Creating a personal symbol can be a great way to remind ourselves of what we stand for, our goals, dreams, and stuff that's important to us.
I love symbolism for millions of reasons, but top of the list is the way symbolic meanings are so adaptive and flexible to our needs. One example of this flexibility is the process of creating personal symbols.
Why would we want to craft our own personal symbols?
For the same reason family crests were designed for hundreds of years. Same reason tartans are made a very specific way. Same reason each country has a flag. From signet rings, to watermarks, and stone carvings - it's all about unique identification.
Consider modern-day logos. They are nothing more than visual symbols conveying information about a person, group or a product.
A personal symbol can establish personal identification. But that's not all. It can alsohelp galvanize your ideals about who you are, what you believe in and even what you want to achieve.
Contemplate your best attributes. How would you express these attributes in a visual way?
Look around in your environment for elements that really sing to your soul. Look for stuff that nurtures you, and reminds you of who you really are - a Divine One with absolute infinite potential. Look for colors, animals, plants and concepts that empower you. The whole Universe is packed with elements we can use to incorporate deeper meaning into our lives (and our symbols).
Think about a personal motto or creed, and incorporate that into your personal symbol too.
I've created several symbols for myself, including the one shown in this post. Each element of a symbol means something profound. It not only identifies a large part of who I am; it also represents concepts for which I stand.
I encourage you to invest the time to create your own personal symbol, and I suspect you will undergo some significant internal evolutions, like:
Creating a meaningful, personal symbol is a innovative way to keep focus of the elements that are important to you. The best part about this exercise is that the meaning of a symbol is personal, and unique to you, like a fingerprint.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips to creating a symbol that can potentially be a profound catalyst for you. Be sure to check out my links at the end of this page for more symbol meanings and symbolic tips.
Post Script: The statement in my personal sigil (shown at the center of this page) is Latin. It means "Dare to Discern."
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!