About Avia and Whats-Your-Sign.com
Avia 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 motivated 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.
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 books and magazine articles concerning esoteric wisdom. She also makes herself available for public speaking/presentations and has spoken internationally about totemism, alternative thinking and symbolic topics.
Avia’s Personal Message To You
And Why She Started Whats-Your-Sign.com
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 on this website 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 typos until I get around to re-editing them. I really detest editing. It feels so retroactive. Consequently, it takes me a while to go back and fix stuff. My bad.
As time permits, I work on editing/improving Whats-Your-Sign.com and my other sites. I trust those of you who’ve been visiting since the early years will enjoy the improvements.
When I’m not working, I’m loving on my three dogs (that’s Gus in the picture) and playing outside.
I totally dig signs and symbolism because it’s everywhere. In all things, deeper meanings can be found and interpreted.
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.
More About Avia and This Website
Over the years, this website has gained tremendous attention. In 2013 this website received over 10 million visits, I’m pleased to see such an interest in the subject of symbolism. There’s no way I would have guessed writing about a subject I’ve always been passionate about would gain so much attention!
Tons of emails come through this site, and that is super-cool. 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 send 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.
Requests on Whats-Your-Sign
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 Whats-Your-Sign.com 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.
In the meantime, I’ll keep working to provide you with 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!
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