Ancient Greek Symbols
Ancient Greek Symbols from the legend and myth minotaur to the rod of asclepius.
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Mano Cornuto Today in modern pop culture, this hand symbol is associated with rock music and the satanic sign of the horned devil. However, this gesture in fact has an incredible amount of different meanings to different cultures, eras and regions. For example, in Hinduism the hand gesture is known as the "Apana yogic mudra." In Indian classical dance forms, the hand gesture symbolises the Lion.
Solomon's Knot Because there is no visible beginning or ending, it may represent immortality and eternity—as does the more complicated Buddhist Endless Knot. Solomon's Knot appears on tombstones and mausoleums in Jewish graveyards and catacombs in many nations, so again, in this context, Solomon's Knot is currently interpreted to symbolise eternity. Click to read more
The Mano Fico, also called fig sign, is a mildly obscene gesture used in Turkish and Slavic cultures and some other cultures that uses two fingers and a thumb. This gesture is most commonly used to deny a request. In Brazil, use of this gesture is said to ward off evil eye, jealousy, etc. Ornaments with this symbol are often worn as a good luck charm. Click to read more
The Omphalos In Greek lore, Zeus sent two eagles across the world to meet at its centre, the "navel" of the world, and that is where this religious stone got its name. The Omphalos in ancient Greek means "navel" The Omphalos was not only an object of Hellenic (Greek culture) religious symbolism and world centrality; it was also considered an object of power. Click to read more
The labrys is a double headed ritual axe. It is found in ancient Minoan depictions of the Mother Goddess, where its symbolism is related to the labrynth. The word "labrys" is Minoan in origin and is from the same root as the Latin labus, or lips. Click to read more
The Bowl of Hygieia is one of the symbols of pharmacy and can be found on signs outside of pharmacies in Europe. A mortar and pestle is a more common symbol in the United States. The bowl of Hygieia has been used as a symbol of the pharmacy profession at least as far back as 1796, when it was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy. Click to read more
The Sun Wheel The name "sun wheel" comes from the "Solar Cross", which was a calendar used to mark the solstices and equinoxes in some pre-Christian European cultures. In addition to being represented by a wheel or cross, sometimes the sun is portrayed simply as a circle, or as a circle with a point in the centre. Click to read more
The Ouroboros or uroborus is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Via medieval alchemical tradition, the symbol entered Renaissance magic and modern symbolism, often taken to symbolise introspection, the eternal return or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself. It also represents the infinite cycle of nature's endless creation and destruction, life, and death. Click to read more
Hecates Wheel Hecate is a goddess in ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding a pair of torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery Click to read more
Hercules knot / love knot Known by many names but most commonly as the Knot of Hercules, Heracles Knot, Love Knot and Marriage Knot, the Hercules Knot is a wedding symbol that stands for undying love and commitment. This knot made with two entwined ropes is considered to represent the legendary fertility of God Hercules. Click to read more
Gorgons / Medusa While descriptions of Gorgons vary across Ancient Greek literature and occur in the earliest examples of literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair made of living, venomous snakes, as well as a horrifying facial expression that turned those who caught her gaze to stone. Click to read more
The Labyrinth In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Ancient Greek: Λαβύρινθος labúrinthos) was an elaborate, confusing structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur, the monster eventually killed by the hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that he could barely escape it after he built it. Click to read more
Alpha (Α or α) and omega (Ω or ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and a title of Christ and God in the Book of Revelation. This pair of letters are used as Christian symbols, and are often combined with the Cross, Chi-rho, or other Christian symbols. Click to read more
The Rod of Asclepius (or Staff of Asclepius) is the ancient Greek symbol that has become internationally recognized symbol of medicine. It depicts a serpent entwined around a staff that is traditionally a knotty tree stick. The symbol is associated with the Greek demigod, Asclepius who was renowned for his unsurpassed medical prowess and healing powers.