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Symbolism and Meaning

 
Dragonflies:

Dragonflies are the universal symbol for immortality.

 

Butterflies:

Butterflies are the universal symbol for eternal life.  They are a universal symbol of change, resurrection, transformation, celebration, young love and the soul.

 

 Butterflies are the symbol of the soul that physical death cannot destroy.


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." ~ Rabindranath Tagore

 

Hummingbirds:
The hummingbird symbolizes resurrection and in some cultures, embodies a guardian spirit.
 
Hummingbirds are a powerful symbol of life and joy and reminder that life is meant to be savored.  Their tireless activity symbolizes eternity and everlasting life.
 
"Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.  The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation." ~ PAPYRUS
 
Peacocks:
Peacocks are a symbol of eternal life, renewal, resurrection, rebirth and immortality.
 
Birds:
Birds are symbols of immortality. In East Indian myth, every bird in the world represents a departed soul and in Christian art, birds often appear as saved souls.

Ladybugs:
Ladybugs generally symbolize past lives, spiritual enlightenment, death and rebirth, renewal, regeneration, fearlessness, protection, good luck and wishes being fulfilled.
 
Frogs:
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In many cultures, frogs are seen as a symbol of healing, good fortune and luck, as well as representing life and fertility.  For these reasons, ornamental frogs are often given as housewarming and wedding gifts.
 
Turtles:
In Far Eastern cultures, the turtle shell is a symbol for heaven and earth and in many Asian cultures, legend has it that the weight of the world is supported on a giant turtle.  The turtle's apparent resistance to aging symbolizes longevity and immortality.
 
Lilies:
The lily is a symbol of a new life.

 
True Bayberry Candles:
"A Bayberry candle burnt to the socket puts luck in the home, food in the larder, and gold in the pocket."
 
Bayberry candles and the traditions we associate with them began during colonial times. When colonists and early settlers boiled the fruit from the waxy grey "berry" of the hearty native "Bay" Berry shrubs along the Eastern Coast, they found it left a fragrant wax on top of the water.  The bayberry wax was harder, more brittle and burned longer and cleaner than the beeswax they were using.
 
It takes about 15 pounds of bayberries to make just one pound of bayberry wax.  Because they were so time consuming to make, many families saved them for special occasions, such as Christmas and New Year's Eve.  Eventually, burning bayberry candles on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve became tradition. 
 
Crickets:
A cricket on the hearth has been a sign of good luck for thousands of years. The idea is prevalent in every corner of the world. Itís possible that the belief originates in prehistoric times, when a cricketís chirping provided a sort of companionship. The cricket has also served as a watchdog in Asian countries for generations. At any sign of danger, the cricket will stop chirping. Almost every Native American tribe believes that the cricket is the bearer of good luck and regard imitating the sound of a cricket as disrespectful. In the Far East as well as across Europe, it is considered bad luck to kill a cricket, even if by accident. In many cultures, images of crickets appear on charms and amulets, particularly those intended to ward off the evil eye.  One of the best-known crickets in America is the one atop the weather vane on Bostonís Faneuil Hall, a large copper cricket that protects the building.
Pineapples:
The pineapple is a universal symbol of hospitality.
 
 

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