The heart is the locus of physical and spiritual being and signify the "inner
understanding of feeling as opposed to the head-wisdom of reason" It is
compassion and understanding, life-giving, and complex. Often known as the seat
of emotions, the heart is synonymous with affection. While the silphium theory is
compelling, the true origins of the heart shape may be more straightforward. Since
the human heart has long been associated with emotion and pleasure, the shape
was eventually co-opted as a symbol of romance and medieval courtly love.
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