For my book on rebirth, I've compiled a list of important symbols. Here it is. I'd love your feedback of any kind.
Vessel—The vessel is the womb, from which all birth proceeds. The female body is such a container. The uterus and the oven are both vessels. Pottery/vessels used for the gathering of food and water from early cultures had breasts. The funereal urn is also a vessel. Projected outward, it symbolizes the world, the cosmos.
In Christianity, the vessel became the baptismal font and the chalice of the Last Supper.
Vulva—The vulva, yoni, or vagina is the place of putting in the semen, which jumpstarts procreation and birth. The vulva is also like rich soil desirable for sowing of the seed. Grain is the fruit of the earth; hence, the Feminine principle has always been associated with food and nourishment. Births and harvests have been celebrated in all cultures since earliest domestic times. Plants, flowers, and trees bear seed and thrive, depending on fertile soil, clean air, and water.
A symbol for the vulva or vagina is the triangle. (more…)