"When the soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it." -- Quoted from the introduction, this sentence describes the entire book best. Dense with pictures and detailed explanations, "The Book of Symbols" divides the semantic world of signs into five categories:
Creation and Cosmos Plant World Animal World Human World Spirit World
Crescent, Air, Stone, Mandrake, Coyote, Bone, Hunting, Orphan, Veil, Tunnel, Orange, Drum, Labyrinth, Vomit, Medicine, Burial... these are just a few examples of how different the symbols depicted, described, and illustrated are.
Entirely written in English, the book calls upon known references (such as "ashes to ashes," or famous paintings), but never fails to surprise the reader with lesser known traditions or rituals related to specific symbols. A wonderful inspirational guideline for artists, writers, designers, and those interested in culture.