There are symbols that we may all have seen before but do not know the original meaning behind them, or another form of meaning to them. Here are 5 of them you probably have their original meaning mistaken for, or don’t know what else they could mean:
1) The Peace Sign:
Now: We take this symbol to be a symbol of peace.
Original: Originally the “peace” sign was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom as a combination of the semaphore letters N and D, for Nuclear Disarmament. There have also been claims that the symbol has an older, anti-christian association to it, as a “symbol of death”, as an inverted crucifix, or “Nero cross”.
2) The Swastika:
Now: We associate this symbol nowadays with Nazism, especially in the Western world.
Original: The swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck. (This one surprised me the most…)
3) The Star of David
Now: We associate this symbol as a Jewish symbol; it is supposed to represent that God rules over the universe and protects us from all six directions: North, South, East, West, Up and Down.
Also: The Nazi’s used the Star of David to “brand” Jews. Instead of a sign that was supposed to symbolize Jewish faith, it became a method of identifying the Nazi’s enemy during the Holocaust. Jews were forced to wear the symbol.
4) The Pentagram
Now: Don’t know what a pentagram is? The picture should have given it away; it’s a star. So we use the star to decorate and draw all over our notebooks, or think of the stars in space in accordance to this symbol.
Original: Well the “star”, is actually called a pentagram, meaning “five-lined”. The pentagram was used symbolically in ancient Greece. Today it is a symbol of faith to the Wiccans (also known as witches), as the cross is used by Christians, and the Star of David to Jews. With two points up, Satanists use it as a sign of religious rebellion, and the other three points down symbolizes a rejection of the Holy Trinity. Christians however used the symbol to represent the 5 wounds of Jesus Christ.
5) The Nautical Star
a) Now: A trend you will see a lot of people nowadays sportin’ the symbol of the nautical star, especially the stereotypical “bros” and “bro-hoes”. It is a rather popular tattoo to get as well.
Original: In prison if you were tattooed with a nautical star it meant that you were gay, and in prison this would give other inmates reason to give you trouble and “take advantage” of you, if you know what I mean.
b) Also informally signifies membership in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. It recalls both the star of the U.S. flag, as well as a compass rose found on old nautical charts.