A Guide to the Leaf Symbol – A Sign of Growth, Death, and Rebirth

Leaf Symbol

Symbols are a way of sending a detailed message through a very simple object or sign. The Leaf Symbol is well known for being one example of this. Humanity has been using symbols long before we could read or write.

As great civilizations grew, flourished, and became more advanced, we relied on symbols to tell our story and guide us along certain paths. The Ancient Egyptians used symbols to lead souls to the afterlife and tell stories about the Gods. 

What does a gold leaf symbolize? And what does a brown leaf symbolize? Is there such a thing as a hidden leaf symbol? These are just some of the things we’re going to explore.

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The Leaf Symbol

We’re going to dive right into exploring the leaf symbolism. When you think about leaves, where do you find them? The short answer is that they can be anywhere and everywhere.

In spring and summer, they can rise high into the air as trees grow and expand, while in fall/autumn and winter the leaves are scattered across the ground, blowing past your feet or into your home with the slightest gust of wind.

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The same can be said about the leaf symbol. You can find leaf symbolism on flags, such as the Canadian maple leaf, which is the national symbol of Canada, or at the bottom of a cup when attempting to read tea leaves.

The symbol can appear in different forms as well. For example, the Triquetra, Triskele, or the Celtic Knot, all of which represent a trinity while resembling the shape of a leaf. Like white feather, perhaps from an Angel, it beares really pertinent symbology.

Understanding the Leaf symbol Meaning

We even find the leaf symbol in pop culture, such as the Naruto leaf symbol which is sometimes referred to as the hidden leaf symbol, or the 3-leaf clover from the movie Glass.

With all of these vastly differing uses for the leaf symbol, how can we tell what each one means? Generally speaking, we can often rule the pop culture symbols out in relation to the grander meaning, like Angel Numbers.

Within Angel Symbols, a movie, TV show, book, or any other form of entertainment, symbols often take on a new meaning related to that specific story. If we consider the Naruto leaf symbol, we find that it has its own unique meaning which is why it’s also referred to as the hidden leaf symbol.

We can take the example of Aura Colors’ mainstream meaning and let’s focus on more general use of the symbol and consider what it might mean if you find a specific leaf or dream about a leaf importantly.

A leaf can carry three core meanings, we’ll cover each one individually, explore some of the different aspects of this meaning, and then consider what it might mean in relation to your life.

The three core meanings are life/growth, death, and rebirth, which is interesting given that the Triquetra and Celtic Knot carry these same 3 meanings.

What does a green leaf symbolize?

We often used plants as symbols of growth as we see them sprouting up around us all the time. In spring, you will see the bright green leaves and colorful flowers as they appear for the first time that year.

These lifeforms absorb the sun’s energy in its purest form and convert it into energy, much like natural solar panels.

Life and Growth

As you may imagine, a green leaf symbolizes the flourishing of life. When you feel drawn towards a green leaf or dream about one, it represents an important step in your spiritual journey.

You’re entering a stage of growth and development, and now is the time to explore your heart’s desires. Consider what your life goal may be and plan how you can achieve it.

The green leaf symbolism is also a sign that you should explore new opportunities. We all survive, in some form or another, but not all of us live. Life is about living, and in order to do that, you need to step outside your comfort zone.

The idea of a comfort zone is simply an imaginary line drawn by your fears and anxieties.

What does a brown leaf symbolize?

Of course, where there is life there is also death. A leaf can appear bright green and full of life in spring, but then be brown, orange, or red as it wilts and crumbles on the ground in fall/autumn.

We often associate the falling of leaves as a harsh reminder of the cold months that are coming. In a sense, they are a signal to us all that summer is gone, and winter is coming.


Death is a natural part of life’s cycle, and so when we find a brown leaf, either in person or in a dream, we often associate it with the dead.

It might serve to remind us that life is fleeting, or it may be an indication to cherish our loved ones and not take them for granted, as we never know when they may pass on from the physical realm.

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, then the brown leaf may symbolize your need for closure or grief. Allow your emotions to flow freely and consider reaching out to the spiritual realm to communicate with those you lost.

What does a gold leaf symbolize?

Life is part of a natural cycle. All things are born, they exist and live, and then they die. But death is temporary. When a star dies, its atoms are thrown out into the cosmos where they can be collected and used to create new planetary bodies or life.

A leaf grows out of a tree in spring, topples to the ground in fall/autumn, and is then absorbed by the soil. From here, its nutrients are absorbed by the roots of the tree in order to create new leaves the following year.


As you may have guessed, finding a gold feather is symbolic of rebirth. It serves to remind you that while death can be sad and scary, it isn’t the end. Our physical bodies may die, but our soul lives on. We don’t disappear, we simply move onto another stage of our journey, and there’s still a very long way to go until you reach your destination.

It also reminds us to think about the bigger picture rather than only considering the immediate consequences of any action. Plan for the long term rather than the short term, otherwise you’ll find yourself focusing solely on the negatives.

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