Explore the deeper meaning of symbolic art in yantras, visual design, nature and religion. Symbolic art depicts patterns of energy that can be correlated with sound and other physical phenomena. Symbolic art draws from the geometric patterns around us and from the flow of energy in unseen dimensions.
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The Cultural Significance of Symbolic Art
Symbolic art is a universal cultural phenomenon. The symbolic significance that man assigns to external objects may reflect more about him than about objective reality. Ultimately all visual objects have some level of symbolic significance. In addition, the meaning of symbolism may depend on the age and gender of the viewer as well as the cultural context.
Symbolic art can be used to remind the viewer of resolutions or goals, inspire feelings and emotions or simply enhance the viewing experience with multiple levels of meaning. Carl Jung writes in Man and His Symbols, “The history of symbolism shows that everything can assume symbolic significance…. In fact, the whole cosmos is a potential symbol.”
In terms of symbolic art, landscape symbolism is the most universal visual language. For example, the sun or a circle is the most basic symbol in existence. The sun is the source of warmth and life. Plato viewed the sun as symbolic of the psyche. Many religions have used the image of the sun as a symbol of spiritual illumination and wholeness. See Nature Art & Landscapes.
Other cultures view the sun as a symbol of the masculine Creator principle or God Himself. Contrary to this, the moon represents the hidden aspects of life such as the unconscious or the dream world. The earth is symbolic of matter and the feminine. Water often represents the Source of life. Similarly, mountains, rocks, trees and flowers all have symbolic meaning. Learn more about Flower Symbolism.
Other images replete with symbolic meaning include geometric forms and colors. More sophisticated levels of symbology are inherent in most traditional religious works and symbolic art. Learn more about Yantras, see Chakra Art and Yoga Symbols. Understanding symbolic art can deepen your experience of the visual world, help you understand the unseen patterns behind visible manifestations and enhance your enjoyment of life.