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The place or medium of realization is neither mind nor matter, but that intermediate realm of subtle reality which can only be adequately expressed by the symbol. The symbol is neither abstract nor concrete, neither rational nor irrational, neither real nor unreal.
-Carl Jung

Graphic representations in the form of signs and symbols have been used since cavemen first scratched on damp and dank cave walls millennia ago in order to express latent ideas. Symbols have been used to encode complex ideologies in a complete single entity or a variety of entities, they have also been used to abbreviate multiple items of reference into a sole figure that when viewed imparts a myriad of intellectual and intuitive ideas at once to the viewer. 

     These symbols have been used as distinct signifiers and markers throughout time, they have been used to depict specific cultural icons and used as metaphoric extensions of speech and writing in the advertising world, political arena, as well as for religious and psychological modes of expression and have also been found in the areas of archeology and anthropology, heraldry, mythology and folklore. Sometimes these symbols have ambiguous definitions and interpretations that vary from era to era and culture to culture and have been used in both subtle and forceful manners.  Symbols have both magical and mundane as well as public and private uses. Symbols both conceal and reveal. It is hoped that you may find some benefit from the symbols and associated lore that is shared below.

Symbols used by Alchemists for the Elements say much about their archetypal origins. The colors used here are not the important element to consider, I have simply used alternating bright and subtle shades to draw attention to the specific shape of the symbol. These colors that I have chosen for the elements symbols do not follow the traditional usage of those used by Wiccans as my own personal practice calls for a different set of correspondences to be used.

 

Fire:

The volatile element of Fire with qualities both hot and dry is represented by an upwards pointing triangle as Fire seeks to ascend.

Water:

The element of Water with qualities of coldness and moistness is represented by a downward pointing triangle since Water seeks to descend or condense

Air:

The symbol for Air having the qualities of both hot and moist is the upwards pointing triangle of Fire but a moist component blocks the full ascent of the Fire principle as shown by the line.

Earth:

The symbol for Earth is the downward pointing triangle of Water with Earth being considered cold and dry yet the dry component, as shown by the line, blocks the full descent of of the Water principle.

 

Symbols used for the Planets (and associated metals) have esoteric symbolism encoded into them as shown below.

 

Saturn: (Associated with Lead)

The cipher for Saturn is interpreted as a sickle that points downward with a horizontal line that runs through it that stands for the earthly plane of manifestation.

Jupiter: (Associated with Tin)

The symbol for Jupiter represents the lunar crescent rising above the cross of the four elements and becoming receptive to the light of Spirit.

Mars: (Associated with Iron)

Originally the glyph for Mars was a circle with a cross on top signifying matter over spirit, eventually the small cross became an arrow representing the thrusting, aggressive energies, this symbol has also been used to signify the male gender.

Venus: (Associated with Copper)

The sign for Venus is a circle over the cross of elements representing spirit over matter and it often depicted as a sign for the female gender.

Mercury: (Associated with Mercury)

The sigil for Mercury represents the union with all three levels of reality, the Marriage or Union of the Spirit and the Soul which produces the new body of the Philosopher's Child.

Moon: (Associated with Silver)

The symbol of the moon is a caricature of one of the phases of this Lunar orb which represents receptivity and protection.

Sun: (Associated with Gold)

The Solar archetype of the Sun in symbolic form is an image of wholeness and a point for the focus of life. It implies completeness and integration.

 

These symbols below have been used by herbalists, images Paul Huson

 

pound sugar
equal amounts alcohol
ounce honey
dram mix
scruple boil
pinch take
pint distill
still filter
retort essence
receiver powder
vinegar compose

 

These sigils have been used to signify the seasons and associated celebrations by Crafters in the British Isles as well as the directional Gods that Robert Cochrane gave homage to. 

Some of these images are Nigel Pennick, others were recreated by me.

 

Lucet, Old Tubal
East,  Spring
Carenos
South, Summer
Node
West, Autumn
Tettens
North, Winter

Lay of the Serpent's Field

The Dame takes measure of all she spies, white thread from black soon she'll pries.
She plucks a hair from 'pon her head and makes a Spindle to hold all thread.

She turns the Spindle through the night, and gathers up the black with might.
She casts the Spindle to the skies and watches as an arrow flies.

Into the ground the Spindle strikes, black threads descend like ebon spikes.
They sink into the gloam and bloom and come to make the Cauldron Womb.

Spindle roots, and now is grown, by Blossoms then the Tree is shown.
Threads of White are left to Rise, they climb into the Starry Skies.

Red of hue with Serpent form, this creature first from Cauldron born.
Snaking up from Underground, the Serpent climbs the Tree by round.

The Dame averts the Serpent's harm and speaks a cunning birthing Charm.
From the Cauldron, come what may, now spill Sons made aught from Clay.

The Sons give Serpent wily chase and pelt it in a steady pace.
Tossing rocks and clay and dirt, they bade the Serpent fearful hurt.

They trap it in a middling spot, encased the Serpent nigh grows hot.
From this heat Blossoms are seen, brought forth by Fire ever Green.

Yet now the Sons that come from Clay wither Blossoms at end of Day.
As end to ere this killing blight, the Dame calls forth the Son of Light.

He too is come as Cauldron born, bearing Light between each Horn.
Battles then the days prevail, who shall triumph, who shall fail?

If then the Son of Light has Lost, half year shall we see Snow and Frost.
Descend the Sons of Clay to Gloom, then Green the Land and Green the Bloom.

Now comes the Turning of the Mill, Will to Bid and Bid to Will.
None shall Give and none shall Yield, as Seasons turn the Serpent's Field.


© Dawn

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