Throughout the ages and across the world the apple has been employed symbolically in several senses: Eris’s ‘Golden Apple of Discord’; ‘The Golden Apples’ of immortality from the Garden of the Hesperides; evil and temptation, the apple eaten by Adam and Eve; for the Chinese, apple blossom symbolises peace and beauty; sacred to Apollo, the apple tree was associated with health and immortality; to Venus the apple represented love and desire; and for the Celts it was the icon of knowledge, magic and prophesy.
In the language of alchemy, the ‘Golden Apple’ is a symbol of sulphur.
- Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant – The penguin Dictionary of Symbols
Penguin Books Ltd, London, 1996
- C. Cooper, An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols
Thames and Hudson, London, 1978
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