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Sacred Symbols

Explore sacred symbols including yantras, chakra symbols, gods and goddesses, religious symbols, buddhas, angels and more. Many of these symbolism resources are taken from Kathleen Karlsen’s books, extensive published articles, lectures and workshops. Take a deeper dive into the meaning of symbols in the cultural and spiritual heritage of the world.

Visual Symbols

Yantra Meaning

Yantras are geometric forms similar to mandalas that have been in use for thousands of years. Learn how to use yantras for meditation and mantra practice.

Chakra Symbols

Explore the meaning of the ancient symbols associated with each of the seven major chakras. Discover keys to understanding the meaning and function of each chakra. 

Hanuman Yantra Symbolism

The Hanuman yantra is a good choice for focusing on supporting your immune system, increasing your productivity and helping with effective communication skills.

Gayatri Yantra Symbolism

The Gayatri yantra symbol is a visual counterpart for a family of mantras known as the Gayatris. Learn how to use the Gayatri yantra for meditation and visulaization.

Origin of Sacred Geometry

From the simplest atoms to the largest galaxies, geometry determines the structure and function of the universe. This is perhaps most evident in the philosophy of the Greeks. More on geometry.

Deity Symbols

Ganesha Symbolism

Depictions of Ganesha have multiple symbolic meanings. Every aspect of images and statues have spiritual significance. Learn more about the many objects associated with Ganesha.

Symbols of Spring: Ostara

Ostara symbols include rabbits and colored eggs. Learn the fascinating story behind the goddess of spring, origin of Easter, known by Astara, Ostara or Eostara. Video of Astara invocation. 

Agni Deva: Fire Symbolism

Symbolic and physical fire have been associated with religious traditions around the world for ages. Agni Deva is the Hindu God of Fire. Learn more about Agni Deva and his mantra.

Deity Meaning

Nearly every spiritual tradition has personified God in one form or another. This article includes gods and goddesses, nature spirits, angels, heavenly beings and buddhas. 

Durga the Warrior Goddess

Durga is a form of the Goddess or Divine Mother in Hinduism. She is also known as Devi and Shakti. Durga is a warrior goddess defending the soul of the spiritual aspirant. More about Durga.

Chakras and Deities

Chakras and deities pair together the functions of the chakras and the personifications of energy of chakra. The seven major chakras are associated with one or more Hindu deities.

Archangels of the Seven Rays

Chanting the names of the seven archangels is a practice akin to singing mantras to other aspects or personifications of God. Learn more about the seven archangels and their counterparts.

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