Symbolic Heart Meaning
I've was asked about the heart symbol meaning from a reader who sees hearts everywhere. I responded here, with the understanding that symbolic meanings are really up to the interpreter. What culture, society, or an interpreter says about the heart symbol will always be different because beauty (and symbols) is in the eye of the beholder.
When signs come into our lives it simply means we've got to make sense of them as they apply to our life situations - there is a message, and it's always personal (and usually profound).
That said - here are a few ideas on the symbolic meaning of seeing hearts:
Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbols for incantations pertaining to matters related to love and romance. They were also used in rituals with a goal to strengthen relationships.
The Heart has long been recognized across cultures as being a symbol for love, charity, joy and compassion.
Also an emblem of truth, the "Sacred Heart" of Christ is also the focus of Roman Catholic worship as a symbol of the Lord's love. As a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, this symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried.
Consider the symbolism an upside-down triangle. The heart evolved from this initial symbol.
As most of us now know (particularly with the advent of movies such as the DaVinci code) the inverted triangle is an esoteric symbol of the divine feminine, or feminine power in general.
We see an inverted triangle as a focal point in the center of the Muladhara, or root chakra. Here this emblem signifies the tap root of primal power, sexual power. At this one (inverted) point ignites the spark that surges heat up the rest of the chakra spine. Outlining inverted triangles are also seen in the solar plexus (Manipura), heart (Anahata), throat (Vishudha) and third eye (Ajna) chakras.
Upside-down triangles also represent the element of water. Esoterically speaking, water is symbolic of:
I would encourage you to consider all of these meanings and associate them to the times the heart symbol appears in your life. Relate these meanings to the situations in your life. Make your own observations.
Take the time to think about the deeper meanings involved with your heart sightings. When we take the time to observe and when we are still enough - the answers always come.
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!