With Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day, or Self-Loventine's Day) just around the corner, it's time to explore some beautiful symbols of love. Whether it be romantic, friendship, or just how much you love yourself, embrace the love this February 14th!
The harp symbolises love in Celtic culture, as a sort of bridge between Heaven and Earth, a love bridge if you will! The sounds of a harp are typically used in love ballads. Traditionally, harps have been used for years and years to help someone confess their undying love for someone else. This doesn't have to be romantically, as it is said that many people played the harp to show admiration for people that they looked up to.
Apples appear in many different traditions, all with their own unique meanings, but they all show this fruit as a symbol of love and desire. In Greek mythology, apples are shown as a sign of courtship (which is shown in The Judgement Of Paris paintings). It is said that Gaia, Goddess of nature, gave apples to Hera during her wedding to show lasting love.
Last, but certainly not least, when people think about love, the first thing that comes to their mind is probably a heart. It has been around for many years as the symbol of love. Hearts have been shown as symbols of love through people giving gifts that are heart shaped (chocolates, cards, even tattoos!). The heart has been used for a long time to show the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual core of human beings.
By Pia Louisa