symbols hold big ideas, carrying our stories across time & space

What is a symbol?

Before written language we recorded our thoughts, feelings, & experiences through marks, pictures, & symbols. The definition of a symbol is “something that stands for something else by reason of relationship, association, or convention.”

For my purposes, I think of symbols as visual objects that act as connective tissue between intangible ideas & the subconscious.

For example

star
star
time
time
yinyang
yinyang
snake
snake
branch
branch
eye
eye
triangle
triangle
water
water
fire
fire

Symbols are powerful. Think about it...

Symbols are time capsules carrying ideas across civilizations...

They rule our everyday language, and sponge up our pop-culture values

Some are totems we claim for identity rank & status

Others are used to communicate and modulate societal values

We even process our life through strange and unexpected symbols while we dream

Symbols are in space! We put them there via Voyager 1 — just in case there is intelligent life out there