Since school started, I really wanted to have my own logo. I had no idea what to do, so, I just used something customized/template from Vista Print. I have gone through two sets of cards and yes they are beautiful, but they really didn't say much. Today...my own personalize logo.
Before we get into the meanings of the symbols on this logo, I wanted to tell a brief story. I remember over 15 years ago, wanting to open a Sacred Building that had 8 walls to it. On each wall would be a representation of a religion currently used today. That was well before school and COEXIST appeared everywhere. I have always believed that we should be able to coexist with each other and that most religions bring something to the table. So, when this logo was somewhat complete, it really felt right and I remembered why.
With the help of a friend, we made sure colors matched, there's depth to the 3D object and it has a lot of hidden meanings...
So, what does all this mean?
First the entire picture is a lotus flower.
In Buddhism the lotus is known to be associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. The flower is considered pure as it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean. Therefore in common with Egyptian mythology the lotus is seen as a sign of rebirth, but additionally it is associated with purity. The breaking of the surface every morning is also suggestive of desire, this leads to it being associated with spiritual enlightenment. https://www.lotusflowermeaning.net/
Next the center is a merkaba
Is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. http://www.crystalinks.com/merkabah.html
The different colors of the petals on the outer and inner circle represent the chakras. You can also add the rainbow and of course the LGBT community.
The symbols on the outside
Silver - Chinese symbol for Metal
Red - Chinese symbol for Fire
Orange - Norse rune for Joy
Yellow - Chinese symbol for Earth
Green - Chinese symbol for Wood
Light blue - Chinese symbol for Water
Darker blue - Norse rune for Success
Purple - Chinese symbol for Spirit
On the inner ring those symbols represent different religions. These symbols mean something to me and it's more to send a message of Inner Faith and less about arguing points.
(All of the italic information below was retrieved from http://symboldictionary.net/?p=2544)
Purple - cross - Christianity
The most well known cross is the Latin cross, which to Christians, represents the cross of Christ’s crucifixion.
The cross of Christianity was a later symbol of the faith, replacing the lamb, fish, alpha/omega, and phoenix as emblems. It was previously considered a pagan symbol, with several early church fathers objecting to its use.
Light Gray - yin-yang -Taoism
The yin yang is the easily recognized Taoist symbol of the interplay of forces in the universe. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang represent the two primal cosmic forces in the universe. Yin (moon) is the receptive, passive, cold female force. Yang (sun) is masculine-force, movement, heat. The Yin Yang symbol represents the idealized harmony of these forces; equilibrium in the universe. In ancient Taoist texts, white and black represent enlightenment and ignorance, respectively.
Light red - OM - Hinduism
The word Om (aum) derives from the Sanskrit. In Vedic religions, the Om is the primordial sound by which the earth was created- a similar concept to the Greek Logos. It symbolizes unfolding or expansion- when pronounced, it begins in the lungs, and ends on the lips. The symbol representing Om is called the omkar, and has four parts, representing the four states of human awareness.
Light orange - Pentacle
The Pentagram has a long and complex history as a religious symbol. Found scrawled in caves of ancient Babylonia.
it was used by medieval Christians to symbolize the five wounds of Christ, and figured in the heavily symbolic Arthurian romances. In medieval times, the pentagram represented the proportions of the human body.
Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the pentagram was commonly used (ironically) as a charm against witches and demons. (like other protective knots, it was considered effective only if drawn perfectly)
It was not until the twentieth century that the pentagram became associated with Satanism, probably due to misinterpretation of symbols used by ceremonial magicians.
In alchemical texts, the four elements (in Latin)- flatus, ignus, aqua, terra, superseded by light, or divine energy- illustrated the process of creation, and the biblical motto Fiat Lux, or, “let there be light.”
In Wiccan/Pagan lore, the pentagram symbolizes the five elements- earth, air, water, fire, and spirit. The Wiccan emblematic pentagram faces point upward to symbolize the triumph of spirit over matter; the modern Satanic pentagram is transposed, point downwards, to symbolize earthly gratification, or the triumph of the individual over dissolution. Some Wiccan initiatory grades also utilize a reversed pentacle, although for different purposes.
Light yellow - Triquetra -
The triqueta symbol predates Christianity and was likely a Celtic symbol of the Goddess, and in the North, a symbol of the god Odin. Although it is often asserted that the triquetra is a symbol of a tripartite goddess, no such goddess has been identified with the symbol. Similar symbols do occur in some Norse and Celtic goddess imagery, but most likely represents the divisions of the animal kingdom and the three domains of earth.
The triqueta makes an ideal Christian symbol. It is a perfect representation of the concept of “three in one” in Christian trinity beliefs, and incorporates another popular Christian symbol, the fish, in its original form of the vesica pisces. It is sometimes enclosed within a circle to emphasize the unity aspect.
In Wiccan and Neopagan belief, the triqueta symbolizes the triple aspected goddess (maid, mother, and crone). The triquetra is also considered to represent the triplicities of mind, body, and soul, as well as the three domains of earth according to Celtic mythology- earth, sea, and sky.
Light green - Star of David - Judaism
The Star of David is the primary modern emblem of the Jewish religion. How it came to be such is a matter of some debate. It was not associated specifically with the faith until the middle ages, when it began to appear on flags, tombstones, and synagogue decorations. It is probably not coincidental that the symbol was important to the flourishing kabbalistic tradition of the same time period. Kabbalistically, the hexagram symbolizes the six directions of space, the divine union of male and female energy, and the four elements. The Star of David is also important in the Rastafarian and Messianic Christian faiths.
Light blue - Jain
The emblem of the Jain religion, symbolizing its main tenet, the doctrine of nonviolence. The hand is in the position of the abhaya or “no fear” mudra, a gesture-symbol shared with Hinduism and Buddhism. The wheel in the center of the palm is the wheel of Samsara (or dharmachakra); the word in the center of the wheel reads ahimsa, “stop.”
Med. blue - Unity symbol
The flaming chalice was originally the emblem of the Unitarian Church. The symbol was designed in the nineteen forties, and officially adopted in the seventies as an official symbol of the Unitarian Universalist Church. (This may or may not be true)
I work with the chakras, I'm friends with the Norse (somewhat), Chinese symbols for the elements that I work closely with and green for healing. The silver on the merkaba can be the moon energy and the gold the sun energy.
This whole thing says so much about me. I am eclectic so this appeals to that side of me. At a glance, it states that I have a believe in an Inner Faith as my religious choices and it holds to my creed of Open Mindedness.