|Karma-Trout Totem Pendant|
Karma is my newest totem....he is a trout with a beautiful piece of Royston Turquoise. He is ready to swim to his new residence. To fully appreciate the symbolic meanings of fish, we must first consider their watery domain.
"Water holds ancient symbolic meanings dealing with the subconscious and depth of knowledge.
Water holds endless mystery to us – it represents that which is certainly there, but cannot be seen.
Water has also been known to be a womb symbol and as such, an emblem of birth, fertility and woman-ness. This association comes from many ancient flood myths, and the “from water springs life” concept.
The fish was sacred to the Greco-Roman mythology, where it held symbolic meaning of change and transformation. We see this in the myth of Aphrodite and Heros when they turned themselves into fish in order to escape from the ferocious Typhon.
In Christainity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith as observed in the Biblical story of fishes and loaves. There are also several Biblical references as Christ and his disciples being “fishers of men.” Here, man is represented as the transformational fish and the ocean is a symbol of the abyss of sin in which man finds himself.
Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility and an attribute of the Goddess. Water is a natural emblem of the flow of the Divine Mother principal, and as such, all creatures of the water (including fish) are aspects of the fertility and power of the female deity.
In Buddhism, the fish symbolizes happiness and freedom. Also the fish makes an appearance as one of the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha: 1) Conch, 2) Lotus, 3) Parasol, 4) Wheel, 5) Knot, 6) Pair of Golden Fish, 7) Banner of Victory, 8) Vase."
taken from whats-your-sign.com
There's alot more to add about how other cultures recognize the fish and what it symbolizes. If you want to read more go here
|Swimming in the trees|
Karma wants to thank you for visiting...now he's off to spread good karma everywhere!