Symbols are central to literature, religion and national identity, but they are also at the heart of our inner dream worlds, a potent source of insight into our unconscious minds. This remarkable dictionary explores the huge variety of interpretations- spiritual and sexual, official and subversive, analytical and emotional- different culture have given to the fundamental symbols of humankind.
-Compiled by an international team of experts, from theologians and psychotherapists to astrologers and classicists
-Explains the rich symbolism of animals, birds, fish, plants and legendary creatures, from bats to centaurs and dolphins
-Gives meanings that have become attached to colours, instruments, numbers, precious stones and parts of the body
-Includes articles on seminal symbols including the Cross and the Crossroads, the Serpent and the Sphere
-Covers central figures from the Bible, antiquity and Eastern and Western mythologies