The Skinny on Symbolism
Part of the purpose of Whats-Your-Sign.com is to provide an educational foundation about symbolism. This website is certainly not the only source for symbolic meanings, but I think it's a good place to start. Why? Because what you get on this site is well-researched, authentic information. No woo-woo, hokey, flakey stuff. Well, there may be some woo-woo tossed in the mix, (lol), but for the most part, you're going to find a down-to-earth, practical approach to interpreting signs and symbols on this website.
Seriously, my passion is symbolism (if it isn't obvious), and I take a great deal of pride in the information I provide. Most of the topics I've discussed come from personal experience, or experiences from family, friends or colleagues. If I haven't had a direct encounter with the symbolic phenomenon I'm writing or speaking about, I do intense research on it, and I meditate about the subject matter too.
Having said that, I'm not suggesting this website is the end-all-be-all for your research on symbolic interpretation. Far from it. Interpreting signs and symbols is a personal matter, and needs to be approached in a personal way. I strongly recommend seeking other opinions and sources for your interpretations.
Furthermore, symbolic meanings are subjective. A message of symbolic portent is dependent upon the views and attitudes of the observer. Therefore, meanings and messages are going to be different for each of us. That implies a personal approach to understanding the signs in our lives. And because each of us is unique and diverse, we've got to find unique and different approaches to discovering the meanings behind the signs we encounter in our life experience.
The terms are interchangeable - to split hairs:
Symbol meanings are gleaned according to culture, context, passage of time, and even personal perspective.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining symbols. However, in the final analysis, "beauty (and the symbol meaning) is in the eye of the beholder."
So please, invest the time to do your own personal research into sign and symbol meanings. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. Dive in!
I suppose if the idea of interpreting symbolic meanings isn't your shtick, then you wouldn't want to bother with it. If, however, you get jazzed (like I do) about the concept of a symbolic language being spoken by every living thing, and communicated to us by the Universe...it might be worth a bit of an investment to become "bi-lingual".
As a second language, symbolic-interpretation can be a catalyst to opening new horizons of understanding. Why? Because what would classically be defined as "common" becomes extraordinary when we see things in a symbolic way. When we take the time to discern that vibrant, expressive language of symbolism, there's no limit to the wisdom we may garner. Living a symbolic lifestyle makes simple joys even more grand. For example, a hawk flying across our line of sight is more than just a raptor passing by...it's presence in our vision has meaning...message...portent.
Two answers. There's the easy way, and there's the sticky way. Sticky way? Yeah, the easy way isn't going to stick with you in a deep, profound way. The easy way is to look up your moon sign, or flower sign. Sure, this way offers insight and meaning, but in my experience, it isn't a catalyst...it doesn't shift your perspective.
Of course, there's no shortage of quickies if you want casual meanings. And to be clear, there's nothing wrong with "easy". Any kind of connection to deeper meaning reaps rewards. Whether curious, or in a hurry for a quick answer, there are plenty of signs and symbols that may get you where you need to go. For example:
Some Quickie Signs/Symbols for Easy Interpretation:
When these and other signs catch our fancy, we should pay attention. Upon learning the symbol meanings, we find our symbol preferences reveal much about our psyche and personalities.
The sticky way to symbolic interpretation goes beyond surface understanding, and requires an investment in ourselves and our environment. Top-Notch "sticky" methods to interpreting signs and symbols involve self investigation, rumination, meditation, living life with a keen eye on potential (deeper) meaning (beyond the surface).
Tips for "Sticky" Interpretation:
Not a day passes when I'm asked "Avia, how do I know the correct symbolic meaning for my dream/vision/experience, etc.?" Your symbolic episode is unique to you. A majestic version of yourself conjured this experience. It is NOT external. These are internal manifestations - personal messages from you - but from a broader perspective.
Not knowing if a meaning is appropriate to your experience is akin to not knowing if your heart is beating within your chest. You will know. You will feel the rightness of a concept in the marrow of your bones. It feels like a reunion - you will know because your whole being will resonate with the Truth of it. Trust yourself. No one is so disconnected that they do not know inherent Truth when it comes.
In conclusion, thanks for taking the time to read (a bit long-winded) FAQ page covering the basics on signs and symbols. I hope you've enjoyed reading as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Be sure to check out the links listed at the end of this page for more tips to living a symbolic life.