Want the Bad News? You won’t get it from me.
I get a lot of emails. I don’t answer all of them, but I DO read each and every one. A number of emails are quick to point out the absence of negative meanings for a sign or symbol on my websites.
It’s true. Currently, I have over 1,000 articles written on various symbolic meanings. If you read each article, you’ll maybe find three or four citations that might be deemed negative.
Many well-intentioned folks ask why that is. They ask why I don’t mention the symbolism of death about a certain animal. Why not mention the connection to the devil with a certain symbol? And what about that flower that means avarice? Or what about the bad omen implied when a certain bird flies by?
Valid questions. I mean…for every positive, there is a negative. It’s the universal law of polarity. So why not mention the “bad” stuff with the good?
My answer is pretty simple. There are over 6 million websites on the internet. There are over 10,000 news channels broadcast around the world. There are over 7 billion people in the world.
If you want the bad news…just look around the internet, turn on the news, or ask somebody…you will inevitably get it.
Better yet – if you want the bad news – just focus on bad stuff for awhile. The bad answers will come. I guarantee it.
There are negative observations enough without me contributing more.
Now, I’m all for a balanced debate. I’m no Pollyanna with a sugar plum shoved up her bum. Bad stuff happens. There’s a dark side to every light. But in all honesty, I’ve had my fill of wading through crummy energy.
I strive to gear my thoughts, my life and my writing towards the good juju. I want to inspire. I want to enlighten. I want to energize. There are plenty of other sources in the world that can do otherwise for you if that’s what you want. But if you want a bad rap sheet on symbolic meanings from me…sorry…I’m not your gal.
Do some animals, symbols, etc. have negative meanings? Yeah. Sure. Lots of stuff carries meaning of foreboding and fear.
But let me ask you…where do those meanings come from? For that matter, where do ANY meanings come from? They come from the human mind. They come from our ancestors who passed on their observations. They come from our parents. They come from you and me. They come from our biases and experiences.
Some might argue meaning comes from the Divine (the deity of our own understanding). I agree. However, the minute a Divine insight is bestowed upon a human – it goes through a series of filters. Filters of experience, judgment, discernment, etc. That Divine wisdom will never be as pure as it originated once it passes through the filter known as human cognition.
So what does all that mean? It means the realm of symbolic meanings is infinitely open to interpretation and personalization.
In essence, the world is your oyster…and so are the meanings rooted within it. Make it sparkly….or make it slimy. Your choice. Your oyster.