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Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them

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"The soul never thinks without an image," claimed Aristotle. Indeed, as Angeles Arrien displays in this reissued edition of Signs of Life, shapes have significant psychological and mythological meanings embedded in our minds. Understanding the messages they convey and our attraction to them opens up a door to the secret workings of our inner selves and to a fuller ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 24th 1998 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1994)
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Kathryn Hall
Oct 06, 2012 Kathryn Hall rated it it was amazing
Anything Angeles Arrien writes is a gift.
Robin
I bought this book at my friend’s leaving-town-to-become-a-lady-truck-driver yard sale. The gold symbols on the turquoise cover and the beautiful imagery inside made the book worth owning. I didn’t realize at first that Signs of Life is a vehicle for readers to determine where they are on their life paths, and to integrate their strengths and weaknesses to achieve calmness and clarity. The process uses five shapes: circle, square, triangle, cross, and spiral. The odd thing is that this symbol te ...more
Oliver Ho
May 23, 2016 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it
Interesting, if a little short--about the "five universal shapes" that she says she's identified (from an anthropological perspective) as existing in the art of cultures around the world: circle, square, triangle, cross, and spiral.

"I wanted to know what meanings, if any, human beings attribute to these shapes and whether the meanings are similar in various cultures," she writes. "I wondered whether there are collective human experiences that are consistently recognized and deepened when these
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Nov 11, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
Distilled,thoughtful account of the universal shapes across cultures and what importance they code for us in their positions relative to each other at any one time on the life journey. It stands to reason that we are influenced by shapes that convey archetypal images, given we are daily impressed by images. Though the test of shapes is simple, the interpretation of what they really mean is not. Variety of cultures represented in the images that amply illustrate the small volume. I did find the ...more
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cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. She lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. Her work is currently used in medical, academic, and corporate environments. She is the President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her books ...more
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