As someone with an analytical personality and an engineering mindset, I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Here’s why:
Science is focused on observation and the gathering of evidence to prove theories wrong. Ultimately it’s about what tests can be devised to prove a theory as false.
On the flip side, magic is more concerned with the search for what is true, and to the magical practitioner, a lot of it is about discovering relationships and finding meaning.
Symbols play an important role in all this because, by very definition, they represent relationships to objects or ideas.
In this book, Patrick Dunn makes the case that symbols have power and that power is due to how we interpret them as they relate to the real world. The argument is made that “reality is, at some very deep level, a set of interrelated and self-referencing symbols”.
Moreover, that “we interpret these symbols, and therefore explore reality, according to a set of codes, not all of them conscious”.
If you’re looking for a deep dive into linguistics, semiotics, and the application in various religious and magical practices, then this is the book for you.
In my case, I’ve studied and written about more than a few “enigmatic” devices where if there’s any working effect, a case can be made it’s from the symbols and relationships alone and their effect on the operator.
Perhaps this book provides a possible explanation of why that might be the case.
You can find the book on Amazon.