Symbols are all around us. They can be found in our art, our music, our literature, and even in our everyday lives. But what exactly are symbols? And why are they so powerful?
A symbol is a representation of something else. It can be a concrete object, like a flag or a cross, or it can be more abstract, like an idea or a concept. Symbols can be used to communicate meaning, to evoke emotions, and to inspire action.
Symbols can be magical because they can trigger archetypes in the psyche, provoke the unconscious mind, and perhaps even evoke subtle energies and causal forces.
Archetypes are universal symbols that are embedded in the collective unconscious. When we encounter an archetype, it can trigger deep emotions and memories. For example, the archetype of the mother is often associated with love, comfort, and protection. When we see a symbol of the mother, such as a Madonna and child painting, it can trigger these archetypal associations in our minds.
The unconscious mind is the part of our mind that is outside of our conscious awareness. It is a vast reservoir of information and experience, including many symbols and archetypes. When we use symbols in our magical practice, we can tap into the power of the unconscious mind.
Symbols can also evoke subtle energies and causal forces. For example, the pentagram is a symbol that is often used in Wiccan magic. It is believed that the pentagram can be used to create a sacred space and to protect the practitioner from negative energies.
The pentagram in this example, as well as triggering the power within our subconscious, also forms causal forces into a shield or barrier and excites subtle energies in the production and maintenance of this protective utility. The symbol does all this by virtue of its existence, before any command or direction is given by its wielder.
Practical suggestions for using symbols as magical devices:
- Meditate on symbols. One of the best ways to use symbols for magic is to meditate on them. When you meditate on a symbol, you focus your attention on it and allow its meaning to sink into your subconscious mind. This can help you to activate the archetype that the symbol represents and to tap into its power.
- Use symbols in your rituals and ceremonies. Symbols can be used to create a sacred space and to invoke the power of the gods and goddesses. For example, you could draw a pentagram on the ground to protect your ritual space or wear a necklace with a symbol of your patron deity.
- Wear symbols as jewelry or amulets. Wearing symbols as jewelry or amulets can help you to keep the symbol’s power with you at all times. For example, if you are working on a manifestation goal, you could wear a necklace with a symbol of abundance.
- Use symbols in your art and music. Creating art and music with symbols can help you to express your magical intentions and to connect with the power of the symbols. For example, you could draw a picture of a symbol that represents your healing goal or write a song about a symbol that represents your dreams.
Symbols are a powerful tool that can be used to enhance your magical practice. By using symbols in your meditations, rituals, and everyday life, you can connect with the power of the archetypes and manifest your desires.