Religious symbols

Religion or philosophy Name Symbol
Ancient Egyptian religion and Kemetism Ankh Ankh
Ayyavazhi Lotus Carrying Namam Lotus Carrying Namam
Bahá’í Faith Nine Pointed Star Nine Pointed Star
Buddhism Wheel of Dharma—————–Lotus Flower Dharmacakra
Christianity Ichthys (fish)
Fleur-de-lis (flower-lily)
Christian cross
Patriarchal cross
Pentagram (used to show the five wounds of Christ)
Angel Moroni (a popular symbol for the LDS Church)
Moroni headstone emblem
Hinduism Omkar (Aum) ——————-
Lotus Flower
Islam Kalima/Shahadah
Name of Allah
Star and crescent (Ottoman symbol)
Rub el Hizb
Islam Symbol
Jainism Swastika
Ahimsa Hand
Jain hand
Sikhism Khanda ———————- Ik Onkar Khanda
Humanism Happy Human Happy Human



Colours have symbolism and colour meanings that go beyond ink. As you design brochures, logos, and Web sites, it is helpful to keep in mind how the eye and the mind perceive certain colours and the colour meanings we associate with each colour.

Anybody can enjoy art. A little knowledge of the art of symbolism of the colour can go a long way to giving people greater appreciation and enjoyment of art. One way to gain knowledge is to better understand the different types of art symbolism. Many artists use symbolism of some type of other, ranging from numerology, Astrology, shapes, traditions, religious symbols.

One of the easiest art symbolism systems for a believers who have interest to study and to begin to understand is colour symbolism. It is considered helpful to study because many abstract artists depend upon colour, and abstract art is difficult enough to understand on its own, so any bit of help can go a long way. Many of us believe colour is a good place to start because most colour symbolism is based upon a natural human reaction to a colour (though there are some cultural differences).

Lets take a look at some of the primary and secondary colours, as well as a few other popular colours used in art, and their various meanings in western culture.

Yellow – Yellow is sunshine. It is a warm colour that, like red, has conflicting colour symbolism. It is the colour of optimism, idealism and hope. But it also has its negative side, it can symbolize cowardice, hazards, caution and deceit. generally yellow is a happy and joyful colour, reminding one of a sunny, summer day.

Blue -Blue is calming. A natural colour, from the blue of the sky, blue is a universal colour. overall this colour is one of peace and tranquillity. Blue is the colour of water, it is soothing and encourages trust and harmony. It symbolizes calm and stability.

Green -Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. the colour of nature and the environment, the art symbolism, is full of health, youth, fertility, renewal and good luck. But it can also symbolize jealousy, envy and misfortune.

Purple – Purple is royalty. A mysterious colour, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. This is the colour of royalty, those of noble birth. It also represents ceremony and that which is spiritual and mysterious. Besides being the colour of wisdom and enlightenment, it can also stand for cruelty and arrogance.

Brown -Brown is a natural, down-to-earth neutral colour. It is found in earth, wood, and stone. This is the colour of the earth and outdoors, as well as hearth and home. It stands for stability, comfort, reliability and simplicity.

White – in art symbolism white is the colour of purity and peace. It represents cleanliness, reverence and humility. It also stands for innocence and marriage.

Black – is generally a colour of unhappiness, evil and death. It stands for remorse, fear and anger. It is also a more formal colour that can stand for elegance, power, sexuality and mystery.

Orange -Orange is vibrant. It’s a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colours. this is a warm and energetic colour, full of energy, vibrancy and warmth, but also demanding of attention.

Red – Red is hot. It’s a strong colour that conjures up a range of seemingly conflicting emotions from passionate love to violence and warfare. It is the colour of power, danger and fire. The main thing to remember about red in art symbolism is that it can represent all things intense and passionate. this vibrant colour can mean almost opposite things; from love to war, excitement and energy to aggression and violence.

Pink – Pink is a softer, less violent red. Pink is the sweet side of red.

These colour meanings can help you to better understand the feeling and message that the artist is trying to portray. in eastern parts some colours will have different representations (white is the colour of death, red of weddings and happiness).

Since colours can have many different meanings, both positive and negative, you many wonder how to interpret them in a painting. So just try to remember the art symbolism of each colour and then open yourself up to your unconscious feelings. and can enjoy the art.

In our daily life, we can easily identify words, objects, person, and pictures of a nature which are treated as symbols. Symbolism happens when a simple word, picture, object in a book, written books, stands for, a big idea. Let us have a look at a few examples of objects, pictures and flowers:

A broken mirror may symbolize separation or an unhappy union

A chain can symbolize the coming together of two things.

A ladder may stand as a symbol for a connection between the heaven and the earth.

Roses or red rose’s a symbol of joy, peace also stand for love or romance.

Lilies stand for beauty and temptation.

A candle symbolizes a light in the darkness.

A ray of sunshine symbolizes as emerging from darkness

Night: a symbol of darkness, of things secret and hidden.

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