SUMMING UP THE TOP 9 SYMBOLS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR A SACRED SPACE
When acclaimed French poet Baudelaire famously said " La vie n'est qu'une foret de symbols" (life is but a forest of symbols) he could have easily been referring to the corridors of the temples of ancient civilisations, carefully and historically adorned with rich symbolism depicting the transformational rituals which were being held inside. These allowed its stories to be immortalised but also for new initiates to be aware of the impact of work which awaited them.
Today, there are two main reasons why it’s a good idea to use sacred symbols in our spaces.
1st ) sacred symbols are great reminders of the true values of our core being.
We are, in fact, God-like, sacred beings of source, bearing infinite power, yet we have forgotten it.
And no matter how often we are reminded, it’s easy to forget again as the world we live in simply is not programmed in that way. Keeping these sacred symbols around allows us to return to this very precious centre.
2nd) Second, every item in your home carries a certain energetic frequency.
As your home is a big and potent energy field, every item in it, as well as its location, will influence it.
As you can imagine, sacred symbols have a most potent energy and will affect your space in powerful ways.
So which symbols do we use and where?
The list is infinite, so I have drawn together the top 9 symbols I recommend when converting a space into a sacred temple.
1- The cross
Having spoken about this at length in a previous module, we have seen this is a very important symbol, not only for Christianity and as a representation of Jesus, but it also widely used in various applications by various cultures.
For the Maya, the cross represents an antenna at the top of the head that connects us to the divine, while also symbolising the crossing of 2 components contained only in male sperm, representing creativity, birth and life. It also represented the crossing of the earth’s energy lines for the pharaohs as well as the crossing of the first two lines God would have drawn when creating the earth through sacred geometry. It also represents the unification of the 4 cardinal directions, north, south, east, west, and the 4 elements they represent.
Therefore, the cross doesn’t only represent the sacrifice of Christ, but also , and more importantly, the empowerment of each of us individually.
Creativity and rebirth, connection to source through land energy lines, connection to source through our heads, our connection to the forces of nature, and the source of all.
2- The Buddha
As mentioned in the previous module, the Buddha is a powerful symbol because representing the empowerment and enlightenment of all of mankind. Buddhist philosophy believes that every man is a Buddha in the making and that we all have the potential to be enlightened. Therefore, keeping a Buddha in our home allows us to connect to that sense of empowerment of self.
Remember there are two main types of Buddhas:
1- The laughing, fat Buddha which is known as being the Chinese Buddha which is actually an incarnation of Maitreya who is the Buddha of the future, the one which will come after Sakyamuni Buddha. This one represents wealth, health and luck and is great to put in the prosperity area of our home.
2- The Sakyamuni Buddha is the skinnier seated one and it represents our path to enlightenment. There are 4 main positions for this Buddha, representing protection, meditation, nirvana and earth touching, which represents our connection to earth.
The most potent one you can choose is the touching earth Buddha, get it in metal as it represents a sacrifice for your path of growth.
3- The serpent
Whilst the serpent as a symbol can be found at the entrance of the main pyramid of the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, as well as many other noteworthy sites, there is, however, no explanation for this in any tour guides or websites. Experts of ancient civilisations, will generally link this, which much certainty, to the cosmic representation of the snake symbol.
In ancient Egytpo-Greek culture, snakes represented infinity and rebirth as they were constantly shedding their skin for a new one. As well, this constant death and birth depicted in the ouroboros symbol, the snake biting its own tail, represents the infinite nature of the journey of our souls. We are more than mere mortal beings. We are also infinite ones, deeply connected to the cosmic forces.
4- The Nazar, the fatima’s hand and the evil eye.
Across the Middle-East, India, Pakistan, parts of Africa and certain parts of southern Europe, it is a deeply ingrained belief that if someone is envious of your good fortune they will place a spell on you using their eyes, otherwise known as the “evil eye”. Classical authors such as Plutarch's attempted to explain this scientifically by saying that “the eyes are the chief, if not sole, source of the deadly rays that were supposed to spring up like poisoned darts from the inner recesses of a person possessing the evil eye. “
Therefore, it is common in these cultures to use talismans to fend off these spells.
There are two main ones: the first is the one known as the Nazar, or evil eye. A white disk with a painted blue and black eye. It is meant to be a staring eye which dispels the malicious glare back to the sorcerer.
The other one is the famous Fatima’s hand, also known as Hamsa, a palm shaped amulet known to for protection and to wave away bad spirits or return bad spells to the sender.
5- The butterfly
Visitors of ancient sacred sites, such as those of the Yucatan, will often comment how many butterflies tend to be constantly floating and circling around outside the chambers, unsurprisingly as these are considering the being of transformation.
In fact, a butterfly goes through its entire cycle in under 1 month, and from start to finish, it is completely unrecognisable. So while it is potent as a symbol of transformation (great for those involved in this work) it is also important to note that it symbolises other things, such as its connection to the forces of nature, which guide its transformation, and its sense of blind trust and faith. The butterfly undergoes such an intense transformation in such a short period of time, that it can only live if it is trusting what is happening to him, rather than fighting it or going against it.
This is an important lesson for us, as we allow what is meant for us to arise, and allow the changes to happen, we grow and evolve for our best.
What is also fun about this symbolism is that it can be used in many ways, either as artworks, paintings prints, but also as patterns on wallpapers, upholstery or more.
6- The eye of horus
In various of the most ancient and most powerful temples was the symbol of the eye of Horus. Horus was known as the God of the skies his eyes representing the sun and the moon.
the eye of Horus is a powerful symbol of protection, power and potency.
Ever wonder why so many Chinese restaurants use golden dragons? In Feng shui, the dragon is a very yang symbol which represents wealth and power.
It is therefore a great symbol for unlocking wealth and abundance, perfect to be placed in the wealth and blessings area. A green dragon can also be used in the health area to enhance this part of our lives. Make sure not to keep a dragon in the bathroom or kitchen and ensure not to keep too many around as that will tilt the energy out of balance towards yang. The perfect area for a dragon is at the entrance of the home.
The symbol of the ever popular sound Ohm is often found in yoga studios, spas, and temples.
The ohm is known as being an important part of Hindu and Buddhist mantras.
It is the sacred sound of our collective consciousness and its resonance has the power to unite our souls. What many of us don’t know, however, is that Ohm is actually the sound of gratitude, the ultimate transformative force.
A decorative Ohm symbol is great for a meditation room, an altar or any space which is about peace and relaxation.
Often found in the sacred temples of ancient Egypt, the scarab has a strong mythical meaning. It represents eternity and our connection to the divine forces.The scarab is a guide for the cosmic, a teacher of the divine creation.This small auspicious being also represents an invitation to follow a path less common.
We all have the option to continue on as we are doing or choose the road less travelled, unlocking our gifts for the greatest good of all.
This is what the scarab represents.
Keeping a scarab close by during meditation is a great way to connect to our higher self and highest purpose. It is great to use on an altar or in a meditation room.
Very simply, it may just be that you happen to be walking by a stall in a market or a bazaar and your gaze stops on an object that you feel a magnetic pull towards.
Very often, you won’t even understand why, but this will often be the right object for whatever you need to address.
We need to trust these signs and go along with them.
Otherwise, you can be more conscious and aware about the choice of symbols you make for your home.
Take a moment, once again, to reflect on your broader objectives.
Depending on what these are, use the information presented above to make the right decision for you.
Perhaps you are looking for inner peace, in which case a Buddha statue in your spiritual path area may be best.
If you are looking to enhance wealth and prosperity, perhaps it’s a golden dragon or a laughing Buddha which is best for you.
If you feel disempowered, paranoid, or like the world is working against you, perhaps one of the evil eye symbols is best for you.
And if you are simply looking to deepen your connection to the cosmic, you may want to choose one of the more mythical symbols such as a serpent, a scarab or the eye of Horus.
Remember, these symbols need to deeply resonate. Regardless of what is written here or anywhere, your heart and intuition will know what is right for you.
And, as usual, ENJOY!