Signs, Symbols & Omens: An Illustrated Guide to Magical & Spiritual Symbolism by Raymond BucklandAs human beings, we live in a world of symbols. From traffic signs to the very letters that comprise these words, symbols are woven into every aspect of daily life. Since prehistoric times humans have used symbolic representation to communicate with each other and with the divine.
In Signs, Symbols & Omens, leading occult authority Ray Buckland describes the form and meaning of over 800 symbols from ancient and modern religions, magical traditions, and indigenous cultures around the world:
Alchemy Ancient Egypt Astrology Australian Aborigines Aztec and Mayan Buddhist Celtic Ceremonial Magic Chinese Christian Freemasonry Gnostic Greek and Roman Hindu Islamic Judaic Magical Alphabets Native American Norse Rosicrucian Runic Shinto Sikh Travelers Voudoun Witchcraft Omens Understand the symbols used throughout human history and gain a deeper appreciation for the depth of the human experience and the vast uncharted realm of the collective unconscious.
"The Lost Symbol" - Magic Squares and the Masonic Cipher
Magical Pagan and Wiccan Symbols
In modern Paganism, many traditions use symbols as part of ritual, or in magic. Some symbols are used to represent elements, others to represent ideas. These are a few of the more commonly used symbols in Wicca and other forms of Paganism today. Air is one of the four classical elements and is often invoked in Wiccan ritual. Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. Air is associated with the colors yellow and white. Interestingly, in some cultures, a triangle sitting on its base like this is considered masculine and is connected to the element of Fire rather than Air.
This symbol represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon. This sign is associated with feminine energy, mystery, and psychic abilities. It is associated with nature, wilderness, sexuality, hunting, and the life cycle. This symbol appears frequently in horror movies because it protects against evil. Sunrise is the best time to cast spells for purification, business success, study, employment, breaking addictions of all kinds, travel, releasing guilt and jealousy, healing diseases, and the conscious mind. Sunset is the best time to cast spells for weight-loss, banishing misery and pain, and transforming negative habits.
When we know how to listen, the Universe has a message just for us. It could be a repeating number, a chance encounter, or seeing the same piece of graffiti everywhere you go. The first step to hearing the message, is to believe that this is true …. Sit with them. Let them resonate. Use them to course correct, or to be assured in your direction.
Symbols are integral parts of our everyday lives. Sigils and their meanings, through the many formats, shapes, sizes, and appearances are used in a variety of ways to assist us in navigating through not only our days, but also through times of joy and sadness. What follows is a list of some of the most popular symbols, signs, sigils or siglia that are frequently encountered. Alchemy combined a wide variety of geometric shapes to represent the various natural and esoteric "elements" needed for its science, spells, medicine and magic. A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, and insight into occult mysteries. Masonic symbol for the all-seeing eye of god.