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[Infographic] Reiki Symbols

There’s a lot of information “out there” regarding the four “original” (or traditional) symbols used in Reiki.

For easy reference and convenience, we created this one page infographic, which shows a summary of the most important information about each symbol.

Click the image below for full size. For the printable PDF version, see the link at the end of the article.

Reiki Symbols

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  • Thresa September 29, 2014, 3:06 pm

    It is a shame that you are dishonoring the tradition by putting these sacred symbols out to the public without proper training and attunements of the recipients.

    • waya September 30, 2014, 1:08 am

      Really Thresa? The symbols hsve been in books and on line for the last 15 years! The inly ones that realky want to keep them secret are the ones wanting to make money from them.

      • Susan September 30, 2014, 3:10 pm

        I agree. How can anyone think it’s okay to keep these symbols secret? The ‘tradition’ of reiki has been to charge
        outrageous fees for workshops and attunements, and in order to keep these symbols only for “those in the know”,
        which then gives one the feeling of superiority, of belonging to an inclusive club. To my mind, reiki is for everyone.

        • Crystal Wolf May 2, 2016, 9:01 pm

          because without the proper training, this can be misused. when we dont value something, its not a good thing. 😉

          • Sarah Taylor January 25, 2018, 9:50 pm


          • Kris G June 12, 2020, 4:02 pm

            The ego would say Reiki symbols without training can be misused. Putting a value on something is also ego. One must find a way to give or serve unconditionally.

    • Jeannine Acevedo October 2, 2014, 2:31 am

      Selfish much?

    • len October 7, 2014, 1:31 am

      It was Takata who instructed that the symbols were sacred not Usui. There are many faults with what Takata, even Foromoto cannot describe the phenom that is Reiki. The symbols are not secret or sacred. They were developed by Hayashi to overcome the problem. The problem with the Usui Shiki Ryoho system (Usui’s own system) always started with a meditation to lift the vibrations up to a level that allowed a persons vibrations within the psychic/ emotional body. Hayaski’s symbols system allowed that to happen without the need of meditation.

    • SuzB October 20, 2014, 10:12 pm

      These symbols can only be used for good, so how can it be bad to post them? Especially on a site dedicated to Reiki. Besides they can only be used by those attuned, and if they are not the symbols you were attuned with they are not as effective (understanding that intention is most important)

    • SuzB October 20, 2014, 10:15 pm

      There is no dishonor in posting these symbols. They can only be used for good, so how can it be bad to show them? Especially on a site dedicated to Reiki. They can only be used by those attuned, and if they are not the symbols you were attuned with they are not as effective (understanding that intention is most important).

    • Louise November 30, 2014, 2:22 am

      Well said! It’s not about making money, it’s about learning a sacred art!

    • Ms. Erin May 6, 2015, 9:41 pm

      I asked for guidance on this subject and was given this vision. An adult hand was holding car keys and handing them to a toddler. The toddler thought they were pretty, but didn’t know how to use them! LOL Try to think in positive terms. There is no way I can think of to hold back technology. My potential students are very smart and look at the symbols before class. I can’t stop them from doing it. But then I show them how to turn the key!

    • Prabha April 4, 2020, 5:58 am

      Info about how to use the symbols , when to use and the significance of them have been clearly explained in the website- much better than many masters do in person . And this is probably because money is not the motive . It is something to be proud of and shame to those who do not recognize a good deed !

  • Samantha September 29, 2014, 3:59 pm

    While I know some don’t agree with it I am grateful that this ‘cheat sheet’ has been provided. I have been looking for something to place in my work area until I memorize all of the motions for symbols, and I don’t like having to hold my book while doing my work. I have only just recently received my attunements to use these, but it will take time to memorize them.

  • Ann Patrykus September 29, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Thank you. The time for secrets is over.

  • Shirley September 29, 2014, 4:52 pm

    I agree with Thresa these are powerful symbols and should be kept sacred until you have decided to do the different levels of reiki

    • waya September 30, 2014, 1:11 am

      Symbols only have the power you give them. To someone that knows nothing about Reiki, they have no power!

      • Gustavo September 30, 2014, 2:32 pm

        Shirley, With the greatest respect, sacred is not the same as secret. Maintain respect for the symbols is the duty of every practitioner of Reiki. I think this is a dedicated place for it.

        We all know that the symbols are ineffective if we have not been receive the atturnements for them.

        Finally I think the Reikirays intention is to help Reiki practitioners around the world and not to violate the tradition of Reiki.

        with love


        • kacey September 30, 2014, 4:38 pm

          Gustavo is absolutely correct. Reiki symbols are SACRED, but should not be kept SECRET. They are here to help us, help others and to use generously with the best intentions. Otherwise what is the point.

        • Niamh October 22, 2014, 11:38 am


          your reply to an issue of much debate shows that you deeply understand and put in to pracitce all that Reiki is, it is by far the most respectful and appropriate response to this issue I have read to date.

          love and light

        • Natalie Mitchell November 5, 2014, 3:53 pm

          Well Said

        • Theresa October 11, 2020, 2:17 am

          Your words ring of deep understanding and compassion, Thank you.

      • Moiras Light November 9, 2019, 8:52 pm

        Perhaps we need to think of the fact that Reiki is omniscient and goes where it is needed. Seems we all need Reiki’s loving and compassionate energy. Reiki touches us all differently. When we say this shouldn’t or should, we are judging the capabilities of the entire structure. Reiki is unconditional love. What is it we are learning then?

  • Paul September 29, 2014, 8:34 pm

    Unless you have been attuned these mean nothing to be honest!

    • Fran Barnes November 12, 2019, 11:09 am

      Well said!

  • leigh anne September 29, 2014, 8:49 pm

    time for secrecy is over. in the enlightened era we are approaching, everyone can “tune” in to the source with intent.

  • waya September 30, 2014, 1:16 am

    Add to all this, mist of the info that has come out about Reiki in the last 5 to 10 years from Japan shows that the symbols were used like training wheels and discarded after a time. They did not become sacred or “secret” till Reiki came to the west

  • Sonia September 30, 2014, 9:58 am

    sincerelly…..I don´t even understand why you are all discussing this….cause the one´s that have to see this information, will see it…attuned or not.

    Blessings to all.
    All barriers are gone now!…Open your heart and listen.

  • Faye September 30, 2014, 10:03 am

    Thank you, I very much appreciate this.

  • Sheri September 30, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Thank you for this. I have achieved the master level attunement and it has come in handy in many areas in my life. I really enjoy and appreciate the information you provide.

  • Gabriella October 1, 2014, 3:07 am

    Thank you. The highest good of all is Reiki.

  • Shakti October 1, 2014, 5:08 pm

    I got distance attunment for first three symbols..m i qualified enough to use the fourth one i.e dye kyo mo

  • Becky October 6, 2014, 6:16 pm

    Thank you ~ Namaste 🙂

  • Shelly October 13, 2014, 4:57 pm

    Thank You, I love this site and the information you provide.
    I have completed the Master Level and love Reiki and what it stands for.
    Especially “Be Kind to all”

  • sue October 15, 2014, 7:54 pm

    The symbols are just to help you focus your intention.

  • james October 23, 2014, 1:25 am

    Most of these have been in books for years. The intunements empower them and you together as one. The master symbols are usually not printed and shown.

  • Lisa October 30, 2014, 10:55 am

    Can I ask, who attuned the original master?

    • Anne Elizabeth Apfel March 19, 2019, 3:34 pm

      A Japanese man went to study with Buddhist monks and opened his healing channels while fasting for 30 days. He returned to Japan where he worked with a doctor to develop his ability into a system. The Reiki Symbols are Kanji, Japanese writing. What makes them work is the energy that is channeled through them. Anyone could connect with the energy through simple thought. A Buddhist type of grounding and clearing meditation would work best to clear yourself of negative being before you attempt to work with others. After a few years of practicing clearing meditations you would clear naturally. It does take some development to be able to hold the energy, and stay neutral while doing a healing. Being Buddhist in nature it simply flows when you think of it. The symbols are only necessary for a short time to attune yourself to understand the energy you are connecting to, but not actually necessary, sacred or needing to be hidden. Perhaps the thought of hiding them came about when practicing healing was considered witch craft. A similar thing happend to Native American traditions when they were made illegal, they became hidden to protect them. In this time, happily we can bring out that energy and use it widely to help bring healing to the planet. I would imagine that trying to keep the symbols hidden would be that same exploitation that doesn’t match the healing energy that would simply flow out of a Buddhist who had become that energy in their own being by practicing it….

  • Diane October 31, 2014, 2:59 pm

    If all 4 symbols are shown and one is not a Master yet it could become confusing as they might try to use it. This symbol has never been shown and should be respected as all other symbols are. I know it does not work without attunement but is still sacred and something that is given when one is allowed to become a Master

  • Gilles Dionne November 3, 2014, 2:32 pm

    You are all right. The time have come. Soon the call to all the masters will be heard. I mean all the healers,whatever his practice may be, will be ask to give a one session on a specific day at a specific hour directed to the human species. That session will be held around the world on a continous movement. It will be called the Healing day of the humanity. No more secrets. The way is now open. The light will make his way thrue the gates. Sorry if this is a bit confusing, this is what i heard.

  • Lisa November 11, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Reiki is love – why then are we fighting about Reiki symbols?

  • rajib bhuyan November 21, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Reiki symbles needs proper visualisation.we should learn to wright ‘A’ before ‘B’. Therefore, first three symbols can be made open for public.

  • carobbio November 30, 2014, 8:50 am

    Pouvez-vous m envoyer la page des symbole en français merci la traduction ne se fait pas sur le pdf merci

    • Preeti March 17, 2015, 3:10 pm

      Bonjour carobbio, avez- vous pu avoir la version traduite? si non, je peux le faire pour vous. Faites moi savoir.

  • bobby December 28, 2014, 4:28 am

    all type of hon sha ze sho nen symbol… work the way?

  • bobby December 28, 2014, 4:30 am

    cause my master draw other type of hon sha ze sho nen
    here i see other type of hon symbol…
    sory for my bad english 🙂

    • Joanna January 28, 2015, 11:32 pm

      I too have a different “Hon sha ze sho nen” I had it memorized. But I’ve also seen this image in many of my Reiki books. Is my method wrong?

      • matt leahy April 26, 2015, 5:52 pm

        No your methods not wrong the symbols vary slightly ,it is intention that is important

  • ADA February 1, 2015, 2:44 am

    thank you for SHARING!…

  • Serenity July 25, 2015, 10:05 pm

    Whereas I agree that most people on here do reiki and are aware of the symbols anyway, I’m sure several non reiki people see these as well. I think it’s a little misleading to those who aren’t attuned. Who read this with the understanding that these symbols will help them only to discover it didn’t work. Which in turn gives reiki a bad name for those who don’t understand. I think it’s safer to keep them as hidden as possible.

  • Christine Oliver October 21, 2015, 6:41 am

    I think the symbol of turning the key is beautiful and so true. There are so many times in life we learn something or we have something explained only to realise Yes I already had this knowledge all along but didn’t have the key to use it to its full potential.
    Christine in love and light.

  • Dawn September 11, 2017, 6:38 pm

    To thank you for this information as I searched looking for a print out to assist me in my reiki training. I appreciate the help and advise and there isn’t anything wrong in help offered. Theres a lot to reiki and using these symbols – One thing for sure is reading all the negative replies on here makes me feel glad any of you aren’t anywhere near me – keep your bad energy to yourself : )

  • Patti February 15, 2019, 6:02 pm

    I believe that one of the reasons that Reiki use is not more widespread within the medical community, is that there are too many “get rich quick” practitioners, who take a 1- to master class in one weekend!!! and then go out and hang their “open for business” sign! This is the same, I feel with the sacred symbols – it is not greed, it is wishing to continue the sacred and traditional side of passing Reiki from master to student, ensuring that proper education and explanation takes place. It is a sign of laziness that someone wants a quick link to something that takes time to master and learn. Also, do we forget about first degree is about healing the self – the practitioner, BEFORE trying to heal someone else! Too many skip this step, and so, when they share energy with others, their success falls short, due to inexperience and lack of understanding fully, the symbols, their use and value.

  • Jashvir Singh Teotia March 15, 2020, 8:13 am

    People write anything without knowing what Reiki is. The symbols are sacred ,ok but without attunement they are of no use. Remember one can not harm with Reiki, hence, misuse of Reiki… Not
    Possible. Then some say Reiko is for every body. Yes go and learn it and then if you are so sincere use it free
    For every body. Last but not least charging money for Reiko treatment is fine. The one who has given months and years to learn this modality is entitled to charge. You can not go to see doctor and say that you treat me for free. Dr Miami too treated some people for free in the beginning, but had to charge something as energy exchange. My personal experience
    Even teaching reiki for free does not work. The free students don’t really understand and work for Reiki. Charging exorbitantly is also no good as it becomes a business but s nominal price to learn it is a must. So that a karmic bondage becomes effective. Happy Reiki.

  • Pamela Mciver August 26, 2020, 9:12 pm

    I’m happy I ordered my stones cause along with them came all this amazing information. For 2 years now I’ve been in this self healing journey and I’m at that place of peace never experienced before. I want to heal, I want to empower I want to help others who too have come to that cross in the road and want more. I believe if God placed it here for us we have the Devine right to learn all aspects of it. I’m not sure where this path will lead me but I’m ready to explore and learn. I’m jus happy I am on a new path in my life and want to share that love, Peace and Happiness with the whole world.
    Blessings and Be well

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