Egyptian Symbols

Egyptian Symbols have many meanings and usually include vastly different interpretations. The ancient pharaohs used these symbols / hieroglyphics to adorn their cartouche’s and pyramids to appease their gods. There are many different types of symbols and they all have multiple meanings depending on how they are used.

Egypt symbols being well known across the globe and have been for centuries now. The popularity comes about due to the great magical quality and mysteries that the symbols are associated with. Most of the Egyptian symbols are depicted in hieroglyphs as the ‘words of God’ and were commonly used by priests. Some have appeared in novels and films due to the mysteries they are associated with.

The most common symbols as seen on the Egyptian hieroglyphic include symbols such as The eye of Horus, Bast, Crescent Moon, The Lotus Flower, Feather of Maat and The Falcon. These are commonly used in religions as well as in magical rituals.

Common Egyptian Symbols and their meanings

Egyptian Symbols Ankh

The Ankh Symbol, has several meanings including The key of life, the key of the Nile or Crux-Ansata. It was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read “eternal life”. Egyptian gods usually are seen carrying it by its loop, or wielding one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. It has a very similar look to the Catholic Cross.

Akhet symbol Akhet

In ages past, the place where the sun rises and meets the earth, Akhet means the “horizon” or the “mountain of light”. Its literal meaning is Mountain with the Rising Sun.

Flail and Crook Egyptian Symbol Flail and Crook

An ancient Egyptian symbols with Two Whips with a Shen Ring. In the Egyptian language, the glyph is used to suggest the meaning of unite. A second form of the hieroglyph uses only one whip and shen ring, and mean the opposite of unite. To Divide.

Eygpt Symbol KA Ka

Ka is the Egyptian Symbols of spiritual essence. The difference between a living person and a dead person. Death is permanent when the KA leaves the body. Sometimes known as the soul. It is believed that Khnum made the bodies of children on a potters spindle. After the creation was complete then proceeded to insert the bodies into their mothers womb.Egyptians believed that the god Heket also known as Meskhenet was the creator of each person’s Ka (soul ) flowing it into them at the moment of their birth.


The Djed Egyptian symbols have been interpreted as a stability and grounding focus. One of the symbols of the god Osiris. Usually symbolizing a long rule and strong duration of a pharaoh’s rule. The Egyptian symbols for Djed gave rsie to the letter Samekh.

Egyptian Symbols And Egyptian Gods


Isis Egyptian Symbol Isis

Wife of Osiris, Isis found the scattered parts of her husbands body. She used them to make the first mummy,which she buried in secret, and protected with powerful magic.

osiris symbolOsiris

Legend tells that Osiris. the Murdered king of upper Egypt ruled for a great many years before coming lord of the underworld after his death.

horus-symbol Horus

The son and avenger of Osiris. The Hawk headed Horus became the king of Egypt after his farther Osiris’s death. He ruled justly and many template were raised in his honor. Horus was born to the goddess Isis after she retrieved all the dismembered body parts of her murdered husband Osiris

seth-symbol Seth

The enemy of Osiris, his brother Seth coveted the throne of Egypt for many years. It is said that after he killed Osiris, Seth cut the body into many pieces and spread them around to 14 different locations so they could never be found.

There are a lot of Egyptian symbols and meanings, it is a a huge under taking to understand them all. You have to admire the people that take up Egyptology to make our understanding of Egyptian symbols alot better.