For many years, I have studied the meaning and origin of symbols, signs, amulet and talisman. It is a hobby where I continue to discover new facts and I own a lot of books about symbols and their meaning and I also share information about this topic with other people across the Internet. Symbols and signs can be explained from historical, cultural but also from a spiritual view. Because the number of symbols that I describe is too large for a single web page, symbols and descriptions are spread over several pages. The first five pages are in alphabetical order with a small images of the symbol along with a description of the meaning of the symbol and the origin. A lot of people visit these site to find out the meaning of one of their own tattoos, it would be much wiser to look for the meaning of a symbol before taking a tattoo because it is very sad to find out that the pretty tattoo has a (sometimes hidden) meaning that conflicts with your point of view in life. Every day we see symbols, not just when we visit a church or a museum, but also in the arts, politics and advertising.
When an image or a sign tells us more than just its outward form we can say its a symbol. All kind of complex thoughts and sayings are connected with an image and sometimes the meaning of a symbol or sign is hard to express in words. A lot of symbols have a historical meaning but there are also al lot of modern symbols and signs like traffic signs and icons on devices. I find the traditional and often ancient symbols more interesting but these symbols rarely have a single clear meaning. A heart is not a symbol of love in every culture. The interpretation of a symbol can sometimes vary by culture and within a culture we sometimes see a change of a meaning with time. It 's interesting to explore the meaning and origin of symbols and signs and itís a very broad area. Many of the symbols and signs on these pages are used as a tattoo, its wise to look for the meaning and origin of the symbol before taking a tattoo. Some symbols appear more than once, this is because this symbol can have a different meaning in another culture or context. Regards, Hein Pragt.