In early Greek history, the apple figured in courtship as well as the rites and customs of marriage. For example, a happy couple in the seventh century B.C. might share an Apple as a symbol of their marriage and hopes for a fruitful union.
~ In China the Apple stands for peace and its blossom for adoration.
~ Gypsy tradition had a young woman eat half an apple before midnight and the other half after, if she wanted her true love to appear in a dream.
~ At her wedding to Zeus, Gaia supplied Apples to Hera, signifying long love and union. ~ Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, offered Apples to woo, Aphrodite and win her love.
"When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in that house and sing for joy." ~The Brahma Sutras
Cupid is represented as a naked, chubby boy with wings and possessing a mischievous smile. He carries a bow with a quiver of arrows, which he uses to strike love into our hearts.
Cupid or "Eros" means desire in Greek.
~ In ancient Greece, Eros (Cupid), was the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and Ares. According to Hesiod, Eros was the deity who came from Chaos ("The Yawning Void") and represented the primal forces of desire.
~ According to a legend in Roman mythology, Cupid's mother, Venus (the Goddess of Love) was jealous of the beauty of Psyche, Cupid's mortal lover, and ordered Cupid to punish her. Instead, Cupid fell deeply in love with her, and took her as his wife, but as a mortal Psyche was forbidden to ever look directly at Cupid.
Psyche was happy until her sisters persuaded her to look at Cupid, Cupid punished her by leaving her. Psyche instantly found herself alone in an open field without Cupid or even any other humans in sight. As she wandered trying to find her love, she came upon the temple of Venus. Wishing to still destroy her, the goddess gave Psyche a series of tasks, each harder and more dangerous then the last.
For her last task Psyche was given a little box and told to take it to the underworld. She was to get some of the beauty of Perserphine, the wife of Pluto, and put it in the box. She was warned not to open the box, but Temptation overcame her and she opened the box. Instead of finding beauty, she found a deadly slumber.
When Cupid came upon her lifeless body on the ground, he gathered the deadly sleep from her and put it back in the box. Cupid forgave her, as did Venus, and the Gods, moved by Psyche's love for Cupid, made her a Goddess.~
The Enchanted Harp
"Music is love in search of a word." ~Sidney Lanier
"According to legends, the first harp was built by Canola. After a tiff with her love, she wandered through the night and was drawn to some beautiful music, which eventually sent her to sleep. In the morning she discovered the source of the sound - the skeleton of a whale with flesh hanging down, through which the wind had blown and made a unique sound. Inspired by the find, she created the first harp and dedicated it to Daghda, the Celtic god of abundance and protection. Daghda's harp is said to have the ability to create three types of music - sad, joyful and peaceful."
~ The Harp shares more mythical connections to the Celts, representing the bridge of love, connecting heaven and earth.
~ In Norway and Iceland, the Harp strings formed a symbolizing the ascent to higher states of love and a pathway leading to paradise.
~ King David played the Harp to the Lord, to express his devotion and love.
The Heart as A Symbol of Love
"A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you." ~Author Unknown
~ It was formerly believed that the heart was the seat of all human emotions and that the "vein of love", ran directly from the heart to the tip of the third finger of the left hand, which is where we wear our wedding rings today. Accordingly, the signified the selfless act of giving everything to someone you love. This ancient belief has lingered on through the ages.
~ Magicians and Alchemists used the Heart symbol for incantations and rituals related to love, romance and strengthening relationships.
~ As an emblem of truth, the "Sacred Heart" of Christ is also the focus of Roman Catholic worship as a symbol of the Lord's love.
The Rose of Love
"Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense." ~Mark Overby
Rose are the perfect love symbol because they symbolize love, passion, desire, voluptuousness, sensuality, purity, romance and physical perfection.
~ In ancient mythology, in Greece and Rome, the first are said to have grown from the blood of Adonis for the love of (Venus); thus, they have become symbolic of love, and often .
~ In Western traditions, the is a symbol of passion, desire, voluptuousness, and physical perfection.
The color red is associated with strong emotions and below are sentiments expressed by the of roses:
Lavender Enchantment and Uniqueness
Pink (Dark) Thankfulness, and Admiration
Red Love, Respect and Courage
Peach Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Pink (Pale) Grace, Joy and Happiness
Deep Red Beauty and Passion
White Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Silence, Reverence, Humility and (according to some sources) True Love
Yellow Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Hope and Freedom
Red/White Unity or Engagement
Yellow/Orange Passionate Thoughts
Peach Modesty, Gratitude, Admiration and Sympathy
Rosebuds Signify Beauty, Youth and a Heart Innocent of Love:
Red Rosebud Purity and Loveliness
White Rosebud Girlhood
Tea Roses "I'll Remember Always"
Thornless Roses "Love at first sight" or
The Dove and Lovebirds
Symbolizes love, loyalty and fidelity.
Long admired for being a symbol of peace, is also a messenger of deep symbolic love.
~ It was the popular belief that chose their mate for the year on February 14. Since doves and pigeons mate for life, they symbolize loyalty, fidelity and love.
~ , the small birds with colorful plumage, commonly found in Africa, are so called because they tend to get cozy with each other and can't survive without each other.
~ Slavic legend states that upon dying, the soul is transformed into a Dove which wings its way into the loving heavens.
~ In Hinduism, the Dove is an emblem of spirit, and
the infinite capacity the spirit has for love.
~ In Greco-Roman mythology, the dove was a sacred creature to Aphrodite/ Venus (the Goddess of Love).
~ Ancient Jewish practices permitted the Dove to be sacrificed as a gift of love to signify the purification of a after childbirth.
~ In the West, the Dove (as well as turtledoves) symbolize love and are frequently seen in