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.
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