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Signs & Symbols

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A fascinating guide containing over 1600 visual symbols, including photographs, fine art paintings, and line illustrations with in-depth commentary, definitions and explanations.

With this guide, we can identify and analyze our visual vocabulary and interpret the unconscious codes and secret languages of our most ancient emotions.

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256 pages
Published 2006 by Hermes House (first published 2005)
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Jan 21, 2015 Travelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I strongly admire the effort, I really do. But the fact that I learned so much from these concise chapters about every world religion and symbol system says more about me than it does, possibly, about the book. I really thought I'd hit the jackpot when the book offered a single explanation for the symbolism of the triple spirals at Newgrange. Those spirals are everywhere in Europe and they always have a different explanation. The exhibit at Newgrange suggested that their interpretation is very m ...more
Jul 07, 2008 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely worth every bit of the five dollars I spent for it (yay Borders' sales!).

The book gives a brief but fascinating overview of some of the more common symbols found across cultures, pertaining to all aspects of our world.

Contents include generalized ancient symbols, symbols of myth and spirituality, symbolism in society, symbolism found in flora/fauna, and symbolic patterns and graphics.

I thought the directory of signs at the back of the book was a nice finishing touch and a quick and
Nov 22, 2013 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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c2006: The blurb markets this to the 'scholar, dream-reader, magician, scientist, psychologist, historian or astrologist' - so that's quite a range. I should, of course, have looked more closely at the blurb before getting this book. It does have quite a lot of illustrations but perhaps in its efforts to cover so much, the content is not exactly detailed and you would probably be better off looking the symbols up on Wikipedia. If its a serious work you are looking for - this isn't it but I can s ...more
Mnemosyne Mars
Pretty good reference. It's so strange...I have several of these symbol encyclopedias and they always leave a few things out. They're never 100% comprehensive. Frustrating. This one at least has an index and a special icon section with brief descriptions for quick reference.
Jan 17, 2011 Keshia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great primer for signs and symbols used in many eastern and western cultures. By no means exhaustive, this collection of symbols and signs is a good resource for anyone studying the deeper aspects of society, religion, and their ancient origins.
Nov 09, 2009 Regina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Although it was a great general overview of many different cultural and religious symbols and archetypes, I was leery that no sources or references were ever cited for the information given.
Stephen Mitskavich
It is a great resource which I continue to use for insight and inspiration.
Nick Adam
Jan 06, 2010 Nick Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visual Communications throughout the ages and land!
Mike Salmans
Jun 05, 2013 Mike Salmans rated it it was amazing
When I grow up I wanna be Robert Langdon
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Jun 15, 2014 Lordy Rozard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good for tatto inspirations :p
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