The lamp and the lantern are symbolic representations of life, the light of divinity, immortality, the intellect, guidance, and transitions in life. The striking or extinguishing of a lamp signifies the birth or death of someone. Since the lamp brings light to darkness it corresponds to truth and wisdom.

The pottery or earthenware lamp is a symbol of humanity. The oil in the lamp contains the energy to power the lamp.

When it is lighted, the spirit of the lamp is born in the flame.

Lamps appear in myths and legends and even have a place in divination. The ninth enigma of the Tarot is the hermit, holding his lantern aloft to help guide the fool upon his journey. The promise of the light restores self-confidence and helps maintain good judgment.