SYMBOLS

Nazi Symbol

NAZI Swastika

An extremely ancient symbol that dates back to Neolithic times it has use has been found worldwide and it has featured in many religions including Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Jainism. Until the rise of the Nazis in Germany (1920 – 1945) it was broadly seen as a positive symbol meaning good luck.

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Secret Heart Symbol

Secret Heart Symbol

Around the world the classic “heart-shape” has come to represent love. In one sense, the meaning of any symbol is what most people believe it means.  Still, to truly understand something it’s often worth looking beyond the obvious. What the secret heart symbol actually means is the subject of some controversial debate.

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Smiley Face Symbol

Smiley Face Symbol

The Smiley Face symbol is one of the most widely used symbols today. Either displayed as in the picture above or as an emoticon it has been adopted by email and internet users worldwide to express the emotion of happiness in a simple symbol. Two sources claim to have created the symbol (this is ignoring the millions of children who draw it instinctively every day).

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Horseshoe Symbol

Horseshoe Symbol

Exactly why horseshoes are believed to be lucky is something of a mystery. This is not because people don’t have theories but because they have too many. Some believe that it is representative of the Greek letter Omega while others suggest that it was derived from the shape of the laurel wreath worn by Roman Emperors.

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Male Symbol

Male Symbol

It has been claimed that the “Male” symbol (the planetary symbol for Mars) represents a shield and a spear – the warrior. This explanation appears to have originated in the 19th century at the height of modern revisionist sanitisation of ancient beliefs. There is also a claim that the original male symbol was the inverted female symbol.

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Red Star Symbol

Soviet Red Star Symbol

The five-pointed red star which is based on the outer shape of the Pentagram has become the globally recognised symbol of Communism. Its origin as a Communist sign can be traced to Karl Marx (1818 – 1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820 – 1895) who were drawn to this symbol for various reasons but allegedly believed in its mystical representation of the human body and its inherent strength.

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