Symbols of Sacred Science

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Sophia Perennis, 2004 - Religion - 456 pages
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In Symbols of Sacred Science, Guinon, a master of precise, even 'mathematical' metaphysical exposition, reveals himself as a consummate exegete of myth and symbolism as well, superior in many ways to Mircea Eliade, and comparable perhaps only to his respected friend Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This extraordinary text unveils the cosmological meanings of root symbols organized under such general headings as: The Center of the World, Cyclic Manifestation, Symboic Weapons, Axial Symbolism and the Symbolsim of Passage, The Symbolism of Building, and The Symbolism of the Heart. Far more than a simple catalogue of myths and symbols from many traditions, Symbols of the Sacred Science lays the foundation for a universal esoteric symbology. In this work, Guinon demonstrates the fundamental unity-across all cultures and ages-of the images with which the Absolute clothes itself in its cosmic self-revelation.
 

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Contents

The Reform of the Modern Mentality
1
Word and Symbol
7
The Sacred Heart and the Legend of the Holy Grail
12
The Holy Grail
23
Tradition and the Unconscious
38
The Science of Letters 7m alhuriif
43
The Language of the Birds
50
SYMBOLS OF THE CENTER AND OF THE WORLD
55
The Symbolism of the Dome
245
The Dome and The Wheel
251
The Octagon
260
The Cornerstone
264
Lapsit exillis
279
AlArkan
284
Gathering What is Scatterred
288
The Black and The White
293

The Idea of the Center in the Traditions of Antiquity
57
Symbolic Flowers
68
The Triple Precinct of the Druids
73
The Guardians of the Holy Land
79
The Land of the Sun
89
The Zodiac and the Cardinal Points
96
The Tetraktys and the Square of Four
101
THE SYMBOLISM OF BUILDING
105
A Hieroglyph of the Pole
106
TheBlack Heads
110
The Letter G and the Swastika
113
SYMBOLS OF CYCLIC MANIFESTATION
119
Some Aspects of the Symbolism of Janus
120
The Hieroglyph of Cancer
128
Seth
134
The Significance of Carnivals
140
Some Aspects of the Symbolism of the Fish
145
The Mysteries of the Letter Nun
151
The Wild Boar and the Bear
157
SOME SYMBOLIC WEAPONS
165
Thunderbolts
167
Symbolic Weapons
173
The Sword of Islam Sayf allslam
179
The Symbolism of Horns
185
The Cave and the Labyrinth
193
The Heart and the Cave
202
The Mountain and the Cave
207
The Heart and the World Egg
211
The Cave and the World Egg
215
The Exit from the Cave
219
The Solstitial Gates
223
The Symbolism of the Zodiac Among the Pythagoreans
229
The Solstitial Symbolism of Janus
235
Concerning the Two Saint Johns
239
Black Stone and Cubic Stone
296
Black Stone Hewn Stone
300
AXIAL SYMBOLISM AND SYMBOLISM OF PASSAGE
305
Symbols of Analogy
307
The World Tree
312
The Tree and The Vajra
317
The Tree of Life and The Draught of Immortality
320
The Symbolism of the Ladder
324
TheEye of the Needle
328
rossing the Waters
331
The Seven Rays and The Rainbow
334
Janua Coeli
340
Kalamukha
345
Light and Rain
350
The Chain of the Worlds
355
The Roots of Plants
365
The Symbolism of the Bridge
370
The Bridge and The Rainbow
374
The Chain of Union
379
Frameworks and Labyrinths
382
Sign of Four
387
Bonds and Knots
392
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE HEART
397
Radiating Heart and Flaming Heart
399
Heart and Brain
405
The Emblem of the SacredHeart in an American Secret Society
415
The AllSeeing Eye
422
The Mustard Seed
426
The Ether in the Heart
435
The Divine City
443
List of Original Sources
449
Index
451
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