By J. E. Cirlot
People, it's stated, are symbolizing animals. At each degree of civilization, humans have depended on symbolic expression, and advances in technology and know-how have in simple terms elevated our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is taken into account a technological know-how, and this informative quantity bargains an fundamental software within the learn of symbology. it may be used as a reference or just browsed for excitement. lots of its entries — these on structure, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for instance — could be learn as autonomous essays. The energy of symbology hasn't ever been larger: an important a part of the traditional arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the research of the subconscious, either without delay within the box of desires, visions, and psychoanalysis, and not directly in paintings and poetry. a large viewers awaits the help of this dictionary in elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in either the humanities and the historical past of rules.
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Sam was still in the driver’s seat but didn’t notice her bowlegged trucker walk as she approached. He was looking down at the plastic Ziploc bag on his lap, the treasured Book of Fairies inside. All she’d seen so far was the cover: worn and green, the title handwritten in now-smudged calligraphy. Tonight, Sam and Evie were going to open it up, read through it carefully page by page. What Sam held on his lap might well be the biggest clue as to what happened to Lisa. The book, like Lisa, had been missing for fifteen years, and now here it was, balanced on Sam’s lap as he sat in the driver’s seat of their crappy old Mercury Sable.