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Symbols & Meanings
Symbolism exists to adorn and enrich, not to create an artificial sense of profundity. – Stephen King
From numbers to geometric forms, colors and every aspect of nature – there are esoteric connections that ping at our awareness until we pay attention and start seeing the connections and lessons.
The seeker watches for those messages in hopes of making their life (or at least one day) better for themselves, others or a whole community.
Scroll down and click on the symbols and meanings you want to learn about. Also, click to learn more about how Symbols & Meanings can help you!
How Understanding Symbols & Meanings Can Help You
Developing the ability to recognize the deeper meaning of symbols that show up in your life can assist you in any number of areas;
- Psychic Development
- Spirit Mediumship Development
- Ritual Work
- Spell Crafting
- Feng Shui
- Creating Affirmations
- Communicating with others
- Crystal Healing
- Reiki Healing
- Dream Interpretation & Analysis
- Making The Law of Attraction work for you
Really the potential applications are as endless as your divine imagination and inventiveness – limitless!
Symbols and Meanings: Using Ancient Wisdom In Today’s World
Now, in a modern, technology-driven world one might think that symbolism is humdrum or outdated.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
Just look at internet emoticons, tattoos and modern advertising techniques. All three verify that meaningful imagery is not only imprinted on the collective unconscious, but also grows and changes with society.
What an apple represented in early Christianity (temptation) and what most people think of today (a type of computer) are two very different values. OK whoever read that last sentence and just said, “what if I’m tempted to buy an Apple” … you just combined two symbols into one very bad pun.
Symbols essentially express a concept without the need for words.
In this, the architecture of symbols reaches out to people who may not understand each other’s language or customs, but somehow emblems (at least a few) translate across the divide.
Try an experiment.
Go to a mall or some other populated area. Show nearly anyone a heart and ask them what it means.
You’re going to get a lot of very similar answers. So, symbols can act like a proverbial handshake or letter of introduction.
While it is true that the meaning of symbols transforms depending on the era and culture, many great minds including Freud felt some emblems were universal.
Additionally some representations become universal because of exposure. The peace sign is a very good example (hey, give peace a chance!).
In the human scheme of things, symbolic motifs reflect not just a person or place, but the world’s evolution.
Early humans had no written words, and grunts, whistles and thumping gestures only went so far. How was a guy supposed to get a date anyway?
Then some clever early human got the notion of creating simple images that told a story to anyone who found it. Maybe his romantic aspirations would finally change!
An animal track carved into a rock, for example, told other hunter-gatherers that the area had good game. This was a very pragmatic use of iconography, but let’s take this one step further.
For the researcher a symbol goes beyond mental reasoning.
Early people used icons as a way to express their stories, their emotions and what they’d learned of their environment.
It is sometimes difficult to interpret ancient symbols because we are so far removed from that primitive setting (well at least most of us have).
Nonetheless, they represent one means to further understand the human condition provided we take a leap of faith into intuitive reasoning.
Intuition and Interpreting Symbolic Meanings
Symbols are a way of unlocking not only the greater mysteries, but also the inner mystery of self – the nagging questions of why we are here…of what we need to learn in this incarnation and where to get the best coffee.
The intuitive is very important to our exploration. Building Beautiful Souls keys heavily into spiritual elements of symbolism, and to do that you have to be ready to go with your gut.
Every religion and philosophy has specific emblems. Teachers use those symbols as clues to the deeper meaning of every experience.
Be it Native American, Celtic, Far Eastern, Astrological or Oceanic the world of symbols is fascinating and it resonates with all of time and space. So join us in our merry chase to gather all manner of symbolic meanings from far and wide.
All things have a beginning, and there will be plenty more to come!