Symbolism of Gemstones: Ruby

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Ruby has been considered by many cultures throughout time to be the most powerful gem in the universe. I know, you’re thinking of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz right now, and when you read through the list of symbols attributed to the ruby, you’ll get a new look at what those magical, powerful slippers offered Dorothy. And you’ll also see all the positive, empowering symbolism that you can bring to yourself if you select wedding rings or wedding day jewelry with a ruby (or lots of tiny rubies!) in the design!

First, here are some fun FYIs about rubies:

  • If you place a ruby under your pillow, you may ward off bad dreams
  • Rubies should be worn on the left hand to get the most life force out of them, and experience greater protection.
  • Rubies help sexual love to be more passionate
  • Rubies are said to give you courage to reach your higher potential
  • Some cultures warn against wearing a ruby necklace too close to the solar plexus, to raise yours up a bit!
  • If your ruby looks more pink than red, it may actually be a pink sapphire. What you want is the gemological description of ‘pigeon’s blood’ that’s red with a blue undertone for a real ruby tone. Too purple, and you’ve likely got a violet sapphire.
  • Many rubies come from Burma and Thailand.
  • Rubies are commonly exposed to high heat to bring out the deepest, richest red color possible.
  • Beryllium-infused rubies will be on the market sometime soon, perhaps at a lower price point!

Okay, enough with the FYIs. What’s the symbolism of the ruby, all of those good portents you’ll attract by wearing and owning them?

  • Passion
  • Smoldering desire
  • Inextinguishable inner fire
  • Courage
  • Power
  • Friendship and love, when given as a gift
  • Vitality
  • Royalty
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Wedding Symbolism: The Finch Brings Happiness, Joy, Health and a Fun Celebration to your Big Day

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

Photo: TopAnimalSites.net

 

Weddings are full of symbolism, bringing good luck and all kinds of wonderful, positive things to a marriage. So it’s no wonder that brides choose hummingbirds, dolphins, dragonflies and all kinds of lovely symbolic motifs into their wedding invitation designs, their wedding décor, their bridal showers, and even their personal wedding websites. Each of these symbolic animals – also known as ‘totems’ in some cultures – add a touch of good luck to the couple’s happily ever after.

Right now, birds are a top trend in wedding motifs, and I’ve chosen for this new Wedding Symbolism post a pretty, bright little bird: The Finch. Here are the symbolic meanings of the Finch:

  • Appreciation
  • Diversity
  • Enjoying the Journey
  • Happiness
  • Healthful Diet
  • High Energy
  • Honoring Resources
  • Joy
  • Simplicity
  • Variety

Legend has it that finches symbolize ‘bright times ahead’ or ‘bright days on the horizon,’ which couldn’t be more perfect for a wedding.

Native American culture holds the finch as a bird of happiness, since they’re so brightly-colored, and their flight patterns are joyful, ebullient, a bouncy, joyful pattern of bobbing through the air in complete delight. As a symbol for your marriage, think ‘We won’t always go from Point A to Point B in our marriage, but we’re going to make the journey a fun, playful one.’ The lesson of the finch is this: enjoy the journey!

Native American symbolism also calls the finch a harbinger of upcoming celebration, which again fits so perfectly with a save the date card or wedding invitation – a great celebration is on the way! And looking ahead at your many years of happy marriage, even more upcoming celebrations are ahead of you. So says the finch.

Getting a little deeper, animal symbolism also calls the finch’s birdsong to be an invitation to listen to your own song, and to sing it out loud. Don’t hide your brilliance from the world.

If you’re confused about the healthful diet symbolism of the finch, here’s where it comes from: a finch’s bright color comes from the food that it eats. The healthier its diet, the more vibrant it is. So that old adage ‘You are what you eat’ is reflected in the finch, as a lesson to make healthy living a top priority in your future together, so that both of you can be bright, happy, energetic, radiant and at your best.

Since finches are known to nest in a variety of places, the symbolism for the finch is ‘make a happy home,’ or ‘thrive where you are,’ or ‘appreciate where you are in life, and make your place your own.’

Finches brighten the day of anyone who sees them, and since they’re not a rare bird, they’re pretty much visible everywhere, and very often. So show up and make someone’s day even brighter…which you and your groom will definitely do on your wedding day!

Here are some of my additional Animal Symbolism posts for your wedding décor and wedding theme planning:

Seahorse: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/wedding-symbolism-the-seahorse/

Dolphin: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/wedding-themes-the-dolphin-and-its-magical-symbolism/

Dragonfly: https://sharonnaylorweddingbooks.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/wedding-decor-symbolism-of-the-dragonfly/

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Wedding Symbolism: The Seahorse

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You all are going crazy for my reports on the symbolism of different sea animals, so let’s keep going with my new report on the symbolism of the Seahorse, so that you might consider this cute little curved guy (or gal) for your wedding themes, wedding décor, invitation motifs and sea-themed bridal showers or wedding favors.

With all things coastal and nautical being super-hot wedding trends right now, the seahorse is one of those under-the-sea motifs that’s rocking the gift world right now, which means you’ll find plenty of adorable seahorse-themed cheese spreaders and platters, party plates and even cake toppers. Seahorse motifs are big for save the dates, invitations, wedding programs, place cards, table signs and even chocolate seahorses might be your take-home favor.

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This seahorse invitation available at Etsy

But let’s look into the symbolism of the seahorse so that you know a bit about what it represents:

The seahorse was thought to have mystical significance among Ancient Greeks, Romans, Asians and Europeans, with the ancient Greeks and Romans tying the seahorse in to their sea gods Neptune/Poseidon, thus attributing the symbols of strength and power to the seahorse. So, by choosing the curly seahorse as your motif, you could bring the symbols of strength and power to your partnership.

Other symbols attributed to the seahorse, and also as good luck symbols for your marriage are:

  • Good luck (Sailors have long considered seahorses to be portents of good luck, as did ancient Chinese culture)
  • Patience
  • Friendliness
  • Protection
  • Generosity/Sharing
  • Contentment

Seahorses are calm and gentle, happy with being simply ‘on their way’ to their destination, not rushing, not frantic, just enjoying the journey. On the flip side, seahorses can be known to wrap their tail around a stationary object to anchor itself when the waters get rough, which some people say is a trait of stubbornness. I say it’s a fabulous symbol of a great marriage! When the ‘waters’ get rough, the seahorse hangs onto its ‘rock’ – that would be each of you to the other – and stays safe.

Oh, and you also might have heard that it’s the male seahorse who gets impregnated by the female, carries the babies to term, and gives birth. A creative interpretation of this sealife fact could be that you’ll share the responsibilities of whatever you both may create – whether it’s babies or a business or a home – and understand each other’s positions in any discussion or hot topic, for avoidance of or a quick end to arguments.

Wedding Themes: The Dolphin and Its Magical Symbolism

Destination weddings, beach weddings and summer weddings often feature island-style motifs for invitations, décor, programs, centerpiece accents and even wedding and shower favors. You’ll see palm trees, colorful fish, sandy beach scenes, starfish and seahorses. Now, a new design has emerged as a leader in wedding décor and themes: the dolphin.

So many brides and grooms dream of swimming with dolphins, and they might just pick their honeymoon spot because it affords them the dreamy opportunity to do so, either in open ocean waters or in a dolphin-swim attraction at a zoo or aquarium. Dolphins just make us happy. They’re smart, friendly, protective, and just bring a smile to your face.

But did you know that dolphins have symbolism, just like in the Language of Flowers where a white rose means innocence and purity? Cultures long ago ascribed symbols and meanings to animals, and the dolphin has a list of enduring meanings that could make your wedding or bridal shower theme extra-special to you.

Here are the symbols and meanings most commonly associated with dolphins:

  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Contentment
  • Friendship
  • Generosity
  • Gentleness
  • Grace
  • Harmony
  • Intelligence
  • Playfulness
  • Power
  • Protection
  • Renewal
  • Transcendence
  • Vibrance

The cultures that looked upon the dolphin with symbolic messaging embraced the idea that dolphins belong to both air and water, since they swim and also leap into the air. So they look upon the dolphin as living in two worlds at once, which is a mighty symbol for marriage: you live in the realm of your marriage, and you also live in your own personal realm. Soaring or majestically gliding in both.

Dolphins have been associated with deities of Roman and Greek culture, such as Poseidon (Greek)/ Neptune (Roman) with themes of strength, freedom and protection over the sea. For Eros(Greek)/ Cupid (Roman), the meanings are love, friendliness, playfulness, sensuality, desire, exploration, curiosity, attraction and joy.

Pirate lore, always a big draw for the islands, calls the dolphin as a symbol of protection, and some legends associate dolphins with mermaids. The dolphin, then, is quite a magical creature in legend, bringing with it a collection of good portents for your marriage. In modern times, we also associate dolphins with their friendliness, caring and generous spirit, even a healing presence – which you might find describes your partner and your partnership itself.