Symbols of Friendship
Love is in the air... If you are searching for more love in your life or you want to sustain the love you already have...
Visualizing these beautiful symbols of love can help bring more love into your life. Many of the love symbols in this website are universal, while others are from specific regions of our beautiful planet.
Since times eternal people have looked for genuine ways to express their love for one another. Valentine's Day is a good example, people do their best to express their love for each other on Valentine's Day by offering hearts, red roses, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate.
What better way to express your love for someone then give them a heart (it is as if you are giving them your own heart, something most precious to you).
Inside our website on love symbols, you will find love symbols from Chinese and Japanese sources as well as love tattoos, peace symbols, and more.
Here are some of the most popular universal friendship symbols that people have used in the past to signify their love to someone dear.
Chinese Friendship Symbol
The heart symbol is an ancient symbol that dates back to the time of the Bible. The heart has long been used as a symbol to refer to the spiritual, emotional, moral, and in the past, also intellectual core of a human being. As the heart was once widely believed to be the seat of the human mind, the word heart continues to be used poetically to refer to the soul, and stylized depictions of hearts are used as prevalent symbols representing love. For example: if your soul is pure and good, your heart was filled with love. The ancient heart symbol is still used today mostly to symbolize love, and it is used mostly on Valentine's day. Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbol for incantations and rituals related to love, romance and strengthening relationships.
Japanese Friendship Symbol
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Here is some history on this ancient love symbol. Cupid is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman's he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.
Celtic Friendship Symbol
This is the internationally recognized symbol for peace, it was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by Gerald Holtom in 1958. The peace symbol spread and was adopted by the wider anti-war movement. It became known in the United States in 1958 when Albert Bigelow, a pacifist protester, sailed a small boat fitted with the CND banner into the vicinity of a nuclear test.
Pagan Friendship Symbol
Roses have been long used as symbols in a number of societies. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. "Rose" means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish). The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. In ancient mythology, in Greece and Rome, the first red roses are said to have grown from the blood of Adonis for the love of Aphrodite (Venus); thus, they have become symbolic of love, and often eternal life. The red rose is an ancient symbol of love, roses in other colors carry different meanings.
Friendship Symbol in Buddhism
The Buddhist endless knot or eternal knot has several interpretations, one of which, is eternal love and friendship.
Inukshuk Friendship Symbol
Inukshuk were traditionally used by the Inuit. These men-like stone sculptures were symbols erected as navigational markers to guide the way.
The skill of building an Inukshuk was passed down from one generation to the next, with each Inukshuk having a specific purpose and meaning.
Today, the Inukshuk symbol has become a universal symbol of friendship.