COURSE ON MAGICAL SYMBOLISM

PREMISE

We have all expressed ourselves by means of symbols, often during a speaking exercise or perhaps during the various daily activities we perform. Lastly, during the sleep as well.

Gestures of greeting, the commercial ad’s, dreams, street signs, every object, idea or action hides within a symbolic meaning, to the extent that symbols are the chassis on which the thoughts, desires and the human behavior reside.

In understand the language of symbols, therefore, means to better understand ourselves as well as others, as often indicated and confirmed by Psychologists, this is psychology of silent communication, the neuro-linguistic programming and transactional analysis. 

In knowing the use of symbols serves to refine a means of communicate that, present nonetheless, is active in everyone, remains unknown and indecipherable if one does not possess at least a theoretical base. 

Moreover, the symbolic communication acts in a deeper way on the observer inducing emotions and feelings of varied kind. 

However the non-verbal strategies are not considered truly magical tools, in light of the fact that communication excludes superstitious beliefs. Furthermore, also excluded are all ritual elements of a metaphysical conception. 

Such presuppositions has given premise to a course on Magic symbolism, this is not a course on Magic, even though we shall discuss at length about this topic, the course will focus on lessons of esoteric Iconology.


SYMBOLS: MEANING AND LEVELS OF APPLICATION

After a dedicated introduction to archetypes and primitive types, we focus on the real subject, displaying the use of magical symbols in religious and profane art. From early paintings to the great classic civilizations, from the medieval building to the renaissance painting, in order to reach some modern artistic waves, in particular symbolist paintings, surrealist and the new visionary. 

Moreover, the courses confront the analysis of a collection of symbolic particulars like the allegory of the Tarots, the astrological signs, the emblematic alchemist and the talisman seals. 

The gathering of all such elements indicate the original meaning and the mutations introduced throughout the course of the time. Moreover, the possible uses and the presumed powers that have pushed forward still today and inserted them in great pictorial cycles of many churches, publics Palaces and on maps of fortresses and cities. 

The main topics of the course given in 48 lessons (divisible in a two-year course, or can be taken in one year) are here-in subsequently briefly summarized. A slide projection of 35 slides is presented in each lesson.

TOPICS OF THE COURSE

The fundamentals of the symbolism

Geometric shapes, natural numbers, colors, elements, aspects of the landscape. Division of the symbolic regimes: nocturne-lunar, diurnal-solar, teriomorfi-animal, upward, cyclical, etc… 

The symbolic structure of the cosmos 

The trees like a mirror of the universe, the universe like magical body, 
the body: reflection of the universe. The temple: the imitation of the cosmos. 

The astrological symbolism

Relationships with Greek mythology, Egyptian and Babylonian. Use of the astrological images in Art and Magic. Talismanic functions of sacred buildings and public palaces. 

The talismanic symbolism 

Typology of the talismans in various civilizations. Detailed analysis of the main models. Talismanic shapes in some works of art. 

Symbolic Actions 

Gestures = communication and subliminal action. The magical alphabet, writing design, History, meanings and uses 

The Major Arcani of the Tarots

Historical News and general analysis. Detailed study of allegory and deciphering of symbolic elements. The tarots in Literature and modern art. 

The alchemist symbolism 

Historical News and presentation of fundamental allegory. Relationship between art and alchemy. Analysis of some the collection: Philosophical Lapide, Solis, treasured eremitic.

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