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By J. E. Cirlot

People, it's stated, are symbolizing animals. At each level of civilization, humans have trusted symbolic expression, and advances in technological know-how and know-how have simply elevated our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is taken into account a technological know-how, and this informative quantity deals an vital software within the research of symbology. it may be used as a reference or just browsed for excitement. lots of its entries — these on structure, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for instance — might be learn as self sufficient essays. The energy of symbology hasn't ever been higher: an important a part of the traditional arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the learn of the subconscious, either at once within the box of desires, visions, and psychoanalysis, and in a roundabout way in paintings and poetry. a large viewers awaits the help of this dictionary in elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in either the humanities and the heritage of rules.

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Book One, Part One, Chapter Twelve Of light, the vehicle of images Light indeed, according to the opinion of those who contemplate it very deeply, is some sort of substance; in fact it is the prime substance, as Moses explained, of those things which are in nature, when he called it the first-born, since by distinguishing the species of the creations (which are not taken from the realm of the accidental but from that of the essential), he understood that it was not only substance but also the prime substance, from whose being all other species of substance are conceived.

In the same way among the infinite and countless species we recognize one space cast before the power of our senses as the sky, which most people perceive because of the change of diurnal motion [night and day], and the species of stars as finite. 4 We descend to places that are special and in common, wherein the operation of the external sense as handmaiden of internal sense aids their cooperation, for this reason, so that we will not be disturbed either by their absence or their multiplication, as if we were limping along on shorter legs or else with more added on than is right.

II. Now you will sign a dissimilar thing by a word Sounding like a sensible thing, for "vine" [vitis] recalls to mind "life" [vita] "horse" [equus] "equal" [æquum]. III. Different words are also one, at least because of their first part. They teach us to bind them together as one whole, So when Priest [Presbyter] is signed Giver [Dans], Prayer [Praedans]3 signifies [him]; Ass [Asinus] likewise will consign Gadfly [Asilus]. Donkey [Aser]4 is present in Asia's head, to which it may be likened, Since they share the same tail.

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