I thought I knew what a symbol was… but I wasn’t seeing the whole picture.
Symbols are everything, everyone, every when… there is nothing that I can refer to that is not a symbol.
For example, a fish is a fish… but it is also a symbol. The Red Fish Necklace above could be viewed differently from each of the following perspectives… but all would agree that a fish is more than just a fish.
- The fish was sacred in Greco-Roman mythology where it symbolized change and transformation.
- In Christianity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith.
- Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility.
- The ancient Celtic symbolic meaning of fish was knowledge, wisdom, inspiration and prophecy.
- Ancient East India sees the fish as a symbol of transformation and creation.
- Ancient African creation myths tell of the symbolic meaning of fish as being fertility and creativity.
- In China, the fish is symbolic of unity and fidelity.
- Buddhist traditions recognize the fish as symbolizing happiness and freedom.
- Norse and ancient northern European cultures beliefs held that fish had symbolic meanings of adaptability, determination, and the flow of life.
“We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson