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Symbols of Love

Sometimes love between two people feels so significant that they want to represent it with a suitable symbol. Here is a selection of numerous love symbols in different cultures to find the one that speaks to your heart the most.


The best known, universal symbol of love is the heart-shaped ideograph, and it symbolizes the core of romantic love, affectionate emotion, and caring.


Robert Frost wrote: "My love is like a red, red rose that"s newly sprung in June." This line draws a comparison between romantic love and a red rose, but it has its roots in religion. Today it symbolizes passion, physical desire, and many facets of love. Greek mythology is associated with the goddess Aphrodite, and in Christianity, it is associated with the Virgin Mary.

A white rose depicts divine love, a yellow rose friendship, and a pink rose infatuation or romantic feelings.

The Ankh

Also called the crux ansata, the key to life or the cross of life, the Ankh is probably the best known among ancient Egyptian symbols. It looks like the Christian cross that makes a loop at the top, and it commonly represents life and immortality. However, it is little known that the Ankh also symbolizes fertility, and some scholars have argued that it represents the female genitalia. Another interpretation is that it also symbolizes the union between Isis and Osiris after she resurrected him from the dead. This is not a common association, though.

The Menat

This little-known and obscure Egyptian symbol "is a heavily beaded necklace characterized by a crescent front, heavy collar and a counterweight at the back (to keep it in place)" that also doubled as a percussion instrument in ancient Egypt. It was worn, hoping that it would bring the bearer fertility, potency, joy, and good luck. The menat is also known as the menit or menet.

Swans And Doves



The Greek goddess Aphrodite, and her Roman counterpart, Venus, goddess of desire and love, symbolize a swan. A popular depiction of love is two swans opposite each other with beaks touching. Their necks form look like a heart, which reinforces its symbolism, at least in modern culture. Swans mate for life.

The dove is a well-known Christian symbol of Christ"s peace and love, but two doves signify fidelity. This is also a symbol of deep, enduring love, and in the Hindu tradition, the dove symbolizes the heart"s limitless capacity for love.

In Greek and Roman mythology, the dove was considered a sacred bird, often sacrificed in honor of the two goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. In art, each goddess is also often shown with these birds fluttering around them.

Doves are also known to mate for life, and the male is a hands-on father with the chicks. Doves are a beautifully pure symbol of marriage and partnership.

Maple Leaves

In Japan and China, a red maple leaf is used as an emblem for lovers and reminds one of the beauties of love in everyday life. North American settlers also used to place a maple leaf at the foot of the bed to attract sexual pleasure, ensure deep sleep and ward off evil. In the same tradition, a stork using a maple branch to build its nest depicts parental love welcoming a new baby.

Much like the sweetness of maple syrup, a maple leaf also signifies the sweet feelings associated with being in love.

Celtic Love Symbols

The following are enduring Irish love symbols with a rich history steeped in legend.

The Claddagh Ring

With two hands holding a heart with a crown, this ring is a symbol associated with an old legend. Claddagh (pronounced ) is derived from a word that means "flat stony shore," which describes the fishing village this legend originated from. A fisherman called Richard was separated from his love after being captured by the Moors to work as a slave in Africa. Over the years, he allegedly stole gold from his masters and forged this ring for his lady love. Fortunately, when he was able to return to Ireland, he discovered that she"d remained true to him, and he could present the ring to her.

It is worn to signify that a person is spoken for before a formal wedding. It symbolizes undying loyalty, friendship, and love. It is also used in jewelry other than rings and sometimes engraved into wedding rings.

Love Knots



The love knot is a uniquely Celtic love symbol, popular throughout the world. It has many permutations that go by different names, but it comprises two ropes tied together in an intricate knot so that the ropes seem like one and without beginning or end.

Legend has it that when Celtic sailors of old missed their sweethearts while at sea, they would tie this knot as a symbol of their heart"s desire to be entwined with their lovers. Upon returning home, this knot would be presented to the beloved. Today it symbolizes the perfect union of eternal love between two people. The sailor"s knot is the best known, but there"s also the Celtic spiral or oval knot, the Celtic serpent, round and square knots.

The SerchBythol is a well-known love knot, characterized by two intertwined knots that each have three corners. These three-cornered knots are called triskeles, and the corners represent body, mind, and spirit. The triskeles" union signifies two people uniting in body, mind, and spirit, in a circle that symbolizes eternal love. It is often used in jewelry and as a simple tattoo.

Some sources also state that, in the time of the prophet Muhammad, some used to tie knots in a rope and then used incantations to either curse or bewitch a would-be lover. This is generally considered a sin in Muslim tradition, though.

Three-Leaf Clover

Also called the Shamrock, this plant was sacred by the Irish in ancient times. Today, the three-leaf white clover is Ireland"s national symbol. Its symbolism is derived from the legend of St. Patrick, who used it to explain the concept of the holy trinity in Christianity to the Irish. It represents hope, faith, and love and is still worn by some couples on their wedding day for good luck in their marriage.


Shells, home of pearls and mollusks, were ancient love symbols that signified their protective nature by cultures as diverse as the ancient Romans, Hindus, and Native Americans. Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and fertility, is often depicted standing in a scallop shell, where she was created from sea foam. Sandro Botticelli did the most famous painting of this divine birth in the early 15th century. The shell also denoted regeneration in ancient Roman culture, while the Hindus are said to have used the conch shell to call love.




The apple is a well-known and ancient symbol of love in many legends and stories. It also has various meanings attributed to it. Think of the biblical Adam and Eve, with Adam eating the forbidden apple, the fruit of knowledge, at Eve"s bidding. In this tradition, the apple represents temptation. Venus, the Roman goddess of love and desire, is also often depicted holding an apple, so it can be said that the apple represents the slightly dangerous, seductive, and sexual aspects of love.

In Norse mythology, the gods eat golden apples to remain youthful and vital.

The apple blossom is a symbol of adoration in Chinese culture, while Celtic mythology associates an apple with irresistible desire in the story about Cole.

In the seventh century BCE, sharing an apple was a custom of marriage, and it signified the couple"s hope for a fruitful relationship.


The Roman goddess, Venus, gave birth to Cupid, on whom the same title was bestowed - god of love. He is commonly depicted as a winged boy with a bow, and blindfolded, which some interpret to mean that love blinds you to your beloved"s faults. His bow and arrow, according to legend, are used to shoot a golden arrow through a person"s heart, which causes them to fall in love with the first person they see. If Cupid uses a leaden arrow, the opposite happens - they will never fall in love with the first person they see.

Meaning?... A Symbol That Help Is Needed

Life sometimes throws us curve balls that can turn any fairy tale into a challenging saga. That"s just the nature of things and not necessarily a reflection of your character or the character of your relationships. It would be a good idea to keep in mind that all relationships go through demanding times, and if you handle these well as a couple, they can strengthen your union.



Love Symbols: Love Quotes

I think the perfection of love is that it"s not perfect. - Taylor Swift

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. - Khalil Gibran

’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

You know you"re in love when you can"t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. - Dr. SeussThe giving of love is an education in itself. - Eleanor RooseveltLove recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya AngelouI swear I couldn"t love you more than I do right now, yet I know I will tomorrow. - Leo ChristopherTo love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life. - Victor HugoYou have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. - Mr. DarcySome love stories aren"t epic novels. Some are short stories. But that doesn"t make them any less filled with love. - Carrie BradshawI"ve never had a moment"s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life. - Ian McEwan

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best symbol for love?

The heart is the most widely recognized and universally known symbol of love. It is a recognized love symbol all across the world and is used in many different designs, such as the Irish Claddagh, to represent love and loyalty.

The only other symbol of love that could come close to the heart to be as well-known would be the red rose. The red rose is another love symbol recognized for love and loyalty and is one of the most common flowers given to a potential partner.

What symbolizes everlasting love?

A few symbols can mean everlasting love, depending on the culture you’re looking at. Of course, the most immediately recognizable symbol of everlasting love is the heart. Some animals that represent everlasting love are doves and starfish. In traditional love symbols, the Claddagh and the Irish knot are both historically symbols of everlasting love and loyalty.

What flower means secret love?

The gardenia is the flower that is associated with the secret love and forbidden love. Many flowers are associated with different symbols of love. Some represent a new love interest, some represent love and loyalty, and some are love symbols of a traditional nature.

For example, a white carnation is a love symbol of pure love and innocence, whereas a red rose symbolizes the love that is more intense and passionate.

What is the animal of love?

While there are a few different animals that symbolize love, there is no animal love symbol quite as well known as the dove. Doves are used frequently as love symbols in weddings worldwide, and nearly all religions believe doves to be a symbol of divine love and purity.

Swans are another type of bird used to represent love, particularly new love and chastity.

Horses are another animal that symbolizes love, although it is not as well-known of a love symbol. However, in ancient China, Mesopotamia, and the Celts, the horse symbolized love and fertility.

Another love symbol of Chinese culture is the ladybug. Its spots are said to tell you how many months until you meet your new love, and it is said to fly to your new love’s ear and tell them of their new love interest.

Another animal symbol of love that is less well known is the starfish, which symbolizes the love of a divine nature and is specifically linked to the Virgin Mary of Catholicism.

Throughout history, many cultures have used animal love symbols to represent love and loyalty. Some of these animals that represent love also represent other things, such as luck in the case of the ladybug.

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What symbolizes a new beginning?

There are so many symbols for new beginnings, and each culture has different symbols. Symbols can differ in meaning from person to person as well. However, some of the most well-known symbols of new beginnings are:

The phoenixCaterpillarsButterfliesOuroborosRed-breasted robinsLotus flowersKoi fish

Some of the animals represent both new beginnings and represent love, such as butterflies.