All week I've been guided to create symbols painted on stones. They've been elusive these symbols... I kept sitting with my drawing stuff only for nothing to really come. Then yesterday, images started developing. Sitting in the sunshine in the garden, the pen moved fast over the page, small thumbnails, small drawings, that simplified themselves with every re-draw. A set formed. Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle. I'm currently working very closely with these archetypes and wanted some symbols to represent them. I looked briefly at the Mayan and Aztec designs, but wanted something that was different to the ancient symbols. I wanted something that worked for me, something that wasn't trying to be ancient or connected to a culture, something universal... and they had to be simple.
Using simple shapes, there are some obvious connections in these symbols to the animals. Serpent reminds us of the rivers, the life blood of the earth. It's downward facing triangle head shows us the energy is downward. Roots, Earth, the Lower world. Or, the triangle could be it's tail and the serpent is rising? Serpent corresponds to the base chakra and teaches us to shed our skin and transform.
Jaguar is represented as a downward facing triangle with three dots above. Balanced on a rainbow bridge, the triangle is downward pointing representing water and the womb. The triangle and dots is also reminiscent of a Jaguars nose, as if it's appearing over the rainbow. The rainbow can also be seen as ripples on water. The triangle in its precarious balance position, could fall at anytime, representing the lighting fast changes that Jaguar can bring.
Hummingbird has it's trademark infinity symbol, representing the way a hummingbird's wings move. The figure of eight (lemniscate) represents infinite potential and how things always come back round. Two upward pointing triangles for the tail and the head, show an upward energy. They also represent fire and direct movement. I also think this symbol looks like a skull with the lemniscate as the eyes, it immediately makes me think of the ancestors.
Eagle has the simple chevron bird shape. Large wings gliding over the mountains represented by three upward pointing triangles. The large dot above symbolising the sun, the other dots, planets. This symbol reminds us of finding a higher perspective, rising above the mountains and taking our ideas to the stars.
The 3 dots in each design reminds us of the three worlds, Lower, Middle and Upper.
The symbols are painted in acrylic paint on traditional cobblestones and then coated with a weatherproof varnish. They can be used to represent the animals on your indoor or outdoor altar, or used around a sand painting to represent the elements and directions. There are no rules, use them how you see fit. If you like the symbols and would like to paint your own stones, please feel free to use these symbols. These have been gifted to me from my guides and I share them now with you. If you would like a set painted by me, please visit my Etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/shaktimandala or contact me. I can paint the symbols in any colour too, so you end up with a personalised set.