When it comes to love and romance, words sometimes can’t express the passion and emotional connection we feel as well as symbols do. Symbols for love and romance are everywhere we look: in fine art, on graffiti walls, billboards, greeting cards and the clothes we wear. Hearts, flowers, gems, gods and other love symbols conjure up emotional qualities of love in our minds and trigger associative memories that deepen our experience of the love we feel for someone. The meaning of a symbol may be simple or it may have a deeper spiritual esoteric meaning that greater defines loves qualities.
Symbols transmit consciousness and meaning and when it comes to love there are an array of symbols that help us remember: it’s time to express that love to our romantic partner.
The personification of desire and courtship, Cupid is the Roman winged god depicted with his bow and quiver of arrows. Cupid is known to the Greeks as Eros, born out of the chaos (void) alongside his sister Aphrodite. In the Roman version he is born from the union of Mars and Venus. Cupid was often shown blindfolded in art to symbolize love’s blindness. The notion that a pierce from Cupid’s arrow will render the victim hopelessly in love comes from the myth of Cupid and Psyche: When ordered by Venus to make her rival, Psyche, fall in love with the vilest thing in the world, Cupid is accidently scratched by his own golden arrow and falls hopelessly in love with Psyche visiting her each night while she slept.
Diamonds are worn to symbolize eternal love. The Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods and the Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the 15th century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. In the 19th century, Napoleon gave his wife Marie Louise
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