Meaning and origin of symbols and signs page 3 (L - O).

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 L to O, the rest of the symbols are on the next pages.

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Meaning and origin of symbols (L - O)


infinity symbol

Lemniscate symbool
Lemniscate symbol. The lemniscate or infinity symbol is a mathematical symbol representing the concept of infinity. The word comes from the Latin "lemniscatus" meaning "decorated with ribbons", which in turn may come from the ancient Greek island of Lemnos where ribbons were worn as decorations. This symbol also is seen in several Tarot decks in the “Magician” and the “Strength” cards, strength being the octave of the Magician card. It is a symbol of the balance between the physical and the spiritual. In mathematics, for example, a division by zero produces an infinite number that we identify with this symbol.
Linden tree symbol
Linden tree symbol. The linden tree is a member of the basswood family. In both Europe and America there has been much mysticism associated with it. It is a tree whose spirit can teach healing and the ability to see the beauty beyond outer surfaces. She is the spirit of the mystic, the poet, the dreamer, and the child--all of whom have the ability to see beyond appearances. This is reflexed in its heart-shaped leaves and in the fact that the underside of the leaves is shiny and not the upper surface as in most trees. In Sweden linden trees are still protected because they are the home of good spirits. The German Linden was dedicated to Freya, the goddess of love, justice, domestic happiness and fertility. The linden was often planted at the center of villages. The flowers, leaves and bark are medicinal and the wood very suitable for carving.
Lingam symbol
Lingam symbol. The lingam also called linga, lingamyoni or Shivalingam is a symbol in the shape of a stone or marble statuette that suggest male genitals surrounded by the female genitals and its a symbol for the union of man and woman. For Hindus it is a symbol for the worship of the god Shiva, and in India, this symbol is also very common. Often there is a snake that winds around the Lingam. During rituals, milk or water is poured over the lingam and flowers are laid on the statue. The male part is upright, the female form is the edge where the sacrificed fluids are collected and where one can put the flowers on.
Love symbol
Love symbol. This symbol stands for physical love and love in general. The arrow is a sign that the heart is touched by the arrow of Cupid, the god of love. The first known depiction of a heart as a symbol of romantic love dates to the 1250s in a French Roman "de la poire".
Luckenbooth symbol
Luckenbooth symbol. The Luckenbooth symbol consists of two bounding hearts topped with a crown. It is a Scottish symbol of love and loyalty and a gifth of friendship. They are typically made of silver and may be engraved or set with stones. The name comes from the luckenbooths of Edinburgh where jewellery and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch.
Ma Shaa Allah amulet
Ma Shaa Allah amulet. This amulet is especially popular with Islamic parents who seek protection for their babies. This amulet is attached to the clothes of babies , and there are only three words. The message can be translated as "It's God's will."
maan symbol
moon symbol
Moon symbol. This is the sign for the Moon in astrology, it symbolic meaning is: feelings and emotions, responsiveness, nourishing and conditioning. The symbol for the moon is a crescent. The moon was called Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks in other mythologies the moon had many other names. The crescent is also the sign of the moon goddess Isis, and was worn in ancient Rome by mothers and children, to provide protection. Also, it was worn by young women to give birth to healthy children, and against witchcraft and misfortune in love.
moon and star symbol
Moon and star symbol. This symbol appears on many flags in the Islamic world. It shows a crescent moon with a star in it (Jupiter). The city of Byzantium (later known as Constantinople and Istanbul) adopted the crescent moon as its symbol. It was originally a Turkish symbol that became the symbol for the whole of Islam afterwards. The Red Cross uses a red crescent in Islamic countries.
Maltese cross symbol
Maltese cross symbol. The Maltese cross, in Italy also known as the Amalfi cross, is the cross symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta) and by extension with the island of Malta. The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four "V"-shaped elements, each joining the others at its vertex, leaving the other two tips spread outward symmetrically. Its design is based on crosses used since the First Crusade. The eight points also symbolize the eight obligations or aspirations of the knights: to live in truth, to have faith, to repent one's sins, to give proof of humility, to love justice, to be merciful, to be sincere and wholehearted and to endure persecution.
Maneki neko symbol
Maneki neko symbol. The maneki-neko, literally "beckoning cat" is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman), usually made of ceramic in modern times, which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. There are small ones, to wear on the body, and much bigger to sometimes very large ones, for vehicles or buildings. If the cat is beckoning with his left leg, he invites people to come, when he beckons with his right leg, he invites the wealth into the house. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. In addition to ceramic figurines, maneki-neko can be found as keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, house-plant pots, and miscellaneous ornaments, as well as large statues. Maneki-neko are sometimes called the "Chinese lucky cat", as it is also increasingly popular among Chinese merchants.
Mandala symbol
Mandala symbol. A Mandala is Sanskrit for circle and Mandalas also have many circular patterns and have almost infinite forms. The symbolism of the Mandala has a lot to do with meditation, they are often made ??for meditation where the mandala is used to focus the attention. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
mars or man symbol
Mars (or Man) symbol. This is the symbol for the planet Mars in astrology, the symbolic meaning is: assertiveness, natural aggression, willpower, courage, decisiveness and action. The symbol of Mars is a circle with an arrow, which represents the way people defend themselves and sexuality. This planet is associated with Ares, the god of war. Before that Ares was the god of the peasants. The circle represented the sun harvest beneficiary, the arrow was for the farmers to defend their crops against looters. This association was changed by the Roman soldiers. Mars also represents the masculine side of a personality.
mate masie symbol
Mate masie symbol. This is the Mate Masie symbol and it means "what I hear, that I keep with me." The underlying message is, "I understand." Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into account what another has said. Mate Masie is dedicated to the idea of gaining wisdom, understanding and prudence through remembering the accomplishments of those who have gone before.
Mercury symbol
Mercury symbol. This is the sign for the planet Mercury in astrology. Its symbolic meaning is: communication, learning and intelligence. The symbol for Mercury is the helmeted winged messenger of the gods. In Roman mythology Mercury was the god of trade and protector of travelers, thieves and swindlers. The Roman equivalent of the Greek god Hermes. The Greeks had two names for this planet, Apollo for its apparition as a morning star and Hermes as an evening star.
Ollin symbol
Ollin symbol. In the language of the Aztecs Ollin meant “movement”. The Aztec calendar (sunstone) is surrounded by four Ollin figures representing the current era. The Aztecs believed that the earth was destroyed four times and recreated, and the current era would be ended by an earthquake. They tried to avoid this with rituals and sacrifices to the gods and drinking human blood.
Olympic rings
Olympic rings symbol. The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings, which indicate the union of the five continents. The top three rings are blue, black and red; the bottom two yellow and green. The colors are chosen by the fact that in each case one of these colors can be found in the flags of all the countries. The symbol was designed in 1913 by the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
OM symbol
OM symbol. These are the Sanskrit letters or symbols for the sound to Hindu (ohm or aum). This is also called the mother of all mantras and the sound represents the three states of man: waken, sleeping and dreaming. As a talisman this symbol helps to find peace and rest.
Omphalos symbol
Omphalos symbol. The omphalos or navel stone symbol stands for the center of the earth. According to ancient Greek mythology, Zeus sent two eagles in opposite directions to fly around the Earth. Where they would meet each other, would the center (navel) of the earth. Around the Mediterranean there are many omphalos stones to mark this mythological point the most famous one is in Delphi. It was a powerful religious symbol. Omphalos Syndrome refers to the misguided belief that a place of geopolitical power and currency is the most important place in the world.
Orang malu symbol
Orang malu or Yogi man. The story of the orang maloe originated in Java (Indonesia), and It tells about a man who is so very ashamed of mankind that he chose a life of meditation in the position in which he is still known for. Orangutan Maloe is said that he weeps for the suffering of the earth and yet he can be happy in his heart, because he has found peace and happiness within. Sometimes this statue is also called “Yogi man”. If you would translate the words orang malu you get “shy person”. Placing the Orang Maloe at home on the left of the entrance the Orang Maloe will let all positive influence powers pass him and negative energy will be negated and the evil will be cleansed. If you take good care of the Yogiman and caresses him, he takes away your worries and gives peace.
Ouroboros symbol
Ouroboros symbol. An important symbol in alchemy, the Ouroboros, is a serpent (or dragon) biting its own tail and thus forms an eternal circle. It symbolizes the cycle of nature, the eternal return (birth, death and rebirth) and the unity of all. It appears in the Aztec and Chinese mythology and the snake that eats its own tail can also be found in ancient Egypt. The double Ouroboros proposes two snakes biting each tail, forming a circle. The lower, wingless snake depicts the body and the top, winged serpent the spirit. In Norse mythology there is also such a snake and it is called there Jörmungandr, Jormungand or Midhgardhsormr.
owia kokroko symbol
Owia kokroko symbol. This origin of this symbol is Ghana (Africa) and the symbolic meaning is: vitality, renewal, life-giving energy and the power of the sun.
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