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The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook [Hardcover]

Adele Nozedar
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Book Description

16 Sep 2010

Unlock the lost and hidden meanings of the world’s ancient and modern signs and symbols. The most comprehensive reference book on symbolic objects that you’ll ever find.

This is the largest, most visually stunning, definitive guide to the secret and ancient knowledge of signs and symbols, some of which has been lost over thousands of years.

• Why is the eye believed to be a powerful symbol of protection by fisherman?

• Why do Masonic Temples have a black and white chequered floor covering?

• Why do Hindus use coloured rice powder to draw elaborate symbols in front of their homes, only to have these patterns destroyed every day by footprints?

• What are the hidden meanings behind the symbols on the American dollar?

• What is the most important symbol in the World?

Divided into easy-to-follow A-Z themed sections, the book answers all those questions and more, from sections on Magic and Mystery, Deities and Rituals, the Animal and Plant Kingdom, Landscape and the Elements, to Food and Sacred Geometry.

Find out about the secret Demonic alphabet and Script of the Magi, the Glastonbury Zodiac, the Masonic Compass, the Eye of Horus, Native American hunting symbols, the Caduceus and the Indian Diwali ritual.

The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook is a fascinating compendium of the hidden meanings hidden behind the most important visual symbols in the world.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007379005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007379002
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.4 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adele Nozedar has long been fascinated by the power of symbols and visual signs, which led her to the formal study of alchemy. Her interest in psychology and how the unconscious mind works led her to the study of ancient myths, art, film and the esoteric in all forms. (She was also born into a long line of psychics.) Adele’s other passion is music – she is founder and owner of a music studio in the Brecon Beacons, Twin Peaks, and formerly was one of the few women in the music industry to run a record label.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the title fulfills its promise 25 Jun 2012
By Zoe
Wonderful book for anyone interested in this magical language of wisdom. The information provided interlinks civilizations, religions and thought-structures all over the world and through the ages. Of course there could have been more signs and symbols included, of course there could have been a lot more information about each, but as the title suggests, this is a sourcebook, need you go deeper, you'll have to do further research.
The illustrations that accompany the text are very useful, the alphabetic order works for me, even the introduction is enlightening and beautifully written. Well done to the author for all the hard work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 15 May 2012
I won't make the review too detailed as there is a good one already, I meant to review this when I bought it but forgot... there is all the more reason to buy it now with the price-drop. This is more than a sourcebook - even though it is the best sourcebook available at the moment - but was a great book to accompany the student of ancient and modern esoteric symbolism but also gives more profound lessons in what symbols actually are. What is a symbol? How does it make you feel? What do you learn from it?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL DONE ADELE 16 Dec 2011
By Neo
I cannot praise Adele Nozedar enough. Having read and treasured her beautiful book 'The Secret Language of Birds', I now have her stunningly illustrated semiotic bible - The Signs and Symbols Sourcebook.

As an author and poet on Amazon myself, I find her books a great inspiration. A couple of cups of strong black coffee and a read of the Sourcebook and ideas for poems and short stories come tumbling out: buy this book and look at pages 434 to 436 for an excellent exposition textually and graphically of the Rune alphabet and its many meanings - the Runes each have a tree and a god to look after them.

Surrounding these pages are around 550 others, rich in meaning and interest. The introduction itself is worth its weight in gold for the sheer intellectual pleasure the words bring.

Adele lives above the UK's notoriously interesting Hay-on-Wye where I have spent many happy hours either walking in the Black Mountains or searching for - and finding - obscure books on 'King Arthur' and the Holy Grail.

Adele writes with empathy - she understands her subjects. She knows readers will want a wide variety of concepts and she supplies the most esoteric collection of them: read this book to find the 'Raelian Star', or the 'Horns of Odin', the symbolism of 'buckwheat', 'the black skin of Kali' or 'Sedna' the Inuit sea-goddess. You can find out who the 'Domovoi' are, the colour of Tezcatlipoca's cloak, the magical properties of the 'Balche' and what to do after you have held fine rice powder between finger and thumb.

Producing an encyclopedia this size must be hard. Adele has shown a love of her subject but also great dedication in ensuring the book is comprehensive. Well done to her editorial team too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Symbols 6 Oct 2013
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Bought this to broaden my knowledge in this area. Big book, little new or in depth info. Seems to be just a general smattering of common symbols. You may like it if you've never seen a symbols in your whole life anywhere. I later found it online as a PDF and wish I had before I bought this. As I would have seen how scant the detailing is and I would have chosen another instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book! 9 Feb 2014
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Cant put this book down!

Great book full of illustrations and interesting information. Did you know that the mole was once regarded as a magical animal?

Great source book for tattoo, embroidery, jewellery design and much more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 5 July 2013
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I ordered this as a gift. I had to send it back shortly after as I found out that the person it was intended for already had it. It was delivered quickly and I am now regretting sending it back as I should've kept it for myself. Quite a big book but filled with lots of detail and some lovely designs
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