Graduation Symbols

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Labyrinth / Maze

The maze is associated with the choices required to reach safety during the journey of life.

The maze is also linked to the confusion and contradiction of the unconscious mind. Arriving at the center means discovery of the self.

Egg

  • The egg symbolises creation: the beginning of life itself or the beginning of a new period of life.

  • The Chinese present a red hard-boiled egg as a symbol of congratulations when a baby is born. The egg's "eyes" is said to watch over the child.

  • It is a Persian custom to give one another eggs on New Year's Day.

Metal

Metal was used as an adornment by Ancient Egyptians as protection against harm and evil spirits. Many Egyptian women still observe this tradition, wearing glittery ornaments in their hair and around their neck to ward off evil influences.

Book

Rattle

  • Native Americans used rattles to keep away evil spirits.

  • Rattles were used by Shamans to allow direct communication with the spirits and to enhance powers of healing and the vision of the future, inviting good fortune and asking for protection from evil.

Carrots

  • Sliced carrots resemble coins in shape and colour and are thus considered a symbol of prosperity.

  • The Hebrew word for carrots - tsimes - means "to increase". In celebration of the new year, carrots are eaten with the hope of increasing goodness and happiness in the year ahead.

Rainbow & Irises

American Indian legend tells the story of the Great Spirit who overheard a conversation between all the flowers in the meadow. Winter was coming and they would soon have to leave, but wished they could continue sharing their magnificent colours with the earth. The Great Spirit decided to help by giving them the sky as their heavenly landscape and display the flowers in the form of rainbows.

In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and is considered a symbol of great joy, happiness and abundance. It is considered the bridge between heaven and earth, representing truth and regeneration.

Compass

  • Symbolizes finding our way through life.

  • In dream psychology, the compass signifies safe orientation along the rocky path of life and represents an instrument of direction and identity.

Angel

  • Biblical angels are the messengers between God and the world; they are the bearers of good tidings to the soul.

  • Angels symbolize protection (guardian angels) and guidance.