Common Symbols Whose Origin And Meaning You Did Not Know About

9Power Symbol

This is the universal sign of power. Before the symbol for power was created the switches were named ‘on’ and ‘off’. The numeric expression for those words was ‘1’ and ‘0’. Soon they decided to make a power button that could toggle power on and off instead of two separate switches. The symbol was created by superimposing the ‘1’ on the ‘0’.

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10Rod of Asclepius

This is the symbol of health and medicine. It is a serpent-entwined rod. It was originally wielded by the Greek god Asclepius who is a deity associated with healing and medicine. The rod symbolized help while snakes have been used in many healing rituals. Even today this symbol is seen in the healthcare profession.

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11Peace Symbol

Early Christians used doves and olive branches to symbolize peace. In 1958 a symbol was designed by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) which is now widely known as the “peace sign”. The sign was soon popularized by the hippie community as a ‘make love not war’ sign.

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12Gender symbols

The male symbol is also known as the Mars symbol. It is well-known for being a circle with an arrow pointing upwards at an angle to the upper right. It is said to be the representation of the shield and spear that the Roman God of war, Mars used. The female symbol is also known as the symbol for the planet, Venus.

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