Peace Symbols

Universal Peace Symbols

18 peace symbols were selected from around the globe to be copper embossed and included as part of the Universal Peace Wheel which features two sets of each symbol for a total of 36 universal symbols. Scroll through the symbols to learn more about them.

  1. NSIBDIA symbol of Eastern Nigeria in Africa that represents love and unity.
  2. CIRCLE (sacred hoop, ring)An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, and female power. Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the world of the serpent; forming a circle as it eats its own tail.
  3. Yin YangAsian. Chinese Tao picture of universal harmony and the unity between complimentary opposites: light/dark, male/female. Illustrates the consensus process, the vision of global unity, and the blending of opposing energies at the heart of Holistic Health.
  4. Pax CulturaRepresents the past, present and future. And, the motto, “Peace through Culture”. The symbol has ancient origins. The earliest known example appears on Stone Age amulets as three dos, without the enclosing circles - By Nicholas Roerich
  5. The Celtic KnotBest known motif in Celtic jewelry and art. The delicate twists and turns are found in ancient stone art and tattoos, and illuminated manuscripts. Similar designs exist in Norse culture, and as far as China. Emphasize on the interdependence of mankind and nature.
  6. Peace SymbolDesigned by Gerald Holtom; 21 February 1958 for the British Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War. Later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Known as first 1960s anti-war movement, then counterculture, and finally the popular culture of the time.
  7. MPATAPOAn Adrinka symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification. Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.
  8. Northern Native American Peace Symbol
  9. Flower of Life or Fishermen’s NetA symbol most commonly associated with New Age permutations of Sacred Geometry. A curiously universal emblem, appears in religious contexts all over the globe spanning of several millenia.
  10. Funtummireku DenkyemmirekuA Ghanian Mythical Two Headed Crocodile With A Common Stomach. This is a symbol of unity that represents diversity, democracy, oneness within the human family and inclusion of cultural difference.
  11. The Olive Branch
  12. The AnkhThe Ankh Cross represents life (immortality) and death, male and female, balance. It can also represent zest, joy of life, and energy. It’s closely related to the looped cross that can mean fertility and life. Although traced to Egyptian roots, the Ankh is also recognized as the Christian Cross.
  13. ButterflyChristian symbol: transformation of Christ’s redemption and regeneration. To others: a soul in search of reincarnation. New politically correct meaning: World Butterfly + 208 = A totally interconnected world where small actions have a big effect. Where a butterfly flaps its wings in, say, China, the air disturbance may cause a storm a month later in Canada. Imagine the power of our ideas to used to improve the quality of life in the 208 world countries!
  14. RainbowGreek mythology: associated with Iris the messenger goddess from Mount Olympus. Scandinavian mythology: a bridge between the gods and earth. Bible: a rainbow showed Noah the flood was finally over and God had forgiven his people. Chinese: a symbol for marriage with colors the union of yin and yang. Aboriginal tribes: fertility, abundant plants and animals, protection, regenerating rains, watercourses, and peace. Nowadays the rainbow is used by peace and environmental movements.
  15. Inca SunThe Sun was the Sole Universal God who creates and sustains everything through light and power. They believe the Sun was the natural father of the first Inca, Manco Capac, and of his wife, Mama Ocllo Huaco, as well as all of their descendants who were sent to Earth for the benefit of all people.
  16. Peace DoveThe word “peace” rendered in English, and Greek. The peace dove is one of the most recognized symbols of peace. The white dove is a symbol for peace in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Even for non-believers, the dove does hold its own as a general hope for peace around the world.
  17. Peace Dove with Olive BranchThe word “peace” rendered in Tibetan and Basque. The peace dove is one of the most recognized symbols of peace. The white dove is a symbol for peace in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Even for non-believers, the dove does hold its own as a general hope for peace around the world.
  18. Peace woven together within three languages.The words “shalom” and “salaam” and “peace” rendered in Hebrew, Arabic, and English respectively, representing unity and wholeness.

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Tibetan Auspicious Symbols

The 8 Auspicious Symbols are treasured by the Tibetan people and their culture. We included them, along with 18 Universal Peace Symbols to honor the Tibetan culture and their prayer wheel practice. The Universal Peace Wheel is a cultural art form representing all cultures of peace throughout the world. As such, the residents of Elko, Nevada decided to place the sun, new moon, and sun-and-moon in traditional place of the snow lions. May the snow lions of Tibet have long lives, and those dedicated to their survival receive whatever resources they need for the endangered species to survive.

  1. Wheel of DharmaThe Wheel of Dharma represents the turning of the precious Buddha’s teachings and realizations, in all realms and at all times, enabling beings to experience the joy of wholesome deeds and liberation.
  2. The White Lotus represents purity of the body, speech and mind and the blossoming of wholesome deeds.
  3. The Eternal Knot, an auspicious geometric diagram, symbolizes both dependent arising at the time of path, and finally, at the time of enlightenment, the complete union of wisdom and great compassion.
  4. The Victory Banner stands for victory over obstacles, ignorance, death, and negativities of this world.
  5. Golden FishThe Golden Fish symbolizes the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the ocean of sufferings, and migrating from place to place freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water.
  6. Great Treasure Vase The Great Treasure Vase symbolizes a long life, wealth and prosperity

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