Heraldry Symbols


Colors

  • Black: Sorrow or grief.
  • Blue: Loyalty.
  • Gold: A giving nature.
  • Green: Hopefulness.
  • Orange: Valued.
  • Purple: Justice.
  • Red: A fierce warrior.
  • White: Peaceful and honest.

Heraldic Lines

  • Dancette Line: Signifies a watery environment.
  • Embattled Line: The walled boundaries of a town.
  • Engrailed Line: Firm land.
  • Indented Line: Signifies the element of fire.
  • Invected Land: Solid earth.
  • ANebuly Line: Signifies cloud formations.
  • Raguly Line: Signifies trials that have been faced.
  • Wavy Line: Ocean or body of water.

Heraldic Ordinaries

  • Bend Sinister: A thick horizontal line that travels from left to right on a shield. The design is used as a sign for defense.
  • Chevron: A shield that displays an upside down V coming up from its lower section. This design implies a protective force.
  • Chief: A shield that features smaller shields in its design. The quality that goes along with this design is one of authority.
  • Fess: A thick band running horizontally across a shield that indicates its bearer is prepared to serve.
  • Pale: A shield with a thick line that runs vertically over its center portion. This design refers to the strength of military forces.
  • Pile: A shield with a triangle in its upper portion which refers loosely to building bridges.
  • Saltire: A shield that shows a cross in a diagonal position. This is a design that signifies resolution.

Common Charges

  • Anchor: Hope or religious faith.
  • Ant: Wise in action.
  • Anvil: An honorable nature.
  • Apple: Happiness and joy.
  • Arrow: Prepared for battle.
  • Bat: Knowledge of the influences of dark powers.
  • Baton: Represents authority.
  • Bear: Possession of strength.
  • Beaver: A willingness to work with persistence.
  • Boar: Ferocity in battle.
  • Camel: A willing patience.
  • Cat: Freedom or bravery.
  • Cloud: Signifies hidden truths.
  • Crow: An organizing presence in a fight.
  • Dog: Signifies a loyal quality.
  • Dove: Peace, love.
  • Dragon: A guardian of treasure.
  • Drum: Prepared for battles.
  • Eagle: Strength, power.
  • Elephant: Cleverness and positive fortune.
  • Falcon: Indefatigable persistence.
  • Fife: Prepared for battle.
  • Flower: Hopefulness.
  • Fox: A savvy defender of self.
  • Grapes: Harmony.
  • Grasshopper: Home-centered.
  • Griffin: Great courage and a watchful eye.
  • Hammer: Signifies a sense of honor.
  • Hatchet: Signifies a sense of duty to the military.
  • Hawk: Unfailing courage.
  • Lamp: Signifies life.
  • Lion: Tremendous bravery in battle.
  • Marigold Flower: Devoted and loyal.
  • Mermaid: An ability to be well-spoken.
  • Musical Instrument: Joyfulness.
  • Owl: Extremely watchful.
  • Peacock: Wise and appealing.
  • Pillar: Dedication.
  • Pine Cone: New life.
  • Poppy flower: A sense of happiness.
  • Rainbow: The sure return of peaceful times.
  • Red Rose: Attractive and graceful.
  • Rhinoceros: A worthy opponent when antagonized.
  • Rock: A place of safety.
  • Salamander: Implies a sense of security.
  • Stag: Valiant in battle, when a battle is necessary.
  • Sun: Bestows life.
  • Swan: Harmony and a sincere nature.
  • Torch: Signifies things that are real and true.
  • Vine: The constancy of friendship.

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