The butterfly is the only living being capable of changing genetic structure when it transforms from a caterpillar. The butterfly represents a need for change and greater freedom, as well as courage.
The dragonfly is often in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. Fantastic flyers, their shimmering bodies dart like light, twisting, turning, changing direction, and even going backwards as the need arises. The dragonfly inspires us to learn to practice the shedding and mirroring of light in our own lives.
The elephant is blessed with intelligence and a long life span. In the east the elephant was historically used to carry princes and nobleman, and became associated with status and foresight. In Buddhism, an elephant can symbolize patience and wisdom, while the Chinese see the elephant as a symbol of energy, strength, and power.
Flowers have a language of their own. Every sentiment is expressed in one form or another by these delicate blooms. A gift of flowers for a special someone is a gift of thoughtfulness and love,
For thousands of years, amphibians have been associated with myths and magic. The grog shaped Egyptian Goddess Keket was believed to give all creatives the ‘breath of life’ before they were placed in another’s womb. Many cultures have related them to good fortune, protection, and fertility.
The heart shape appears in all the major cultures and has long been associated with love, charity, joy, and compassion. Magicians and alchemists used the symbol in rituals with a goal to strengthen relationships, and also for incantations pertaining to matters related to love and romance.
Since ancient times, roses have been grown for their fragrance, beauty, and healing properties. After having met the long stems with the thorns, you are rewarded with a flower of great beauty and mesmerizing fragrance. In other words, roses act as a metaphor for life: after overcoming difficulty, you will find inner harmony, union, and happiness.
The turtle is a positive omen bringing 10,000 years of happiness in Japan. Because of their long lifespan, they are also a symbol of good fortune and longevity. In China it was believed these animals foretold future events, which was read from the pattern on the tortoise shell. Chinese legend says the turtle carrier the world on its back, and is a symbol of fertility, vitality, great patience, and quiet inner strength.
Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated fruits on Earth. As early as 6,000 BC, grapes were probably being cultivated in Mesopotamia. By 2,000 BC, Phoenician ships were transporting grapevines to Greece and the world beyond. Ancient Greeks were the first to really focus on wine as an industry, and the Romans redefined the art of wine-making.
Since ancient times, birds have been symbols of the soul. Because of their ability to fly free of the earth, birds represent a link between the heavens and the earth. Freedom, long life, and immortality are also associated with birds in cultures throughout the world.