Symbols have such power in communicating thoughts, feelings, and ideas. A simple symbol can represent more than words can express. Since prehistoric times, humans have used symbols to do just that. Archaeological records show the oldest paintings found in caves of western Europe date back to 40,000 B.C. Paintings of horses, bison, deer, lions, and many others depict what people hunted, ate and feared. The Chinese language is made up of symbols that communicate whole words and phrases while communicating meaning. Native Americans used symbols to communicate their spiritual beliefs, traditions, history, and dreams to their next generations.
Today, we continue to speak volumes through our symbols.
We get addicted to certain symbols and find them trending everywhere, from packaging and cards, to prints on fabric, to charms on jewelry. The heart, the key, the infinity symbol, the fleur-de-lis, feathers, crosses, flowers, the list goes on. For quite some time, I’ve noticed the arrow symbol trending everywhere (maybe it has something to do with The Hunger Games…). A symbol from ancient times, representing direction, a weapon, hunting, and power.
What does the arrow represent for you? With 2014 right around the corner, it may be a time to reflect on where the arrow is pointing you in the new year.