Chocolate boxes, red roses, ribbons, laces and frills, doves and love birds, and pictures or models of Cupids are all things we associate with the heart icon these days. Usually either pink or red, it is the universal symbol of love the world over.
Painters and sculptors started using the symbol more frequently, without the previous association with leaves. Hearts were everywhere, from coats of arms to gravestones.
The meaning remained the same as with the ivy: love, fidelity, and bravery.
The heart was a symbol of life in ancient Egypt, as well as the seat of the emotions and intellect. When the heart wearied the body died, and it was left in its place during embalming though all other organs were removed. A person’s true character was revealed in his or her heart, and so great care was taken to prevent it from rising up against the deceased.
Heart scarab amulets inscribed with the Book of the Dead were wrapped in bandages and placed on the body to prevent it from making an utterance. The meaning of the heart icon has changed little from medieval times to today. Making special appearances everywhere on February 14th, the shape still signifies love, in every variety. From its beginnings in cave art, the heart shape has survived to infiltrate text messages and neon signs, and to be one of the most recognized symbols on Earth. Probably the biggest event in the popularization of the heart symbol was during the 15th century.
Perhaps you’ve loved and lost or you loathe the commercial aspects of a forced love holiday.
The good news is that it’s only one day out of the year.
PS. I happy to share Great little tweet from Twitter by @Kw33n5uzicus!
“Roses are red
Copy-pencil is blue
If you wash without testing,
You’re a naughty conservator, you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!