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Trees Apple: temptation, loss of innocence Chestnut: foresight Oak: strength, wisdom Pear: blossoming, fleeting nature of life Poplar: linked to the underworld, to pain, sacrifice, and grief, a funeral tree, symbolizes the regressive powers of nature Sycamore: a sign of vanity and to climb it is to thrust in vain things Pine: symbol of immortality because of its evergreen foliage
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Water : washes away guilt, origin of life, regeneration, vehicle of cleansing  River : fluidity of life, stream of life and death Moon : changing and returning shape, feminine symbol  Sun : source of light, heat and life; a masculine symbol Cavern : the maternal womb Mountain : places where heaven and earth meet; stability, safety, often symbolic of human pride Rubies : represents good fortune; it was believed that they banished sorrow and warded off evil spirits  Sapphires : contemplation, purity Silver : relates to the moon, to water and the female principle; it may also symbolize the object of all desires and the harm they cause Gold : the perfect metal; a reflection of heavenly light; it suggest the sun-fertility, wealth, dominion; it is a male principle Pearl : associated with water, they may be regarded as symbols of knowledge and wealth
East : land of birth or rebirth; of the Sun and Venus; it is associated with renewal, youth, feasting, song and love North : is the side which lies on the sun’s right hand and lies on either side of life; it symbolizes night sky and night wind and is the home of the Moon and the Milky Way. North represents coldness, alienation, and hostility; it is the abode of death South : is the side which lies on the Sun’s left hand and is the hand of fire; represents warmth and comfort  West : is the land of evening, old age, and the descending passage of the sun
Snow : blanket which obscures, covers or even smothers Fog/Mist : prevents clear vision or thinking; represents isolation; mist is often the symbol of the indeterminate phase in development when shapes have yet to be defined; they are preludes to important revelations or prologues to manifestations  Rain : sadness or despair or new life; a symbol of celestial influences the Earth receives  Wind and Storms :  violent human emotions  Lightning : indicates the spark of life and the powers of fertilization; it can be either life-giving or death dealing, so it is a sign of power and strength  Morning : the time of God’s blessings; the beginning of when all is still uncorrupted; a symbol of purity and promise Rainbows : also intermediaries and pathways between Heaven and Earth; mostly are generally heralds of good and are linked with cycles of rebirth, they may also serve as prologues to disturbance  Thunder : the voice of God or gods
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Symbolism and Literary Interpretation Guide

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  • 6. Trees Apple: temptation, loss of innocence Chestnut: foresight Oak: strength, wisdom Pear: blossoming, fleeting nature of life Poplar: linked to the underworld, to pain, sacrifice, and grief, a funeral tree, symbolizes the regressive powers of nature Sycamore: a sign of vanity and to climb it is to thrust in vain things Pine: symbol of immortality because of its evergreen foliage
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  • 8. Water : washes away guilt, origin of life, regeneration, vehicle of cleansing River : fluidity of life, stream of life and death Moon : changing and returning shape, feminine symbol Sun : source of light, heat and life; a masculine symbol Cavern : the maternal womb Mountain : places where heaven and earth meet; stability, safety, often symbolic of human pride Rubies : represents good fortune; it was believed that they banished sorrow and warded off evil spirits Sapphires : contemplation, purity Silver : relates to the moon, to water and the female principle; it may also symbolize the object of all desires and the harm they cause Gold : the perfect metal; a reflection of heavenly light; it suggest the sun-fertility, wealth, dominion; it is a male principle Pearl : associated with water, they may be regarded as symbols of knowledge and wealth
  • 9. East : land of birth or rebirth; of the Sun and Venus; it is associated with renewal, youth, feasting, song and love North : is the side which lies on the sun’s right hand and lies on either side of life; it symbolizes night sky and night wind and is the home of the Moon and the Milky Way. North represents coldness, alienation, and hostility; it is the abode of death South : is the side which lies on the Sun’s left hand and is the hand of fire; represents warmth and comfort West : is the land of evening, old age, and the descending passage of the sun
  • 10. Snow : blanket which obscures, covers or even smothers Fog/Mist : prevents clear vision or thinking; represents isolation; mist is often the symbol of the indeterminate phase in development when shapes have yet to be defined; they are preludes to important revelations or prologues to manifestations Rain : sadness or despair or new life; a symbol of celestial influences the Earth receives Wind and Storms : violent human emotions Lightning : indicates the spark of life and the powers of fertilization; it can be either life-giving or death dealing, so it is a sign of power and strength Morning : the time of God’s blessings; the beginning of when all is still uncorrupted; a symbol of purity and promise Rainbows : also intermediaries and pathways between Heaven and Earth; mostly are generally heralds of good and are linked with cycles of rebirth, they may also serve as prologues to disturbance Thunder : the voice of God or gods
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