Light - symbolism

Light is traditionally likened to the spirit and divinity, it appears as a symbol of holiness, generosity, beauty, and is regarded as a manifestation of wisdom and virtue, the light is mainly associated with the sun, for this reason, the light becomes a symbol of divine power (according to the Iranian belief Ahura Mazda and for the Greeks Helios the sun-god is depicted with a halo of light) and of supreme power (the crowns of rulers are made of light materials).

The symbols of light of the spirit are present in different traditions. In the Rigveda the concept of light is used to refer to the spirit. In Iranian mythology the concept of light has evolved as a mind, the spiritual energy. In Buddhism, the image of the light is a symbol of truth and the essence of the things of the spirit that is reflected in the name of the founder of the religion, which means "illuminated".
Mind and light are identified in Lamaism. The metaphor of light is one of the bases in the mystical literature. It dates back to Neoplatonism, an emanation of God in the world. In Manichaeism the divine soul is likened to light. In the biblical tradition, light is interpreted as a sign of divine manifestation. The paradise of Dante reflects the climb to the light.
God said, "Let there be light. And there was light." (Genesis 1:3)


  • Painting: The creation of the Sun and the Moon on a fresco in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo Buonarroti




The peacock - In Indian mythology, to draw its wings, reminiscent of many eyes, represents the image of a starry sky.

The spider - In ancient Indian tradition Brahma, the creator of all things, was allegorically called the spider that was spinning the web of the world.

The dove - In China, a dove is a symbol of longevity and filial piety. In the East, the dove is a symbol of love and marriage.

The tiger - The tiger is a symbol of power, strength and success, but at the same time it is a symbol of destruction, because the energy can be both creative and destructive.

The lion - In the symbolism of the elements associated with the fire, the lion represents courage, supreme power, nobility and pride.

The jaguar - Aztecs and Maya  believed that four jaguars represent the guardians of the road to peace.

The elephant - represents many qualities including: strength, royal power, dignity, patience, wisdom, longevity and happiness, as well as being a symbol of good luck.

The butterfly - is a symbol of a soul,  the fragility, the shortness of life, happiness and non-permanence.

The owl - It is a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, sensitivity, a prophetic gift, moderation, and melancholy.

The toad - In Vietnam, the toad is associated with rain, fertility, wealth, and sexuality. In Egypt, frogs were considered sacred animals.

The bear - The bear is a symbol of good will, heroic strength and clumsiness but also of malice, brutality and greed.

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