Symbols, in mysticism, are often used to facilitate a desired result through the use of ritual, magic or visualization. Disciplines view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of compelling ideas or ideals and symbolize these aspects to generate energy or power. The symbols help create a resonant mythos that expresses the moral and ethical values of the discipline, the teachings and philosophy thereof, and creates a sense of solidarity between practicioners, or functions as a way to illuminate one's perspective.
Most symbols are governed by the following elements:
|Fire||affection, determination, enlightenment||passion, courage, awareness|
|Water||empathy, intuition, creativity||insight, instinct, inspiration|
|Air||knowledge, fine judgments, charisma||mobility, sharpness, and ability to penetrate.|
|Earth||attention to detail, planning, practicality||the big picture, decisiveness, realistic|
Many common symbols are depicted by:
- ↑ Plato, Timaeus, chap. 22–23; Gregory Vlastos, Plato’s Universe, pp. 66–82.