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    Esoteric Symbology

    Thought I'd add a bit of a broader view of Esoteric Symbology

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    Eastern Symbols

    Eastern religion, philosophy and mysticism have a variety of important and profound symbols, many of which are revered by those on other spiritual paths as well. Here we illustrate and discuss important symbols from the wisdom teachings of the East, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Zen.


    OM is the highest name of God, the most venerable Hindu symbol of spiritual knowledge. Many traditions use the symbol for meditation, and its corresponding syllable as a powerful mantra.


    Yin-Yang is a dynamic symbol representing the flow and interaction of the two polar energies whose totality encompasses creation. The spots in the symbol show that each energy at the height of its manifestation contains the seed of the other, into which it will transform.
    The six points of the hexagram and the six syllables of the holiest mantra of Tibetan Buddhism ("OM Mani Padme Hum") together create a very powerful symbol of balance, liberation and enlightenment.


    Enso is Japanese for 'circle', and such a circle, painted in a single brushstroke, is a Zen symbol of the true nature of existence and enlightenment.
    The beauty and antiquity of Chinese Symbols make them attractive for meditative, decorative or talismanic use today. This section contains a number of important Chinese characters and includes the symbols for each of the Chinese astrological signs.



    Esoteric Symbols


    Esoteric study necessarily involves consideration of symbols, whether these are symbolic texts, sounds or visual glyphs. From the Indian tattvas to the trigrams of the Chinese I Ching, from the Jewish Kabbalah to the medieval Tarot cards, from the astrological glyphs to the complex emblems of Ceremonial Magic, every area of spiritual knowledge has its own symbology. Symbols and concepts like the Cross, the Trinity and even the fish are vital to an appreciation and comprehension of Christianity, and a holistic grasp of symbols is even more important for esoteric understanding.
    In our Library of Esoteric Symbols, a variety of important symbols are introduced for meditation and synthesis, and as a springboard to further exploration.


    Stars are often encountered as esoteric symbols, and the meaning of any particular star symbol depends upon the number points it has, and sometimes the orientation of these points as well. In our Star Symbols section, we illustrate and discuss the meanings of stars from the pentagram (five-pointed star) to the nonagram (nine-pointed star).
    Eastern religion, philosophy and mysticism have a variety of important and profound symbols, many of which are revered by those on other spiritual paths as well. In our Eastern Symbols section, we illustrate and discuss important symbols from the wisdom teachings of the East, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Zen.


    The main symbols of Judaism are covered in our Judaic Symbols section. These ancient symbols have important links with the Kabbalah, and they have also been applied outside the context of Jewish religion by mystics throughout the ages.
    A range of mystical symbols from Western traditions are illustrated and discussed in our More Symbols section, including the Rosicrucian Rose Cross, the Egyptian Eye of Horus, the mathematical lemniscate, the ancient spiral and the Christian ichthys.

    The Tree of Life is the symbol at the heart of the Kabbalah. It encapsulates creation and existence, and in the Western Kabbalah forms a whole host of associations with other symbolic systems, such as astrology and the Tarot.
    There are important symbolic systems to be found in other areas of Byzant too. Byzant Astrology contains glyphs for all the astrological signs, planets and important aspects. Byzant Tarot deals with the arcane symbolism contained in the Tarot. Finally, the Hebrew alphabet is a significant symbolic system in itself, vital to any study of the Western Mysteries.



    Judaic Symbols

    The main symbols of Judaism are both ancient and abstract - the commandment forbidding the creation of 'graven images' for fear of idolatry prevented the production of representations of God or human beings. Jewish symbols have been employed not only by Jews themselves but also by mystics throughout the ages, and their deep levels of meaning and antiquity lend them their continuing importance.


    The Star of David, or magen David ('Shield of David'), is a strong symbol of Jewish identity, and as a hexagram it represents the interaction of the Divine with the mortal. It has strong links with the Kabbalah, and is sometimes known as the Seal of Solomon or the Creator's Star.
    The menorah is a seven-branched candlestick, and it is one of the oldest symbols of Judaism. Its traditional form is given in Exodus 25:31-37, and its seven candle holders and three central joints represent the ten sefirot of the Tree of Life. The hanukiyah or Chanukah menorah has nine rather than the traditional seven branches. It is used during the eight-day festival of Chanukah, holding one candle for each day and a ninth, the shamash, to light the others.


    The Tetragrammaton is the holy "four-lettered name" of God, most properly transliterated as YHVH. The name is considered so sacred that it is never spoken aloud by devout Jews. The Tree of Life is the symbol at the heart of the Kabbalah. It encapsulates creation and existence, and in the Western Kabbalah forms a whole host of associations with other symbolic systems, such as astrology and the Tarot.

    More Esoteric Symbols

    Star Symbols and Eastern Symbols have their own sections in our Library of Esoteric Symbols. A range of mystical symbols from Western traditions are illustrated and discussed here.



    The Rose Cross is a very important symbol in the Western Mystery Tradition, originating with the Rosicrucians. It is a holistic symbol incorporating elements of the Kabbalah, alchemy, astrology and esoteric Christianity, among others. The Eye of Horus is a powerful symbol of protection, health and wisdom from ancient Egypt. It has its origins in the legendary battle between the gods Horus and Set, over Set's murder of Horus' father, the god Osiris.


    The symbol of an 'eight on its side' is sometimes known as the lemniscate and is a symbol for infinity, eternity, the numinous and the higher spiritual powers. The Spiral is a common natural form and an ancient mystical symbol. It represents the forces and patterns underlying creation, as well as evolution and self-transformation.


    The ichthys (Greek for fish) is a symbol most commonly associated with Christianity, and it is a rebus hiding a statement of Christian faith. It also has associations with the Hindu deity Vishnu and is linked to the Age of Pisces, the era of Christianity.

    Star Symbols

    As a light shining in the darkness, the star is often considered a symbol of truth, the spirit and of hope. Aleister Crowley's famous maxim - "every man and every woman is a star" - links the symbol of the star with the concept of the divine spark within each of us. Their nocturnal nature leads stars to represent the struggle against the forces of darkness and the unknown, as suggested by Carl Jung's use of the Mithraic saying - "I am a star which goes with thee and shines out of the depths". While the multiplicity of stars can have associations of disintegration, their fixed nature brings connotations of order and destiny, and it is on this framework that astrology is founded. The Star is the seventeenth trump in the Major Arcana of the Tarot and is a card of hope and, esoterically, the uniting of spirit with matter though the mediation of the soul.
    When an individual star is employed as an esoteric symbol, its meaning depends upon the number and sometimes the orientation of its points. Discussions of the meanings of a variety of star symbols are available through the links below.



    The pentagram is a powerful symbol of protection and balance, shown here in its elemental form with the fifth element of Spirit taking its proper place above the four manifest elements. This pentagram incorporates the oriental yin-yang symbol to emphasize its harmonizing nature. There is a separate discussion of the pentagram as Pentagrammaton. The hexagram or Star of David is a potent symbol of the interaction of the Divine with the mortal, of God with Humankind. The hexagram shown here illustrates its links with the six syllable mantra of Avalokiteshvara, a discussion of which can be found in the Hexagram and OM

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    The septagram or seven-pointed star is a symbol of integration and the mystical due to its links with the number seven. It is associated with the seven planets of classical astrology and to other seven-fold systems, such as the Hindu chakras. The octagram or eight-pointed star is a symbol of fullness and regeneration, and is linked to eight-fold systems such as trigrams of the I Ching, the pagan wheel of the year and the Ogdoad of ancient Egypt.


    The nonagram or nine-pointed star is a symbol of achievement and of stability, though this is a stability that is subject to change. It can also be related to nine-fold systems, such as the nine Taoist kanji (psychic centers) which are similar to the Hindu chakras.


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    This is pretty amazing and mind blowing. Trying to wrap my hed around it all. Anyone out there ghaave a guide out there for Dummies101?

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