The red cardinal bird holds special spiritual meaning for Christians as they symbolize everlasting vitality (the faith in the blood of Christ as the birds are red in color), Christmas (the birth of Christ) and are also considered a creative force (the red color equals vitality and creativity). The word cardinal comes from the Latin word cardo, which means hinge, so something that has cardinal qualities is of the utmost importance and other things hinge around it.Know More
The Cherokee believe that the cardinal is an omen and is the daughter of the earthly sun. If a person sees a cardinal flying downward then it is bad luck, but if a person sees a cardinal flying upward towards her father, the sun, then it is good luck.
The cardinal was recognized in 1926 as the state bird of Kentucky. It was the first bird to gain state recognition. It is now the state bird of six other states including Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina and Illinois. It is the most popular state bird and is also the name of the St. Louis professional baseball team as well as the name of the Arizona professional football team. There are also several university athletic teams that have the cardinal as a mascot, including the Stanford Cardinals and the Wesleyan Cardinals.Learn more about Symbolism
Cats often represent power and creativity in spiritual matters, although their meaning can vary widely depending on the culture. Some cultures have seen cats as evil spirits that represent demons or other sinister forces.Full Answer >
Sand dollars are given spiritual meaning by some Christians. According to some legends and poems, the sand dollar represents the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Full Answer >
During the second century A.D., Christians began celebrating the birth of Christ as a substitute for the last day of the pagan festival Saturnalia. Over time, it became both a holy feast day and, like Saturnalia, a day of celebration.Full Answer >
The Jamaican flag represents the beauty and wealth of the shining sun with the color gold, hope and agricultural resources of the land with the color green, and the creativity and strength of the Jamaican people with the color black. The flag signifies the birth of the nation as it was first flown on the Jamaican Independence Day on Aug. 6, 1962.Full Answer >