A study of the heart,soul and mind. Creating esoteric connections to the universe. Without symbols our lives would be as spiritually impoverished as sleep without dreams. Our waking life is full of symbolism operating on an unconscious level. A symbol is a sign which opens up or makes transparent insights and truths that were previously hidden.
A systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, or marks which may have understood meanings.
Art, Sociology and Symbols
To the human mind, symbols are cultural representations of reality. Every culture has its own set of symbols associated with different experiences and perceptions. Thus, as a representation, a symbol's meaning is neither instinctive nor automatic. The culture's members must interpret and over time reinterpret the symbol.
"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Isaiah Berlin