Have you ever wondered where the “all seeing eye” came from?  Or the meaning behind the caduceus symbol in medicine?  For millennia, the use of symbols have been used to represent ideas or qualities.  In popular culture, Dan Brown’s novels-turned-movies brought symbolism to the mainstream in The Da Vinci Code and its sequels.  The meaning behind popular symbols is both fascinating and insightful.

That being said, we’d like to share this infographic that provides the meaning behind several famous symbols.

The meaning behind famous symbols


Source: Parrot Print Canvas


  • Amos Shapir

    Some comments about symbols and their origins:

    – The Caduceus, or serpent as symbol of medicine originated with Moses’s copper serpent, Numbers 21:8

    – The “Pyramid and Eye” symbol is also older, and appears on tombs of the 1st century AD (e.g. the Talpiot Tomb in Jerusalem, alleged to be the tomb of Jesus); it probably represent the Temple in Jerusalem and also the Alpha and Omega Cgristian symbol.

    – The Fleur de Lis is a side view of a lilly, the flower used to represent royalty since King David; though in its ancient form it presented a top view of the flower, showing 6 petals, or a 6-point star.