The Meaning of the Halo as a Catholic Christian Symbol
The definition and the meaning of Symbols or Icon in early religious art forms. A Catholic sign or icon, such as the Halo Christian Symbol, is an object, character, figure, or color used to represent abstract ideas or concepts - a picture that represents an idea. A religious icon, such as the Halo Christian Symbol, is an image or symbolic representation with sacred significance. The Halo is is symbolic of divinity and supreme power. The Halo Christian Symbol an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint as illustrated in the above picture of St. Peter. A bright ring represented in painting as surrounding the heads of saints and the whole bodies of other holy persons. Also referred to as an aura, corona, gloriole, glory, aureole or nimbus. The halo conveys the concept of transcendence of the physical body.
The Halo and the Circle
The halo is also connected to the Circle as a Christian Symbol symbolises eternity as it has no beginning or end. Many early Christians believed that there was something divine in circles. Early Astronomy and astrology was connected to the divine by most medieval scholars, the circular shape of the sun, moon and the planets were related to God's act of Creation. The luminous circle, usually prismatically colored, round the sun or moon are connected with halos.