Symbols are an important part of understanding our stories; Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung believed symbols are connections to myths, the psyche, and shared human unconscious. The Hero’s Journey is a shared pattern found in all mythologies, religious traditions, tales and sagas. Symbols bridge the material world and this unseen realm we all exist within, what Jung called the collective unconscious. As the journey to learn who we truly are through integrating the dark and light sides of our psyche, the Hero’s Journey requires internalization of these shared archetypes, patterns, images, symbols, contained and seen in all traditions and myths.

As I came to begin understanding my story and seeing the common threads and patterns contained within, symbols started to take on a new meaning in both my personal life and in how I viewed the world at large. Monsters, heroes, kings and queens, villains and spirits, treasures and elixirs of immortality, angels and demons, God; all represent more than meets the eye in each story. Carl Jung thought that explicating these symbols through endless analogies–for each symbol has countless meanings–creates a personal connection for each of us.

This page contains links to the articles I hope to post about my interpretation of symbols in my life. Although symbols take on an ultimately personal meaning for each of since because of their subjective nature, I hope talking about my symbolic interpretations will help others begin to figure out what symbols mean to them, in their life. Symbols are the realest form of magic we may know, since symbols unlock parts of ourselves and help us find unfulfilled potential.

 

Seeing: Eyes of Power

    "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" --...

The Matrix

  The Matrix The Matrix is one of the most interesting and also disturbing ideas that comes frequently to my mind. I dream about the Matrix often. When I dream about the Matrix, I can't help but see it as some grand conspiracy for control of human...

The Breath

  This article is a slightly modified version of one I posted to Taileaters.com The Sacred Nose In some cultures the nose is viewed as sacred and intricately connected to the soul and spirituality. Daoists referred to the nostrils as the gateways to...

The Power of Prayer

    The Power of Prayer Prayer is something I have ignored for most of my life, because I not only doubted its ability to do anything but more than anything did not understand what it represented. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnyQVeFWyqM     A...

Dis, Disconnection

    Dis, the Disconnected Human Experience In Dante's Inferno, the one and same author/protagonist adventures from being lost in a forest, guided by Virgil, into the world of Hell. In a literal sense, this story is just a fantasy novel about someone...

Vampires and Undead

Monsters of the Ego Monsters are important. They appear in art to represent us, humans, the dark sides of ourselves we don't acknowledge, the ugly part in the mirror we neither wish to nor are able to see. This is the same as the Shadow and the Ego, the...

The Shadow

The Shadow The Shadow is a concept that explains something embedded deep within my own psyche and mind. Carl Jung first described the Shadow through his works with numerous patients, but even more through his work on himself in early life. Jung found that...

The Cross

Symbols from the Sauna: The Cross In one of many conversations at the YMCA sauna or steam room, one Donald told me what the Cross means to him. Donald helped explain that there are two distinct symbols of the Cross. As one of the central images of...

 

Symbols

 

Christianity:

The Cross: A symbolic guide to the Cross as a lesson for taking responsibility for our own suffering.

The Power of Prayer: A personal guide to the importance of prayer in daily living.

Monsters:

The Matrix: The Matrix is humanity’s Shadow, projected out through a silicon lifeform, artificial intelligence, that we are creating.

Vampires and Undead: A guide to undead, which can become monstrous versions of our psyche if we don’t face the Shadow.

Psychology:

The Shadow: A guide to the importance of facing one’s own Shadow in order to integrate the male Spirit.

Dis, Disconnection: How disconnection of Matter and Spirit results in a childhood split, human suffering.

 

Senses:

The Breath: The symbolism of the nose, breathing through the nostrils, and other breathing techniques.

The Eyes: The symbolism and importance of directed attention and eye contact with other humans.

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