Symbols stand for the simplification of a concept, of an idea, etc., in a form which is generally accepted as a representative of that particular idea. For instance, the cross is recognized as a symbol of Christianity, the symbol "+" as a symbol of addition in mathematics and the symbol "$" stands for the US currency. But the question is - what happens when the symbols to which we give a certain meaning, start representing more than we can imagine? Such symbols are: the star of David, the pentagram, the symbol of infinity, the heart, the Svastics, the flower of life.
Symbolism can be a very confusing field. That is because there are so many information and concepts berooted in ourselves and the surrounding world. Apart from these symbols, there are plenty of them forgotten, hidden, waiting to tell their very own story. Such an example is the so-common and largely-spread symbol of the heart. It is an ancient symbol, associated rather to judgment and feelings than the organ of the heart and its real shape, the symbol of the heart dates back way before the ice age and represents a symbol of closeness, affection and love. We could notice the funny meaning the symbol has in Sweden, where it is associated to toilets and physiological needs.
Among many interpretations that can be given to this symbol we could notice: sign of carnal pleasures, of penetration and passion when it is represented as being crossed by an arrow, or even a Voodoo symbol, the sign of a goddess of love, or the symbol of friendship in the Irish culture - Claddagh. Claddagh is formed of 2 hearts close to one heart, symbolizing friendship and a crown over the heart, symbolizing loyalty. Another characteristic of the Catholic religion is the representation of the Immaculate Heart of Virgin Mary, a symbol of pain and suffering. The heart is symbolized as being pierced by a knife and surrounded by roses and lilac petals.
There are two different representations of the heart in Christianity, often misused or confused by ignorants. One of them is the so-called Sacre-Coeur (sacred heart) and is known from the 17th century, born out of the visions of sister Mary Margaret. According to this saint, the image symbolizes the connection between the human and the divine. Another symbol is one of the infinite. It is interesting to see the connection between the symbol of the infinity and the symbol of the sulfur. The symbol of infinity has been discovered in 1655 by the mathematician named John Wallis and Bernoulli called it 40 years later "lemniscus", which is the Latin equivalent of "bow".
Another Freemason symbol would be the so-called "flower of life", which is widely spread all over the world ever-since ancient times. It is said to represent the rebirth, the transformation of the being, creation and manifestation, form and content, wisdom and knowledge, truth and reality. What does it look like exactly? While this flower is very similar to jasmine, it only has the exact number of 6 petals. This symbol can be re-found in many cultures all over the world, whether ancient or modern, and also in Romania, especially in the north, but not only. According to those who use this symbol, the so-called flower of life contains all the constitutive elements of the universe, which they call "platonic solids". Also, those who believe in this symbol say that it is related to the tree of life, the fruit of life, and the seed of life.
It is interesting how such symbols appeared all over the world, in unknown times, and also, how the mystery some claim that these symbols hold, actually bring confusion into people's minds. It's like watching documentary after documentary, trying to find out the mysteries of the universe, answers to bold questions that only few dare to ask, but the answers never seem to come, consequently this could make us really doubt their significance.