What Does Seeing a Rainbow Mean Spiritually?

Rainbows are thought to be a natural occurrence. To shine through, these vibrant displays require particular circumstances. The symbolic significance of seeing a rainbow has been the subject of numerous different theories.

The specific beliefs vary depending on the time, culture, and individual viewpoints of the viewer. There is no denying that seeing a rainbow instils a sense of calm and contentment.

The first person to interpret the rainbow as having spiritual significance was Emanuel Swedenborg. He understood the significance of the light required to produce the rainbow on a larger scale, almost in a spiritual sense.

He believed that the light that came from the rainbow was comparable to the light that someone emits when they carry out a kind deed. So Swedenborg disseminated the idea that seeing a rainbow meant one was endowed with wisdom and truth.

many different symbolic meanings

The majority of people believe that luck will follow when they see a rainbow. Other instances of symbolic meanings that individuals believe represent the sight of a rainbow in their own lives are provided here:















The Pot of Gold Legend

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is among the most well-known legends about them. There are two primary accounts of how this mythology got its start. According to the first account, the legend was initially told by the early Celts.

The cauldron, which was viewed as a very feminine emblem, is represented by the pot. According to legend, gold stands for powerful fecundity. According to a folktale, whomever discovers the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow will be granted several offspring.

There is more folklore in the second. According to the story, there was a leprechaun with a pot of gold. He begged fairies to bury the treasure chest for him in a place where it would never be discovered. That is the tale that appears to have persisted throughout the ages. The leprechaun’s pot of gold has yet to be located as of this writing.

Beliefs in Christ

According to the Christian faith, the rainbow represents a covenant that God made with Noah. God appeared to Noah following the massive flood that wiped away the earth. “This is the sign of the covenant I create between Me and you and all living things who are with you, for all eternal generations,” Jesus declared.

The rainbow I create in the cloud will serve as a symbol of the covenant between Me and the earth, and the waters won’t again turn into a flood that annihilates all living things. This is one of three instances in the Bible where the importance of the rainbow is mentioned.


Some people find solace when a rainbow shows up when they are at a funeral. They interpret this as a sign that the deceased has been raised from the dead. Additionally, they think that the rainbow represents God’s love. The rainbow’s sight acts as evidence that their loved one has crossed over and entered heaven.

Personal Awakening

Rainbows are seen to represent spiritual enlightenment by those who have found themselves on a spiritual path. They hold the view that the light that enters the rainbow awakens the soul to the spiritual world. These people see this as a sign that new information, truths, opportunities, and promises are waiting for them.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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