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The Book of Primal Signs: The High Magic of Symbols


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An in-depth study of the sacred meanings behind ancient and enduring symbols andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Explains the multiple forms and uses of symbols from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in folk magic and the Western Mystery tradition andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Examines more than 40 glyphs, such as the cross, fleur de lis, and pentagram, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmenandrsquo;s marks and runes andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Includes more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;From ancient rock and cave art to the contemporary brand logos of politics and business, human beings have always created symbols to denote specific ideas, groups, or important objects as well as to convey deeper information than can be communicated in words. Many glyphs have retained their meanings over millennia whereas some have modern meanings vastly different from the original connotation. In this study of symbols, Nigel Pennick explores glyphs as agents of higher consciousness and ports of access to the collective unconscious, acknowledging the continuity of tradition, both deliberate and not, as well as how interpretations of some symbols, such as the swastika, have changed dramatically. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;With more than 300 unique woodcuts, drawings, calligraphy, and photographs--many never before reproduced--Pennick examines ancient and enduring glyphs in detail, such as the circle, cross, eye, pentagram, fleur de lis, tree of life, and horseshoe, as well as several families of symbols, such as craftsmenandrsquo;s marks, runes, symbolic beasts, human heads and skulls, and the sigils of Mammon. The author explains the multiple forms and uses of each from ancient times to the present day, reflecting their roots in the Western Mystery tradition. He explores the symbols of high magic such as the glyph of John Deeandrsquo;s monad, those of folk magic such as the traditional cock on the weather vane, and the creation of modern glyphs such as the peace sign and the anarchy symbol. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Contrasting the hi-jacked use of power symbols in modern advertising with the vital role of symbols in traditional arts and crafts, Pennick reveals how symbols link the cosmic with the terrestrial and allow us to infuse the mundane with the numinous.

About the Author

Nigel Pennick, trained as a biologist, has traveled and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States on sacred geometry, the spirit of place, spiritual arts and crafts, and labyrinths. He is the author and illustrator of more than 50 books, including andlt;Iandgt;The Pagan Book of Daysandlt;/Iandgt;, as well as numerous pamphlets, scientific papers, and articles. A musician with the Traditional Music of Cambridgeshire Collective, he lives in Cambridge, England.

Table of Contents

andlt;bandgt;Preface: Primal Signs, Traditional Glyphs, and Symbols andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Introduction: A Symbolic Worldandlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Part Iandlt;BRandgt;Traditional Glyphs, Signs, Sigils, and Symbols in Practiceandlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Runes andlt;BRandgt;Runic Logos and Defunct Organizations andlt;BRandgt;The Pitfalls of Symbology andlt;BRandgt;New Names, New Meanings andlt;BRandgt;The Public Use of Glyphs andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Part IIandlt;BRandgt;A Box of Glyphsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;1andlt;/bandgt; The Sun, the Circle, and the Sun Wheel andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;2 andlt;/bandgt;The Akhet and the Twin Towers andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;3andlt;/bandgt; The Eight-Spoked Wheel andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;4andlt;/bandgt; Crosses andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;5 andlt;/bandgt;The Crescent Moon, Star, and Comet andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;6andlt;/bandgt; Solar Light and Lightning andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;7andlt;/bandgt; The Cosmic or Philosophical Egg andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;8andlt;/bandgt; The Omphalos andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;9andlt;/bandgt; The Pineapple andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;10andlt;/bandgt; The Tree of Life andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;11andlt;/bandgt; The Fleur-de-Lys andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;12andlt;/bandgt; The Rose andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;13 andlt;/bandgt;The Heart andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;14andlt;/bandgt; Human and Eldritch Heads andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;15andlt;/bandgt; The Swastika andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;16andlt;/bandgt; The Skirl, Yin and Yang andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;17andlt;/bandgt; The Pothook andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;18 andlt;/bandgt;The Trefot andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;19 andlt;/bandgt;The Horseshoe andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;20andlt;/bandgt; Tools and Craft Symbols andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;21andlt;/bandgt; The andlt;iandgt;Xandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Gyfuandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Daegandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Ing andlt;/iandgt;Glyphs andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;22andlt;/bandgt; The Hexflower andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;23andlt;/bandgt; Woven Patterns andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;24andlt;/bandgt; Plaits and Knots andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;25andlt;/bandgt; Straw Plaits andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;26andlt;/bandgt; The Pentagram andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;27 andlt;/bandgt;The Hexagram andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;28andlt;/bandgt; The Checker andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;29 andlt;/bandgt;House Marks, Craftsmenand#8217;s Marks, and Sigils andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;30 andlt;/bandgt;Miscellaneous Magical Glyphs andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;31andlt;/bandgt; Alternative and New Spiritual Glyphs andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;32andlt;/bandgt; Local Glyphs andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;33 andlt;/bandgt;Symbolic Beasts andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;34 andlt;/bandgt;The Serpent andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;35 andlt;/bandgt;The Phoenix andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;36 andlt;/bandgt;The Cockerel and Weathercocks andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;37andlt;/bandgt; The Eye and the Peacock andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;38andlt;/bandgt; The Sigils of Mammon andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;39andlt;/bandgt; The Deathand#8217;s Head andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Index andlt;/bandgt;

Product Details

Pennick, Nigel
Destiny Books
Magick Studies
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Edition Description:
2nd Edition, New Edition
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340 bandamp;w illustrations
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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