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derived from symbolism in literature and the ancient world

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Occult Symbolism (...and how it works)
is
derived from symbolism in literature and the ancient world,
and how it
is used in reading, healing and the creative arts.

   

An understanding of how symbolism works is necessary in order
to use it properly in writing, interpreting for a reading, imaging
for healing, creating artwork for designing a Tarot deck or an
online project and for interpreting a card reading for oneself.
I have used this knowledge to create websites, advertising, art
in all media, photography, poetry, and a free online interactive  
Tarot program using active server pages.

   
1. AS ABOVE SO BELOW
                   Man Woman Snake Tree

    What appeared to be true in the heavens was assumed possible if not probable on earth. Events are foretold and can be predicted by the stars and planets. After all, they move on their own and have a schedule - they must be alive. They have always been around and seldom fall - they must be immortal. They must know things human beings cannot know. Their wisdom must be greater than all the elders. Such was the world view until three centuries ago.

To look up and see earthly life reflected back at us was the impetus for all the imagination, art, and spiritual joy to come. This way of thinking was the world order since the beginning of human society. The fact that it could be manipulated into a humbling, crowd controlling fear and self doubt that held small groups together, did not fare as well in larger communities. Urban plight has always been urban plight, a cauldron of ever growing fears, doubts, myths and new symbols. Rumor and innuendo have been the creator of fearful belief systems, that is until a savior comes along and he becomes the new symbol of hope and prosperity. In primitive settings that would have been translated or interpreted to mean a new hope for survival.

What does a savior have that no one else has? They are usually heroes of wars and or sports, champions of causes and overcoming, beings who do things in the name of those who struggle. They are dead in some cases, their deeds chiseled in stone, their statues cast in bronze. Temples rise up to them and are eternally honored in flame, smoke and offerings. Often the flame and smoke take over and saviors as history points are often martyred, murdered, or die sacrificially. The ensuing movements however can change the world order and the way the planet thinks.

A. E. White, author, expert on the Tarot and inventor of the universal Waite deck, believed that the new world-wide symbol of money was so powerful that it could cause rejuvenation and healthful change, could in fact, save souls. Money is not new but its importance and our reliance on it IS new. We literally trade and exchange symbols instead of gold and silver. We trade their values electronically everyday. If this is not the stuff of god-like myth and symbol then how else do you keep faith in its continuing productivity? Growth and trust are extraordinary beliefs.

Economists will tell you a different story of how it works the same way I am going to tell you how symbolism works. There are some mechanics, moving parts, and what symbolists like to  describe as operating principles that grow and act upon the mind of society as well as the individual. Symbols are seen as authority and truth, virtue and simplification of something very complex. While seeming out-there, they are after all, human symbols. They work for humans, not dogs and cats, although one could re-adapt any symbol. Hopefully this essay is about the kind of symbolism you can sink your teeth into and at the same time see yourself eating. Symbolism is an everyday, round the clock experience that mirrors every aspect of life.

After seeing the film Idiology, the premise that man will de-evolve, I am thinking that if technology puts all of our icons and symbols onto cyber buttons and mental hyper links, that language and literature could disappear along with cultural institutions of higher brain functionality. Traditional cultural interest could stagnate and become background texture.
We have already turned much of the cultural effort to strive, express and communicate into an
environmental soup so non-descript that hardly anyone would be able to talk about it unless
it suddenly disappeared or became illegal, judged to be detrimental and decadent. We have
all read that futuristic novel and see the relevance to more closed and controlling societies.   

On the other hand cyber tech could totally envelope us as we envelope it. Prosthetic parts and super downloads to the brain could turn language into high speed wireless access, a Wi-Fi linked society prone to becoming a Wi-Fi controlled society. We could become two worlds, one organic, the other AI. (artificial intelligence) The organics could revolt or move underground.

Symbols of the past and those of the future could be similar yet have an altogether freshened look, a revived and rejuvenated usefulness. Symbols have always undergone this process whether for the ideal or the savior, king or demon, cultural icons or nations. It's usually about origin, being from or out of something, cosmically connected and made from instant nothing. Science will point to *S. A. P. It ran up the tree and made us its fruit. (*sub-atomic particles)

Our knowledge of the cosmos has obviously branched out since ancient times with our present concept becoming a much larger and more complex entity than the mirror-like heavens we gazed at for advice. We will need much more vibrant, resonating symbols to convey the new relevance of the universe, ones that simplify but do not lose sight of what we once thought was infinite and may, as some scientists agree, still be. Allot will depend on what we learn of black holes, dark matter, dark energy and dark flow. We are still staring at dark bowls of emptiness and debating the question, "What is nothingness, is that something?"

AS ABOVE  may change into AS OUT THERE, so are we.


2. AS IN SO OUT

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