Avia Venefica contends the universe and all its contents is a sacred energy that uses organic symbolism as a platform for expression. She actively pursues deeper meaning in life events (individually and collectively) and employs an archetypal, gestalt use of symbolic interpretation to gain insight into these life events.
This pursuit has lead her to study literature (i.e.: Jung, Campbell) and philosophies of varying cultures (i.e.: Native American, Celtic) with a goal to understand symbolic meanings using naturalistic (pre-industrial) perspectives.
"The Divine is always communicating with us.
Its language is symbolic."
Avia proposes, that by learning various cultural and archetypal meanings of symbols, we can utilize those meanings for guidance in solving real-life problems. Avia's writings and presentations come from her passion for sharing the potential of symbolism as a catalyst for self-development and collective awareness.
Avia has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and has been an understudy in several tribal and spiritual organizations. She is also the author of several published articles concerning esoteric wisdom, and makes herself available for public speaking/presentations on symbolic topics.
Hi Everybody! Thanks for visiting Whats-Your-Sign.com. A bit about me on a personal level...
As a kid, if I didn't have my nose stuck in a book, I was outside - poking sticks at stuff, peeking under slimy rocks, gleeful at discovering some dark treasure (the creepier and crawlier the better).
Today, I'm still exploring, but instead of rocks, I'm flipping over every-day-ness to find symbolic inspiration hiding beneath common reality.
My writings here and on my blog are a result of all that poking around.
I handle all the website development, optimization, design, and coding (it appeals to my need for order). But, obviously, I'm not too neurotic about details. Please forgive all my typo's until I get around to re-editing them. I really detest editing. It feels so retroactive. Consequently, it takes me awhile to go back and fix stuff. My bad.
As time permits, I work on editing/improving Whats-Your-Sign.com and all my other sites. I trust those of you who've been visiting since the early years will enjoy the improvements.
I totally dig symbolism because it's everywhere. In all things, a symbolic meaning can be found. In essence, symbolism is a universal language with which we are all familiar. Our ancestors believed the use of symbols could empower us, enlighten us, and aid us in our journey through life. This concept is as true today as when it occurred to our ancestors.
Over the years, this website has gained tremendous attention. In 2013 this website received over 10 million visits, I'm pleased see such an interest in the subject of symbolism. I would have never guessed writing about a subject I've always been passionate about would gain so much attention!
I get a ton of emails, and although I can't respond to everybody, I do read every email. I am sincerely grateful to those of you who have taken the time to email me your stories of how this website, and seeing the world symbolically has helped you on your paths. I'm also grateful for all the suggestions I receive from the readers of this site.
Most overwhelmingly, WYS receives requests for more information on Native American and Celtic symbolism with number symbolism running a close third in the popular line-up. And of course, Animal Totems and Animal Meanings is a constant favorite for visitors and fans of WYS alike.
I do listen to requests. In fact, I launched a whole new section on zodiac signs after readers expressed an interest to see it on my site.
I'm updating and adding new content regularly - you can keep track of site additions via the RSS feed. Or, you can follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook - I consistently post my material on these networks.
If you like what you see here, and wish to make a donation, you may do so here.
In the meantime, I'll keep working to provide you quality (non-hokey) symbolic information in a simple, attractive format.
I hope this body of work gives you good vibes as it does for me in creating it.
Thanks for visiting!
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!