The secret language of symbols : a visual key to symbols and their meanings

by David Fontana

Book, 1994



Call number

BF458 .F56



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In this highly readable and vividly illustrated book, best-selling author David Fontana traces the origins of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, art, history, literature, and even dreams. From chakras and the I Ching to the tarot and the zodiac, from mythical beasts to magical numbers, these are the symbols that shape consciousness. Visual artists, students, and soul searchers of every stripe will want to deepen their knowledge of these intriguing icons. Now in a compact and handy size, its more practical than ever for both reference and inspiration.

User reviews

LibraryThing member MarionII
Pocket sized, nicely illustrated in colour but otherwise, symbology for the lazy or superficial. Too small to be of any great value.
LibraryThing member Cecilturtle
This is a beautiful album with coloured illustrations and their explanations in cultures from around the world. The author doesn't pretend to cover all symbols or all their interpretations, but this book serves as a great introduction to the most common types of symbols from simple ones (colours,
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animals) to complex systems (Tarot, Chakras). As well, while there is a definite effort to have a global perspective, the author mostly concentrates on Europe, India and China.
I usually give away all my books, I will be keeping this one as it makes a lovely reference.
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