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Service Announcement about Tattoo Symbolism

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Some of you  may have noticed the recent removal of one of my websites, <tattoo-symbolism.com> from the internet.

Under ever-buckling time constraints, I simply could not maintain the site and keep up with everything else.  No worries about the symbolic tattoo information though, it’s still alive and kickin’.

I’m in the process of moving symbolic delights regarding tattoo meanings, tattoo ideas, etc., to my main site, www.whats-your-sign.com.

Here’s the portal page for tattoo info I’ve transferred so far,  if you’re interested.

Thanks for your patience during transfer/re-construction, and for your continued interest.

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Symbolism vs Superstition

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Symbolism vs Superstition

Symbolism vs Superstition

Symbolism vs. Superstition, what’s the difference between the two?  This question came from an email sent by an avid fan of whats-your-sign.com (thanks Annabel).  It’s an uber-valid inquiry, so I thought I’d devote a little time to the debate on this blog post.

First, a word from your pal and mine, Mr. Webster (Webster’s Dictionary):

Superstition: An irrational belief in or notion of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, or occurrence.

Symbolism: The practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.

Big difference, eh?

The key phrase here, I think, is “irrational belief.”

Interpreting symbolism runs counter to irrational belief.  In fact, the realm of symbolism is highly appealing because it requires a logical approach.

Symbolism Superstition
Relies heavily on logic Feeds on ignorance
Encourages independent and critical thinking Encourages no thought, blind acceptance
Encourages anthropological/cultural research for greater understanding Requires no understanding or research, concepts taken at face-value
Requires interpretation and exploration from the observer Must be accepted as truth or fact without substantiation
Offers insight according to the observer’s needs Keeps banal value, with the gist of meaning left unchanged
Lends itself to improvement of the human condition Keeps humankind stuffed in a dark hole of ignorance

Symbolism is an interactive practice, requiring the discernment of humankind to flesh out meanings according to his/her own perspective at the time of interpretation.  Superstition asks no such thing of us, and that’s my main gripe.

If you want answers in your life about synchronicities, oracles, signs and other meaningful phenomenon it seems to me you have a choice.  You can go the quick-and-easy route, the route requiring little to no effort on your part – a pat answer typically based upon fear-driven concepts, by all means, let superstition be your guide.

If, however, you find yourself to be more refined, more evolved, and so require a sophisticated approach to interpreting uncommon events in your life – an approach that encourages expanded perception, open-mindedness and soulful sensitivity – then symbolism might be your bag baby.

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Life is Symbolic. Start Interpreting.

Friday, January 21st, 2011


Symbolic Oracles are Everywhere

Symbolic Oracles are Everywhere

Nestled in soft pockets of awareness, there are messages waiting to unfold themselves to us, cosmic messages intended for our eyes only, and in James Bond ‘double-oh-seven’ style, with cryptic innuendo and a bit of humorous cheek, we are left to ponder the symbolic implications of oracles glittering on our path.

This human life is all espionage and safari, and I contend the hunt begins at the front door of our own consciousness. We all seek meaning, we all seek value, we all seek to lift the veil of the mundane that tends to cloak the brilliance awaiting us in this life.

To be sure, there is a remarkable quality of life available to each of us, and in my experience that extraordinary quality reveals itself via the endlessly versatile language of symbolism.

We all know this language, and we owe it to ourselves to interpret deeper symbolism in all its delightfully unusual dialects and cosmic contexts.

Symbolism is a language spoken from the Unified field, and its speech is variable, multi-tongued and infinite in manifestation. Interpreting signs, symbols and all manner of natural oracles is akin to tapping into limitless potential as well as establishing an experience with the Mystical.

Our lives are replete with multi-layered meanings, and that means big juju for all of us.

It means there is magic inherent in every moment of our lives. This magic dispels the ennui that sometimes clings to the human experience. Interpreting personal symbolism rekindles the conviction that we are all light-infused, special and valuable.

Regardless if we may be beset with grief, boredom or rage, we have the power to open just a few cracks of unique contemplation and view the moments of our lives as symbolic messages – these messages offer validation about our connection to something grandiose, something utterly unified in its ability to support and encourage our well-being.

Life is symbolic. Start interpreting.


Other pages of interest:

Symbols of Nature (on whats-your-sign.com)

Why I’m Jazzed about Symbolism (video)

Interpreting Symbolic Messages from Nature (on whats-your-sign.com)

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