Caves are prevalent images in the world of myths, legends, and cults. The cave is thought to be closely related to the symbolic heart, and is often a place where the self and ego unite. They can be secret passageways to an underworld, places in which to make contact with the powers and forces which will eventually make their way into the world of light.
Man is a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his spiritual pilgrimage. – Morris West
A butterfly normally symbolizes a certain change that occurs rapidly. It can also be used to symbolize rebirth, evolution, commemoration, lightness, time and soul. They are known as symbol of transformation due to their impressive process of metamorphosis.
Cocoon – A safe place for healing or transformation, to dream of a cocoon can symbolise a desire for relief against life’s overburdening pressures and stress.
Seaweed is a macroscopic, multicellular, benthic marine algae. The term includes some members of the red, brown and green algae. Seaweeds can also be classified by use.
“Amongst the tangle of fronds washed onto beaches after fierce storms, there will be delicate red laces, massive rubbery straps, slimy thin sheets, and brown beads that pop with pressure. All have come from a narrow zone of the rocky coast – the realm of seaweeds.” – Maggy Wassilieff
“Love is like seaweed; even if you have pushed it away, you will not prevent it from coming back.” – Nigerian proverb
Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster. – Cyril Connelly
A lichen (//, sometimes // ) is a composite organism consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and aphotosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc). The morphology, physiology and biochemistry of lichens are very different from those of the isolated fungus and alga in culture. Lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hot deserts, rocky coasts, and toxic slag heaps. However, they are also abundant as epiphytes on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock, including walls and gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces (e.g., Collema) in otherwise mesic habitats. The roofs of many buildings have lichens growing on them. Lichens are widespread and may be long-lived; however, many are also vulnerable to environmental disturbance, and may be useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Lichens have also been used in making dyes and perfumes, as well as in traditional medicines. It has been estimated that 6% of Earth’s land surface is covered by lichen.