I was cleaning up my manga files when I came across one of the chapters from CLAMP’s xxxHolic. It was the particular chapter when Watanuki finally makes his own magician symbol. I got a bit inspired by that and decided to try to come up with my own symbol–not a magician’s symbol but a writer’s symbol.
The reason that I decided to do just that was because I’ve read that some writers have them. Plus, I needed a favicon for this blog, Sakura no Kokoro. It was kind shooting down two birds with one stone so I went along with that idea.
It took me a while to come up with a suitable symbol (because I am that much of a perfectionist when it comes to these things) but I can say that I’m pretty happy with what I came up with.
Allow me to explain why there are three parts to my symbol and what these parts all mean. First, let’s talk about the World Triad.
Originally an oriental symbol, the World Triad was adopted by western Gnostics as an emblem of cosmic creativity, the threefold nature of reality or fate, and th eternally spiraling cycles of time. If you look closely, you would see that it looks like the Japanese maga-tama or mitsu tomoe–the world soul. I decided to add this to my symbol since I feel that it personifies what writing is for me–creativity, reality and fate (most of my works have fate as a prominent subject), and the cycles of time. I also like to think that everything I write, or draw, has a ‘soul’ in it. That it has a part of me that I want to share with everyone who is reading my stories.
The fountain symbol (the one under the World Triad), symbolizes the rush of creativity. How one idea grows and grows until something has been made from it. Like the flowing of the water, creativity cannot be stopped–and it mustn’t be stopped either. It must be allowed to grow and be nurtured.
You may notice that the color of both the World Triad and the fountain is the same–purple. There is a reason behind that as well. It is not because that is my favorite color (it isn’t. My favorite color is actually green). Purple embodies the balance of red simulation and blue calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. A sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls. Don’t get me wrong, the purple here symbolizes creativity and not eccentricity.
The third and final piece of the symbol is the bird–a Falcon. Falcon’s generally symbolizes a person who does not rest until an objective is achieved. I’d like to think that I’m that kind of person when it comes to my writing. The bird–the Falcon’s–wings also symbolizes the whole spread-your-wings-to-the-sky-and-reach-your-dreams theme. The color orange is vibrant. It’s a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colors. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun. But orange has a bit less intensity or aggression than red, calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow–this is the reason why I chose to paint the falcon/bird symbol orange.
Now that I’ve shared what my writer’s symbol is and what it means, maybe some of you are itching to try making symbols (or crests) of your own. Go for it. Of course, try not to copy what mine looks like. Imagination is the key!