The language of symbolism is best expressed through dreams. Every night, we get a constantly changing script of images which play across our inner eye. Arising from the depths of the psyche, how we feel about these dramas is what we feel most strongly. Whether we are frightened or infatuated, how the dream grips us emotionally is what is most evident.
Next to dreams, astrology and the tarot are two contemporary disciplines which use a constantly changing set of symbols to help interpret the divine will. In the tarot, there is a major arcana of 22 cards, representing the more powerful archetypes, and a set of 52 minor arcana cards, from which our modern playing deck is derived. Astrology, of course, has the ten planets and twelve signs of the zodiac, not to mention the more recently employed asteroids and Chiron, plus a whole host of Arabic parts and many other celestial tools of the trade. Anyone versed in either of these two interpretive tools is familiar with using a shape shifting set of images with which to interpret life.
Some of these images from the inner psyche have ascended to the level of stellar archetype, and were woven into fable to be left for posterity to read. The disadvantage of a symbolic form of notation is that it is less specific. The advantage is that it can convey much more information.Some of these myths are obvious, such as the story of Narcissus, the youth who falls in love with his own reflection. Others simply seem part of a historical record, reflecting the migrations of peoples or some other adventure. These include the Trojan War and journey of Aeneas to Italy, or Odysseus' to Ithaca. These hybrid myths seem to contain a mix of history and legend, incorporating elements which are both real and fanciful. And then of course, there's the flood, a story found in nearly all Mediterranean cultures, as well as in the Mayan tradition.
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