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No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any form or by . many symbols which we encounter in the arts and in the history of ideas. Man. The aim of this book is to seek a true understanding of the secret signs, sacred symbols, Any book about symbols would be nothing without the illustrations. Signs and. Symbols. Their Design and Meaning. iiKHin Experiment with two fork signs. 61 .. "In the beginning," says the Book of Genesis, "the.


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The Book of Symbols - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. PDF - The Book of Symbols. The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of. David Fontana. First published in the United States in by Chronicle Books The secret language of symbols: a visual key to symbols and their meanings /.

Color Symbolism: Six Excerpts from the Eranos Yearbook. Yellow warbler on a branch. Then green is found in images of death and decay and illness: Chestnut Tree. The Goklen Bough.

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The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas. Green affects the body by lowering the blood pressure and dilating the capillaries. Richard H. T twelfth-century Saint Hildegard of Bingen. In the psyche. The Secondary Colors: Santa Fe.

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James G. In ancient Egypt. Denise P. But beyond physioal-life energy. This holiest of mysteries. This vibrant life energy that infuses plants also flows through us: The link between "green" and plant growth is built into the word itself: Symbol and Magic in Egyptian A.

London and l'o'Y. To the Greeks. A psychological reading Bishop. The highest value is often the green vessel containing the red substance: The Greening of Psychalog. Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen. Green's relationship to life can easily swing over to a connection with life's opposite pole. The deity. The Christian crucifix. Van G h'. Green The miracle of green spreads softly over the winter-brown landscape. As well. When this celestial blue appears in everyday language.

Rlue Sponge-Relief. Yves Klein was a French painter known for his patented color. The original ultramarine blue pigment was produced from a finely ground semiprecious stone. Blue is a latecomer. Blue is linked with eternity.

Given the unearthliness of blue and living as we do below the vast blue heavens. Blue was seldom used in prehistoric art or by nonliterate peoples for lack of the raw materials with which to produce blue pigment Biedermann..

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In the course of physical evolution. It is not quite of earth. Odin-and our goddesses too: Blue Goethe wrote that ". In a majority of the world's languages the same word means both "blue" and "green" Theroux. Blue draws us into a meditative mood. Homer had no word for blue. Clent cultures. By Suzanne Nessim.

New Kingdom. The blues as a musical form arose from the poor. BIlle Lad. SImIlar to the idea of the soul-bird liVing. It is the color of moonlight. Six Excerptsfrom the Eranos Yearbook. Blue light slows the heart rate. It is the color of bruises. It cools and caIrns. The blue note.

B[ue glass. A Dictionary of Alchemical Imagery. Jane Ellen. Jung translated the alchemical fantasy into the idea of a spectrum. At the ultraviolet or "mystical" end is the archetypal image of the instinct. London and JI. Purple Francis Bacon's imaginal pope is a figure both of grandeur and diminishment. Christian symbolism Similarly relates purple to spiritual process and growth.

Hugely admired by the Romans. In medieval times. The sense of extravagance of the Roman purple lives on perhaps in our term "purple prose. Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion. Nature offers us in its fruits and flora lavender. The color was also associated with royalty and divinity in China. In Taoism. Hugh and Sally Yard. German attributed to Albrecht Durer. The color purple is a mixture of the primary colors red and blue.

It signifies martyrdom as a devoted "witnessing" and is used on the altar at penitential seasons of fasting and sober reflection such as Advent and Lent. For instance. At the infrared end is the dynamism of instinct. It is through its mediation that instinct can be realized and assimilated in the service of integrity. Besides the regal hue of spiritual and secular royalty. The Tyrian dye. Francis Bacon. This purple-a very dark color that was most valuedwas described by ancient authors as the color of congealed blood IDB 3: A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols.

Beyond kingly splendor. Probably Biblical purple. Fascination with a rich. Ariadne's Clue. Outside the Western tradition. There is the purple of livid wounds and the washed purples of the dying sun.

The ancient Greek purple. Christian art pictures Jesus in a purple robe at the time of the Passion. Brown The variant browns of iallen leaves mingle. Brown can also represent colorlessness or discoloration-rust. Brown is both rich and humble. Brown is produced by the mixing together of many colors. Service and military uniforms capitalize on brown's capacity to merge the individual with the herd. Yetbrown is also emergence. The vast majority of animals are brown.

Nazi soldiers were known as "brownshirts. It is desiccation and mummification. Brown carries the bustling. From the Heian period of Japan C. The black vestments of the cleric renounce the bright-hued pleasures of the sensual. Nineteenth-century village women in their SundaY black. Blackness as a stage in the alchemists' work. The alchemists described it as a "black blacker than black. The widow's veil or separation and loss. Divine smiths are black with the soot of volcanic forges in psyche's fiery.

Black connotes the "seasoned" individual's achieved social maturity and authority. Putrefactio philosophorum. The nigredo is a state of disorientation.

Why Sarah Palin identifies with the grizzly bear, or what the unconscious knows but doesn’t reveal.

Hecate possess the black womb of uncanny darkness and new moon. Black and white are often in tension With each other. Navaho Relillion: A Study of Symbolism. Germany or Austria. Black is foulness.

In the alchemical opus black signifies the eclipse of familiar patterns of identity and meaning. In parts of Africa. In Ancient Egypt black evoked death but also life. Black is primeval chaos. At the Sermo.

Black Mary. The "black" deities are ambiguous. Black encompasses the terrors and beauties of the underworld and its tenebrous precincts of healing and initiation. Black comes from the north.. The dark ground of Kali. Black is primary to many forms of transformation.

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We are not always sure what to call black-a color. A window on black. Ultimate Painting No. Black Black envelops and swallows. The Navajo see in black the sinister. But the black dirt can be the soil itself.

There is bible black and ebony black. Mourning sinks into black and rests in its muffled sadness. White is the pale horseman of death. The polar "whiteout" erases even shadows. White White evokes pristine. Delicate white blossoms of apple. Suprematist Composition: H7tite on lI The second whitening or albedo was conceived as a state of illumination or the dawning of the unknown personality in consciousness.

A bear merges with the ice. One might need to sacrifice such whiteness and tincture one's matter with substance and Individuality On the other hand. Others believed the opus reached fulfillment only when dawn turned into the ruby brilliance of sunrise. Some deemed the albedo the attainment of the goal. It is not certain, in any case, that apples were known in ancient Israel. Apples are mentioned three times with erotic senses in the Song of Solomon; e.

Throwing an apple or similar tree-fruit was a signal of readiness to be seduced e. The ultimate result is the Trojan War. There are also the golden apples of the Hesperides, guarded by a dragon, whom Heracles slays. These latter, Ovid tells us, were picked by Venus herself Met.

The latter may well be on the right track, for April is the month of Venus Fasti 4. As the month of Venus it is the month of love. The other famous description of April begins T.

See Spring. The elaborate language of heraldry or armorial bearings — the points, tinctures, bends, chevrons, fesses, pales, piles, and lions couchant, rampant, regardant, or salient — enters the literature, too, but it is beyond the scope of this dictionary. Less technical symbolic meanings of armor, or changes of armor, are usually unique to each work. A bloodless army he has assembled by blood and by the word, to give to them the Kingdom of Heaven.

The trumpet of Christ is his Gospel. He has sounded, we have heard. Lattimore, cf. Pliny says it is planted on graves Natural History As the horse could represent the willful or irrational part of the soul, so the ass, in a humbler way, could stand for the merely physical or bodily side of life.

See Horse. Attic bird Autumn see Nightingale Though not as popular as spring, autumn has been a frequent subject of poetry since the classical Roman era, when certain conventions were established. Latin poetry usually dwells on its summery side, associating it with harvest and vintage, wealth and cornucopias. For more examples see under Spring. Some of the most delicate and convincing of modern descriptions of the season hold both facets of autumn in balance, the fullness and satisfaction of the harvest with the coming on of winter and death.

Autumn, of course, is a metaphor for the phase of maturity or middle age in a human life. See Seasons, Spring, Summer, Winter. Azure see Blue B Basilisk 18 The basilisk is a mythical reptile whose stare is lethal. Braund ; later he tells how the Basilisk poison of a dead basilisk traveled up the spear of a soldier and penetrated his hand, which had to be cut off 9. TheSeptuagint GreekOldTestament usedbasiliskosforseveralsnakes intheHebrew,includingthewell-knownmessianicpassageof Isaiah11, wherethewolf shalllivewiththesheep,etc.

Spenser uses both names to make the same point. Shakespeare also uses both. Thomas Browne, in Pseudodoxia Epidemica, has a chapter on the basilisk 3. He also distinguishes it from the cockatrice, which has legs and wings and a comb like a cock! Marlowe evokes its roaring noise in Tamburlaine I 4. Though Aristotle knew they were mammals, most ancients took them as a kind of bird. As caves were evidently entrances into the underworld, bats were thought to be the spirits of the dead.

Plato cites this passage as one that must be expunged so that boys will not learn to be afraid of death Republic a. Hence ghosts, whether or not they are likened to bats in other respects, make batlike cries. From their connection with the underworld, features of bats were attributed to the devil. It became a standard epithet or tag phrase about bats that they were night creatures.

Bay Beast 20 The animal kingdom has been a lavish source of metaphors, similes, and symbols from the earliest literature to the present. People can be reproached for bestial or brutal behavior, and animals held up as examples for people to follow. Jekyll and Mr. These obvious characteristics and others less obvious have made them frequent emblems or analogues in literature. There were legends that bees hovered around the mouth of the infant Sophocles, as if to gather the honey he was born with, or perhaps to feed him the honey he will need as the great playwright; the same tale was told of Pindar, Plato, and others who were thought to have a divine gift.

Olympus, was the birthplace of the Muses. Pindar makes the same pun in likening his song to honey in Olymp. How a hive governed itself was the subject of much ancient speculation. Aristotle writes about bees in De Generatione Animalium 3.

Virgil draws from these sources in Georgics, book 4, which is largely devoted to beekeeping and bee lore. The Greeks knew that the Egyptians used the bee as a hieroglyph for the pharaoh, and several modern states, such as France, have used the bee as a symbol of their king.

In the Georgics Virgil goes on at length about bee patriotism, providence, and division of labor, though he also describes a bee civil war. Bees were often thought of as particularly warlike and their hive as organized like an army.

Three of the four times bees are mentioned in the Old Testament, they are associated with armies of enemies Deut. Others, however, associated bees with love. Theocritus said Eros is like a bee, so small yet able to make so great a wound Idylls The two-sidedness of bees, producers of honey and stings, made them good symbols of love. A swarm of bees was considered an unlucky omen.

When a swarm settles in the sacred laurel of Latium, in the Aeneid 7.

Virgil and others believed that bees generate spontaneously from the carcass of a cow or other animal Georgics 4. Theocritus had already written that thyme belongs to the Muses Epigram 1 , no doubt 23 Beech because poets are like bees.

It has been proverbial since ancient times that bees are busy.

See Spider. The beech was the tree appropriate to pastoral poetry eclogues or bucolics.

The Greek phagos or phegos , though cognate with Latin fagus, refers to the oak, also welcome for its shade; cf. Theocritus, Idylls In his catalogue of trees FQ 1. The liver, which secretes bile, was thought to be the seat of deep emotions, perhaps of life itself, though cholos and its kindred terms nearly always had the narrower sense of bitter wrath.

Gall and honey are often paired as contrasts. See Humor, Melancholy, Yellow. Bird The symbolism of birds is sometimes metonymical in origin, as when larks represent dawn and nightingales night, or swallows and cuckoos stand for the arrival of spring, because the birds belong to these 25 Bird phenomena.

More often it is metaphorical, as when cuckoos stand for cuckoldry, or nightingales and swans symbolize poets, because the birds resemble them. Consequently everything objective conspires to make us think of the bird world as a metaphorical human society. See Savage Mind — Zeus famously descended as a swan to Leda.

Many gods, moreover, had heraldic or familar birds: Zeus the eagle, Athena the owl, Apollo the swan or raven, Aphrodite the dove, and so on. Christians likened the rebirth of the soul to that of the phoenix.

Plato has Socrates rather playfully compare the mind of a man to a cage and the things he knows to birds Theaetetus c ff. Thus they often represent freedom or escape from the gravity-bound lower world. A bird in a cage, or hooded or clipped, might stand for any trapped or exiled person. In Aurora Leigh, E. The color does not occur frequently in the Bible, but when it does with one notable exception it is also negative.

In Homer wine, water, blood, earth, the west, and other things can be black or dark Greek melas without any particular symbolism, and such applications continue through Greek and Latin literature. More symbolically Death is sometimes black in Homer e.Among the English Romantics the wind harp became a favorite image, capable of many extensions.

To the outward-directed personalnv. The widow's veil or separation and loss. Charles A. Barry Holstun.

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