No life without the pumping strength of a healthy heart. Therefore the heart is best known as source of life, love, passion, joy and spirit. In addition to that, for ancient Egyptians the heart was also home for wisdom, knowledge, memories and emotions (not the head!). That’s why Anubis weighted the hearts of the deceased to ascertain their value.
In Christian iconography we know the bleeding heart which embodies the sufferings and the sympathy of virgin Mary; and the flaming heart of Jesus. He’s often depicted as Saviour indicating his visible heart, glowing with love. In contradiction to real life anatomy this heart is usually shown in the middle of the breast area. This represents the fact, that the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not focusing on the real organ, but on the heart as prime symbol of love, representing his love for us, love in general and the very core of human beings. The central representation of the heart finds its energetic correspondence in the heart chakra, the Anahata.
The heart shape (not the organic heart) is primarily known as a love symbol. Sometimes its depiction is even pierced by Cupid’s arrow. It is closely associated with the color red. The form of the symbolic heart is common since the 3rd century B.C and based on stylized fig and ivy leaves. This evergreen, heart-shaped leaves were known as a sign of immortal love already by Greek, Roman and early Christian cultures.
> Usage of the symbol
Love is all there is! In line with this maxim one can use the heart symbol everywhere (and not often enough). The symbol best relates to the Bagua n° 2 for love and relationships and to the center, the Bagua n° 5.