Spring is a very busy time of year for Mother Nature as well as for people. It is hard to believe it has been over a month since I last posted a discussion! Time does seem to go by so quickly. :-)
For one of our open meeting topics we discussed symbology. Particularly, natural and artificial symbology. We used the discussion from the 2005 Forum article about symbology. We had a lively discussion and shared some great thoughts.
So, I thought I would post it as a short discussion here for others to share their thoughts. We are surrounded by symbology everyday and in most every way. Even the letters and words I am typing here are merely symbols of the ideas that I have and a way to express them in a way that others who share a common agreed upon meaning will be able to understand.
There are two main types of symbols: artificial and natural. Artificial symbols are such as "the golden arches" for McDonalds, clocks for the passage of time, the lightbulb for ideas. The natural symbols are the Sun, roses, the dove, etc. These natural symbols can also be used as artificial symbols, like the ram for the Dodge logo, star for Texaco and others that I am sure many could list endlessly.
What do symbols mean and why do we use them? That is the question I would like to pose to you. Please add your thoughts and share your ideas. We would love to hear what you have to say.
Columbine Pronaos, Boulder, CO