posted on May, 19 2009 @ 10:15 AM
What you're asking is sort of a non-question, or a very obvious yes. By it's very definition, symbolism is used to create associations implicative
of various goals.
Everything, and let me emphasize, EVERYTHING in our lives are symbols of sorts which hold meaning. Some more encompassing than others, some more
No matter what 'they' told you, yes, you CAN tell a book by its cover. The clothes you wear, the car you drive, the things and people you choose to
bring into your lives, these are all symbols too.
When ritual magicians attempt their, well, rituals, they rely on creating an appropriate environment in order to focus their will. Sight, sound,
smell. Clothes. Colors. Objects. Inscense. Words. Music.
When I used to play in a rock band back in the 1980s, it was no different. Preparing for the stage was very similar to the above. In both instances,
you don the mantle of someone else, another part of yourself.
Is work any different? You hear "dress for success", and "Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have" - and it's true.
All that said, 'secret' societies also rely heavily on symbolism to create a strong sense of identity, each symbol representing a part of that
We buy the fancy sports car or the big powerful SUV, in part (and besides the fact that we need to drive something) because it tells the world
something about us, it is a symbol that we use to represent who we feel we are. (Anyone that says that they don't is either the exception or lying
and you can prove it with one question - would you drive any old car as long as it worked well? Wear any clothing as long as they didn't have holes?
Do any profession as long as you could earn enough to take care of yourself? Everyone cares about the symbols that represent them, some just more than
Even the label 'secret societies' is a symbol, and will either appeal or not pending on the desire to claim that symbol in your life. Such
organizations represent (as symbols if not in truth) the mysteries of life, of mankind, of society and history. The trappings, the overt symbols, the
stars, the crosses, the all seeing eye, the leaves, the flowers, the...whatever, these hold meanings too; to the layman, merely representing the
symbols contained by 'secret societies', to the student, the layers of those mysteries.
I have a theory about truth. I think that the greatest truths are the things that are not defined, but rather those things that lie between the lines,
the things that are unsaid and defined only by the gap from one fact to the other. I won't go into it here, but I think language is just a subset of
communications, of which singing, dancing and gesture help create the whole. It is in the abstract that all great truths can be found. Poetry often
touches on this. Quantum mechanics.
Symbols are part of this great truth. You merely have to look to what is unsaid and undefined to find it.