Dionysus had a divine mission to eliminate the cares and worries that people have through the use of wine and music. The symbols associated with Dionysus are the grapevine, the toxic ivy plant and the fig. He is associated with centaurs, sileni and satyrs and when you think of the Dionysian type atmosphere, you think of the ivy, bull and serpent. He is pictured riding in a chariot pulled by panthers. The pine cone that tipped his thyrsus linked him to Cybele.