The river is typically used to symbolize the power of nature. A river is also often used as a symbol of fertility, as it fills the soil surrounding it with moisture. The river is also used as a symbol of the passage of time.Know More
The symbolism of the river is centered around its nature as a moving body of water. Moving water is able to find its way through nearly any kind of physical impediment until it merges with the ocean. A river's movement has also led it to being used as a symbol of life. In literature as in life, cities and towns often spring up on riverbanks, seemingly brought to life by the river's movement. The source of the river, typically small mountain streams, depicts the beginnings of life and its meeting with the ocean symbolizes the end of life.
In literature, the river is also used both as a sign of boundaries and of roadways. As a boundary, the river is sometimes used to show the difference between civilization and those outside of it. The river, in particular the Amazon or the Congo River, has also been used as a symbolic passageway into the heart of the jungle and as a descent into the primitive nature of humanity.Learn more about Symbolism
Traditionally, the olive branch has been used as a symbol of peace. Its origins as a symbol of peace come from ancient Greek culture, when Athena planted an olive tree to win possession of Athens over Poseidon. Since then it has been used throughout many different cultures around the world.Full Answer >
When presented at a funeral, a lily symbolizes restored innocence for the deceased. However, lilies of various types and colors represent other traits when presented to the living. For example, a white lily symbolizes virtue and chastity, and a Peruvian lily symbolizes friendship and devotion.Full Answer >
Holly is a religious symbol in many parts of the world. Ancient Romans associated it with their sun god, Saturn, whilst Celtic lore believe it represents the eighth month of the Tree Calendar.Full Answer >
To Christianity, the cross symbolizes redemption through the sacrificial death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It stands for suffering, triumph and victory. The Celtic cross represents the unfolding mystery of life and personal navigation through the spiritual, cyclical and time-oriented journey to know self, wisdom, nature and God.Full Answer >