The Primal Force in Symbol: Understanding the Language of Higher Consciousness

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-14
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An exhaustive study of symbology--the science of symbols--and how symbols act on multiple levels of our experience- Examines the role of symbol in a wide array of Eastern and Western sources- Reveals how symbols form a language akin to music that allows one to grasp the universal orderIf a person does not learn the grammar of a language, the best dictionary in the world cannot help him truly understand that language, much less speak it. This book explores the grammar as well as the principles and structures of symbology, the science of symbols. In distinction to symbolism, which explores the use of symbols, symbology examines the primal force that creates symbols that are able to act on multiple levels of our experience. Symbols not only link separate parts into a coherent whole but also link those who understand them in a sacred alliance. Rene Alleau investigates diverse aspects of symbols in Eastern and Western philosophies as well as in African, Native American, and Australian cultures, both in ancient and modern times. Myth, he reveals, has been mistakenly identified by modern culture as fiction, when its true strength lies in the logic of analogy. The author then shows that nothing is closer to the language of symbols than music and that to enter the world of symbols is the attempt to grasp harmonic vibrations and learn the music of the universe. Just as there is a musical ear, there is also one sensitive to the primal force transmitted by symbol.

Author Biography

René Alleau is a philosopher and historian who has written extensively on alchemy, the occult sciences, and secret societies. The author of History of Occult Sciences and Aspects de l’alchimie traditionelle, he lives in France.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 1
Questions of the Symbol
Origin and Semantics of the Word Symbolp. 16
Sign and Symbolp. 33
The Experiential Origins of the Analogical Processp. 56
The Logic of Analogyp. 72
The Syntheme
The Synthematic Function of Symbolismp. 90
The Allegorical Function of Symbolismp. 104
Apologue, Fable, and Parablep. 120
Device and Emblemp. 134
Allegory and Iconologyp. 146
The Type
The Typological Function of Symbolismp. 162
The Divination and Symbolic Interpretation of the Cosmosp. 174
Myth and Ritep. 190
The Bourgeois Philosophy of the Symbolp. 208
Appendices: Contemporary Research in the Realm of the Interdisciplinary Study of Symbolism
A Letter from Ms. Claire Lejeune Concerning the History of the Journal Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolismep. 222
General Symbology and the Exploration of the Imaginaryp. 228
"The Universe of the Symbol" by Gilbert Durandp. 243
Notesp. 258
Bibliographyp. 274
Indexp. 292
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