We love choosing gorgeous crystal gifts - and we're especially fascinated by beautiful designs with a deeper symbolic meaning. We may not be professors of so called "symbology" (like the fictional hero Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's bestselling novels!) but we've done our own research into three of our favourite spiritual gift symbols … and this is what we discovered.
1. The Tree of Life
This archetypal image appears in civilisations around the world: in the Bible and in Babylonian mythology, where it was a magical tree in Paradise, as well as in Egyptian, Islamic and Kabbalistic versions. According to Norse legend, there was a huge ancient ash tree Yggdrasil at the centre of the cosmos, with branches that stretched far up into the heavens, and around which the gods would gather.
The Celts believed that trees were the actual ancestors of human beings, so treated them with respect as living, magical entities who linked the natural world to the spiritual one. The Tree of Life shows how nature created harmony and balance throughout the eternal cycle of life - and, perhaps most importantly, it symbolises the interconnection of all forms of life.
With its ageless roots firmly embedded in the earth and its branches reaching up towards the sky, the Tree of Life embodies strength, development and wisdom - inspiring qualities which we could all benefit from! It shows that the simplest symbol can also be the most powerful.
2. The Vesica Piscis
Comprising the intersection of two perfect circles, the almond shape at the heart of the Vesica Piscis forms the fish icon used by early Christians as a secret symbol of Jesus. It's also reminiscent of the divine, all-seeing, omnipotent Egyptian Eye of Horus. And in pagan worship, the symbol depicted fertility and birth, showing a god and goddess coming together to create divine life and the universe.
The Vesica Piscis plays an important role in "sacred geometry" - the belief that nature is shaped by specific geometric patterns, with a deeper mystical meaning. It appears in designs such as the Flower of Life, with its repeated overlapping overlapping circles representing the cycle of creation. Recurring geometric patterns are common in nature - including in our own DNA - as well as in artwork, sculpture and architecture around the world and throughout time.
"Nature's secret code" (described in the mathematical Fibonacci sequence) also creates spiral shapes that increase in size while keeping the same proportions or ratio (see a crashing wave or spiral shell). Linked to this is the "golden ratio", popularised by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code, which provides a "natural beauty template". The more closely your body/artwork/ building etc conforms to specified proportions, the more pleasing it will supposedly appear. Perhaps fortunately, not all mathematicians agree with this!