Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Horse.

Due to its natural companionship with man in both work and art, the horse easily wins a special seat in history, ranking high marks of honour, reverence and symbolism.

Serving man in war, mobility, productivity, agriculture, development of all kinds, the Horse is by far one of the largest contributors to the enhancement of civilization.

With such recognition and accomplishments, a vast and diverse trail of symbol meanings is sure to follow the Horse’s rich history with humankind.

A summary of prevalent symbol meanings for the horse:

·         Power
·         Grace
·         Beauty
·         Nobility
·         Strength
·         Freedom
The Horse symbol meanings of power are widespread through most cultures, and it is linked as an emblem of life-force. Many cultures assign the attributes of the four elements to the Horse: Earth, Fire, Air and Water.

As a Celtic symbol, the Horse was associated with war. With war, comes attributes of victory, conquer longevity as well as procurement of territory and other spoils that come with triumph in battle.

In Greco-Roman myth the Horse is said to be created by Poseidon (Neptune) and is devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). Romans also believed the Horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.

In Hindu Brihadaranyaka, the Horse is linked to Varuna and as such, is equated to the cosmos. Additionally, a white horse is believed to be the last incarnation of Vishnu.
Buddha is said to have left this physical plane riding a white horse. Also in Buddhism a winged horse is often depicted carrying the Book of Law.

The Horse, is also an animal which is regularly used in lots of logos such as the logo of the american football team, The Denver Broncos:
Another example, is the Wisconsin State Horse Council:
Some other international brands use horses on their logos.

        Ferrari's logo:
         Ralph Lauren's logo:
By Francisco Fernández López & Arturo Fernández Fernández


A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and which is ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.

A dragon is a mythological representation of a reptile. In antiquity, dragons were mostly envisaged as serpents, but since the Middle Ages, it has become common to represent them with legs, similar to a lizard.

A Dragon totem is one of the most powerful totems, representing a huge range of qualities, emotions, and traits. When Dragons come to us, it could mean many things.
The most common message a Dragon totem carry to us is a need for strength, courage, and fortitude. Dragons are also messengers of balance, and magic - encouraging us to tap into our psychic nature and see the world through the eyes of mystery and wonder.
In Chinese culture, the season of the Dragon is mid-spring, its direction is east-southeast, and its fixed element is wood.
it is said to be the most potent symbol of good fortune in the Chinese pantheon of symbols.



By: Sara Treviño and Andrea Muñiz


Ichthys from the  Greek word for fish is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to represent the profile of a fish, used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and has been in use since the days of the early church. It’s known colloquially as the "Jesus fish."
No one really knows who first came up with the acronym ichtys, but probably none of the apostles ever heard of it.
According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark meeting places or to distinguish friends from enemies.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Wild boar

This animal, also known as wild pig has a lot of subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig.
Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia.

The body of the wild boar is compact; the head is large, the legs relatively short. The fur consists of stiff bristles and usually finer fur. The colour usually varies from dark grey to black or brown, but there are great regional differences in colour.
During winter the fur is much denser.
The Wild Boar is quite a variably sized mammal. In exceptionally large specimens, the species can rival the size of the Giant forest hog, the largest extant species of wild suid. Adult boars can measure from 90 to 200 cm.

They are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything they come across, including grass, nuts, berries, carrion, nests of ground nesting birds, roots, tubers, refuse, insects and small reptiles. Wild boar in Australia are also known to be predators of young deer and lambs.  

 It has some symbolic meanings, for example:

In the Asterix comic series set in Gaul, wild boar are the favourite food of Obelix whose immense appetite means that he can eat several roasted boar in a single sitting.

The wild boar image, its often used as a team logo, because it looks powerful and strong.


This is the logo of a hockey team.

By: Alicia García and Lucía Herrero.