Fascinated by Symbolism

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I love symbols and metaphors for one thing because they transcend the limitations of the mind leaving space to our imagination, intuition and the limitlessness of the spirit beyond our physical presences. I also like to use positive symbols (according to my individual psyche) for energizing, readjusting and recharging my dreams and goals, both inner and outer ones. No labeling, nor any negative programmings relating to specific words and verbal expressions, and so on, can reach those symbols. They also work like magic, when I for example just energize the symbol and leave it there, let go. Even without thinking I then often notice my day magically beginning to adjust to support the goal/dream/purpose/state…whatever.

During my meditation journeys the universe/guidance speaks to me a lot in symbolic images, too, sometimes portrayed as “video clips” and even cartoon like images. Images are also easier to remember afterwards than verbal messages (which I receive also). They speak in practical ways as well, yet leave space for imagination and personal interpretation. It doesn´t even matter, if I am able to always translate them exactly correctly – and they often have many layers of meaning, also such that can´t even be translated by the mind. Receiving them in itself affirms my, our connectedness with the universe. I don´t always verbalize them to myself, nor analyze them further, but allow them to work beyond the mind as pure energies.

One of the images I just received during my energy meditation journey was Ankh. I received it as a part of a reply to a personal question of mine, and it carried also meanings of a more collective nature of the energies that were present. I myself reached new, personal layers relating to Ankh as a symbol, both those I can translate and those I can´t, just sensing the magic, Multidimensional Magic. Receiving the symbol inspired these two posts referring to the previous one: Ankh Meaning.

Image: Ankh, Djed and Sun

Facsimile of a vignette from the Book of the Dead of Ani. The sun disk of the god Ra is raised into the sky by an ankh-sign (signifying life) and a djed-pillar (signifying stability and the god Osiris) while adored by Isis, Nephthys, and baboons. The motif symbolizes rebirth and the sunrise.

Scanned from The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day by James Wasserman et al.

Current location: British Museum

Source of the image and information: Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Inspiration: Art and Intuition

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I was trying to choose a piece of art of Odilon Redon (1840 – 1916, France) to post and found myself being drawn to several ones. Afterwards the golden light of this Wheel of Fortune image kept resonating in my energy field and when I closed my eyes I also saw golden, smooth flashes of energy staying swirling. So, I chose to pick it. Feel free to pick the ones according to your own resonance here: http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/odilon-redon

A couple of lovely quotes of the artist from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon

“My drawings inspire, and are not to be defined. They place us, as does music, in the ambiguous realm of the undetermined.”

Odilon Redon wanted to “place the visible at the service of the invisible”.

“I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased.”

 

Image source:  wikipaintings.org

Turtles Here, Turtles There, Turtles Everywhere: Power Animals

800px-Total_internal_reflection_of_Chelonia_mydas_Already for quite a while I seem to be bumping into turtles everywhere (not on the live, it´s not possible, but in other ways). Yesterday I was laughing at this again, as I needed to write “I love turtles” on a check box, one of those we need to fill in to be able to use certain web services. The turtles appear to me in articles, photos, in the display names of followers of my blog, media, and so on…

Power animals or animal totems carry both individual and more collective symbolic meanings. Some power animals can be with us during a specific time period whereas others can be there for a life time. When an animal gives repetitive or otherwise strong signs of itself, it is bringing a message to us according to the phenomena of synchronicity for one thing. The roots of the totem animal thinking are in the past traditions and cultures, where animals were respected and living closer to the people and everything in the nature had a meaning, spirit.

We can also use our intuition or ask in meditation what the power animal for a special issue, month, year…is. There are also power animal oracles on the internet. Here is my favorite one: Power Animals Unleashed .

The main meanings of The Turtle to me individually are patience and longevity. All in all the meanings are much like astrological Saturn gifts. The Turtle reminds me of that patience is an easy and natural thing when I´m living in the now. Then it just is. It also reminds me that I am always safe and secure, and that too much “self protection” may lead to blocking the natural flow. There is humor, too, and also more layers, but this it is in short. I´m also sharing a link to a wonderful site I found yesterday for more meanings of The Turtle. This site seems to be having fresh viewpoints in addition to the more traditional ones. The true meanings are always those we know intuitively by ourselves or otherwise resonate with.  Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Turtle / Avia Venefica at whatsyoursign.com

 

Image: Wikimedian Mila Zinkova /wikimedia commons