- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Harper Element; 1St Edition edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007264453
- ISBN-13: 978-0007264452
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols: The Ultimate A-Z Guide from Alchemy to the Zodiac Hardcover – 2008
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I think the organization of the book could be better. I'd like to see a strict division between two-dimensional and three-dimensional symbols, since there is already a division between the visual, the auditory, and the conceptual.
The author presumes that all cultures believe in a triple goddess, not to mention *the* goddess; a world tree; and a world axis that inexplicable points up instead of toward Polaris (or the south celestial pole).
Several things listed as symbols are not: aaskouandy, almadel, altar, amulet, aphrodisiac (though it may be a placebo), apotrope, ark, bull roarer, cha cha, dreamcatcher, evil eye, fetish, five pillars of wisdom (just a metaphor), Gungnir, hand of glory, holy grail, horseshoe, kabbalah (though the inclusion of its symbols is warranted), kapala, manikin, Mesopotamian tree of life, Mjolnir, Navajo sand painting, omamori, onniant, palad khik, philosopher's stone, phurba, quintessence, shofar, spear of destiny, talisman, Torah, urim and thummim, world axis (a thing being represented, rather than vice versa). Some of these may be depicted in artwork to represent their own functions, but that doesn't make the physical objects symbols. A book about supposedly magical devices would not be a bad idea, but mixing them into a book of symbols clutters it up. There is some overlap with things such as tarot cards, functioning as both symbols and magical items.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book from Seattle goodwill for $6.83. Its titled element encyclopedia of secret signs and symbols. It is hard cover and a very good deal. Read morePublished 6 days ago by MRS.CRUZ
I got the hardcover and it's bigger than an average book and has a good amount of weight to it. Regular pen and SD card use for comparison.Published 23 days ago by Michelle Sanchez
I use this book a lot for when I'm drawing and/or studying. It's one of my favorite books on my selfPublished 11 months ago by Jarem A. Vilez
good book on the diagramatic representations which have come down to us from history. much defining and background on most of those. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jack W.
This book is full of awesome fun facts and fascinating history of signs and symbols, including everyday indicators such as color. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Myra
Detailed, I was pleased to get this in such a great condition.Published 18 months ago by Aaron Didorosi