Love Symbols
Ancient ~&~ Modern Symbols of Love

Love Symbols . . .

Love, let me count the many splendid ways love symbols are used...  Symbols of love abound in beautiful design, form and symbolism.  Great mythologies and stories fill the worlds libraries speaking the words of love.  Artistic masterpieces remind us that love and it's ceaseless unquenchable desire have been with us since the dawn of time.  Gifts of love are given to convey feelings that words cannot express, and we hold onto these gifts of love as if they were vessels of love itself. 

Symbols of Love
Through Words . . .

Words only uttered in the heart, seeking expression and acknowledgement find their way to paper, channeled from the depths of the heart...

Here is one such exquisite love poem:

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use in my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 - 1861


Love Symbols from Around the World

Heart  Love Symbol

Heart...   The heart is probably the most popular symbol of love, it is a universal icon.  The heart is the center of love, and the heart knows what the heart wants, as poet Pascal says  "The heart has its reasons of which reason knows not".  Heart shaped gifts perhaps convey the message of love in sweet and subtle ways. 

Apple - symbol of love

Apple...  A powerful symbol throughout history relating to love...  Enticing, alluring and provocative... Apples are meaningful love symbols of courtship... Signifying the rites of marriage...  An ancient practice was for a couple to share an apple for blessings for a fruitful marriage...   A popular phrase " the apple of my eye"  coveys the feeling of love from the eye of the beholder.

Aphrodite painting by classical artist Botticelli

Aphrodite...   Aphrodite is the legendary Greek Goddess of Love, Love was her power and those who crossed her path fell under her feminine charms and mystique, just the word Aphrodite conjures an image of a woman who exudes love and sexuality. 

Hummingbird...  One of the favorite totem animals is also a symbol of love for the Native Americans.  Given that the Hummingbird can stand still, it represents the first months of new love where time stands still and lovers hover near each other like the sweet nectar of the flower that the Hummingbird hovers near in seeming devotion.

hummingbird symbol of love

Chocolate...   One of the divine foods of the Gods... the decadent sweetness that melts down into your heart with the first bite.  Chocolate is the gift of lovers, and is also a favorite for the Christmas stocking.  It's no surprise that Chocolate invokes an amorous spirit!  

chocolate love symbols

Candy Hearts...  Perhaps the sweetest and most innocent symbol of love... the Candy Hearts.  Boxes and boxes of tiny candy hearts fill the Valentines boxes in grade school, accompanied with adorable Valentines Day cards, with the hopes that your secret crush has left you a special gift to symbolize their love and adoration for you.  Memories of these exchanges of budding love are with us always.

candy hearts symbols of love
Animal symbols of love

Animals That Mate for Life...  Although for our generation mating for life has become quite rare, there are many animals in the animal kingdom that pull it off most successfully.  Surprisingly, quite a few birds mate for life --- the Crow, the Hawk, even the flightless bird the Penguin, other animals are Otters, and the Fox has a very unique style of staying together.  These animals are depicted in art and other symbolic ways representing love.

Love Symbols ... by Presley Love

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