I have been a member here for quite a while and have noticed on thing time and time again, and that is what some see as a significance in certain
symbols, such as the
All Seeing Eye
Of course the dollar bill.
This is from a thread I wrote a while back about the release of suggestions for the original White House structure.
The Winged Disc
This is mostly associated with Egyptian Symbology, but is found on churches all over the world within different denominations.
There are literally thousands of different symbols, and though they have been used for thousands of years, seem to be repeated in many forms, within
the same types of circumstances, which mostly include the powerful, wealthy, and some even dangerous.
If we ask people on an individual bases what the above mean to them, you may get different answers, but no one seems to be concerned with what the
original message of it is. There are those in the know that are aware of what many of these symbols mean, and how they can make them pretty or even
stand out, but will not always get people to ask about its overall message.
I put this thread in the "secret Societies" Forum, because I think that only those that fully understand the importance of symbols are the ones that
are using them to their advantage, and by claims of the ignorant that this is purely coincidental is an obscene mistake.
In The Secret Doctrine, H.P.B. gives some indication of the importance of symbols in raising our consciousness, as they convey something more
than the obvious meaning.
A symbol is ever, to him who has eyes for it, some dimmer or clearer revelation of the God-like. Through all there glimmers something of a divine
idea; nay, the highest ensign that men ever met and embraced under the Cross itself, had no meaning, save an accidental extrinsic one. (Carlyle,
quoted in The Secret Doctrine, I, 303)
I think that this quote says it all. If you dont like Blavatsky, here writings or even her personal beliefs that in no way should take away from this
quote. There was a time when symbols were taken very seriously, and if we had a time machine and brought someone to this time (2012) from lets say 200
years ago, they would go mad, when they see the overuse of important symbolism that refers to the esoteric, as well as the darker of the magik, that
we tend to think that we are NOT a part of.
Here is a bit more from the book the secret doctrine.
Next, we find that, as hinted above, symbols have more than one meaning. In fact, each symbol has seven interpretations. "Every symbol,"
H.P.B. declared, "must yield three fundamental truths and four implied ones, otherwise the symbol is false."
Every religious and philosophical symbol had seven meanings attached to it, each pertaining to its legitimate plane of thought, i.e., either
purely metaphysical or astronomical; psychic or physiological, etc., etc. These seven meanings and their applications are hard enough to learn when
taken by themselves; but the interpretation and the right comprehension of them become tenfold more puzzling, when, instead of being correlated, or
made to flow consecutively out of and to follow each other, each, or any one of these meanings is accepted as the one and sole explanation of the
whole symbolical idea. (S.D., II, 538)
Why, then, have students of Theosophy to bother with this difficult subject? To begin with, the language of symbols is a complete language, and
we cannot understand any great Scripture unless we learn it. In the Scriptures of the world is to be found, for him who can read them with the eye of
understanding, the history of nations and races, of worlds and of the Coscomos itself, in their sevenfold natures.
There are no ancient symbols, without a deep and philosophical meaning attached to them; their importance and significance increasing with their
antiquity. (S.D., I, 379)
Since the symbolic formula attempts to characterize that which is above scientific reasoning, and as often far beyond our intellects, it must
needs go beyond that intellect in some shape or other, or else it will fade out from human remembrance. (S.D., I, 473)
The religious and esoteric history of every nation was embedded in symbols; it was never expressed in so many words. All the thoughts and
emotions, all the learning and knowledge, revealed and acquired, of the early races, found their pictorial expression in allegory and parable. (S.D.,
So we see that a study of symbology is important. Trying to extract the hidden meaning from the seemingly fantastic or nonsensical gives our minds
exercise. Such exercise develops our intuition. We get a further clue to its importance in the article by Mr. Judge on "Theosophical Symbols":
In symbology the symbol is only right when it fitly represents all the ideas meant to be conveyed, and in all its parts is consistent with the
whole, as well as being in conformity to tradition and he rules of the ancients. It should also when understood be of such a character that when it is
looked at or thought of, with the image of it in the mind, all the ideas and doctrines it represents recur to the thinker. (The Heart Doctrine, pp.
Every symbol—in every national religion—may be read esoterically, and the proof furnished for its being correctly read by transliterating it into
its corresponding numerals and geometrical forms—by the extraordinary agreement of all—however much the glyphs and symbols may vary among
themselves. For in the origin those symbols were all identical. (S.D., I, 443)
If you would like to look over the book The Secret Doctrine here it is.
To understand that we live in interesting times, and that by far we must be one of the least informed group of humans (not by chance, but on purpose),
and that the only way to truly see beyond the illusion, is to learn what we are supposed to be learning, asking the questions that are the most
important, and making sure that we awaken ourselves at least for the sake of future generations.