Pagan Symbols and Their Meaning

Air

Air

This is the Pagan symbol for air. Air is one of the 4 classic elements, and is mostly invoked during a Wiccan ritual. Air is the element of the east, and is sometimes connected with the breathe of life. In some cultures this is a male symbol that represents fire, however it is more commonly known to represent air, and the bringer of life. In some places you will see air represented with a circle with a dot in the middle, or even with a feather, or leaf like symbol. This however is the traditional symbol for air. Some traditions use this air symbol to symbolize rank in their secret mystery schools. It is typically one of the first degrees, but not always…Air is also associated with a type of communication with the mother goddess, and also with wisdom or the power of a collected mind. Much like in the Zelda Nintendo series that had the “Triforce of wisdom” which was a triangle. No matter where you are embrace the wind, and let it sweep away your troubles, and aid you in performing your magick.

Ankh

Ankh

The Ankh is an old Egyptian symbol used in many applications, and mystery initiations and mystery schools. It is probably one of the oldest symbols that has been used by magick for a very long time. The Egyptians would say that is a symbol for eternal life the “Egyptian Book of Living and Dying” calls it the Key of Life. Some say that the loop at the top represents the sun, while the vertical bar represents masculine energy, and the horizontal represents feminine energy. When combines altogether they represent fertility, and magical power. No matter how you look at this symbol it is obvious that it has a common ground of meaning life everlasting. Many groups and cultures have embraced it as a sign of protection, even in death. It has been featured on many tombs and sarcophagus in ancient Egypt. Usually it is depicted with gold paint which is astrologically tied to the sun. Since Egyptian influence has grown far past its borders, the Ankh can be seen used in many applications across the world, particularly in mystery schools, and secret fraternities. The Rosicrucians have used this symbol even though its very use has been shrouded in mystery throughout the ages. You better believe that it is still used today to invoke the most powerful types of magic.

The Celtic Shield

The Celtic Shield

The Celtic shield is often used to ward off evil spirits, and also for protection. Many people across the world have received tattoos or talismans of this object so that they can do this. Usually in this symbol it is always square, possibly to represent the 4 elements, earth, air, fire, and water. Sometimes in Celtic artwork you will see this symbol drawn in more detail with many more knots or more complex. This is easily seen throughout ancient Mesopotamia.

Earth

Earth

Earth is the ultimate feminine element, and sometimes considered the great womb. It is also used as a symbol of fertility, and the growing of crops in the soil. In tarot the Earth element is symbolic of the Pentacles.

The Elven Star

The Elven Star

The Elven Star or the 7 pointed star has many different uses. One is to keep secrets safe from prying eyes of other magicians. People sometimes wear it as an amulet to keep people from reading their mind. You could also use it on a book of spells to keep people from understanding, or knowing the true nature of the contents. The seven pointed star is a magical symbol, and the 7 points have many secret meanings, such as the 7 days of the week, the 7 pillars of wisdom, the 7 wonders of the world, or in Las Vegas with the 777 jackpot. Believe me, this is no coincidence.

The Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus is used to represent the Egyptian falcon-headed god Horus. It was often used as a form of protection against the evil eye of Ra. Many people and cultures have referenced the Evil Eye, and sometimes speak of it as a form of a curse. The eye of Horus however is exactly the opposite both literally and magically. Wear a talisman with this, or invoke it to protect your family and loved ones. This symbol according to ancient Egypt is connected to your soul, and even protects while you are in the afterlife.

The Eye of Ra

The Eye of Ra

The Eye of Ra is sometimes used to symbolize knowledge or enlightenment. Many mystery schools and fraternities, have used this symbol and invoked some very crazy evil demonic presences. Be careful with this symbol because it is very powerful and if used the wrong way, could mean certain disaster. This Eye of Ra is also used to ward off evil, and used as a protection amulet. Fishermen used to paint it on their boats to ward off evil curses before going out to fish the Nile river.

Fire

Fire

In the symbolism of the 4 classic elements, fire is masculine and a representative of the south. It is also often connected with a very strong will and very powerful energy. Some mystery schools have also used this symbol as a sign of rank or initiation. Even though fire is a destroyer it can also create some new life.

Pentacle

Pentacle

The 5 pointed star is meant to represent the 4 classic elements along with self, or spirit. This is probably the best known symbol throughout wiccan tradition today. It is often used in jewelry, cauldrons, and working tables or altars. An interesting fact is when you cut an apple in half through the middle, you will see a five pointed star. The apple has always been a sign of knowledge or wisdom. Think of the adam and eve story.

Water

Water

This a symbol for water. Water is connected to the west, and brings life. It is meant to be associated with the shape of the womb, and is invoked to promote healing or purification. Much like holy water that is used in many spiritual paths. You will find that a lot of religions pull knowledge from wicca as it is one of the Earth’s oldest religions. I hope you have enjoyed this post. There are many more symbols that I will get into later, however I feel that these symbols are probably the most important. Remember, do not do anything I wouldn’t do. Love and light.

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