The hemlock species known as 'Tsuga sieboldii' is a type of coniferous tree that has sacred meaning to adherents of some pagan religions and symbolizes protection and healing. There are a few different species of plant that bear the name hemlock; each one may have its own symbolic meaning.
There is another form of hemlock, 'Conium maculatum,' that was used as a poison for executions. This toxic nature has caused the hemlock to be associated with death and danger. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was famously forced to drink hemlock poison when he was sentenced to death for the supposed impiety of his philosophy. This event is depicted in a famous painting by Jacques-Louis David.Learn More
A peony flower stands for riches, honor, good omens and happy marriages, according to Teleflora. The Flower Expert explains peonies symbolize bashfulness, compassion, shame, good health, prosperity and a happy marriage. Peonies feature prominently in ancient Greek folklore and ancient Chinese art. GardenGuides.com reveals the flower is a popular choice for contemporary weddings.Full Answer >
The scarab beetle, or dung beetle, is associated with death and rebirth or eternal life. Though the best-known culture revering scarab beetles was ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle is a widespread symbol throughout the ancient and prehistoric world.Full Answer >
The seahorse has come to symbolize patience, protection, contentment and generosity. The seahorse gained symbolic and mystical meaning because the Ancient Greeks and Romans, European alchemists and the Chinese believed the seahorse was a magical creature with mystical significance.Full Answer >
The mockingbird has many positive symbolic meanings, including joyfulness, cleverness, playfulness, security and communication. In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird," the mockingbird symbolizes innocence.Full Answer >