Symbolic Square Meaning
So unlike the circle, or the spiral symbol meaning - the square is comprised of straight lines. This can be a real validation of meaning. Those fixed lines invite a feeling of stasis, fixation and immutability, don't they.
In fact, when I see squares in my readings/interpretations, I always think of foundations (like homes, buildings or even plots of earth squared off for gardening). Squares are symbolic cues for me, and they speak to me about hearths, homes, matter and materialistic concepts.
According to Rowena and Rupert Shepherd in their book,1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art and Myththe square is a symbol of the heart in Islam. Each side of the four sides of the heart-square symbolizes an aspect or opening for awareness and inspiration. These symbolic sides are: Angelic, Diabolic, Human, Divine
I like this very much. It underscores the potential duality in everything and encourages balance. We can even see oppositional balancing here.
Remember the Atari game Pong? That little ball you could bounce between two parallel lines (presumably representing a ping-pong paddle). Our awareness can be that point bouncing between the aspects of duality housed within each side of our experience (dark, light, up, down, physical, spiritual, etc).
These kind of attributes cause the square symbol to be an anchor to the Hindu way of thought. Here we see squares representing the natural (structured) order of the universe.
We can branch off from there by observing the four-sided structures that surround us in our environment. Like:
In the Chinese way of thought, the square is a symbol for earth with the circle representing the shape of the heavens. This lends further weight to the earthy, grounded nature of the square symbol meaning.
Indeed, our ancestors transitioned from nomadic life by exchanging tents and teepees (circular) for solid square-based structures. I find this, and its implications fascinating.
All of these aspects combined (perhaps as a meditative tool, contemplating the square) invite us to do precisely what the square implies:
Thanks for indulging these thoughts on the square symbol meaning. I encourage you to incorporate this symbol into your ruminations and gain your own personal understanding of its potential.
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!