What role has the dragon played in
mythology? What is the symbolism of sacred geometry? The New
Secret Language of Symbols will satisfy today's appetite for
unpacking the layers of meaning that exist below the surface of
many works of art or architecture. A look at the cultural and
psychological explanations of symbolsincluding the Jungian idea of
the collective unconscioussets the stage for the huge heart of the
book: hundreds of symbols, presented theme by theme, with in-depth
interpretations. Collective subjects such as Fruits, Weapons, and
Insects are supplemented by mini-directory listings.
A final section provides an overview
of the most symbol-rich cultures, religions, esoteric groups, or
systems, ranging from ancient Egypt and Hinduism to the Freemasons
and the Tarot. Each topic centers around a multilayered artifact or
image, which is fully analyzed and decoded until its deepest
meanings are revealed.