A lot of my clients ask me this question while getting henna "So, do these symbols have a meaning?" and my answer to them is "I am not sure, I think these are just random patterns" But the questions made me curious, do these pattern really symbolize anything?
So today, I searched the internet and found this wonderful article on about.com. Here are a few lines... and you can check out the complete article by clicking on the link below. Enjoy reading!
"... Traditional Henna Placement
While henna designs can be applied nearly anywhere on the body, certain locations have special meaning and significance. Henna that is placed on the palms of the hand allow the bearer to receive and offer blessings. Popular henna deigns for the palms include mandalas, sun and flower images.Henna placed on the top of the hands can be suggestive of protection and often includes shield designs.
For men, the right hand is considered projective whereas the right hand is receptive and represents women. The feet are truly a spiritual place to henna, as they connect the body, mind and spirit with the earth.
Popular Henna Design Meanings
1. Sahasara: This ancient symbol unites the soul with a divine sense of force.
2. Peacock: The proud peacock symbolizes beauty.
3. Swans: Symbolize success and beauty.
4. Birds:Birds serve as the messengers between heaven and earth.
5. Dragonflies and butterflies: Symbolize change and rebirth.
6. Paisley designs:Intricate and scrolling paisleys can represent fertility and luck.
7. Flowers: Flowers and petals symbolize pure happiness and joy.
8. Vines and leaves: Vines and leaf henna designs often represent devotion and vitality and are perfect for marriage celebrations.
9. Eye: Ancient eyes in Mehndi art often represent the reflection of the evil eye, turning any evil wishes back onto the gazer while offering a spiritual form of protection. Popular for weddings or any other of life's journeys, a Mehndi eye is a comforting companion.
10. Snakes and lizards:Reptiles are often considered the seekers of enlightenment in henna practices.