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The Secret Language of Symbols (1993)

by David Fontana

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In this highly readable and vividly illustrated book, best-selling author David Fontana traces the origins of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, art, history, literature, and even dreams. From chakras and the I Ching to the tarot and the zodiac, from mythical beasts to magical numbers, these are the symbols that shape consciousness. Visual artists, students, and soul searchers of every stripe will want to deepen their knowledge of these intriguing icons. Now in a compact and handy size, its more practical than ever for both reference and inspiration.… (more)

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Pocket sized, nicely illustrated in colour but otherwise, symbology for the lazy or superficial. Too small to be of any great value. ( )
  MarionII | Apr 24, 2010 |
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"Truth did not come into this world naked, but it came in types and images. One will not receive the truth in any other way... The bridegroom must through the image to discover the truth."
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Symbols tend to accumulate their meanings slowly, over hundreds of years.
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In this highly readable and vividly illustrated book, best-selling author David Fontana traces the origins of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, art, history, literature, and even dreams. From chakras and the I Ching to the tarot and the zodiac, from mythical beasts to magical numbers, these are the symbols that shape consciousness. Visual artists, students, and soul searchers of every stripe will want to deepen their knowledge of these intriguing icons. Now in a compact and handy size, its more practical than ever for both reference and inspiration.

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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.
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