Sunday, 16 January 2011
I'm fascinated by "signs and symbols"!
Just the phrase gets my mind going, chewing over the actual meaning and wondering about its significance, if any, in our modern society.
In ages past signs and symbols were given great importance. Folk would put great store by someone who could interpret them - successfully of course. I imagine that events like the eclipse of the sun and/or moon would've been a source of considerable speculation because they happen so rarely and even when they do happen - as we (didn't!!) witness recently - the weather can obscure them. So the handed down wisdom of what happened last time becomes all the more key.
And following on from my musing yesterday, signs and symbols are often interpreted in different ways to suit different needs. They can be manipulated to speak of good or evil. To be portents of happiness or messengers of doom. Just think of the way we link the colour of the sky with what to expect weather-wise!
Despite our modern ways there is something inherent in us that draws us to signs and symbols. It reminds me of how some celebrities have referred to the forces in the universe that have guided their success...
For people of faith this is a real challenge because so often they are linked with - what young wizards would call - the 'dark arts'. Yet, and this is where my brain gets dangerously overheated, God speaks to us in a myriad of ways... and I am convinced that signs and symbols are among them.
All you have to do is work out which they are...