Omens and Meaningful Symbols from Bali - Jada Jo
Omens and Meaningful Symbols from Bali

Omens and Meaningful Symbols from Bali

March 11, 2020

I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho while I was in Bali. I believe it is the third time I have read it, and each time I discover a different meaning within its pages. One of the things that resonated with me this time was the idea of omens. Coelho often references omens. For me, in my every day life, I've always looked at symbols.  Whatever we call them, I recognize there are many things that cross your path daily that carry meaning.

fish symbolism

Finding marine symbolism in Bali

One of the symbols in Bali was fish. I have always loved marine life and the ocean, and I truly felt fish revealed themselves as a prominent symbol during my time in Bali. Though Bali itself is an island, I spent most of my time in land-locked cities. Seeing fish in cities not directly on water made them more poignant to me.  

Bringing an important symbol home

When I was in Java I visited a students' showing of the Art Institute. I fell in love with batik pieces with fish. The artist explained that fish were filled with wanderlust and had no boundaries. The type of fish on the batik often swim against the current. After hearing that, I knew I had to have the art. They currently adorn my studio, and I couldn't be more thrilled. They remind my associates and me to create with passion and never led the current stop you from moving forward.

circle symbolism

Using a symbol in future collections

Circles were another symbol that kept appearing during my travels in Bali. I saw them in many places, often when I needed reassurance. One of the most obvious meanings of a circle is the way it highlights completeness. I appreciate that symbolism but found myself thinking more about other meanings of the circle throughout my trip and upon my arrival back in California. 

In my upcoming spring collections you will see lots of circles in the jewelry designs, and I'll share more about what the symbol means to me.

What are some recurring symbols or omens you see in your life?




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