Meaning and origin of symbols and signs page 2 (G - K)

On this page there is a list of symbols, signs, amulet and talisman with their meaning and origin. Because there are so many symbols I have divided the content on multiple pages. On this page you can find the description of the symbols whose names start with G to K, the rest of the symbols are on the next pages.

© 1998-2016 Hein Pragt

Meaning and origin of symbols (G - K)


G major (or the key of G)
G major (key of G) sign. This symbol is used in music to difine the value of the notes on the staff. On stereo equipment, the symbol is used to indicate the treble controller (high tones).
Gaia symbol
Gaia symbol. This symbol is also called mother earth symbol, it is a female figure with arms in a circle above the head and it symbolic meaning is harmony, wisdom and natural balance. As a talisman it helps to find inner harmony and psychological balance. Gaia was a goddess, daughter of Chaos and she was the mother and wife of Uranus (Heaven). Their offspring included the Titans and the Cyclopes.
Gau symbol
Gau symbol. The Gau symbol symbol is actually a prayer box and a Tibetan Buddhist amulet container made of metal and worn as jewelry. This box is mend to protect against misery, misfortune and disease, especially when they are traveling. The boxes often contain small relics or other blessed objects.
Gorgons symbol
Gorgons symbol. The origin of the Gorgons is the Greek mythology. Medusa, Stheno and Euryale were the daughter of the sea gods Phorcys and Ceto and they were three monstrous creatures. They are usually depicted as women with tusks, hands of bronze, golden wings and snakes as hair and everyone who looked at them would turn to stone. The name derives from the ancient Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful".Gorgonheads were used as an ornament in Roman armor and can also be found in Greek and Etruscan temples. Sometimes old images show two gorgonians running after Perseus becase she cut of the head of their sister Medusa. The running picture is characteristic of the gorgons.
green man symbol
Green man symbol. The symbol of the Green Man is found in many religious places. Since many centuries the Green Man can be found on very old woodcuts and also on the walls of pagan temples the paintings of the Green Man can be found. Some think that the ( converted ) makers of the old churches still had a pagan heart and wannted to hold on to their old beliefs. The most common image is a face which leaves and branches growing out of the openings in the head (mouth, nose, ears and sometimes the eyes). Som say that this symbol represents the god of the forest. Invisible between the leaves, but always alert and present and a protector of what belongs to him, the forest with all that lives.
Greek cross symbol
Greek cross. This is the Greek cross, symbol for the Greek letter "chi", the first letter of the word Christ. A Greek cross is a cross where the lines intersect each other exactly in the middle, so that all four arms are of equal length. This is in contrast to the arms of the Latin cross. A Greek cross may also have eight arms, where the extra arms are placed exactly between the four arms. In that case, the number eight is a symbol of the rebirth of Christ. The Greek cross was not intended to represent the cross of the crucifixion, but instead, the four directions of the earth, representing the spread of the gospel, and the four platonic elements. The Greek cross was a popular floor plan for eastern churches at one time. This style of cross dates to ancient Babylon, where it was a symbol of the sun-god Shamash.
Griffin symbol
Griffin symbol. A griffin is a mythical bird and was represented as the top half of an eagle and the bottom half of a lion. As a symbol of victory, the griffin was the attribute of Apollo and the story tells us that Alexander the Great tried to push the boundaries of heaven on a griffin, and he became the symbol of pride. Also, the griffin the embodiment of the goddess of revenge Nemesis and he turned the wheel of fortune. The griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. It is also an emblem of bravery and generosity because it is formed with the mind of the eagle and the power of the lion and the griffin was used by kings, generals and rulers. The origin may lay in the Indian carpet weaving. When the Greeks saw the carpets they thought the depicted animals actually existed in India, and so the griffin became known in the European art.
hand van fatima symbol
Hand van Fatima symbol. The hamsa, khamsah or khamsa, meaning "five" is a hand shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and the symbol represents the hand of Fatima, the favorite daughter of the prophet Muhammad. Arabs wear it as jewelry and the hand symbolizes the five pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, pilgrimage, fasting and charity. Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the Virgin Mary. Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. The Hand of Fatima is worn as an amulet for protection and often there is also a black eye in the middle as an extra defense against the evil eye.
hearth symbol
Hearth symbol. The heart is the symbol of all human feelings because it can change in rhythm under the influence of feelings. Because of this connection between heart and emotions historically people thought that the heart was the source of all human feelings. The love heart or heart valentine dates from the Middle Ages. The shape does not look like the real heart, this is because in the Middle Ages it was not allowed to look at the interior of the human body and therefore people used the work of the ancient Greeks. The Greeks had a good knowledge of the anatomy of the heart because thay examined the interior of dead people. A disagreement between two Greeks in the 13th century caused a notch made in the top. In the Middle Ages the symbol was used as a symbol of love and they stylized the heart shape. In ancient cultures, the heart also had a special significance, the Aztecs sacrificed human hearts to the Sun God, usually derived from prisoner of war. In Sweden it is also used as a symbol for butt, because it is an old symbol for a toilet for both men and women.
hearth symbol
Hearth symbol with signs. This is a special shape of the heart symbol, inside of the heart holy words of the Koran are written. This also gives the symbol protective effect beside the meaning of symbol of love.
hathor symbol
Hathor symbol. This symbol represents the Egyptian goddess Hathor, who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. The symbol depicts the head of a cow with horns with a sun or moon in the middle. The same symbol is used for the Greek goddess Isis. Hathor was also a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth.
heartagram symbol
Heartagram symbol. This is a combination of two old existing symbols and this new symbol has existed since 1995 when the Finnish band HIM used this symbol. It is a combination of a heart and an inverted pentagram and is a sign of love, death, and balance yin and yang. The band combined the themes of love and death, and because of that the band has the image of 'gothic' but call themselves a 'love metal ' band.
Hash symbol
Hash symbol. This is a common Western symbol and it represents a numeric value. In music, the symbol means that the tone should be raised by a semitone (sharp) and in the old chemistry it was a symbol for air. It also occurs also on the keypad of the phone where in the Netherlands is called “hekje” witch means “gate” in English, In the programming language C# it stands for four ++++ characters interwoven as being the improved C++ language.
Heptagram symbol
Heptagram symbol. The heptagon symbol is dedicated to Venus as the goddess of love. In ancient astrology, there are seven planets, there are seven colors, seven rays, seven days etc. As the number seven is composed of the three heavenly and earthly four, the heptagram refers to the total man, the flesh and the divine soul.
Hermaphrodite symbol
Hermaphrodite symbol. This is a botanical drawing of a creature that is both male and female, mostly worms and plants. It is a combination of the male and female symbol. The word hermaphrodite is also used for people with physical two sexes.
hermes symbol
Hermes symbol. This is one of the symbols of the Greek god Hermes. In Greek mythology, Hermes was the messenger of the gods, and he also had the ability to bring messages from the underworld (Hades) to the people in the normal world and vice versa. He is protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade.
Horseshoe symbol.
Horseshoe symbol. The horseshoe stands for protection and happiness, often you will see horseshoes nailed above doors and masts of ships. Even today al lot of horseshoe are still attached with 7 (lucky number) horseshoe nails. Usually you see a horseshoe hanging on the wall with the opening upwards like a letter U to catch the luck. The iron horseshoe has a long history as a powerful good luck charm in most Western countries, as well as India.
horned hand symbolhorned hand symbol
Horned hand symbol. The horned hand sign also called Corna is a vulgar gesture of the fingers is used in many countries around the Mediterranean. It is a symbol of protection, it can hang in the window as a jammed glove to keep (in Italy) the bade luck away and somtimes its painted on ships. (Malta). The gesture dates from the time of the ancient Greeks and was used to ward off evil. Its earliest use can be seen in India, as a gesture very commonly used by Gautama Buddha as Karana Mudra which is synonymous with expulsion of demons and removal of obstacles like sickness or negative thoughts. Due to the influence of the metal rock this symbol became a sign of the devil. Around the Mediterranean Sea this symbol is often used as keychain or ornament.
Hourglass symbol
Hourglass symbol. The hourglass represents the upperworld and underworld, the narrow opening shows how difficult the transition between these two worlds. The hourglass represents creation and destruction, life and death. The alchemical symbol for an hour consisted of two half circles together like an hourglass. In modern culture, the hourglass symbolizes the steady passing of time.
Huguenot Cross symbol
Huguenot Cross symbol. The main component of the Huguenot Cross has is the Maltese cross. This is the sign of the Knights of Malta, a spiritual knighthood of the Middle Ages . The cross has equal arms, with a wider top. The Maltese Cross was seen as a symbol of rebirth. The eight points represent the eight beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 5 : 3-10). The arms of the cross are connected by lilies or four hearts. These are symbols of purity and fidelity. The original Appendix underneath was a tear , the tear is later replaced by a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Huguenot Cross is now the symbol of Reformed Christians.
Jupiter symbol
Jupiter symbol. This symbol is the symbol for the planet Jupiter in astrology. It stands for: growth, expansion, faith, trust and awareness. The Jupiter symbol is comprised of several elements, the crescent with a horizontal line looks like an Arabic "2" also known as the Greek letter zeta. The second component is the cross. Symbolic meanings of Jupiter are: expansion, good luck, protection, wealth, abundance, higher education, optimism, experience, authority, generosity, supremacy, justice and balance.
Kalachakra symbol
Kalachakra symbol. Aum Kalachakra means wheel or cycle of time and the symbol of perfect creation and the cycles of life. This symbol presents the essence of the teaching of the energy which moves beyond concepts of time and space. The wheel is beginningless and endless. People who believe it say that Kalachakra gives powerful protection against inappropriate death, bad behavior and evil energy attack. The Kalachakra symbol prevents from negative energies, reduce suffering, develop peace, and increase good omens.
Kara symbol
Kara symbol. The Kara is a steel bracelet worn by followers of the Sikh religion and is intended to protect the one who wears it. This is a religious object and is worn on the right wrist. It must be made of iron or steel, it is prohibited to make it from gold or silver.
Khamsa symbol
Khamsa of Xomsa symbol. The hamsa, khamsah of khamsa, meaning "five") is a palm shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye.
Kukri symbol
Kukri symbol. A Nepalese kukri is a large cleaver that is mainly used to cut wood and to kill animals, and was originally not used in combat. The blade is 10 cm to 50 cm long, and the handle is made of jakbone or wood. The knive is also used by Ghurka soldiers, these soldiers have been using a special knife for many years thats carried in a leather sheath of yakleather and is about 30 inches long. There are also Indian versions with a lion's head on the handle that was used for hunting.
Middle finger gesture
Middle finger gesture. This is a general offensive and hostile gesture. The gesture dates back to Ancient Greece and was also used in Ancient Rome and historically, it represented the phallus. In some modern cultures its used as a sign of disrespect. In most cultures the gesture is obscene and offensive. According to anthropologist Desmond Morris, the gesture probably came to the United States via Italian immigrants. Many musical artists have publicly made the gesture and the gesture is also used a lot by car drivers,to communicates displeasure at another person's reckless driving habits.
mpatapo symbol
Mpatapo symbol. The origin of this symbol is West Africa and the meaning is "Button of peace and reconciliation". It is the symbol of binding parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.
munachi symbol
Munachi symbol. This is a popular symbol of the Andes and its meaning is to attract sexual passion and retain love. The literal meaning of the word “munachi” is also "let love happen". The munachi is ued in a simple love spell as follows: Two hairs, one from each of the lovers, are either wrapped around the lovers' necks or doubled and threaded through the little hole in the object and secured by making a larkshead knot. The munachi love spell is not like the average lucky charm or pocket piece which is carried on the person because the hairs would be too valuable and fragile to subject to casual handling. Once prepared, it is kept in a safe place like beneath the marriage bed, or buried in the ground. The symbol is usually made of soapstone or terracotta and beneath the kissing lips there is usually an opening for a cord. These days its usually considered a good luck amulet worn around the neck.
nato symbol
NATO symbol. The symbol of NATO which stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Neptune symbol
Neptune symbol. This is the sign for the planet Neptune in astrology. Its symbolic meaning is: universal love, compassion, empathy and elusive fantasy. The three pronged pitchfork (the trident) is commonly thought to represent Neptune, the god of the waters (Poseidon in Greek). Not so commonly known is the trident of the Neptune symbol also represents the threefold essences of nature: Becoming, Being, Passing away.
18 symbol
Nummer 18 symbol. This is the symbol of the golden number 18 in Scandinavia. It represents the cycle of the moon in relation to the number of days in a solar year and it made it possible to calculate the days between the full moons. It was also a symbol alphabet letter in ancient Romania, the Vikings probably brought it to Scandinavia.
<< Meaning and origin of symbols (A - F)Meaning and origin of symbols (L - O) >>

Last update: 20-02-2018

Disclaimer: All pages on this Web site are copyrighted by Hein Pragt, unless otherwise noted. I strive for accuracy but cannot be held responsible for any errors in the content. For questions about the content of this site or persmission to copy you can contact me at: (email: mail@heinpragt.com). Heinpragt.com is registered under KvK number: 73839426.