The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols Their Meanings

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This credible, highly readable, and vividly illustrated encyclopedic volume traces the origins and evolution of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, history, art, and psychology since the dawn of time. From the I Ching and the Chakras to the Tarot and the Zodiac; from mythical beasts and magical numbers to heraldic shields and geometric shapes, author and psychologist David Fontana identifies symbols from around the world and draws upon his experience with dream workshops and ...
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1994 Paperback New Features an extensive visual dictionary of more than 300 full-color illustrations. Explores the web between culture, history & psychology that lies behind ... every symbol. Very interesting read. Read more Show Less

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This credible, highly readable, and vividly illustrated encyclopedic volume traces the origins and evolution of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, history, art, and psychology since the dawn of time. From the I Ching and the Chakras to the Tarot and the Zodiac; from mythical beasts and magical numbers to heraldic shields and geometric shapes, author and psychologist David Fontana identifies symbols from around the world and draws upon his experience with dream workshops and meditation to help readers deepen their understanding and appreciation of these intriguing icons. Relevant, compelling, and visually appealing, The Secret Language of Symbols is a unique and practical reference tool, as well as an inspiring guide to the images that give meaning to our everyday lives.

From the I Ching and the Chakras to the Tarot and the Zodiac, this credible, highly readable, and vividly illustrated encyclopedic volume traces the origins and evolution of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, history, art, and psychology since the dawn of time. 450 full-color illustrations.

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Since Jung's Man and His Symbols , several visual glossaries, from Eva Hangen's Symbols , Our Universal Language , to full-text studies by Joseph Campbell, have appeared. Drawing not only from nature, or objects, but sounds, odors, metaphors, gestures, myths, hybrid creatures, mazes, mystical gardens, mandalas, and celestial bodies Fontana (Univ. of Wales) offers the most comprehensive array yet. In this work, enhanced by over 300 color illustrations, he aims to stimulate interest and access to the symbolic world. The work is more than a simple reference tool; opening chapters reflect a Jungian slant that archetypes from the collective unconscious project the power of symbols found in art, meditation, and dreaming. Final chapters describe occult symbolic systems such as Kabbalah, alchemy, tarot, tantra, astrology, and I Ching. Highly recommended.-- Dara Eklund, Los Angeles P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811804622
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Fontana David Fontana holds a Ph.D.in psychology and is a fellow of the British Psychological Society. The author of The Secret Language of Symbols (Chronicle Books, Spring 1994) and many successful books on educational psychology, psychotherapy, and meditation, he lives in Cardiff, Wales.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The Jungian View 11
The Archetypes 13
Cultural Perspectives 18
The Power of Symbols 20
Symbols in Prehistory 22
Gods and Myths 26
Ritual, Magic and Prayer 30
Male and Female 32
Opposition and Unity 34
Cross-currents 36
The Uses of Symbols 38
Symbols in Art 40
The Search for Inner Wisdom 44
Dream Symbols 46
The World of Symbols: A Visual Directory 50
Shapes and Colours 52
Sacred Geometry 54
Mandalas and Yantras 60
Mazes and Labyrinths 62
Numbers and Sounds 64
Colours 66
Objects 68
Royalty, Office and Consecration 70
War and Peace 72
Musical Instruments 74
Knots, Cords and Rings 75
Buildings and Monuments 76
Animals 78
Dragons and Serpents 80
Heraldic Beasts 83
Dogs and Wolves 84
Cats 85
Birds and Flight 86
Fishes and Shells 88
Monkeys and Elephants 90
Sheep and Goats 91
Bulls, Stags and Bears 92
Swine 93
Lesser Creatures 94
Hybrid Creatures 95
The Natural World 98
Trees 100
Flowers and Plants 104
Food and Drink 106
The Elements 108
Air 109
Fire 110
Water 112
Earth 114
Rainbows 115
Thunder and Lightning 116
Day and Night 117
Jewels and Precious Metals 118
Sun, Moon and Starts 120
Human and Spiritual Symbols 122
Sex and Fertility 124
Body, Youth and Age 126
Good and Evil 129
Haloes, Masks and Shadows 130
Gods and Goddesses 132
Witches, Priests and Wizards 136
Heaven and Hell 137
Symbol Systems 140
Occult Systems 144
Alchemy 146
The Kabbalah 152
Astrology 156
The Tarot 168
Tantra 180
Chakras 182
I Ching 184
Glossary / Further Reading 186
Picture References / Acknowledgments 188
Index 190
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