A Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols

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Music and Pop Culture Symbols:

“Questioning” The Artist Formerly Known as Prince “The Artist” Heartagram Heartagram Zoso Zoso EN
Triqueta Triquetra

 

Druid & Celtic Symbols

Triqueta Shield Knot Claddagh Triqueta Green man Celtic world tree
Triquetra Shield Knot Claddagh Triqueta Green man Tree of Life
Brigid's cross Triskele Shield Knot
Brighid’s cross Celtic Knot Druidry Triskele Shield Knot Shamrock
Cauldron Welsh Dragon Celtic Cross Druid Cernunnos, Herne
Cauldron Welsh Dragon Celtic Cross Awen Spiral Cernunnos

More Celtic Symbols

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Christian & Gnostic Symbols:

Ankh Christian Ankh Jerusalem Cross Cross of Lorraine Cross Lorraine Vesica pisces Jesus Fish (Ichthus) Trinity fishTriqueta Orthodox
Reverse cross Anchor Fish Anchor fish Alexamenos Serpent cross Sacred Heart Christogram
IHS IHS Alpha and Omega Alpha & Omega Chi-ro Chi Rho Crucifix Crucifix Messianic seal Messianic Halo Halo

More Christian & Gnostic Symbols

Magick, Occult, Satanic Symbols:

Baphomet Pentagram Necronomicon Chaos Chaos Mendes Goat Mendes Goat Hexagram Hexagram
Witch’s Knot Enneagram Hermetic Seal Unicursal hexagram Unicursal hexagram Ouroboros Ouroboros Sephirot Kabbalah
Mark of the Beast Mark of the Beast Hand of Glory Rose Cross Lamen GD Lamen Seal of Saturn Saturn Star of Babalon Babalon Seal Pentagram

More Occult Symbols

Wiccan/ Pagan Symbols:

Hecate's wheel Hecate’s Wheel Triqueta Triquetra Pentacle Pentacle Green man Green man Triple goddess Triple Goddess Pentacle Pentacle
Theban alphabet Witch’s runes Cauldron Horned God Triple crescent Triple crescent Elven star Athame Athame
Greenman Greenman Seax Seax Boline Besom Besom Witch's sign Witch’s Sign Pentacle Horned God

More Neopagan Symbols

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Norse, Asatru, Romuva, and Eastern Europe:

Romuva Romuva Triple horn Odin’s horn Valknut Thunder Cross Shield Knot Shield Knot Helm of awe Helm of Awe
Hugin and Munin Hugin and Munin Mjolnir- Thor's hammer Mjolnir Runes Runes Sleipnir Sleipnir Gungnir Gungnir Solar cross
Irminsul Irminsul Jumis Jumis Nidstang Nidstang Yggdrasil Yggdrasil Triceps Wolf's Cross Wolf’s Cross

More Norse Symbols

Egyptian & Egyptian Pagan Symbols:

Uraeus Uraeus Winged disk Ankh Ankh Isis throne Eye of Horus Eye of Ra/Horus Scarab Scarab
Lotus Uraeus Horus Lemniscate infinity Djed Feather of Ma'at Maat Sistrum Sistrum
Abraxas Abraxas Nuit Hathor Ba bird Akhet Coming soon! Flower of Life

More Egyptian Symbols

Ancient Greek, Roman Symbols:

Horned Hand Mano Fico Gorgon Gorgon Caduceus Labrys, sacred axe Labrys Minotaur Minotaur Venus of Willendorf Willendorf
Fasces Fasces Orphic egg Orphic egg labrynth Tetraktys Hygeia Lauburu Lauburu

More Greek & Roman Symbols

Assyrian/Babylonian, Phoenician, Syrian, and Zoroastrian:

Knot of Inanna Inanna’s Knot Assyrian winged solar disk Assyrian sun disk Star of Ishtar Ishtar seal Sign of Tanit Tanit Sign of Shamash Shamash seal Fravashi Farohar
“Dagon” Mesopotamian Tree of Life Mespotamia Simurgh Kerub Tetragrammaton Tiamat Tiamat

More Assyrian/Babylonian Symbols

Islam, Judaism, Sufism, & Baha’i:

Crescent and star Star & Crescent Magen David Magen David Hamsa Allah Allah Sufi winged heart Sufi YHVH YHVH
Druze star Druze Star Baha'i star Baha’i Menorah Menorah Baha'i ringstone Ringstone Messianic Star Messianic Nidstang Aaronic Blessing

More Middle Eastern Symbols

African, Rasta, Vodou & Santeria:

Akua’ba Veve Veve Eleggua fetish Eleggua Rastafarian lion of Judah Lion of Judah Veve, Agwe Agwe Chi-wara Chiwara
Exu; Candomble Riscados Rastafarian star of David Rasta Adinkra Gya Name Ethiopian Cross Ethiopian Cross Adinkra Adinkra

See more African Symbols

Taoist, Shinto, Buddhist, and Asian cultural symbols:

Maneki Neko Maneke Neko Buddha’s Eyes Torii Gate I Ching Endless knot Endless knot Om Mani Padme hum
Enso Enso Buddha's Foot Buddha’s feet Tomoe Tomoe Yin yang Yin Yang Manji Manji Dorje Dorje

See more Asian Symbols

Hindu, Jain, & Sikh Symbols:

Kalash Kalash Garuda Garuda Khanda Khanda Vel of Lord Murugan Vel Chakras Chakra Dharma wheel Dharma
Jain Hand Dancing Shiva Shiva Tattwas Tattwas Om Omkar Universal  Jain Jainism Sri Yantra Yantra

More Symbols of Eastern Religions

Alchemical & Astrological Symbols:

Scorpio Scorpio Venus Venus Mars Zodiac wheel Zodiac Greek Cross Water element Water
Salt Alchemical salt Fire element Fire Capricorn Capricornus Crescent moon Sun Red KingRed King Pluto

See more Astrological Symbols

Shamanic (Native American, Aboriginal, Neolithic):

Wasgo Dancing sorcerer Shaman Kokopelli Kokopelli Man in the MazeMan in the Maze Hunab Ku Zia sun

See more in this category

Masonic, Fraternal Organizations:

Skull and Bones (crossbones) Skull & bones Masonic square and compass Compass All seeing eye Eye Point in Circle Pillars Beehive
A.A. Cipher All Seeing Eye 47th Problem of Euclid 47th Proposition Eagle of Lagash Double Eagle Eastern Star Eastern Star

See more Masonic Symbols

Miscellaneous:


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Operating Thetan Op. Thetan Scientology cross Scientology Scientology Unity Cross Atlantis Cross
Raelian Church Raelian Mu Mu Raelian Church Raelian Choku Rei Choku Rei "Prioy of Sion" Priory of Sion Process Church
Swastika Swastika Cable Tow Black Sun Neo Nazi triskele Neo Nazi “Grail Cross” Sacred Chao Sacred Chao Unitarians
Romany Barbury Barbury Crop Circle Reiki Healer Chalice Well Glastonbury Unicorn Theosophy

 

Special: “Da Vinci Code” Symbols:

Vitruvian Man Fleur de Lis Rose of Venus "Prioy of Sion" Ankh Phi
Vitruvian Man Fleur de Lis Rose Priory of Sion Ankh Phi
Golden Rectangle Jumis Fire element Water element Hexagram
Greek Cross Golden Mean Jumis Fire Water Hexagram

Religious symbols glossary

Symbol glossaries by subject:

Adinkra Symbols

Astrological and Alchemical symbols

Crosses Druid/ Celtic symbols

Egyptian symbols

Hand Gestures

NeoPagan/ Wiccan Symbols

Norse/Asatru symbols

Star Symbols Symbols of Eastern religions- Jain, Sikh, and Hindu symbols

Symbols of Magick and the Occult

Symbols of the Middle East- Sumerian, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, and Islamic symbols

Taoist, Tibetan Buddhist, and Shinto symbols

Tattoo Symbols

Tribal and Shamanic symbols

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Noel September 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

Hi have a question. … is the jain hand symbol alway a right hand? If so why? Thanks noel

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Harvey June 24, 2016 at 5:41 am

Hey there. Could you help me identify this? Thank you, send me an email since I don’t check here often ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b062b6d9ef72f63ec8ac4031dc0050ecacb0d8b0839596ddba105552259b21c.jpg

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Jay July 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

This looks like the Horde faction symbol from the popular mmorpg game “World of Warcraft”

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Paul December 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Symbol looks like this ” 3~ ” what is it?
Friend got it as a tattoo looked similar to om symbol, any help would be appreciated x

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Jennifer December 15, 2015 at 12:59 am

Sounds like one of many variations on the Om.

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Johan May 7, 2015 at 4:23 am

Is a Z with a vertical line through it found anywhere?

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Peter McLean April 4, 2015 at 3:51 am

I have found a ring with a symbol on it that is unknown. It may even be two symbols combined.

I was wondering if I sent a picture to anybody maybe the could help me identify the symbol or symbols please?

Peter

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Jennifer April 6, 2015 at 9:03 am

Hi Peter- not a problem, just go ahead and post it or send us an email :)

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Zac September 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

I have acquired a pendant of sorts that i cannot identify and could not find on here, at least through a basic search. its is a brass coin completely smooth and polished on one side and on the other it has a raised circular piece with two larger “wisps” coming up from it in opposite directions it has two smaller ones closer together in the center and spreading out on op and finally another circular piece, reminiscent of a ball maybe? can anyone help me identify this pendant?

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Jennifer September 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Hi Zac, I’m having a hard time visualizing this, do you have a picture, any chance?

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Jack February 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

I have recently found a ring. The larger shape is a rectangle. Within the rectangle is a diamond shape. Within the diamond shape is what I can best describe is a backwards question mark. In the four corners of the rectangle some type of script marks appear. Eight small circles are on the outside edge of the rectangle (corners, and centers between corners. To the right and left of the rectangle identical snake like script appears. Any ideas?

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Jennifer February 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Almost sounds like some sort of signet ring. Is it possible to have a picture?

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jack February 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

I am trying to attach a drawing but cant figure out how to do it. Can I email?

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jack February 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

I am going to post the picture on the Facebook page.

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Jennifer February 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Sure you can email symboldictionary AT gmail DOT com, or maybe try uploading to imgur.com?

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Jennifer February 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Hi Jack- it looks like some form of apotropaic magic square. I’ve seen similar ones before. Let me do some further research and see if I can locate it.

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Jack February 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the reply. I look forward to what your research reveals.

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Sid February 17, 2014 at 2:19 am

Hi …..
I would like to see a picture of this ring. I think I have seen it before. But I don’t recall any script or circles. Can I see it please ?

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jack February 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

Hi Sid, I put a picture of the ring on the Facebook page. If you cant find it let me know, I can email or try Jennifer’s suggestion listed above. Thanks for the help. The ring also has an inscription on the inside that I will eventually try to render and post. Not sure what language it is.

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jack February 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

The picture on Facebook was posted on February 11th under Jack.

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Sid February 20, 2014 at 12:04 am

Sorry …. When you said inverted question mark, I thought up side down. And if it is up side down, and you draw two diagonals in the square, It is “Kundali Tantrik Chakra” from Hindu Culture. But never seen this one.

Azucena Díaz Albareda October 9, 2013 at 12:02 am

Magnifico, el poder de los símbolos es eminente.
En donde se puede adquirir.

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Julie September 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

Does this site have a facebook page?… Just wondering

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Jennifer October 14, 2013 at 7:29 am
Jose. April 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hello, i would like to know your name please so I can site your research in my Religion Paper please. i was not able to find any info about the author in the website.

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Jennifer May 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hello Jose, just visit here: http://symboldictionary.net/?page_id=2144 and scroll down.

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Micol Villaflor December 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I love those Christian & Gnostic Symbols especially the “Star of David” and “Ichthus”….

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james hunter October 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hi i am 27 yo. born in vancouver , sechelt squamish territory, / UBC

i am iterested in hari krishna markings for the body purification in the mornings they mark parts of the body with clay and chant Om ka’ shiviya namaha i have a picture of my tattoo’s which hold symobology of left and right brain channelings and as left side corresponds with right brian i have red and blue on either side with an interesting twist of re-connecting with denominations of differnt sects, of their religious organizational roots of back in india, ie. hari krishna was brought to westerner’s through the brother sri prabupad and the bagaviggita spelling,.. anywho i have a photo of the pictures of the different markings i will find it again , maybe send it to you,

chiao

james
living at the mount elphinstone peace camp sunshine coast Kanada

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Randy August 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

You should really look to putting all this in book form I would totally buy it best quick reference straight to the point without a whole bunch of filler to read through.

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Ray J May 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

We have a question about this symbol… anybody have any feedback on what it is, or what it means?

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150783624112331&set=a.10150312754522331.334447.638612330&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply

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Tattoo Design Finder February 7, 2012 at 4:24 am

Came here looking for the meaning of the star tattoo, what a great hub of information, i could spend hours on here. Thanks for the effort in putting this all in one place. have some new ideas now.

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Myztik January 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Is this incomplete? Just asking cause there are a lot of symbols in the egyptian section that “cannot be found on the server.”

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Jennifer March 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

There have been some issues stemming from the site’s migration. Keep checking back.

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Sarah December 28, 2011 at 4:30 am

I have been wondering about a mark on my hand for some time now… I finally went to a palm reader, just to have an opinion. She informed me that I possessed the psychic eye, and proceded to ask me if i was spiritual, or if i had ever had contact with a spirit of some kind…I could get into a huge story, but we’ll just leave it as I have…. never the less… I would like to know more about having a psychic eye in the center of my right palm…. does anyone know anything more?

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Natalie April 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

Just wondering if you know what this symbol means: three lines starting as a point at the bottom, swirling up together and then meeting at the top to make another point. Meaning would be much appreciated, thanks!

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anthony March 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

Hay i would like to know if anyone knows the sigils of the 7 high arch angels of the seven heavens. they are Gabriel, Raphael, Anael, Michael, Samael, Sachiel, and Caffiel. if someone can plz get back to me on that i would be most greatful

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jeremy August 29, 2010 at 3:12 am

I was trying to find a symbol or multible symbols that mean love,respect, and loyalty in celtic symbols…
Please help me so my wife and i can get ink done asap

thank you

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Lucas August 28, 2010 at 3:06 am

Hi since you seem to have a lot of information on here I was wondering what would it mean if you had an angelic birth mark on the back of your head that was the sign for Micheal?

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Freya July 3, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Any material on reiki symbols?

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jude June 26, 2010 at 5:40 am

interesting god seeker-thank you

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god_seeker May 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

two thumbs for you !!!!

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jude May 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm

still looking for a double spiral . can you help per chance?

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Lisa April 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I’ve been searching for a symbol that appeared on a friend of mine. what do you make of it?

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OO (more oval, shaped)

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Dave February 3, 2010 at 10:58 pm

thanks for the awesome site, appreciated :D

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lulu September 28, 2009 at 5:55 am

very cool nd educational

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Austin August 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

you saved my ass in art class.

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DCS August 19, 2009 at 7:46 am

THESE SYMBOLS ARE VERY EDUCATIONAL…….AWESOME & ENLIGHTING

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DCS August 19, 2009 at 7:43 am

AWESOME …….VERY INTERESTING & ENLIGHTING……….

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