What does Semeion mean in the greek language?
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) a sign, mark, token
1a) that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known
1b) a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature
1b1) of signs portending remarkable events soon to happen
1b2) of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men Proverbs that the cause they are pleading is God’ s
Part of Speech: noun neuter
Relation: from a presumed derivative of the base of G4591
Citing in TDNT: 7:200, 1015
Ishtar the Mesopotamian goddess of war, death and love was constantly followed by a set of doves. Ishtar in essence became a template for other mother goddesses, such as Venus, Aphrodite and Fortuna, who were all often depicted with a dove. The Mother Mary is no exception to this, as the holy spirit, is Christianity’s way of personifying the mother earth goddess without being explicit. Hence why doves can be seen with Mary, especially during the Annunciation, were Mary is being told about her pregnancy. As a result turtle doves, the white feathers symbolize purity as white was considered to be a divine color of unobtainable perfection.
Since the Spirit of God is the source of all wisdom, natural as well as spiritual, arts and inventions and skill of every kind being attributed to Him (Exo 31:3; 35:31), so the Mother of the gods, in whom that Spirit was feigned to be incarnate, was celebrated as the originator of some of the useful arts and sciences (DIODORUS SICULUS).
Hence, also, the character attributed to the Grecian Minerva, whose name Athena, as we have seen reason to conclude, is only a synonym for Beltis, the well known name of the Assyrian goddess. Athena, the Minerva of Athens, is universally known as the “goddess of wisdom,” the inventress of arts and sciences. The name Astarte signifies also the “Maker of investigations”; and in this respect was applicable to Cybele or Semiramis, as symbolised by the Dove.
Doves are closely associated with love and peace. The dove was singled out to represent romance because Greek mythology associated the small, white bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love (known in Roman mythology as Venus). Aphrodite/Venus is often depicted with doves fluttering around her or resting on her hand. Doves also represent monogamy and loyalty in relationships excellent qualities for marriage because they tend to stay with the same partner.
Doves belong to the Columbidae family, which is the family of pigeons. They have a round and a stout body, short neck and beak and are strong birds. They are excellent navigators, which also makes them capable of delivering messages. Apart from these traits, they are extremely popular, and are often associated with strong emotions.
They raise their young ones with great care and dedication. They build their nests in areas near human settlements. In a way, this may have given people the opportunity to witness the immense love, care, and loyalty displayed by white doves. People quickly associated doves with peace, love, and dedication. In fact, their reputation as symbols of love is so strong that many love potion recipes popular during medieval times required the heart of a dove!
In ancient Aztec culture, the Goddess of Love, Xochiquetzal, considered the mother of humanity who gave the world the gift of speech and languages, is believed to have descended on Earth in the form of a dove after the Great Flood.
In Aztec mythology, Coxcox was the only male survivor of a worldwide flood. The Aztecs believed that only Coxcox and his wife, Xochiquetzal, survived the flood. They took refuge in the hollow trunk of a cypress, which floated on top of the water and finally banked on a mountain in Culhuacan. They had many children, but all of them were dumb. The great spirit took pity on them, and sent a dove, which attempted to teach the children how to speak. Fifteen of them succeeded and from these, the Aztecs believed, the Toltecs and Aztecs were descended.
The Navajos and Aztecs thought that instead of being drowned by the waters the human race were transformed into birds and thus escaped. In all these and similar legends, the bird is a relic of the cosmogonal myth which explained the origin of the world from the action of the winds, under the image of the bird, on the primeval ocean.
The Mexican Codex Vaticanus No. 3738 represents after the picture of the deluge a bird perched on the summit of a tree, and at its foot men in the act of marching. This has been interpreted to mean that after the deluge men were dumb until a dove distributed to them the gift of speech. The New Mexican tribes related that all except the leader of those who escaped to the mountains lost the power of utterance by terror,205-3 and the Quichés that the antediluvian race were “puppets, men of wood, without intelligence or language.”
In Hindu mythology, Kamadeva-the God of love-is known to ride a dove bird. This may also be another reason why doves are associated with love.
Doves are referred to as the symbol that defines the presence of God. The Biblical story of Noah’s Ark truly defines the symbolism of white doves with peace. As per the story, after the Great Flood, Noah sent out a white dove to see if there was any land. The dove returned with an olive twig its beak, which meant that it had found dry land somewhere. This brought relief to Noah, who had spent almost a year on the ark. Since then, a white dove with an olive twig in its beak is considered symbol of peace.
The dove is truly a bird that has touched the human mind and heart. It has inspired mankind with its innocence and purity. It reminds people of the very basic traits to live a fruitful life filled with love in peace!
Dove Symbolism and Meanings:
The Michael Platt ‘Dove’ logo used on all our jewel boxes is available in yellow or white gold as a pendant or brooch.
It is very plain to see with the hairstyle and the golden dove on her blouse what Ms. Gaga is saying, at least to those who have eyes to see. It is all demonic and represents their god, the god that Mr. Biden (A Jesuit) and the god that Mrs. Harris worship. It is the same “god” that the Roman Catholic Institution worships.
Do not be deceived brothers and sisters, everything that God does and created Satan has perverted, he twists things so subtly that even the very elect could be deceived if possible. But if the elect stay IN CHRIST and CHRIST IN THEM they WILL NOT BE DECEIVED!
The Holy Spirit is GOD.
Act 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
He used the form of a dove at the baptism of Christ, He used a dove to bring back the branch to Noah after the waters began to abate. But NO WHERE does it say that the “dove” is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, yet, we are told that He is the rivers of living waters that shall flow from our bellies!
Nothing can compare to God and what He looks like nothing! We are not to fashion anything with our hands such as paintings, clay, anything and to put the name of God on it! That is idolatry and is strictly forbidden, remember the golden calf?
Keep you eyes on Jesus always, do not allow the symbolism that the enemy uses of Gods creation to deceive you. He is very tricky, but you have the Holy Spirit and He will give you discernment as long as you are faithful and remain IN CHRIST JESUS!
Do not be the butt end of Satan’s mockery and schemes. He is using such symbolism in order to entice you to deceive you. Find the truth behind his lies and then move forward.
Pamela JoyousNJesus McDonald