Symbolic Meaning Of Money
Everyone has different perspectives and perceptions when it comes to interpreting symbols. With that being said, we should remember that interpreting the symbolic meanings of money will differ depending on your personal financial situation, along with other socioeconomic factors. This allows you to make your experience with this money symbolism much more personal and interactive. After all, you will ultimately have to make decisions regarding symbols yourself.
However, there are some common attributes associated with the symbolic meaning of money, mainly value, power, and history. Value and power should come as no surprise. No matter what the currency is (stones, coins, paper) it is given a value, with higher amounts denoting an increased value. With value typically comes power of some sort.
History, though, is equally important. Money has passed through the hands of many billions of people throughout time, and each individual bit stays in circulation for many years before being destroyed. Spiritually, this can be interpreted to mean that each stone, coin, or note takes a bit of each owner’s energy when it leaves his/her possession.
Certain groups, such as the Japanese of the Pacific, even placed a higher value on their currency based on its history and the lineage of its ownership. This makes sense when we examine the Latin word “currency”, which literally means “the condition of flowing”. Many ancient alchemists connected this with the natural law that energy can neither be created, nor destroyed, it can only change forms. From this, they developed the concept that the world would never lack money: it would retain its energy and only change forms.
Other Money Symbolism
In addition to value, power, and history, money also has many other connections, such as exchange, donation, materialism and admiration. Each of these elements can be considered both positive and negative, depending on the specific historical circumstances. After all, the money symbolism that we study now is merely a morphed and evolved version of what others believed and speculated on in the past.
Early civilizations saw deeper, spiritual meanings associated with money. For example, the Celts placed an importance on engraving meaningful and powerful Celtic symbols on their coins, such as horses, boars, bears, and trees. Because a high value was placed on each of these natural living things, it only seemed natural that their image would increase the value of their currency.
Apart from the power of these animals, Celtic trees were believed to possess magical qualities that would open a gateway to higher understanding and wisdom. However, the Gauls (or Iron Age ancestors of the Celts) did not even have a currency; rather, they preferred to use trade and barter. It was not until they were absorbed by the ancient Greeks that they adopted a physical currency.
This was because the Greeks had already found their own symbolic meaning in money. They engraved images of their revered Greek gods and goddesses upon their coins in the spirit of magic and belief. However, as time went by, they replaced those images with those of government officials and other powerful people.
From them, the Romans took inspiration and adopted this idea of physical currency with political engravings. They even used it as a type of marketing campaign, with political candidates having their image placed on coins in order to get their names/faces into the minds of the voters. Although they took their main ideas regarding money from the Greeks, the Romans were individualistic in another sense. They were the first group of people to create larger coins to commemorate events in their history.
Furthermore, the ancient Chinese value of money concerned not only exchange, but also good luck. As such, their culture revered currency for reasons other than its monetary value. They even created their currency with specific geometrical connections in mind. The circular nature of the coin was representative of heaven, while a square hole in the middle symbolized the Earth. Together, this union served to mimic the connection between the two. Here are few Feng Shui tips for money and wealth.
Money In Dreams Symbolism
As with all symbols, money can also appear in our dreams. In fact, for many, themes with monetary connotations probably occur quite frequently. There are several fairly direct and obvious interpretations that can be made after dreaming of money, such as thoughts of wealth and comfort and concerns of financial security and freedom.
However, there are other lesser-known ideas associated with money dreams: libido, sexuality, control, dominance, and passion. Historically, money symbol was associated mainly with men, meaning that typically masculine qualities were associated with it. Thus, it isn’t shocking that the above-mentioned themes would come into play. Whether one is lacking or thriving in these areas of their lives, dreaming of money certainly draws attention to them.