FOUNDRAE SYMBOL LEXICON
Our symbols are a source of inspiration, insight & meaning with the intention that they come to life in the context of your life. The Foundrae symbols span cultures & time periods to create a Universal language that reflects our own possibilities; past, present & future. The symbols are combined in unique ways to communicate our tenets, our beliefs, which in turn communicate who you are, what makes you, you. The building blocks of your story.
7 is an auspicious number across cultures. It’s associated with luck as well as divinity.
The number 8 represents the continual of returning energy. On its side, the 8 stands for infinity.
The crown signals the achievement of the dream.
Two individual arrows cross to form a new whole; a union of friendship, of love, that didn't exist separately. Aided by wings, representing unbridled exuberance, and a star for energy & divine guidance.
The golden thread that units all people. The one element that is “heavenly” or of the spirit, as opposed to the physical elements of Earth, Water, Fire & Air. A great spiritual energy & life force that is inside each of us
The foundation of all things. It represents stability and grounding. It is the basis of life.
With its point downward, the divine triangle is an ancient symbol of femininity, suggestive of a chalice, or a cup; holding a reservoir of collective feminine energy. Within the elements, it represents Water.
The Horseshoe is a symbol of a shield of protection. We chose it as our symbol of Protection particularly due to the Metal it was originally made from; Iron. Iron is a strong metal that withstands fire, an appropriate metaphor for standing against the fire of adversity and negativity.
Abundance. The horseshoe is the most common symbol of Luck in the Western world. We chose it because when placed right side up, it evokes a full cup; abundance, recognizing the abundant lives we already lead.
The Arrow is about launching forward. Sometimes the forward progress seems daunting or halted, but even an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards first. Even one step forward matters.
The divine triangle is associated with pyramids, arrowheads and sacred mountains, representing discovery, revelation and ascension. In alchemy it represents Change & it is also the traditional sign for Fire within the Elements. Across cultures, religions and disciplines, it sums up to remind us that the power of Transformation is within us.
A part of every living thing that exists. A great spiritual energy and life force, literally breathing life into us.
TRUE LOVE KNOT
A True Lovers Knot, also known as Bowen’s Knot, is a Heraldic Knot representing the connectivity of true love. The four outer loops beseech support from the 4 corners of the world.
The scarab is an ancient Egyptian symbol of Khepera, a form of the Sun God, who transforms inert matter into action, creates life and is a powerful protector.
The snake is valued as a talisman of rejuvenation. In order to grow, it must shed its skin. Shown here with the Fire triangle, coupling rejuvenation with transformation.
The thorn is a symbol of the risk we assume when we follow our hearts because you can't separate the blossom from its thorn. A juxtaposition of beginnings and endings, sorrow and joy; dark and light. Shown with a background of resilient dark blossoms.
The triangle represents sacred mountains, transformation, the idea that introspection and change is required to actualize a dream. The crown indicates the ascension; the achievement of the dream.
As the sun rises, east symbolizes new beginnings. Mirror Reflection.
Continual process of adjusting course to align better with our life purpose and beliefs. Mirror Reflection.
With wings we are creatures of the limitless sky. No longer earthbound, with wings we y. Unbridled exuberance; a life lived passionately and fully.
The lion symbolizes strength, dignity & self-confidence.
Wild, abundant, untamed, these flowers are fed with passion and continue to bloom even in adversity. Blossoms still bloom in darkness when tended.
The sun is our reference to inner light.
energy & divine guidance
The star represents energy & divine guidance.
From the Latin root word, crescere, to grow, reminding us that every day is a new day to work towards truth.
It just takes a spark to begin a lifelong journey of True Love.
Excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit: He said, “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. but these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand”. c 1922 Margery Williams
The Elephant is associated with wisdom, experience & good fortune. They are a matriarchal society, highly social and compassionate.
Inspired by the “shield for peace” that belonged to Edward the Black Prince c. 1346. Feathers are a symbol of peace because they are associated with wings and birds, instruments of flight and ascendance. It’s time that we all rise.
Fire is pure energy. It ignites passion, enthusiasm and bravery. Fire is courageous & intense.
In the face of adversity, the Latin word Invictus bolsters us. We can be hurt physically, financially, emotionally; yet our soul is unconquerable. “...I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. ...I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. “ Invictus c. 1875 William Ernest Henley
The balance of all elements. All solar and lunar energy combined.
The interlocking laurel leaf branches are a historic emblem that signifies accomplishment and glory. The Laurel leaf is an evergreen which addsadditional meaning, indicating that the achievement is an unfading glory.
With an inner strength of steel, metal is undeterred by setback and unwavering in pursuit of goals. Metal is tenacity and determination.
never give up
The ram has been a long held symbol of perseverance, determination, leadership and authority.
be what you are
The message is timeless: be true to yourself, accept yourself. Symbolic meanings of the Rooster are as wide-ranging & diverse as individuals are, but most cultures see the Rooster associated with the sun, a sign of illumination, a messenger, calling out to us, walking us from the sleep of just existing rather than being.
solar/lunar masculine/feminine yin/yang fire/water All people have elements of ambition, energy and fight as well as qualities that have a softer, fluid, accepting and receptive side. They each have a purpose, a function in developing our human potential and spirituality. Only when we find the right balance, the synthesis of both, do we become whole. The challenge is individual. We must each, personally, undertake and accomplish this re-balancing.
We chose the Sparrow, to pictorially represent its homophone “Spero”, Latin for Hope. Choose to hold onto hope. Dum Spiro Spero: As long as I breathe, I hope.
A Tiger conjures images of fierceness and great beauty. Like the Lion, there is nobility, power & authority but the Tiger is a lunar animal; receptive and alert, where the Lion is decidedly solar. I think there is something to be gained by the idea of a “tamed tiger and untamed tiger” and that we need to be both. We need to learn to tame and control our Tiger natures but sometimes we have to let ourselves be governed by raw passion rather than reason.
your orienting point
The constant in your life. The “right” direction, the “right” choice for you. Mirror Reflection.
Though soft and fluid, water can wear away stone. Water is intuition and healing.
yields but does not break
It is associated with generosity, co-operation, expansiveness and growth. Wood is wise and idealistic.