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Find symbolism resources below including articles and videos covering spiritual symbols, nature symbols, flower meanings and more. Learn about the chakras, world religions, yantras, symbolic art, and the language of flowers. Take a deeper dive into the meaning of symbols in the cultural heritage of the world and the beauty of nature all around us.

Find comfort and meaning in the rich history of these symbolic treasures. Includes beautiful illustrations and reference guides. Many of these symbolism resources are taken from Kathleen Karlsen’s books, extensive published articles, lectures and workshops. Unlock the mysteries of the universe through symbolism!

Sacred Symbols

Yantra Meaning & Symbolism

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Medicine Buddha

Read about the Medicine Buddha and my extraordinary experience using this mantra. Listen to the Medicine Buddha Mantra and find out about his symbols and history. Find out all about the Medicine Buddha Mantra.

Hindu Deities

For thousands of years the rishis of India (Hindu sages) experimented with the effects of chanting. Mantras are generally focused on the names of the gods and goddesses in the Hindu pantheon of deities.

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. 

Ancient Deities

Many ancient deities are based on the patterns and power of nature: spring, solstice, harvest, the sun, the moon, storms, fire and so forth. Learn more about ancient deities.

Buddhist Deities

Buddhist deities include Buddhas, female Buddhas and bodhisattvas. The masculine Buddhas are more well-known than their feminine counterparts. Learn more about Buddhist deities.

Western Songs & Symbolism

The Judeo Christian tradition includes the forms of the deity in the Old and New Testaments. Symbolism includes the five elements, the breath, the angels and the archangels.

Mataji and Babaji

Mataji is an Eastern adept in feminine form who is an immortal avatar. She is an expression of the Divine Mother (Mata). Learn more about Mataji and her consort Babaji. Includes a music video.

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.

Flower Symbolism

Sacred Flowers

Fascinating sacred flower meanings in mythology, history and religion! Comprehensive list of flower meanings with photographs. Learn more about Sacred Flowers.

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers will help you to find the perfect flower for any occasion! Discover this fascinating system of flower symbolism developed in Victorian times. Learn more.

Flower Color Meanings

Flower color meaning gives flowers a whole new level of symbolic significance. Includes color meanings for the world’s most beloved flowers. Learn more about flower color meanings.

Symbolic Flowers in Art

Flower symbolism crosses all cultural and historic boundaries. Includes fascinating facts about flower symbolism in art and history. Learn more about symbolic flowers.

Flower Symbols List

The following flower symbol links provide a deeper dive into the meaning and history of specific popular flowers. Explore the beauty and rich history of flower symbols!

Science of Flower Art

Scientific studies are proving that flower art can speed recovery, reduce stress and comfort the viewer. Learn how to use flower art to benefit a variety of environments.

Bluebell Flower Meaning

Bluebell flower meaning includes humility and gratitude. Bluebells are closely linked to the realm of fairies. Learn more about bluebell flower meanings.

Calla Lily Meaning

Calla lily meaning crosses many cultures. Calla lilies was used by the Romans for winter solstice. Learn more about calla lily meaning.

Camellia Meaning

Camellia meaning is significant in many parts of China. Camellia petals and calyx each have their own meaning. Camellias blooms are usually red. Learn more about camellia symbol meanings.

Daffodil Meaning

Daffodils are the heralds of spring! They have both positive and negative meanings. Learn about ancient myths and daffodils. More about daffodil symbol meanings.

Daisy Meaning

Daisy meaning reaches all the way back to ancient Egypt, Crete and the Middle Ages. Daises have medicinal powers and commercial uses. Learn more about daisy symbolism.

Daylily Flower Meaning

Daylily flower meaning in China is diverse. The lily is an omen for expectant mothers and represents devotion to one’s mother. Learn more about daylily flower meaning.

Foxglove Flower Meaning

Foxglove meaning is both positive and negative. They are said to sometimes hurt and sometimes heal. Learn more about foxglove flower meaning.

Iris Flower Meaning

Iris meaning is closely related to the fleur-de-lis, a well-known symbol. Learn more about iris flower meaning.

Lupine Flower Meaning

The name lupinus means “of wolves” due to the mistaken idea that lupines rob the soil of nutrients. The flower also has positive meanings. Learn more about lupine flower meaning.

Marigold Meaning

Marigold meaning may range from their use as a love charm to protection from the plague. Learn more about this fascinating flower and marigold symbols.

Morning Glory Meaning

The star-shaped morning glory is symbolic of a day in which two mythological lovers are allowed to meet. Learn more about morning glory flower meaning.

Orchid Meaning

Orchid meaning varies widely. Traditional meanings and specific meanings make this a unique flower. Learn more about orchid meanings.

Poinsettia Meaning

Poinsettia meaning to the ancient Aztecs was purity. Today, poinsettia are the most easily recognized flower symbolic of Christmas. Learn more about poinsettia symbol meanings.

Poppy Flower Meaning

The poppy is a powerful, magical flower associated both with eternal life and death. Learn more about poppy flower meaning

Rose Meaning

The meaning of a rose depends greatly on the color. There are meanings for many different colors of roses. Learn more about rose meanings.

Sunflower Meaning

Sunflowers turn their heads to the sun, which is the origin of their name. The large center hub is also similar to a sun. Learn more about sunflower symbol meanings.

Sweet Pea Flower Meaning

Sweet pea flower meaning includes blissful pleasure, good-bye, departure, adieu and thank you for a lovely time. Learn more about sweet pea meanings.

Tulip Meaning

Tulips have been the focus of wild trading and high prices. The symbolic meanings and value change with the color of the tulips. Learn more about tulip symbol meanings.

Nature Symbols

Ocean Paintings & Symbols

Ocean paintings symbolize the source of life and  abundance that dwells in the ocean. The ocean is constantly changing, symbolizing limitless possibilities. More about ocean symbolism.

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.

Sun & Moon Art

The impact of sun and moon art is universal: these are the most prominent symbols in our worlds. Each have their own mythology and unique creation stories. 

Nature Art & 5 Elements

Nature art combines well with feng shui and the system of the 5 elements of nature. Natural element systems describe the relationship between different energies around us. 

Classroom Interior Design

Classroom interior design and architectural psychology are wonderful ways that educators can improve educational outcomes and comfortability for their students.

Galaxy Art: Creating Space

The psychological breadth of galaxy art is a major shift from the historical emphasis on easel painting and elaborate framing. Learn to use galaxy art to create inspiring spaces. 

Mysteries of Art

Earthworks: Spiral Jetty

Modern Earthworks artists pursued direct modification of the landscape itself. This approach was both traditional and progressive. These artists emulated the esthetics of prehistoric monuments. 

Architectural Psychology

Combining architecture and design psychology creates spaces that improve lives on multiple levels. Design psychology includes feng shui, proxemics and more. 

The Color Music Connection

Explore the fascinating connections between color and music. Includes synesthesia, the history of multimedia, the psychological impact of color music in health and more.

Visual Music Instruments

Visual music is a composition that consists of mobile abstract or geometric shapes integrated with music. This article covers a number of the early visual music instruments.

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.