Using Pictograms for Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings
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Using pictograms to help with interpreting symbolic meanings: Stumped about a symbolic meaning? It happens. Sometimes, symbolic phenomenon crops up in our awareness, and we might become confounded about its meaning, or how it applies to our lives.

Through my own personal interpretations, I found a neat, simple tool that can help with getting unstuck when interpreting symbolic events. Pictograms.

A pictogram is nothing more than a simple picture that represents a physical object.

Similarly, an ideogram is an image that represents a concept or idea. Either way, both are useful in the practice of puzzling together and interpreting symbolic meanings.

Why? Because pictures convey far more gravitas than words or mental concepts.

Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings
Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings

Often, when we keep seeing something that may be a symbolic message – we tend to hold the concept in our mind. This is an ephemeral place for symbolic concepts to live. But when we sketch out the event on paper, we essentially pour it out from the ether (our mind) and let it spill into the material realm. This allows fluffy concepts to concretize, galvanize and prompts solid conclusions.

Our ancient ancestors knew this. Consider Egyptian hieroglyphs. Or ancient cave drawings. Both examples are simple pictures that relay big ideas and bigger symbolic meanings.  There’s a reason pictograms pre-date the written word. Pictures are an “in-your-face” expression of important concepts and messages.

Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings
Pictograms and or ideograms were often used by ancient cultures to express big symbolic meanings

So how do we use ideograms and pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings? Simple.

Steps to Using Ideograms or Pictograms for Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Here’s how: Draw a picture of your symbolic phenomena on a piece of paper. It can be as ornate or stick-figure’ish as you like. Then put a plus sign (+) after your initial symbol-picture. Next, draw any other surrounding elements that caught your awareness surrounding the symbolic event.

Now, for each picture you’ve drawn, assign one word that sums up a meaning for the symbol. For example, if you’re wondering why those crows are following you everywhere…what is one word that represents crow-energy to you? Write that above your picture of the crow. See this example below…

Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings
Use one word that represents each of your pictures.

When you have a string of pictograms, write an equal sign (=) at the end. Check out the image below for an example of a pictogram equation that can help interpret symbolic meaning…

Ideally, the process of drawing engages the creative centers of the brain which allow for a more fluid process of interpretation.

In this example (below), a client of mine designated one word for each of the elements she kept seeing in her dreams and even in her daily routine. By just simply jotting these items down along with a basic meaning for each, she was able to piece together a symbolic dialogue. It’s like making a sentence out of symbols to obtain overall meaning.

Example of a Pictogram Equation to Assist in Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Using pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings
This is an example of a pictogram equation I used for a client

In the example shown above, my client determined she needed a little more freedom (horse) in order to grow (tree) and feel more light-hearted (sun).

This may seem like an oversimplified method to interpreting our symbolic meanings.

Nevertheless, I’ve found that some of the most basic approaches gain the biggest insight…especially if our symbolic encounters seem vast, obscure or overwhelming.

Give it a try. Just break down your symbolic observations into simple icons. Assign one word to each of your symbols. Then let your awareness meander upon your pictogram. I’m betting your equation will offer you insightful solutions to your symbolic questions.

As always, thank you for reading. I sincerely hope this article on using a string or equations of ideograms and pictograms for interpreting symbolic meanings is helpful for you. If you liked this article, I would be delighted if you shared this on your social networks!

Happy pictogramming and happy interpreting!



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