Fertility symbols have been found in almost nearly all cultures around the world for millenniums. From Chinese fertility symbols, Celtic and Native American fertility symbols these societies have long surrounded themselves with pictures, images, carvings and fertility jewelry as a way to celebrate and enhance their own fertility levels. As a way to celebrate the renewal of life these ancient fertility symbols have long been thought to possess the power to ensure the continuation of future generations.
For thousands of years many societies have prayed to their fertility goddess or God in the hopes of the women in the village were fertile enough to bear the fruit of many children. Fertility symbols and stones adorned women’s fertility jewelry, bedrooms, gardens and garments in the hopes that the energy contained within the symbol would transform her body with its restorative powers. Their belief was that the symbols could improve the overall quality of the reproductive health, increase her level of fertility and promote the atmosphere ideal for getting pregnant.
In many ancient drawings and carvings the symbol of the spiral is demonstrative to describe the cycle of life, the beginning the end and the renewed beginning again. Modern-day symbols of the spiral include snails and shells.
In today’s world we still surround ourselves with these fertility symbols. Some of these fertility symbols include the lotus flower, cats, rain, the moon, terra-cotta elephants, peacocks, parrots, eggs, and frogs. Most symbols such as a lotus flower rain are about the oncoming growing seasons and how fertility levels rise with the coming of rain awakening the and make the plants grow providing food for the community and guaranteeing its survival.
For over 5000 years, cats have been a fertility symbol for the Egyptians who even went so far as to mummify the owner’s cat to be buried alongside their master in the hope of providing them both a renewed birth. Egyptians also consider frogs a fertility symbol. When the rains along the Nile would start early in the spring season it would awaken the sleeping frogs who would begin to multiply.
Frogs as a positive fertility symbol must have worked pretty well because it caught on in many cultures of South and Central America including the Aztecs. Many times the Aztec frog, or toad, was represented in a squatting position symbolizing the birthing of a new world. They too saw the frog as a symbol of the oncoming rain and the plentiful response that the water brought by exciting fertility all around them.
The moon has always been a symbol of fertility in that it coincides with a woman’s menstruation cycle. It represents the timely reassurance that fertility is always around us and if for some reason it doesn’t react positively this cycle, the opportunity will present itself again soon.
The one link that all fertility symbols have in common is a sense of people survival in the overall assurance that their culture and people would continue to flirt. Fertility has long been associated as the direct symbol of how we came to be and how we will remain here.