However, much less known, the fish symbol had apparently already been used much earlier than that, namely in Paganism And this is the bit that really interested me. A fish symbol was said to have been used for many generations as a Pagan symbol of femininity, sexuality and fertility. And that’s because a simplified image of a fish, turned by 90 degrees, looks a bit like a woman’s vagina or womb. Can you see it?
The two overlapping crescent moon shapes could potentially also be connected to the female monthly cycle. That’s why the fish symbol also apparently represented certain fertility goddesses So, the Cristian fish symbol essentially seems to have come from vagina power, which is fascinating to me.
However, it is said that the Cristian authorities didn’t like that connection very much, so later tried to ‘clean up’ its roots and deny the original female genitalia meaning of their fish symbol. This apparently led to grievance amongst some feminists, as the perceived sexual symbol of femininity was felt by some to be ‘stolen’ by a highly andro-centric religion.
Anyway, that’s what I found out when researching this topic and it’s certainly a good story, but I will leave it to you to verify whether that was really the case or not. Don’t take my word for it…