Over 412 colour photographs. Over 1209 illustrations.
Identification, analysis and interpretation of the visual codes and the subconscious language that shapes and describes our thoughts and emotions.
Symbols can seemingly be as simple as a cross, square or circle, or they can transparently be more conceptual signposts to or representations of complex abstracts such as the soul, resurrection, love or desire: all the elusive, illusory, shifting meanings and layers of over 1500 symbols and signs are covered in detail here, tracing their definitions and interpretations through centuries of time and a hundred changing cultures.
Lavish illustration shows how signs and symbols have been interpreted and represented through thousands of years of art, mythology and religion: from the Babylonians to the Egyptians; Leonardo da Vinci to Michaelangelo; from the Knights Templar to the Rosicrucians; from Freud, Jung, Adler and Aleister Crowley to the code-breakers of World War II.
With a broad perspective the text brings together psychological, mythological, religious, literary, artistic and astrological insights to explain how these signs or concepts can summarize or explain many aspects of our common and diverse human experience.
In a fascinating collection of over 1600 signs and symbols, this book is structured thematically, so that related symbols are complemented and contrasted, giving a unique guide to their cross cultural element. There are also in-depth feature spreads and hundreds of visual images on some of the most important symbols of all: including the wheel, the cross, the male and female genitalia, the gateway and the tree of life.
Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks, fine art paintings and modern photography, this book contains a vast visual source of images as well as an erudite and informative text that should please any scholar, seeker, dream-reader, alchemist, magician, psychological historian, astrologer or pyschotherapist.
- Over 1600 visual symbols in colour and black and white, including photographs, artwork, diagrams and drawings, plus authoritative text, commentary, annotations and definitions.
- A fascinating, illustrated guide to and explanation of more than 1500 symbols from around the world, from alpha to omega and beyond.
Mark O'Connell is a process orientated psychologist working in private practice, working especially with children. He has also taught and trained therapists for the last ten years, and has devised and lectured on an HNC course on Sustainable Environments: the Ecology of People and the Land. Mark is experienced in many different forms of rituals and dream/mythical work, and has travelled extensively during his studies of cultural mythologies and symbolism. He has direct experience of the social symbolism of the Maori, Aboriginal, Native American, Ghanaian, and Amazonian Indian peoples.
Raje Airey is a consultant editor and writer with a broad knowledge of many esoteric traditions who has contributed to several books on a range of subjects, including magic, tarot and dream therapy, and she also teaches tarot for beginners and runs dream workshops. She has studied meditation in India, and she is well versed in a broad range of traditional healing methods, and has run a natural therapy centre. She is also a practising counsellor and an associate member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.