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We use symbols constantly in our mundane lives to communicate ideas. Writing systems (alphabets and words) are an obvious example of symbols used to convey meanings. Symbolism can be considered the use of symbols to represent concepts. The symbols used may be either literal or abstract representations.

Some symbols are cross-cultural and appear throughout early history amongst many cultures. One such symbol is the sun symbol, often presented as a cross or circle.

Most people experience symbolism in their dreams. Dreams are rich in symbols and often their message is only understood when interpreted symbolically.

Meditation and trancework are areas where symbols are often encountered. Symbols can appear spontaneously, or be used to enter a meditative state. Astral projection and shamanic journeying are journeys that are rich in symbolism, as they are essentially forms of conscious dreaming.

The symbols (including people, animals, entities, gods and goddess, plants, and locations) encountered within trancework and meditation can be interacted with, and transmuted if desired.

It is important for you to understand the importance of symbols in trancework. In On Psychic Energy, Carl Jung described symbols as “the psychological mechanism that transforms energy,” describing the function that symbolism plays within out psyche. Roberto Assagioli, in his article Training the Will, elaborates on this: “Images, mental pictures and ideas tend to produce the physical conditions and external acts that correspond to them. Some psychologists have formulated this law in the following ways: a. Every image has in itself a motor element; and b. Every idea is an act in a latent state.”

When you use symbols in visualization, and learn to transmute them into new forms, you are actually working with very powerful magic.

By John Cross on January 10, 2011