Symbolism

Symbolism

  • the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities:he has always believed in the importance of symbolism in garden art
  •  symbolic meaning attributed to natural objects or facts:the old-fashioned symbolism of flowers
  • 2 (also Symbolism) an artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind. It originated in late 19th-century France and Belgium, with important figures including Mallarmé, Maeterlinck, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Redon. [1]

 

With no beginning and no end the circle has been used to signify eternity and wholeness. In many cultures the circle represents the continuing cycle of the seasons and the seasons and the suns never ending progression through the sky. [2]

circle

Circle [3]

http://symboldictionary.net/?p=1914

http://www.symbols.net/circle/

http://www.crossroad.to/Books/symbols1.html

http://suite101.com/article/ancient-symbols–deciphering-the-universal-language-a254695

 

The spiral and the circle both appear in nature as well as art, myth and sacred tradition.

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‘The koru, which is often used in Māori art as a symbol of creation, is based on the shape of an unfurling fern frond. Its circular shape conveys the idea of perpetual movement, and its inward coil suggests a return to the point of origin. The koru therefore symbolises the way in which life both changes and stays the same.’ [4]

koru

The koru [5]

‘Dancing in a circle is an ancient tradition common to many cultures for marking special occasions, strengthening community and encouraging togetherness. The circle is probably the oldest known dance formation. It is found even today in the community dances of many cultures, including Greek, African, Eastern European, Israeli, Serbian, Irish Celtic, Breton, Catalan, South American and North American Indian. It is also used, in its more meditative form, in worship within various religious traditions, including, for example, the Church of England and other Anglican Churches and the Islamic Hadra dances.’  [6]

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