Sunday, March 11, 2012

Animals tattoos that symbolize Love

Animals that

Symbolize Love 


Love symbol meanings come in many forms. Often certain animals come into our lives with a message of love. These special animals serve as love symbols or icons and convey messages specific to compassion, ardor, passion and tenderness.

A love symbol from an animal will often convey messages like: 
A new love interest is on the way, 
New love in the form of a pregnancy or new born is right around the corner, 
Closer attention to loved ones is required at this time, 
It's time to persue your passion and do more of what you love, 
Self-love is vital

Dolphin

Along with speed, diligence and intelligence the Dolpin is also a messenger of love. This is partly due to its association with Delphi, which signifies the love embodied within the womb. 

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to take the form of the dolphin and was also known as the Woman of the Sea. 

When depicted on an anchor or pierced with a trident the Dolphin is a symbol of the church being guided by the love of Christ.

Dove

Long admired for being a symbol of peace, the Dove is also a messenger of deep symbolic love. Slavic legend states that upon dying, the soul is transformed into a Dove which wings its way into the loving heavens. 

In Hinduism the Dove is an emblem of spirit, and the inifinite capacity the spirit has for love. In Greco-Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred creature to Aphrodite/Venus.

 Ancient Jewish practices permitted the Dove to be sacrificed as a love gift which signified the purification of a new mother after childbirth.

 In the West, the Dove (as well as turtledoves) symbolize love and are frequently seen in wedding traditions.

Horse

This is the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, the Horse is equated with practicality and love. 

As highly skilled horsemen, the Celts attributed the horse to Epona, also known as the Horse Goddess. Among other attributes, Epona was known for abundance, love and fertility.

 In Mesopotamia there arose a legend that the sun was drawn by a Horse riding across the horizon - the Horse was known as the embodiment of love for the land as it carried life-giving light and warmth with it

Ladybug

Perhaps best known as an emblem of luck, the Ladybug is a love symbol too. 

Asian traditions hold to the belief that if caught and then released, the Ladybug will faithfully fly to your true love and whisper your name in his/her ear. Upon hearing the Ladybug's message your true love will hurry his/her way to your side. 

Ancient farmers of the land have considered the Ladybug a good omen as she controls aphid populations. 

The number of spots on a Ladybug's back is said to indicate the number of months to pass before the wish for love comes true.

Starfish

In Christian symbolism the Starfish represents the Virgin Mary (Stella Maris which means Star of the Sea) who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times. 

The star as well as the Starfish are seen as celestial symbols and as such, they represent infinite divine love.

 In addition to love, the Starfish also holds characteristics such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition.

Swan

The Swan holds a multitude of representations including love, grace, purity, beauty and sincerity. Another attribute of Aphrodite, the Swan also symbolized chastity. 

The Celts believed the Swans were benevolent dieties and legend has it that their images were forged into silver medallions worn around the neck for protection. 

In Hinduism, the Swan is known as the Hamsa bird and signifies the divine mind and the breath of spirit. 

The Swan is also another symbol of the Virgin Mary and the purity and love she symbolizes. 




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