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Old 04-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #149
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A symbol is something that represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. The purpose of a symbol is to communicate meaning... For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love and compassion...When a symbol becomes identified with the deeper reality to which it refers, it becomes idolatrous as the "symbol is taken for reality." Here, the symbol itself is substituted for the deeper meaning it intends to convey. The unique nature of the symbol is that it gives access to deeper layers of reality which are otherwise inaccessible...In archaeology, a glyph is a carved or inscribed symbol... It may be a pictogram or ideogram, or part of a writing system such as a syllable, or a logogram...Keep in mind that many of these symbols have double or multiple meanings... For example, the pentagram has been used to transmit occult power in all kinds of rituals for centuries...

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) is the most influential writer of Renaissance esoterica. His de occulta philosophia appeared in three books. Written from 1509 to 1510 (he would have been 23 at the time), it circulated widely in manuscript form, and was eventually printed in 1533. It is a "systematic exposition of ... Ficinian spiritual magic and Trithemian demonic magic (and) ... treatised in practical magic" (I. P. Couliano in Hidden Truths 1987, p. 114).
The English word Spirit (from Latin spiritus "breath") has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's "spirit" and "soul" often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person...

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