Symbol Q & A

I get a lot of email with questions on a variety of symbols.  Some of it is very interesting, so I’ve decided to start sharing a select few.  Last names will be redacted for privacy and safety.  If I post your query here and you would like it removed, just drop me a line.

Questions, complains, and grammar corrections can be sent to symboldictionary AT gmail DOT com

Messages are sorted newest first.  If you don’t see your question here, check the comments below before submitting your own.

Note: I cannot address questions about the meanings dreams, unusual marks on the body, or coincidental occurrences.

Q  Heavy metal

Luis asks

Hi, i need to get some info on 3 symbols i medium i went to saw on visions. I tracked down them and i have them here:

I too have here a list with a lot of symbols from the same topic but i really don’t know what the topic is about:
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can u point me in the right direction, maybe even give some explanation about the 3, especially the first one.

Thanks and God Bless you.


 The emblems you’ve linked are all alchemical notations.  The three specifically are for tin, antimony, and arsenic.  All are metals.  Antimony and arsenic are often used in alloys with tin or lead, and by themselves are poisons.  Hope this helps!


Q: The Celtic symbol for…

Paul writes:

Is there an actual Celtic symbol for “Wisdom”? It seems quite varied across different websites. Also, is there a Celtic symbol for “Warrior”, preferably “Young Warrior”?

I understand the symbols have limited or vague meanings which can represent a number of things but can you offer any advice or point me in the right direction.


Krystle writes:

Hey I am looking to get a tattoo of the celtic symbol that resembles inner strength, but every website I go to is showing a different design, which one is the actual design?


The short answer is that these symbols generally do not exist.  We get regular requests for symbols for motherhood, strength, sisterhood, healing, love, etc.  These are all ideas that would have been completely abstract and foreign to early Celts, at least in the context of symbol designs.

I suspect the notion that there are such symbols stems in part from modern usage of emblems and in larger part from the efforts of tattoo and jewelry artists.  Around the nineties there was an explosion of Celtic knot themed jewelry, each knot being mapped to a very specific modern idea.  (This wasn’t restricted to the poor Celts, there were also similar things done with Native American and other cultural symbols.)  To this day you can walk into any new age gift shop and buy a “celtic love knot” pendant, etc.  The reason these vary so widely in design and description, however, is that they are just invented bunk.

I’m trying not to be pedantic about it, but most of the requests we get are intended for tattoos, so I want to be as clear as possible before steering anyone toward an irreversible decision!  I cannot emphasize enough: if someone presents to you a pretty Celtic knot design as an emblem of love, friendship, etc., they are trying to sell you something.  Many folks are taking Celtic knot clip art books and assigning fanciful meanings to random designs that were originally used as filler ornaments on books and tombstones.

If you want a true Celtic emblem to honor a specific ideal or heritage, there are a few that could be used without too much stretching.  Celtic animal symbols can be used for their equivalent qualities – a boar for boldness or courage, etc.   Just keep in mind that many modern ideas won’t have any truly authentic emblem.  There just are not any genuine ancient Celtic symbols of brotherhood/sisterhood, mother & son, etc.  If you wish to assign a personal meaning to a design (as in, “I chose this beautiful Celtic knot to honor my Mother’s Irish heritage/the love I have for my sister/to remind me to be courageous/etc.”) , go for it- it will have your personal imprint and will be unique and meaningful to you.

So, keeping in mind that the Celts would never have used them in this fashion, some Celtic symbols and their meanings

Q: Ring with symbols

Hi , i have a golden ring quite long , but still i can not find out what is representing or what the symbols mean , Please anyone help …
on the one side there is hand with a heart inside the hand, on the other side there is an eye , in between all this there is some kind of symbol (like a book but not exactly ) with 2 swards going inside and letters F(left) T (right) and L above all this ….

Sounds like you have an Odd Fellows ring.  The “FTL” stands for friendship, truth, and love.   You can read a little about the heart in hand symbol here.  Wikipedia has a good overview of the Odd Fellows:

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John Nordquist December 16, 2018 at 2:28 am

I have an image of a saint from Oberschönenfeld Abbey that I would like to identify. How can I post a picture? I have a .png.

Jennifer December 20, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Upload to imgur and post the link here.

Laura December 5, 2018 at 4:55 am


I bought an onyx bracelet with symbols on. The only resemblance I can see to anything on your site in the Toltec cyclops symbol which the German band has as their logo. I’d like to add a picture but I can’t see an option to. Thanks

Melissa November 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Hi, can you tell me the name of this symbol and it’s meaning? Thank you.

Jennifer February 3, 2019 at 9:15 am

Hi, this is a miniature of a ruined cathedral window. :)

Michele Burns November 21, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Could you help me identify this symbol

Its a small pendant in silver, probably vintage, given to me by a friend. I don’t like to wear it without knowing what it represents. The closest thing I can find is the alchemical symbol for mercury.

Thanks – Michele

Jennifer February 5, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Hi Michelle- it looks like a variation of an Ethiopian cross to me.

Tam November 8, 2018 at 1:33 am

In the Nordic symbols, did they have one universal symbol for Loki and for the blood eagle?

Seth October 18, 2018 at 11:34 am

Hi, I’m looking for a symbol that would represent strength and love. I could only find the Claddagh for love, but I can’t seem to find anything for strength. Can you try to help me?

Gypsy September 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

I found a wallet with these symbols on it and can’t find them anywhere

Aletrice Mason September 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

I would like to learn more about the eastern star.

Jenifer September 2, 2018 at 11:09 am


I’ve have found this as symbol of strength and courage.
I was wondering if you could tell me where it is from please :)


Berre August 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Recently got this ring from a friend, but I don’t recognize the symbol on it. Could anyone help?

Much appreciated,

Carlos Pinkham August 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm


A book I have written, “The Trouble with the Trinity,” has been accepted for publication by Covenant Books. The title recognizes that few people take the trouble to verify and understand the Trinity.

In “The Trouble” I have collated every passage in the Bible that contains a name for one or more persons of the Triune Godhead with a word for God. There are over 1000! In the process of organizing these verses into logical groups, a stunning symbol for the Trinity emerged.

Thus, In the concluding chapter, I evaluated other symbols and icons of the Trinity for their ability to reflect elements of the Trinity and thereby to help us grasp this critical Christian doctrine.

In the process of doing so I found the symbol of three interlaced fish in your Blog, Symbol, A Visual Glossary,

Did you create it, and if so may I have permission to use it in my book?

If you did not create it, please let me know where it came from.

I will be happy to provide what I said about this symbol and or that stunning symbol for the Trinity that emerged if you are interested.

Sincerely, Carlos F. A. Pinkham, PhD


Professor Emeritus of Biology
Faculty Founder, Norwich Christian Fellowship
Norwich University
Northfield, Vermont

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Jeff July 23, 2018 at 6:22 am

Hi! First things first, I would like tout thank you for this awesome website, it is simply awesome!

Nos, a few years ago, my girlfriend offered me a necklace pendant de thought was looking good. Being à metalhead, I immediately thought about thé Tri Ryche, Queensryche’s logo. Yet it seems that Thérèse are many differences between the two and I am unable to find out if it has any meaning or historical origin.
Thank you for tout vélo!

Sorbe July 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

What does a HORIZONTALLY bisected circle inscribed in an equilateral triangle symbolize?

** No, not the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows symbol. ***

Melissa E. Beckwith March 26, 2018 at 3:34 pm


I have recently started meditating and I keep envisioning two distinct symbols associated with negativity. I have looked everywhere but cannot find anything close. Am I just crazy?

One symbol looks just like a backwards 1 (with out the line on the bottom) so just a vertical line with a small line attached to the right side top slanting about 45 degrees.

The other symbol is also a vertical line but on the top right side is something that looks like a small infinity sign or a side ways 8 which is also slanting down about 45 degrees.

If you know of anything like this please let me know. It’s driving me cray. :)

Geoffrey August 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Think of what physical things resemble the shapes, all symbols will mean different things to different people.

In my mind, the backwards one brought the picture of a scythe (while a symbol of death, it is not always negative. without a scythe we would have no ability to collect our harvest and continue life)

As for the second, I know a figure 8 has COUNTLESS people saying different things, but it’s your vision and your meaning will be unique and perfectly fit to you. If it’s in a downward slant, it might make sense to look at how in graphology, people whose handwriting or drawings go down and to the right means decline and things similar.

I hope this is helpful and for you to never stop seeking knowledge and wisdom, best luck!

Ignacio March 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm


Found this in a thrift store, do you know something about this symbol?

Thanks in advance

Jennifer April 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

Looks like the maker’s monogram

Manny October 29, 2018 at 12:23 am

I might be wrong, but the upper ornate pattern of the plate doesn’t look to be symbolic to me. The ornaments are more of a decorative repeated to highlight the plate’s border. But the bottom inscription is interesting because it appears as an Alchemy symbol, perhaps with the creator’s initial in the center.

Have you tried to search for Alchemy symbols?

Tarin Santos March 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm

do you happen to know what this symbol is, I’ve been looking for its meaning, but i cant seem to find it. Ok, because I cant upload images I am going to describe it; so its a plus sign with C’s attached to each side (this is what the ‘east’ arm looks like –C) it has that on all four sides, but on the north and south ends there is a dot in the C. This is the best I can describe it without showing an image

Diana March 19, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Hi I need some help.. Maybe you can tell me.. Ive been making some rituals, mental exercises.(sorry if ny english is not so well) then yesterday woke up with a simbol on my back. The same as the with knot, but without the central circle. Hours after it came clean. It did hurt or something like that. The color was lighter than my skin.. U know what was? It looked like 2 infinite symbols crossed

Christopher Duefrene March 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Hi I’m interested in your thoughts on a symbol that looks like 7 fingers or strands of hair with a ball at each strands end. If you email me I can send you a picture.

Jennifer July 11, 2018 at 4:56 am

Sure, just upload somewhere (imgur is easy) and drop a link here.

david barker January 25, 2018 at 1:08 am

a few years ago i found what looks like a blacksmith clamp.inside it has I H S a cross in a sun is all engraved in the metal clamp. on the top right it has a alisee paee in a circle,top left it has a cross in a circle on a curved bottom.bottom left the alisee again,bottom right it has a totally different symble that i did not find.

Brandon Smith January 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm


My friend has a symbol on his ring which looks quite similair to the mercury alchemy symbol but with more characters on it… I can’t seem to find out what it means anywhere, please could you help out! Thank you!!!

Jennifer July 15, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Hi, we need a picture! :)

Alyssa Rabil December 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

I need help identifying a symbol. It’s from my childhood, but I have no idea where it came from. I have a sketch of it here:

I appreciate any information you can provide.

Brandon November 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm

this was a gift and I was told symbol had meaning then person disappeared. I was never told what the meaning of it was. Does this symbol mean anything?

Jennifer July 15, 2018 at 11:57 pm

Doesn’t appear to, sorry.

jordi November 13, 2017 at 10:33 pm
rubina October 24, 2017 at 10:17 am

how can this link be empty on this website

Alexis October 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm
Hanah October 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm

This was drawn on the side of my office building last night. I am not sure what it means. It could be gibberish, but just wanted to inquire.

Any help would be appreciated!

Loryane October 3, 2017 at 3:50 am

Hi there :) This is a very insightful website!

Do you think of this ring as showing a symbol or merely an ornament (fleur de lys over oval with a bow)?
Thank you very much for your support.

Rocky September 28, 2017 at 6:57 am

Is there a Celtic symbol for home?

Ted Daniels September 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

You can’t discuss the meaning of dreams, okay, but can you fix the myriad of missing links in your site? It seems more likely that I’ll get a message about that than an actual link

Jennifer February 5, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Apologies, would you like a refund? :P

Mikie September 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Hi there,

Does a circle with a vertical line running through the center contain any meaning? This symbol has no horizontal line. The vertical line extends well past the circle on the vertical axis. Imagine a cross but replace the horizontal line with a circle.

This image keeps popping into my head and I can’t figure out where it’s from!

nate August 2, 2017 at 10:44 am

hi i saw a symbol referred to on a chart as a rola. it has a round center and three curved lines leading from the circle in a counter clockwise pattern. i can’t find it anywhere. it looks similar to a nazi swastika but with only 3 arms not 4. can you identify it and let me know what it means. thanks

Anonymous September 4, 2017 at 6:39 am

Sounds to me as (variant of) a Triskele:

gwendoline kiebert June 26, 2017 at 5:29 am

Good morning,

I live in a very old house in France and imbedded in the centre of a huge stone fireplace a pentagram is carved. In its centre is a circle and in the circle is a 6-point star. Can this star in the circle within the pentagram have a meaning?
Thank you in advance.

Tina June 5, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Here it is. Can anyone identify this symbol?

I have searched and searched and found similar style but not this symbol. It looks like EgyptIan symbol but also resembles Wiccan or Pagan symbols.
Thanks in advance,

Tina June 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Can anyone identify this symbol? I received this as a message and do not know the meaning. It is a horizo tal line that is curved up on the end, like a ladle ,with a single dot beneath at about the midline. I don’t know how to attach a picture.

I have searched and searched and found similar style but not this symbol. It looks like EgyptIan symbol but also resembles Wiccan or Pagan symbols.
Thanks in advance,

Mihael June 3, 2017 at 2:17 am

Greetings from Croatia… I need help… I can’t find this symbol definition/meaning anywhere… :/

Can you explain me if you know what this symbol on this tree mean? Thank you

Mihael June 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm

anyone? please…

Jennifer February 5, 2019 at 10:21 pm

Looks like Jumis.

Toby June 2, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Hello Jennifer,
I’ve seen this symbol on 3 local churches in my area (Bedfordshire) and I can’t for the life of me find out what it symbolises. If you could help me out it would be greatly appreciated!

Jennifer February 3, 2019 at 9:27 am

That’s a new one for me, i’ll see what i can find.

Casey April 30, 2017 at 9:59 pm


I am trying to find out the Celtic symbol for brave, but keep coming up with a lot of different ones. I’m confused and can’t seem to figure out the correct one. Can you help? Thanks!

Jennifer May 18, 2017 at 2:49 am

Hi Casey. The short answer is- there isn’t one. The long answer is here: