Dictionary of Symbols 

A useful and comprehensive dictionary of symbols. The following are just a selection of the thousands of symbols used throughout the world. Depending on whether you religious or not, certain symbols will have a deep significance to you.

 

Dictionary of Symbols Meaning

Abbey  

An abbey is considered one of the luckier symbols and a sign of increasing wealth and comfort; you will gain much success in your life

Ace of Clubs      

The playing card, the ace of clubs is a lucky symbol. It signifies good news through the post

Ace of Diamonds             

You will be gratified by a good present or sum of money

Ace of Hearts    

Shows affection and happiness in the home

Ace of Spades   

The ace of spades playing card is believed to symbolise a large town or building

Acorn   

The acorn is considered a symbol of health, strength and gain through industry, a sowing of which you will see the reaping, a short journey from which there may be great results; good fortune and ease are predicted by several acorns

 

Aircraft

If flying towards consultant, hasty news or an unexpected journey; if stationary it gives warning that you will have but little success in your life unless you come out of the rut into which you have fallen

Albatross            

If seen with the sign of a ship or water it portends distress for those at sea; to sailors or to those associated with them it is an omen of sadness, meaning sorrow and sometimes death

Alderman           

To workers this is a sign that if they proceed with caution they will become prosperous

Alligator              

This is a bad sign of personal danger and distress possibly caused by those nearest to you; it also shows much mental disturbance and worry; if very near consultant a catastrophe is imminent

Almonds             

These denote festivities and social enjoyment, good and generous friends

Altar     

If with a figure near, sorrow and distress are foreshown

Amber 

The gemstone Amber is symbolic of several things. In Norse mythology it was thought that amber represented the goddess Freya's tears for her lost husband. It is also symbolic of sunlight due to its color. Amber is thought to have medicinal properties and in many countries Amber bracelets are worn by toddlers to ease teething pain

Anchor

A pleasing symbol of good and loyal friends, constancy in love, and the realisation of your wishes; an emblem of safety to a sailor

Angel   

This is a symbol of good fortune in love, radiance, happiness, and peace. A flying Angel is a token of love and joy which are swiftly approaching you

Ant        

The Ant is symbolic of hard work and of community living and most cultures around the world respect the ant. In Hindu belief, the Ant is symbolic of life and its many phases of change

Antlers

An accident is predicted by this symbol

Anvil     

Your strength and energy will bring you much success in new plans or enterprises

Ape       

This animal points to the fact that you have a secret enemy; it denotes malicious and dangerous persons whose tongues are to be feared; it is also a sign of despondency, care, anxiety, and fraud

Apples 

A pleasant sign of happiness, cheerful conditions, good health, and fortune

Apple Trees       

These predict a happy event in the apple season

Apron  

Near consultant brings a new friend; at a distance new work or acquaintances

Arab     

This symbol points to a need for caution in choosing your friends, or you may find yourself in the power of someone who will prove to be an undesirable companion

Arch

Things which you desire are developing in the wished-for direction; the arch is a sign of hope; your ambition may be gratified in a most unexpected manner. The Arch also symbolises passing from one state to another, such as from life to death. Many initiation rites require the individual to pass under an arch to be reborn and many brides and grooms pass through an arch to signify their new life together

Ark        

This symbol assures you of security and of finding refuge in times of distress and turmoil

Arm

If curved, it signifies love, protection, care and strength; stretched out, that a new influence will come into your life which will prove to be an endless source of joy and love

Armour

A suit of armour foretells that you will be called upon to face difficulties and dangers and that you will come through them with courage. See Knight in Armour

Arrow  

Unpleasant news or a disagreeable letter from the direction in which it comes

Artichoke           

This signifies sadness, disappointment and delay; sometimes a secret trouble is indicated by this symbol

Artist     To see an artist at work, indicates association with those who study art; also a happy nature finding much joy and beauty in life

Artist's Mahl Stick           

This implies an artistic temperament, a dislike of daily duties or irksome tasks, and a fretting under any routine; a lack of attention to detail is also a usual characteristic of this symbol

Arum Lily             

This flower stands for dignity, expectancy, and calm; its fuller meanings must be judged by other symbols around it

Asters   These flowers indicate a smooth though possibly a somewhat monotonous life; they also show a settled state of mind and sound judgment; if seen in the form of a wreath a death is predicted

Axe       

This shows mastery and power to overcome difficulties; sometimes separation. The Axe is an emblem of the Greek god Zeus and Hindu gods Shiva and Agni. It is also considered symbolic of death in some cultures

 

Badger 

For a maid, or a bachelor, this symbol predicts a single life, but one of freedom, health and success; for the married, it implies regret that they did not remain unmarried

Bagpipes             

This symbol gives warning of coming sorrow or much agitation and disturbance

Balloon

A symbol which indicates that much is attempted but little achieved; there is a passing enthusiasm for various experiments and new ideas, but the interest soon flags, and finally vanishes as the balloon in the clouds

Bananas              

These promise gratification and the occurrence of those things which are most pleasing to you; also a prediction of much happiness and success in love affairs

Bats      

An ill omen showing sickness and trouble in the home; with other signs, a prediction of death

Beehive

This is a symbol of eloquence, mental capacity, and much energy in forming new schemes and carrying them through; also of attainment to power and honour

Bees     

These foretell success through your own ability, many friends and enjoyment of life to the full

Beetle  

Beetles symbolise unrest, domestic tribulation, or disagreements; several beetles, that there is a risk of slander and abuse by those whom you regard as friends

Birds     

Birds symbolise happiness and joyful tidings; a single bird flying means speedy news, telegrams; birds in a row on a branch or line show that there will be vexatious delay in receiving some wished-for news; birds in a circle denote cogitation followed by swift decision

Bluebells             

A symbol of a forthcoming event that will bring you much satisfaction and pleasure may be expected to take place in the spring

Boar      

This animal shows much energy and push though not always in the right direction to bring you unqualified success; it is also a sign of obstacles in your path

Boat      

Success in a new enterprise; seen with clouds, troubles and disappointment

Bouquet             

This is a most fortunate symbol of coming happiness, love, fulfilled hope, and marriage

Broom 

Although commonly associated with witches and Halloween, the broom is not just symbolic of black magic. It is considered a symbol of removal. It is used to sweep away bad luck from the house and in Ancient Rome for example, the broom was used to sweep the floors of a house following a funeral to remove the bad spirits and was symbolic of a fresh start. At the end of a year, the Chinese use a broom to sweep away any bad luck.

Buffalo

A most unexpected and unusual happening, possibly causing agitation and uncertainty as to the best way to proceed

Bull        

An ill omen of misfortune, attacks of pain, or of slander by some enemy; if it gallops with tail up, personal danger or illness of someone dear to you

Bumble Bee       

This shows a cheerful disposition, making the best of everyone and everything, easily gratified tastes and pleasures; many friends and social success

Butterfly             

Passing pleasure, power of attraction, many admirers, and flirtations; to the lover it speaks of inconstancy

 

Cadency Mark  

Cadency Marks are symbols on a coat of arms which signify the rank of the son within the family. Different cadency marks signify the first born son. Subsequent sons each have their own unique cadency mark

Canterbury Bells              

These graceful flowers indicate that your happiness is to a great extent dependent upon others; if the figure of a woman appeared beside the flowers it will be through a woman that your best happiness comes, if a man were seen it will be one of the male sex to whom you must look for your chief joy in life

Carnations         

These sweet-scented flowers bring happiness, faithfulness, love, and good friends

Cat        

This is an uncomfortable sign of trickery, meanness, and quarrels among relations, money matters probably being the disturbing cause; a cat jumping shows worries and difficulty. In ancient Egypt, the cat was an emblem of the sun god and cats were considered sacred. Many were mummified and buried in special graveyard. In England and Japan a black cat is considered lucky however in America a black cat is symbolic of bad luck.

Caterpillar          

You are likely to be criticized unkindly by those who are envious of you, although you have no suspicion that these people are anything but friendly in their feeling towards you; there is slyness and deception, and it would be well to be on your guard or you may find unpleasant gossip has been spread about you

Chair     

A small chair shows an arrival; a large one, deliberation over a new plan

Chestnut Tree  

An event of interest and importance may be expected in the spring

Chrysanthemums           

These beautiful flowers assure you of a long desired hope in connection with someone dear to you which will be realised in the autumn

Clover  

A very lucky sign of coming good fortune

Cobra   

A warning of grave danger to you or yours

Cock     

A sign of forthcoming good news, of conquest and triumph

Cockchafer        

This predicts a bad harvest season; flying, the arrival of sudden news of a somewhat disagreeable nature

Crab      

Strife, family disagreements, an enemy

Crocuses             

These flowers are an emblem of joy, and of radiant happiness in love

Crystal Ball         

Crystal balls are said to symbolise the world as well as purity. Australian aborigines believe that crystals came from the rainbow serpent, the creator spirit

Cypress

This tree indicates that you bravely face a difficulty, and finally overcome it by your own endeavours

 

 

Daffodils             

A long-desired hope is about to come to pass, or a delightful holiday spent in the company of those most congenial to you

 

Dahlias 

A sign of some important event which you may expect to take place in the autumn; it also denotes thrift and increase of fortune

 

Daisies 

These imply that you have an attractive, child-like nature, finding happiness in simple pleasures; a circle of daisies means that you attract someone to you of the same nature as yourself who will become all the world to you

 

Dandelion          

Unexpected news of the marriage of an old friend whom you had always supposed would never marry

 

Dice      

Dice are symbolic of luck or chance and have been in use since ancient times

 

Doves  

These birds give a personal message of happiness and an assurance of faithfulness in love, peaceful circumstances, high ideals, and progress; to those who are at enmity this symbol proclaims reconciliation; to the sick or anxious, comfort and hope; to a business man, a fortunate omen of success

 

Dragon

Great and sudden changes about which there is an element of danger

 

Dragon-Fly         

Tidings of unexpected occurrences, unlooked-for events, new and advantageous opportunities, sometimes new clothes or furniture

 

Duck     

A sign of a taste for speculation; if more than one duck, success in work and enterprise, profitable undertakings. In Japan and China, the Duck is a symbol of marital bliss and fidelity

Eagle    

This predicts that you may expect most beneficial changes, the realization of a long-cherished hope, and possibly an inheritance of wealth from an unexpected source; a flying eagle shows the coming of wealth and honour after a change of residence; with a vulture, death of a monarch; a dead eagle, public loss and mourning

Earwig  

A sign of uncomfortable discoveries in the home, troubles with domestics, deceit and prying

Eels       

This is an unpleasant symbol meaning malicious tongues and treacherous friends, also gossip over money matters

Elephant             

A sign of power, travel, promotion, happiness and stability in love and friendship

Elm Tree             

A good omen of prosperity and coming happiness

Eros      

Eros is also better known as cupid and is the god of love. Eros is depicted carrying a bow and arrow which he uses to pierce the hearts of those about to fall in love

 

Falcon   This bird warns you to be on your guard, for you have an enemy

Ferns     Dignity, peace, and steadfast love are the meanings of this symbol

Ferret  

Jealousy and enmity are likely to cause you distress

Figs       

These indicate joy and abundance of the good things of this world; to those in business it is an omen of success and prosperity

Flowers

Many pleasant meanings may be given to this symbol, good fortune, happiness, love, marriage, and a large circle of admiring friends, being among them

Forget-me-not 

This flower speaks of the attainment of a cherished hope, also that you will probably find your truest happiness in love and marriage

Fox        

This denotes that you may have an unsuspected enemy, possibly disloyal dependents; sometimes it means theft and trickery

Foxgloves           

These show ambition and attainment; if broken or bending, defeated plans and hopes

Frog      

A change of residence; with other signs, new work or profession; with bad symbols around, unpleasant sights and stories

Fruit      

A happy sign of forthcoming prosperity and general advancement

 

Geranium            This flower shows a strong will and determined character, contentment, and happiness; it also denotes two opposite natures who have a great bond of affection between them

Gladioli These flowers indicate courage in the face of difficulty; hope and tenderness

Gold     

Gold is the most precious of all the metals and a symbol of perfection. Winners are presented with gold medals, bride and grooms exchange gold rings to each other on their wedding day and a good time or period in a persons life is referred to as 'a golden era'.

Grasshoppers   

These insects give warning of a poor harvest season; for an old person the risk of chill leading to severe illness

Green  

The color green is used all over the world on road signs and traffic symbols as

an indication of safety and the signal to 'go'

Greyhound        

This sign stands for energy and untiring activity which will bring you unqualified success; it also denotes that you may expect favourable tidings of the result of a new enterprise

 

Hare      The return of an absent friend after a long absence; if it is running, a journey is indicated; a dead hare foreshows money acquired through industry

Harp      This is a symbol of melancholy and is sacred to both the Jewish and Christian religions. The harp is an emblem of Wales and Ireland and also of the Celtic fire god Dagda

Harrissi Lily         

These graceful flowers predict peace, joy, hope, and a wedding

Hawk    

This is an unfortunate symbol, as it denotes circumstances in which people and things seem to be working against you, placing you in awkward and embarrassing predicaments

Heather              

A most fortunate sign of gratified wishes and of coming good luck; to lovers it is an assurance of much happiness

Honey  

Honey is the food of the gods and is also symbolic of femininity. Many cultures consider paradise to be the 'land of milk and honey'

Horse   

The horse is symbolic of speed and grace. They are also often considered symbols of nobility. Both the chariots of the Greek god Apollo and Surya, the Indian god of the sun had chariots which were drawn by white horses

Horseshoe         

An unexpected piece of good fortune, the achievement of your wish, and good luck in all you undertake; a double horseshoe hastens the arrival of your desires; a horseshoe reversed means an upset of plans causing much disappointment and vexation; a broken one denotes a dilemma, trials, or discomforts

Hyacinth             

This flower predicts love, joy, and gratified ambition

 

Iris         

These flowers bring a message of hope and pleasure. The Iris is a symbol of the Greek god Irises who was said to transport the soul of the dead to the underworld

Iron       

Iron is symbolic of power. In some cultures (Chinese, Egyptian and Islam) Iron is believed to be symbolic of darkness and evil. In English, the term 'a rod of iron' is used to describe a leader, teacher, employer or even parent who is strict and inflexible

Ivory     

Ivory is a symbol of purity and often associated with the Virgin Mary. Many Christian crosses were made of Ivory. To live in an 'Ivory Tower' is used to describe a person who is detached from the real world

Ivy         

Patience, understanding, steadfastness, and loyal friends are indicated by this symbol. It is also however considered a symbol of death as the Ivy plant takes essential water from trees causing them to die

Key       

The key is symbolic in many cultures and religions. A key is often presented to a young person when they reach their twenty first birthday to symbolise they have officially become an adult. In Christianity, God gave Saint Peter the key to the gates of heaven

Kingfisher

This beautiful bird signifies the return of someone for whom you have been longing; if flying, news of a surprising nature will speedily arrive

Kite       

Kites are symbolic of good health in both China and Japan. In China, kites are often decorated with butterflies and symbolize praying for the souls of the dead

 

Laburnum Tree

A sign of delight and the fulfilment of a cherished hope, probably occurring in the spring

Ladder 

The ladder signifies advancement, influential friends, and the attainment of good fortune

 

Ladybird              

The Ladybird is a symbol of good luck and is often nicknamed the 'bird of our Lady' because of its ability to remove pests from plants

 

Laurel   

The laurel tree is symbolic of power, ability and health

 

Leopard              

The leopard symbolises triumph over adverse circumstances or an evil report; two leopards are symbolic of fortune and misfortune following each other in quick succession

 

Lilac       

Lilac is an emblem of radiant happiness; joys shared with another, with whom there is perfect oneness of purpose and love

 

Lily-of-the-Valley            

Lily of the Valley is symbolic of realisation of love, and marriage

 

Lion       

One of the most fortunate symbols the lion indicated high hopes and excellent prospects, and is associated with distinguished persons, honour, and fame

 

Lizard   

The lizard symbolises treachery and the probability of a plot being laid against you by false and deceitful friends

 

Lobster

A pleasant event, or a good present, is shown by this symbol. In China, the lobster is symbolic of long life and it is often featured on New Year presents as a symbol of congratulations

 

Madonna Lily    

This flower means perfection and peace, and the assurance of love and truth

 

Magnolia            

This tree brings calm and peaceful conditions after a time of unrest

 

Magpie "

One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for a birth"; this ancient saying well explains the meaning of seeing magpies

 

Mars     

The planet Mars is symbolic of energy and was named after the Greek god of war. Mars is the ruler of the zodiac signs Scorpio and Aries

 

May Tree            

This signifies the receiving of a joyous message

 

Mercury              

The planet Mercury is symbolic of communication and understanding and rules the zodiac sign of Cancer

 

Mermaid            

To those associated with the sea, this is a warning of shipwreck or other peril

 

Mice     

These indicate danger of poverty through fraud or theft

 

Milk      

Milk is often considered to be the fruit of the gods and is symbolic of nourishment as it is both a food and a drink. Many cultures consider paradise to be the 'land of milk and honey'

 

Mistletoe            This signifies that a cherished hope is unlikely to be fulfilled, or at any rate it will only be after many months have passed, and when you have become weary of waiting. Mistletoe is symbolic of Christmas and the tradition of kissing a loved one under the mistletoe is a tradition known in most parts of the world and thought to originate from the belief that Mistletoe has magical properties.

 

Narcissus            

This flower shows sentiment and coming joy; also that some new idea will unfold itself to you in the spring and will prove to be of much advantage to you

 

Norse   

The Norse people, also known as the Vikings worshipped many gods including Odin, the god or war. Thor, the god of thunder and Frey, the god of fertility

 

Numbers            

Numbers are extremely symbolic and each number has its own unique meaning which differs between cultures. The number thirteen for example is unlucky in Christianity as there were thirteen people at the last supper. In South America however, the Mayans believe in thirteen heavens

 

Oak Tree             

This is a good omen of wealth, strength, and attainment of cherished hopes; for a lover, it predicts happiness and prosperity in marriage

 

Orchids

These give a pleasing assurance of coming good fortune and a life of ease and wealth. The Orchid is symbolic of perfection to the Chinese

 

Owl       

A bad omen of illness, misfortune, and poverty; if flying, you will receive tidings of grief; to lovers this bird is a symbol of bad news or unpleasant rumours; to those who are contemplating new work or enterprise the owl should be regarded as a warning to proceed with caution

 

Ox          An ox in his stall implies hospitality, domestic peace and abundance. The Ox is also symbolic of male power and strength

 

Palm Tree           

This is a symbol of honour, fame, and victory; increase of wealth, love, and marriage

 

Pampas Grass   

This is a sign that you will make a pathetic endeavour to find happiness in a life which is cast in a somewhat dreary lot

 

Pansy   

This flower is a symbol of understanding, modesty, and contentment; it is also a pleasant indication of faithful friends and happy days

 

Peacock              

A sign of the acquisition of property; a prosperous and happy marriage; with other signs, an unfortunate friendship

 

Pearl     

The pearl is a symbol of perfection and beauty and often used as a symbol of femininity. In mythology, pearls were said to be the tears of the gods

 

Pelican 

This bird is a symbol of loneliness, separation, and yearning for the unattainable; if it is flying you will receive news from those who are far away in isolated parts of the world

 

Penguin              

This strange bird indicates interesting news of expeditions and discoveries in the northern regions

 

Peonies

You will probably be called upon to make a decision of much importance before another summer is past; broken peonies predict that you may possibly throw away your chance of happiness by coming to a wrong conclusion

 

Quail     

The quail is a Chinese symbol of light and is also symbolic of courage. In both Hindu and Greek culture, the quail is a symbol of life

 

Queen 

A queen upon her throne indicates security, peace, and honour; sometimes the attainment to a high position through powerful friends

 

Quill Pen             

This shows that you may expect, before long, to sign your maiden name for the last time in a marriage register; with other signs, a legal document

 

Quoits  

This symbol indicates a journey to the country on pleasure

 

Ram      

An unpleasant person whom you would do well to avoid is indicated by this sign

 

Rat        

Treachery and other impending troubles, are foreshown by this unpleasant symbol

 

Raven  

This bird is an omen of gloom and despondency, disappointment in love, separation, failure in work; it is also a symbol of death for the aged

 

Red       

Red is the color of life. In China and India, red is traditionally the color worn by

brides. It is also the color of danger

 

Red-Hot Poker  This flower suggests that you are likely to bring yourself within the range of unpleasant criticism by your flaunting manner

 

Red Rose            

The Red rose is symbolic of love and red roses are the most traditional gift of affection to loved ones. Some however feel the red rose is symbolic of blood and therefore consider it unlucky to have red roses in a wedding bouquet!

 

Reptile 

This is a bad omen of coming misfortune, treachery, or illness

 

Rhinoceros        

This animal denotes a risky proceeding into which you plunge without hesitation, although your friends and relations will try to persuade you to give up your scheme, but your indifference to the opinion of others prevents any chance of their being successful

 

Robin   

A symbol of much good fortune, loyal friends, and happiness in love

 

Rose     

A token of good fortune, joy and love

 

Rosemary           

Memories of the past will mar your future

 

Salmon

The Salmon is a symbol of courage and perseverance due to its determination to swim back upstream in order to return to its place of birth and breed. The salmon is also associated with death and rebirth

 

Saturn  

The planet Saturn is symbolic of order and responsibility. Saturn rules the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Capricorn and is associated with the skin and the skeleton

 

Scales   

The scales is a symbol which stands for legal proceedings

 

Sceptre

This is a fortunate sign of distinction and honour

 

Scissors

An unlucky sign of friction between friends; disputing and disagreeableness with married couples; quarrels between lovers; trouble in business

 

Scorpion             

The Scorpion is symbolic of of evil, destruction and death. It is also commonly associated with hatred and envy. The ancient

Egyptians however worshipped the goddess Selket who appeared in the form of a scorpion

 

Seagull 

A sign of storms; if flying, the seagull is thought to symbolise news coming from abroad

 

Seal of Solomon               

The seal of Solomon is an alchemical symbol and considered one of the most magical symbols of all time. It contains the alchemical symbols for fire and water and is symbolic of the union of the four elements which are Fire, Water, Air and Earth

 

Seahorse            

The seahorse is a symbol of courage and bravery at sea

 

Sea Urchin          

The Sea Urchin is seen as a symbol of the world. It is believed that the sea urchin can tell when a storm is approaching as it anchors itself to a rock. It is however also symbolic of a weak creature as it is blind and defenceless

 

Seaweed            

This denotes a joy in the past of which only the memory remains

 

Shamrock           

A sign of good luck. It is the national emblem of Ireland and its three leaves are said to symbolise the Christian holy trinity, god the father, son and holy spirit

 

Shark    

An ominous sign of death

 

Sleigh   

The sleigh is symbolic of a spell of cold weather; an interesting event or piece of news to be expected in the winter and also commonly associated with Santa Claus

 

Slug       

The slug is symbolic of petty annoyances as well as impending bad weather

 

Snail      

This is a sign of infidelity; several snails, that mischief is going on around you of which you are unaware. Some cultures consider the snail to be symbolic of birth and rebirth while other cultures consider the actions of the snail who goes in and out of its shell to be symbolic of the phases of the changing moon

 

Snake   

This is an unpleasant sign of treachery, disloyalty, and hidden danger, sometimes caused by those whom you least suspect; if its head is raised, injury by the malice of a man is predicted; it is also an indication of misfortune and illness

 

Snipe     This bird signifies the discovery of a useful fact; if flying, hasty news of a great friend

 

Snow     Melting snow is thought to be a symbol of a heart softening, falling in love

 

Snowdrops/Snowflake  These are a symbol of youth and innocence; this sign may point to some event affecting you and yours. The snowflake is symbolic of truth and is also symbolic of uniqueness as each snowflake itself is unique

 

Solomon's Seal 

This plant is a symbol of understanding, devotion, and coming joy

 

Spider  

The spider has several meanings. You may expect to receive an inheritance; with other signs, that you will be triumphant in disputed will or money settlement; several spiders foretell profitable transactions, sometimes a heritage of much wealth. In Chinese culture, a spider descending from its web is symbolic of good fortune, the spider moving downwards symbolises good fortune coming down from heaven

 

Spur      

This symbol foretells that as the result of endurance and honest labour you will attain to honour

 

Squirrel

This is a sign of contentment and cheerfulness; although you may never be rich you will be loved by those around you and, on the whole, will lead a happy life

 

Stocks  

These sweet scented flowers foreshow an unexpected happiness with someone whom you have not seen for a long while

 

Stork    

In summer, this bird tells you to beware of robbery or fraud; in winter, prepare for bad weather and a great misfortune; a stork flying predicts that whilst you hesitate in coming to a decision, a profitable chance is lost, the news of which will speedily reach you

 

Stove   

This symbol calls attention to the fact that trials and tribulations await you

 

Sun       

This promises happiness, health, success in love, prosperity, and the beneficial discovery of secrets. It is symbolic of creation and fathers and also rules the zodiac sign of Leo and is associated with the heart

 

Sunflower          

This flower proclaims learning and a satisfactory conclusion in matters which are most interesting to you; it also implies that you may reasonably expect a scheme to work out greatly to your advantage

 

Swallow              

A journey with a happy result; if flying, joyful tidings from someone you love; if several swallows are flying, they indicate a journey to a warm climate under very pleasant conditions

 

Swan    

This bird is significant of tribulation, troublesome conditions in the home, and sometimes of separation from those whom you love

 

Swastika             

The Swastika is the emblem of the Hindu god Vishnu and is symbolic of the wheel of birth and rebirth. In India, the swastika is often worn as a jewellry item and is considered symbolic of well being

 

Sweet William   

This flower signifies that happiness in the past has tinged your future with sadness

Tarot Cards        

The images which appear on Tarot cards are symbolic of a souls journey in life. The soul is thought to move along four paths towards spiritual enlightenment. The deck of Tarot cards consist of 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.

 

Tent      

A symbol of travel

 

Thistle  

This is a pleasant sign of strength, endurance, and affection; it also shows a desire to remove obstacles from the path of those who are in difficulties

 

Tiger     

A tiger symbolises that you will be placed in a perilous position possibly through the bad behaviour or folly of those who should protect you

 

Toadstool           

You are warned against making rash and unguarded statements, a bad habit of gossiping and encouraging scandal

 

Torpedo              

Acts of violence, disaster, or distressing news are the meanings of this symbol

 

Trees    

Good health and a pleasing assurance of coming prosperity and happines

 

Triangle               

A fortunate meeting, good luck; sometimes an unexpected legacy

 

Trumpet             

This denotes good fortune to a musician; to others, entertainment, large assemblies of people, public speaking, sometimes the setting on foot of new schemes

 

Tulips   

A symbol of radiance, health, and constancy in love and friendship

 

Turtle   

This is significant of wealth and luxury

Umbrella             If it is open, bad weather and grumbling are foretold; closed, a bit of bad luck which may be avoided. The umbrella is a symbol of protection and its round shape and spokes resembles the sun and its life giving properties

 

Unicorn

This is believe by some to be a symbol of scandal. Others believe the unicorn to be a symbol of femininity and Christians believe it is a symbol of the Virgin Mary. The unicorn is also often pictured as a guardian of the tree of life, a unicorn is often pictured standing on either side of the tree of life

 

Uranus

The planet Uranus is symbolic of freedom and change and together with Saturn rules the zodiac sign of Aquarius

 

Urn       

A sign of illness

Vampire

This brings a message of gloom and sorrow, or also means that you await the expected news of a death

 

Venus   The planet Venus is symbolic of love and beauty. Venus is the ruler of the zodiac signs Libra and Taurus

 

Vinegar Vinegar is a symbol of life in many eastern cultures. Christians believe that vinegar is a symbol of Christ's passion

 

Violets 

This is a symbol of high ideals and of the finding of happiness in its fullest sense; several violets assure you of coming joy; if in the form of a cross, death is predicted

 

Violin    

A symbol of coming success to a musician, and of pleasure and entertainment to others

 

Vulture

This bird is a forewarning of evil and unrest in various quarters of the globe; it also means a powerful enemy, sometimes death; if it flies, tragedy, sorrow, and tears are predicted

Wasps  

These insects are significant of distress caused by the sharp tongues of those around you and are symbolic of evil! Polish mythology tells us that god created Bees and the Devil created wasps!

 

Water Lily           

This flower proclaims a declaration of love

 

Weasel

This animal shows cunning, and points to the sly behaviour of someone with whom you associate, and of whom you feel no suspicion

 

Wedding Band  

The traditional gold band which is exchanged between the bride and groom on their wedding day is a symbol of everlasting love, it symbolises eternity and life long commitment

 

Wedding Cake  

Cutting of the wedding cake is a symbol of the new life that the married couple are about to begin, it symbolises their lifelong commitment and the process of sharing the cake among the wedding guests is symbolic of the joining of two separate families

 

Weeping Willow Tree    

The weeping willow tree is considered a symbol of death in China and Japan. In the west however, it is considered a symbol of death and mourning

 

Wheel   The wheel is symbolic of the wheel of fortune and foreshows a prosperous career or an inheritance of wealth; a broken wheel predicts a bad disappointment as to an expected increase of income or a legacy

 

White    The color White is a symbol of purity. In the western world it is the color worn by brides, in Asia however it is the color of mourning

 

White Rose        

The white rose is symbolic of purity and was the emblem of the House of York who fought in the English War of the Roses

Yacht    

This is a positive symbol and a sign of increased wealth or happiness

 

Yellow Rose       

The Yellow rose is symbolic of jealousy and is also the symbol of the American state of Texas

 

The Yew tree is considered a symbol of death and mourning due to the fact that its seeds and needles are poisonous. It is also said to symbolise immortality as it is an evergreen

 

Yggdrasil             

The Yggdrail is a mythological tree of life which symbolises the entire world including heaven and the underworld. Its roots are the underworld and branches symbolise heaven

 

Zebra   

Something for which you have long waited is now within sight, but you are likely to be disappointed, for you will find that it was not worth waiting for after all

 

Zeus     

Zeus is the Greek god of the skies and the king of all the Greek gods

 

Zodiac  

The Zodiac is hugely symbolic and in many cultures it is believed that there is a link between the position of the sun, moon and other planets at the time of a persons birth. This specific position gives an individual their personality traits and also predicts events which are likely to occur in their life.

 

Zoo       

A zoo is symbolic of a loss of freedom and the feeling that a persons abilities and talents go unnoticed.