the bird, land or sea.