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Author Topic: Hermetic/Magical Symbols  (Read 3560 times)

Airelinn

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Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:52:05 pm »
Does anyone know of any online databases or apps that have a list of hermetic, alchemy, and/or otherwise magical symbols with their meaning/use? The more comprehensive, the better.

[Sorry if this was discussed before...I'm using Tapatalk atm and it's search function doesn't seem to work properly.]

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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 04:51:29 pm »
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Does anyone know of any online databases or apps that have a list of hermetic, alchemy, and/or otherwise magical symbols with their meaning/use? The more comprehensive, the better.

[Sorry if this was discussed before...I'm using Tapatalk atm and it's search function doesn't seem to work properly.]

Thanks!


Online? Not that I'm aware of.

I think the problem may be that your search is so broad (esp. once you include "magical" as one of the terms). There have been so many systems over the centuries, with different symbols, that it's tough to think of somethng comprehensive that compiles them all. (Are you including runes? Ogham? Astrological symbols?...)

I have a book (as in hardcopy, paper) at home that purports to survey magical systems and their symbols comprehensively. When I get a chance I'll post the title and author--but if you're focused on online material, it might not help.
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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 05:31:51 pm »
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Does anyone know of any online databases or apps that have a list of hermetic, alchemy, and/or otherwise magical symbols with their meaning/use? The more comprehensive, the better.

 
http://symbols.com has alchemical ones, though no tidy grouping of magical ones. That said, they're pretty good about cross-linking to other related topics, and browsing can get you a long way. Their sourcing is not always fabulous, but there's usually enough there that you can then go do more specific searches for additional information elsewhere (because you'll have the variant names for the symbol, etc.)
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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 10:19:22 pm »
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Online? Not that I'm aware of.

I think the problem may be that your search is so broad (esp. once you include "magical" as one of the terms).

Yeah, sorry for being so broad with the term. Atm, I'm most interested in hermetic symbolism, but eventually I'd like to learn as much as possible (Freudian and Jungian included).

I do plan on buying books but for now I was hoping to find a free route. I'm a cheapskate, I know. ;p
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http://symbols.com has alchemical ones, though no tidy grouping of magical ones. That said, they're pretty good about cross-linking to other related topics, and browsing can get you a long way. Their sourcing is not always fabulous, but there's usually enough there that you can then go do more specific searches for additional information elsewhere (because you'll have the variant names for the symbol, etc.)
Wow, that's an awesome site! I wonder how I missed it in my googling lol. Ah, metadata. Thanks for mentioning it; it seems like a great place to start. :)

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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 10:10:35 am »
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I do plan on buying books but for now I was hoping to find a free route. I'm a cheapskate, I know. ;p


And I got home so late last night, I forgot to grab the book off the shelf and jot down its info to share. I'm away for the weekend, so it will have to wait until next week.

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Wow, that's an awesome site!


It sure is; thank, Jenett, for the useful resource!
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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2014, 07:43:52 pm »
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And I got home so late last night, I forgot to grab the book off the shelf and jot down its info to share. I'm away for the weekend, so it will have to wait until next week.


The Magician's Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism by Bill Whitcomb, published by Llewellyn

available on Amazon and, it seems, available for download (free? legally?) online

http://www.amazon.com/The-Magicians-Companion-Encyclopedic-Llewellyns/dp/0875428681

http://www.scribd.com/doc/76402283/The-Magician-s-Companion-Bill-Whitcomb-1993

http://bookalist.net/?p=758567

http://ebook.stepor.com/book/the-magician-s-companion-a-practical-and-encyclopedic-guide-to-magical-and-religious-symbolism-llewellyn-s-high-magick-16664-pdf.html
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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2014, 09:05:36 pm »
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The Magician's Companion: A Practical and Encyclopedic Guide to Magical and Religious Symbolism by Bill Whitcomb, published by Llewellyn

available on Amazon and, it seems, available for download (free? legally?) online

http://www.amazon.com/The-Magicians-Companion-Encyclopedic-Llewellyns/dp/0875428681

http://www.scribd.com/doc/76402283/The-Magician-s-Companion-Bill-Whitcomb-1993

http://bookalist.net/?p=758567

http://ebook.stepor.com/book/the-magician-s-companion-a-practical-and-encyclopedic-guide-to-magical-and-religious-symbolism-llewellyn-s-high-magick-16664-pdf.html
Awesome-sauce. Thanks so much! :D

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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2014, 03:51:18 am »
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available on Amazon and, it seems, available for download (free? legally?) online

 
I am pretty sure the legal one is not free and the free ones are not legal - none of those look like legitimate copies to me, anyway. ;) Unless you know something I don't about the sites in question?

I know the Scribd one is not from the publisher because 'official' Scribd books don't have a download option.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2014, 03:02:58 pm »
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I am pretty sure the legal one is not free and the free ones are not legal - none of those look like legitimate copies to me, anyway. ;) Unless you know something I don't about the sites in question?

I know the Scribd one is not from the publisher because 'official' Scribd books don't have a download option.


Thanks, Jack. I wanted to provide links, but it wasn't immediately apparent to me in every case what their legal/cost status was.
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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2014, 04:30:52 pm »
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Thanks, Jack. I wanted to provide links, but it wasn't immediately apparent to me in every case what their legal/cost status was.
I'll probably end up buying a copy eventually anyway just to have it in physical form to look at since it's basically picture reliant. I thought about buying the Kindle version but I don't think they have it...

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Re: Hermetic/Magical Symbols
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2014, 02:38:21 pm »
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Does anyone know of any online databases or apps that have a list of hermetic, alchemy, and/or otherwise magical symbols with their meaning/use? The more comprehensive, the better.

[Sorry if this was discussed before...I'm using Tapatalk atm and it's search function doesn't seem to work properly.]

Thanks!

 
Ooh, I want this too. I keep seeing this weird symbol everywhere. I'm not sure if its just this random thing, or a magical symbol. too bad I can't just scan something into the computer!

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