Heart Symbols

It seems like everywhere we look lately, we see symbols— do not DoNotSymbol , email EMailSymbol , yield YieldSymbol , happy HappyFace , sad SadFace , and laughing LaughingFace  icons. They express emotions and things without words. The concept of heart has its own symbols people use to communicate love and caring. 

One of my favorite heart symbols is the two-hands heart shape symbol  HeartHandsCited formed by pressing the thumbs together and bending fingers over. It communicates love and caring, and it is always available. Isn’t that wonderful! I have seen lovers, parents, friends, and other caring souls show this symbol to say “I love you.” It’s almost like an instant valentine. I don’t remember seeing this heart symbol years ago. I am glad that someone “discovered” it. It would be interesting to learn how it came to be. I bet there’s a story behind it, but I can’t seem to find it.

Another heart-shaped symbol I saw recently is formed by joining a less-than symbol to a <3. It is one of many sideways keystroke combinations that add a visual message to typed text.

HeartWithArrowSymbolThe most traditional heart symbol is the heart shape with an arrow piercing it. The arrow represents Cupid’s arrow. Cupid was the Roman god of love and desire. It implies a person’s heart is struck by Cupid’s arrow of love leaving the person is hopelessly in love.

The creative minds of the people who develop these symbols must see shapes and things in ways the rest of us don’t. They must have sensitive hearts. I am glad they see things in ways that brighten our writing and our wordless communications. If you have a favorite heart symbol will you share it, please?

RedHeartClosingSymbol Susan

One thought on “Heart Symbols

  1. Victoria October 21, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Interesting post! I, too, couldn’t find the origin of that symbol, so I guess it’s quite old.

    My favorite heart symbol is the Claddagh ring, which symbolizes love, friendship, and loyalty. It is believed to have originated in Claddagh, a town in the west of Ireland, in Galway.

    The story goes that a young Irishman was kidnapped and sold to a goldsmith who taught him the trade. When he got back to Galway, he married the woman who had been waiting for him, and he made this ring for her.

    If I ever marry again, I think that would be a wonderful ring for that.


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