23 Symbols of Balance & Harmony

Do you live in balance and harmony?

Perhaps you work too much. Or maybe, you procrastinate and struggle to find motivation. Maybe you give too much, or take too much. Or you criticize yourself too much without pointing out your own positive traits, as well. If this sounds like you (and it probably does– most people relate to at least one of these!), you could use more balance and harmony in your life.

Ancient spiritual symbols, and wild plants and animals as well, all contain a vibration. The symbols described here can help you bring more balance and harmony into your life, so that you can feel whole exactly as you are.

Symbols that Represent Balance and Harmony

Symbols of harmony and balance

1. Yin-Yang

Yin yang symbol

You can’t talk about balance without mentioning this Taoist symbol, so of course, we decided to discuss it first! Easily recognizable due to its popularity in modern culture, the Yin-Yang sign represents the balance of feminine and masculine energy. White signifies masculine, while black stands for masculine. As such, the Yin-Yang symbol contains the exact same amounts of both black and white– a perfect balance.

2. Koi Fish

Koi fish
Often, you’ll see the Yin-Yang symbol depicted as a black and a white koi fish aligned with each other, head-to-tail and vice versa. It’s said that these depict a female and a male koi fish. This symbol represents the balance and harmony of opposites, such as masculine/feminine, light/dark, and life/death.

3. Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Illustrated as a giant tree, with branches reaching skyward and roots trailing downward, the Tree of Life signifies the balance between grounding and growing. To explain: if we always “ground”, or grip tightly onto our material desires, we’ll never grow. However, if we always strive to grow and grow and grow, we’ll never feel like we’re good enough, and we’ll never feel grounded.

4. Moon

Full moon

The moon has represented femininity and, in turn, balance, in countless world cultures. Due to her consistent, cyclical nature, the moon shows us that it’s okay to go through periods of bright fullness followed by dark hibernation.

5. Double Spiral

Double spiral symbol

The double spiral represents opposing forces; for me, it brings to mind the sun (or any star), with its outward push of energy balanced with its massive inward gravitational pull. To relate this to human life, you can think of the double spiral as representing the balance between your need to “do”, and your need to rest, just to name one example.

6. Circle

Circle

Humans have long seen the circle as the most perfect shape, and as such, it has inspired countless spiritual symbols. Some examples include the Yin-Yang, the Enso, and the Seed of Life. In many of these spiritual traditions, circles such as the Enso exemplify the oneness and interconnectedness of the entire Universe, inherently representing life’s great harmony.

7. Endless Knot

Infinite Knot

Found scattered across religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, the Endless Knot helps us to remember that everything is connected. We may feel that we are separate from other human beings, but we’re all one. This keeps us in balance and harmony: it reminds us that if we do something to hurt another, we hurt ourselves, and when we hurt ourselves, we hurt others.

8. Dharma Chakra

Dharmachakra

Symbolizing the concept of “dharma”, or perfect order, this symbol is essential to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The turning of the wheel tells us that everything in the Universe comes and goes like clockwork. Everything is in harmony, whether it seems that way or not.

9. Six-pointed Star or Shatkona

Shatkona spiritual triangles

The six-pointed star is known as the Star of David in Judaism. However, it’s also known as the “Brewer’s Star,” and it represents the four elements. The six-pointed star contains the symbol for each of the four elements within it, and so, it is a symbol of balance between a person’s groundedness, fire, flow, and airiness.

In Hinduism, this triangular symbol is known as ‘Shatkona’ and represents the perfect balance that exists between the male and female principles or energies. The symbol can be seen as the intersection of two triangles, the upward facing triangle represents the male energy and the downward facing triangle represents female energy.

10. Cosmos flower

Cosmos flower
Looking at a bright cosmos flower, you’ll notice how symmetrical its perfectly-aligned petals are. Due to their orderliness, they were named the “cosmos” flower, as they were said to represent the perfect order and harmony of the entire Universe.

11. Number 2

Number two

If you’re like me, you may often see repeating numbers on license plates and receipts and such– and “222” is one of my favorites! In this context, the number 2 is telling you to search for balance within you. Can you strive for more balance between work and rest, masculine and feminine, introversion and extroversion?

12. Equilateral Triangle

Inscribed equilateral triangle

The equilateral triangle, with sides and angles that are all exactly the same, represents the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This symbol shows us that if all three– body, mind, and spirit– are checked and balanced, with no one overpowering the other two, only then can we live a harmonious life.

13. Zebra

Zebra

Such a unique animal as the zebra almost reminds one of a living, breathing Yin-Yang symbol, with its striking juxtaposition of black and white. This animal reminds us that polar opposites can, in fact, exist in perfect harmony together.

14. Beaver

Beaver
Beavers are the hard workers of the animal kingdom. We admire their instincts which tell them to build a sturdy dam, and yet– beavers’ instincts also tell them when to take a rest, as well. So, beavers convey a sense of balance between work, play, and rest.

15. Rose

Roses
Roses are a symbol of balance due to their thorns– every rose indeed has its thorn! For example, we love our pets dearly, yet we adopt them with the knowledge that we will likely outlive them and have to say goodbye one day. Life is the rose, while death is the thorn; together, life and death are balanced and in harmony.

16. Bonsai trees

Bonsai tree
No list of symbols representing harmony is complete with the Bonsai tree, which is literally known as the “tree of harmony” in several Asian cultures. When someone gifts you a Bonsai tree, the gifter is telling you: “may you be whole and at peace”.

17. Trillium flower

Trillium flower
Also known as the great white trillium, these flowers carry powerful, auspicious symbolism– and one of their symbolic meanings is, of course, spiritual balance. Since trillium flowers are so fragile, growing or admiring trillium reminds us to relax our emotional guard and let down our walls where possible.

18. Lucky bamboo

Bamboo symbol
Have you ever been gifted a “lucky bamboo”, which looks like short stalks of bamboo in a houseplant-sized pot? Did you know that the number of stalks of bamboo in the pot can clue you in on the plant’s meaning? In fact, five stalks of lucky bamboo is said to represent balance and harmony, so search out this specific houseplant if you’re feeling unbalanced lately!

19. Peridot crystal

Peridot crystal
Those born in August know the peridot crystal as their birthstone. With a lighter hue than that of the emerald, peridot is said to balance one’s emotions. Thus, you might wear a peridot crystal if you find your moods to be a bit of a rollercoaster.

20. Ganesha

Ganesha symbol

In Hinduism, Ganesha (or Ganesh) is the powerful elephant-headed deity who is said to remove obstacles from one’s lives. One of these obstacles can be our attachment to materialism. Thus, as a symbol of harmony, Ganesha helps us to attain balance between the material and the spiritual.

21. Flamingo

Flamingo
If you’ve ever seen a flamingo at the zoo, you know exactly why flamingos are a symbol of balance; it’s quite literal! Their awe-inspiring ability to balance on one leg– while resting, at that!– conveys a vibration of absolute centeredness.

22. Sunflower

Sunflower

If you look at the center of a sunflower closely, you’ll notice that its seeds follow a perfectly symmetrical spiral shape, called the “fibonacci spiral”. Nature’s perfect harmony created this iconic shape, without any help from man or machine. It follows that sunflowers (and the fibonacci spiral) can represent balance and harmony.

23. Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a popular symbol that depicts a serpent eating its own tail. This is symbolic of the perfect balance between creation and destruction that exists within the universe. It shows that life consumes life and as it consumes it continues to regenerate keeping the cycle active.

In Conclusion

The Universe– and Life– are always in balance and harmony, whether we know it or not. As such, the forces within you (such as the masculine-feminine energies) desire to be in balance, as well. When you’re not in balance and harmony, you may feel tired, antsy, anxious, irritable, or even depressed– but keep in mind that these spiritual symbols can inspire you to get back into balance. If one resonates with you, hang a picture of it on your wall or wear it as jewelry, and always remind yourself that the Universe exists in harmony!


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