The heart is a symbol very much popular in the modern day. Apart from its obvious association with compassion, love, and infatuation, the heart is used to symbolize much more. This includes flow of creative energy that animates us. Some view the nature of this symbol as double-fold. There is much symbolism to be found in the duplicity of the heart’s functions.
First, it physically sustains the body, among other vital organs. By controlling and maintaining the circulation system, it enables the life that cannot exist without it. This essential blood carries oxygen to various vital cells, organs, and muscles, as well as removing waste products. Second, it sustains our energies and emotions. Thus, the heart acts as the source of both our body and our being. Just as it keeps creative and positive energies flowing through our soul, it also keeps the life-nourishing blood pumping through our veins.
Heart Symbol Meanings
Heart Symbol : Expressions Of Creation
Other frames of thought view heart symbolism as more complex. For example, one school interprets its symbolism as representative of four interconnected entities. More specifically, it can be considered to illustrate four unique expressions of creation.
In this model, the first symbol of the heart is that of the resting place for the creative spirit. Second, the heart acts as the foundation source from which creative, vibrant energy flows. As you can probably see, the creative spirit and flow of energy that sustains the soul are really the same thing, expressed differently. Third, this organ is the location of our true intention in life. If we follow the flow of energy that seeps from our hearts, we will access that intention. Lastly, the heart symbolizes the dreams that we wish to manifest.
Combining these four elements together makes the heart a perfect symbol for the flowing of energy, the realization of our desires, and the choosing of our individual paths.
Heart Symbol : Love
While the above-mentioned theories are certainly valid, there are still other ways of interpreting the heart. After all, we must apply symbols to specific situations and sets of circumstances if we want to comprehend them completely. However, there are some common and universal themes that are widely accepted as connected with the heart, such as love and attraction, cohesion and unity. Magicians and alchemists of times past typically used heart symbols in matters related to love.
Hearts were also used in rituals with a goal of strengthening one’s relationships. They were not the only people, though, who recognized the positive, uplifting, and sentimental aspects of the heart’s symbolism. The Roman Catholic Church uses the Sacred Heart of Christ as an emblem of truth and the infinite nature of the Lord’s love.
Heart Symbol : Inverted Triangle & Chakras
Alternately, the meanings behind the heart can be displayed graphically as an inverted triangle. This image symbolizes a vessel from which love is poured or carried. As water is also poured from this type of vessel, we can associate the upside-triangle with the element of water and, by the transitive property, all of the themes connected to water: motion, intuition, transitions, and fluid emotion.
Also, the inverted triangle has long been viewed as a symbol of femininity and maternal energies. The upside-down triangle also plays a role in the chakras of Hinduism. As the focal point in the center of the root chakra (Muladhara), the triangle taps into the primal and sexual powers within us, the powers that surge upward through the remaining chakras. This shape can also be found in the other chakras, such as the solar plexus/navel chakra (Manipura), heart chakra (Anahata), throat chakra (Vishuda), and the third eye chakra (Ajna).
As with all other symbols, meaning is truly within the eye of the beholder. No one interpretation can be considered right or wrong, as everyone’s experiences are different. Whatever any culture, group, or individual says about any symbol will always have differences, even if they are subtle. Open your heart (pun intended) and allow this symbol to speak directly to you.