The Moon is always mysterious and interesting to mankind. We always imagined many interesting things about it. The illumination of moon at the night sky represents the symbol of hope and enlightenment. Just like the sun this often symbolizes the birth, death and resurrection. Scientifically moon also controls the water. And for that reason its also a symbol of fertility. The dark side of the Moon also relates to the occult. The feminine sides of Moon also bind it with the Mother Goddess. The moon is also associated with many moon goddesses.
There are endless symbols all over the world. But some of them are found in different parts of the world, so they causes some confusions about their origin. Did their appearance in different places are just co-incident, or were they transferred from one country to another? In the ancient world there were many different route for trading and traveling. And that influenced the religious ideas, art styles of the world. Sometimes writers and artists traveled with the traders to communicate with another culture. Because of that, southeast Asia have Islam, Japan have Buddhism and south America speaks Portuguese. As the new culture and ideas were getting exchanged all over the world, so the symbols also. So many symbols also gained importance, even they are now so fare from their origin.
Like the Chinese Dragon. In China it is a symbol of glory or an Emperor and the sun. But in European Christian art its opposite.
We humans are the best creature of nature. We always have questions about everything. How we born, how we die, who was the first human, what happens after death? Do we know what is the meaning of our life and the nature around us? Over thousand of years we have created many signs and symbols to express our-self. We used these for both - questions & answers. Some of the signs & symbols are used for some very secrets aspects of life. Some are just for our every day use.
As part of nature we developed a collection of signs and symbols that expresses our life and universe. We all know many signs and symbols. But do we know about the differences between these?
A sign is straight and clear for its purpose. So the meaning of the sign is very clear and expressive. It may be an alphabet of a written or visual language. Or a road divider sign, or a company logo. In a short, signs gives us a simple meaning of something.
A symbol is an image or sketch that gives us an idea or a secret meaning for something. For example, both sun and a male can be represented by the symbol fire. Similarly a spring flower means rebirth and new life.