Nowadays, swords are used as a symbol of power and courage. They usually represent a fight, victorious or not. Other relevant meanings are the search for justice and the search for peace, as it has historically been a tool in the battle for kingdoms and great powers.
They were used in different cultures around the world and, for this reason, it has many meanings:
in the christian religion, speaks of angels and saints who used swords to face beings from hell. This meaning, unlike wars and death, is about the search for peace and what is right in the universe.
in the tarot the swords are related to challenge and to power we have in our hands.
The sword in Buddhism is used for defeat evil spirits, cut ignorance and reach the truth.
among the Mayans, the sword is a connection between the physical and the spiritual plane.
The sword Celtic symbolized power, strength, honor and glory.
The sword Japanese samurai represents the soul of your user. Two were used at the same time, a shorter one (wakisashi) and a longer one (katana), and passed from generation to generation.
See some commonly used combinations and their meanings:
roses - love power; conflicts; suffering and loss
snakes - fight; resilience; pride; defense; Rebirth
dragons – Asian heritage; change; courage; growth; challenge
Skulls - death; weapon; story
Angel's wings – face beings from hell; peace
Fire - faith; Paradise
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