We have many symbols
different cultures that are part of our everyday lives. In this age of global communication
and our ability to call upon research material
for cultures from the past as well as around
the world, we encounter many symbols
that have been incorporated into our lives.
Buckland provides us with a book of collected symbols
that spans time and cultures. This well presented book is divided into
different cultures and topics, places each symbol
according to its original association (ex.
Alchemy or Ancient Egypt) and in most
cases has researched the symbol to the origins
and places it in its part in history.
Mr. Buckland has done a lot of research here, and provides a
good graphic for each symbol, a very clear and
a well written explanation when available.
Those things that are part of 'mystery
cults' he states clearly, such as "The Corn Sheaf was the
of the Great Mysteries at Eleusis,
and of all corn deities." Nothing
added on or made up to cover what we do not
know. Just the facts as we know them.
Many topics are covered, making
this a very diverse book of symbolism,
and it is interesting to read about the different facets
symbols have taken on over time. The inclusion of lesser known symbols
makes this a good choice for those who think
they know everything but are not familiar with
more obscure material.
This book covers much material
that is included in some lesser known books
that are either out of print or hard to find.
makes this book a valuable
addition to any library that is missing those more
difficult to obtain titles.
The book has a good bibliography, but lacks an index for
A good reference book for
anyone who has interest in symbols.
Boudica Reviews Editor The
Wiccan/Pagan Times http://www.twpt.com