It may surprise some to know that originally, the anchor symbol was used on land! During the earlier years when Christians were under Roman persecution, the anchor was how they displayed their religion for other Christians to see under the strict eye of the Romans.
Why did they choose the anchor? Because it holds a ship in place during storms, it symbolizes strength. It also resembles the cross. With those two factors in mind, an anchor was how a house was marked as safe for Christians looking for a place of refuge.
The Anchor – A Symbol of Hope, A Symbol of Steadfastness
The anchor appears to be balanced and resting upon a cross with four points. The crossed lines of horizontal and vertical represent the spirit and matter united. Together, this represents individual personal incarnation. That cross within an anchor is a symbol of masculinity while the crescent moon within the symbol is feminine, representing the womb.
It is symbolic of hope in how when lifted up from the water of a port, it represents a new adventure, a new voyage. For many, this metaphor is symbolic of our feelings when they leave a stagnant part of their life and set sail on a new journey.
An Anchor is raised when we enter a new era just as when a ship sets sail. We are alive and eager with excitement and hope for what is to come. It encourages us to follow the plotted course and carry on with our plans, to stay steadfast with our vision of the new dreams we have ahead of us.
The symbolic steadfastness is a representation of the process of our decision-making. It says to the world “This is where I stand and these are the rules that I am governed by.” It is a metaphorical way to express our steadfastness as when the anchor is dropped from a ship. The anchor does not let the ship move once it is lowered and for a person, it is saying “I will not move” as well.
It indicates we will not sway during the chaos or hysteria that may surround us, regardless of how uncertain things may seem. It is a symbolic way to say that we are firmly anchored in our beliefs, much as Christians did while under Roman persecution.
The Deeper Meaning
Even a person that doesn’t have sea legs, the deep meaning of this symbol has strong connections. It represents a secure and stable person. A person that is firmly grounded in their beliefs and in tune with who they truly are, hold steadfast to their values.
For a person who has been through difficult and hard times, a tumultuous past the anchor is a representation of their safe place. It indicates their desire to move forward to better seas with a brighter future. The broken or cracked anchor is symbolic of letting go of the past that may have been inhibiting.