“The symbols which live in your internal reality do not stand for external things, they are your internal manifestations of those outer things” ~ Robert Svoboda
The comment above is the subject of this post which is generic in that it can be applied to any deck’s symbology or coding. First off the quote says “equates to” or the concept of being ” the same as ” cannot be used in terms of symbols.
Symbols point to something but they are not the something which they point to! This has been said in many ways over human history such as “The map is not the territory.” Written words and images are 2 dimensional. A picture of a tree is obviously not the same as a living tree, neither is a film image or even a 3D projection of a holograph.
Human awareness goes to and fro between the outer realm of external forms and their inner psycho-mental ideation by way of symbols. Man as a sentient being can straddle the gap between the two worlds.
However, between symbolic representation and the thing itself; the two distinct ways of human knowing there is a gap. One can think of it as a window dividing inner from outer. Under this window is a deep trench or ditch which is the gateway to another dimension- the home of the Other.
The Other swims in a sea of free energies and does not interact or communicate with human beings by the use of symbols. The Other is aware of humanity and illustrates and orchestrates Its interest by use of a completely different method.
The sentient dweller below the threshold of human awareness has the ability to shape formless energies into sets of circumstances and hurl them into Existence like so many thunderbolts. Its messages are anomalous events, synchronicities and serialized phenomena which mankind calls The Uncanny. To be caught up in such an odd energy loop creates a fear response which is visceral. It can and does drive men mad.
The vignettes on the faces of fortune telling cards which depict scenes are regarded by some readers as mnemonic devices, reminders of events which were cast into Existence by The Other in the very distant past.
See the non-fiction writings of:
Paul Kammerer – The Law of Series
Charles Hoy Fort-The Book of the Damned; New Lands; Lo; and Wild Talents.
and the Opera Omnia of fiction writers H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker.