|Title plate of pastepaint on mat board covers|
|Life's Weave mug|
This Book of Symbols is a small catalog of symbols created to decorate my pottery and illustrate my prints. There are no words in this little book... but the translations of the symbols are printed on a small card that accompanies the book... and further along in this blog post. :-) ...that symbol means I'm smiling....
|Looking inside Book of Symbols...|
|Pages of symbols on a backdrop of paste paint... color and pattern|
|A harlequin pattern in green and black and a red bridge against a turquoise mesh|
|The Red Bridge teapot|
|Orange Lanterns in Taipei|
This is what the symbols in Book of Symbols mean:
Page 1: a blue circle- means an individual
Page 2: a tiny red dot - means the heart or soul of an individual
Page 3: a green loose weave - means the weave of life
Page 4: a white vertical stripe - means transformation
Page 5: a white vertical stripe with thin close-knit black horizontal lines - means communication
Page 6: a white vertical stripe with tiny black dots on the edging - means mending or adhering
Page 7: a wood-grained wavy border stripe - means nature or earth connection
Page 8: a red and yellow wavy border stripe - means human connection
Page 9: a window - means vision
Page 10: a harlequin pattern - means tricky
Page 11: a red bridge - means overcoming obstacles
Page 12: a pagoda - means a unified world, or the masses, common folk
Page 13: an orange lantern - means connection between history and the future
Most of the time the symbolism in our life goes unnoticed. The contrasts, life journeys and transformations are masked by the mundane, the necessities, the cosmic roar of the information age... We don't see the marks of the ancient cave painters nor understand the murmurs of the poets on the street.. but if we look in our own heart and mind the symbols are all there waiting to be transcribed to our consciousness.
|Doorways of a French ruin in a field in France|
Humanity has used symbols as communication for tens of thousands of years. Strangely, regardless of the culture or time period, many of the symbols and their meanings are similar. The symbols below... and the ideas they convey... are still relevant issues today.
The Tibetan symbol for creation is a seed of the universe rotating clockwise in the spiral of potential energy.
The sign for aum, the Hindu greeting of peace.
Wishing you a universe created in peace.