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Religions commonly communicate ideas through the use of symbols. Symbols can be quickly used to identify a person's faith or a location's purpose. Browse the vast array of symbols associated with a variety of alternative religions.
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Alternative Religion Symbols
Symbols are a quick way to communicate often complex ideas. Religions, particularly esoteric ones, commonly employ a great amount of symbolism to represent their beliefs.

Baha'i Faith Symbol Gallery
Symbols associated with the Baha'i Faith.

Faravahar - Winged Symbol of Zoroastrianism
The history and meaning of the Faravahar symbol now associated with Zoroastrianism as well as Persian culture.

Geometric Shapes
Because basic geometric shapes are so simplistic in construction, they are found all over the world with a wide variety of uses and meanings. However, there are a variety of meanings that are more commonly ascribed to these shapes, particular when used in a religious or magical context.

Raelian Symbols
Commonly used symbols by the Raelian Movement.

Rastafari Symbols - Star of David, Lion of Judah, Old Ethiopian Flag
A brief discussion of three Rastafari symbols.

Temple of The Jedi Order Symbol
Meaning behind the symbol of the Temple of the Jedi Order, one of many online resources for followers of Jedi religion.

The Flaming Chalice
The most common symbol of Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a flaming chalice within two circles. This symbol, and the components which make up the symbol, can represent different ideas to different people. This is a discussion of some common interpretations of it.

Vodoun Veves
Vodoun religious practices commonly include appealing to the loa, or spirits, and inviting them to temporarily take possession of human bodies. Voudoun symbols known as veves are employed when appealing to the loa, with each loa having its own veve.

What's your Favorite Religious Symbol?
Readers discuss their own favorite religious symbols and why thee symbols appeal so much to them personally.

Yin Yang
The yin-yang is an Eastern symbol that has migrated into Western consciousness. It represents the natural balance of things, of opposites coming together to create a unified whole.

Symbol Gallery
Images Associated with Alternative Religions

Eye of Providence
The Eye of Providence is a realistic eye depicted within a triangle, cloud, or burst of light and represents divine presence or approval. It has appeared in many different locations over the centuries, from the stained glass of churches to the seals of various cities to the Great Seal of the United States.

Eye of Providence
The Eye of Providence is a realistic eye depicted within a triangle, cloud, or burst of light and represents divine presence or approval. It has appeared in many different locations over the centuries, from the stained glass of churches to the seals of various cities to the Great Seal of the United States.

Octagrams - Eight-Pointed Stars
Octagrams – eight pointed stars – show up in a variety of different cultures, and modern users of the symbol borrow liberally from these sources.

Triquetra
The triquetra shows up in a variety of different contexts, many of which re largely unconnected. What do various groups associated with this three-pointed symbol?

Octagram Gallery
A gallery of eight-sided stars, their uses and meanings.

Spirals
Spirals are less often found in established iconographies, but they nevertheless have a long history dating back to neolithic times that influence the way people way see spirals in religious and spiritual contexts today.

Ankh - Ancient Symbol of Life
The ankh symbol originated in Egypt more than 4000 years ago. At the very least, it referenced life, particularly eternal life, although it appears in many contexts and may have additional meanings. Besides being an artistic symbol, the ankh also appears in Egyptian hieroglyphs, where it also means eternal life.

Science of Mind Logo
The most commonly used symbol among Science of Mind organizations is based on a diagram drawn by founder Ernest Holmes to explain his basic concepts about how the mind interacts with the wider world.

Djed Column
The djed column is an ancient Egyptian symbol for stability. It was also included in yearly fertility and funerary rituals and was strongly connected with Osiris, god of fertility and the underworld.

Squares
As a basic geometric shape, squares are used in a variety of images and symbolism. They commonly represent solidity, stability, materiality, and the physical world.

Complicated Polygons and Stars - Enneagram, Decagram, Endekagram, Dodekagram
As shapes becomes more complex, we see them used less often and in more specific contexts. Here we mention the enneagram (9-sided), decagram (10-sided), endekagram (11-sided), and dodekagram (12-sided).

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