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:

Governors Venus
female principle
male principle
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.[1]
Earth attention to detail, planning, practicality the big picture, decisiveness, realistic

Many common symbols are depicted by:

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  1. Plato, Timaeus, chap. 22–23; Gregory Vlastos, Plato’s Universe, pp. 66–82.