The Book of Symbols

Subtitled “Reflections on Archetypal Images”, this book has been begging me to take it off the shelves of Barnes & Noble for the past five years.  I finally succumbed this morning, thumbing through it over a cup of decaf in the store’s cafe.  What a stunning work!

Since I’m convalescing over our lake at the moment, permit me to share with you the mellifluous essay from The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (Lake/Pond, page 44):

“To come upon a lake is to come upon a fluid expanse of mystery, apparently still and yet moving.  At lake’s edge the earth is suddenly missing, gives way to another medium and appears again at the shore beyond …

The contained reflecting presence of a lake has evoked many mythical ideas.  For example, the lake has been seen as earth’s open liquid eye at the edge of knowledge where all that is solid dissolves into a two-way mirror of the soul — a sometimes visionary, at other times the hungry eyre that looks up from the underworld below.  Standing at water’s edge and gazing out over the surface, we pause and give way to dream, reflection, imagination and illusion; to other worlds below and beyond in ourselves, making lake symbolically the entry for good or ill, into psyche’s unconscious dimensions.”

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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