Thera-tees and Change
August 3, 2014
Intimacy and Fear
August 15, 2014
Thera-tees and Change
August 3, 2014
Intimacy and Fear
August 15, 2014


Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.  Symbolism can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it an entirely different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Sometimes, an action, an event or a word spoken by someone may have a symbolic value.  Often we will read or give symbolism to things that are not actually present.  In those cases perception comes into play and we must be careful in the value we assign to the symbolism.  For many there is comfort within symbolism that affords one to move forward through some of life’s more trying times.

Examples of symbolism include:

  • The dove is a symbol of peace.
  • A red rose or red color stands for love or romance.
  • Black is a symbol that represents evil or death.
  • A ladder may stand as a symbol for a connection between heaven and earth.
  • A broken mirror may symbolize separation

A memorial tree is a way to honor a loved one, mark an anniversary or special occasion and/or recognize an event.  Here is a list of a few trees and their symbolic meanings:

Apple:  healing and love

Beech:  prosperity

Cedar:  healing, cleansing, protection

Cherry:  death and rebirth, new awakenings

Elm:  strength of will, patriotism

Flowering Almond:  hope

Holly:  death and rebirth, protection, overcoming anger

Oak:  independence, bravery, protection, strength, stability, endurance, continuity

Poplar:  ability to endure and conquer, courage

Pine:  balance of pain and emotions

Spruce:  hope in adversity

“I don’t know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.” – Jodi Picoult

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