Monday, February 2, 2009

Symbols

Bland.

Symbols are important to people. We identify with them. We have faith in them. People die for them. People will kill for flags and crosses and colors.

I'm not going to get into the philosophy or metaphysics or social consequences of symbols. Books have been written on the subject. Entire fields are devoted to studying the subject. I don't really feel like going into it right now.

Instead I'm going to complain that Christianity got the short end of the symbol stick. The cross is just plain boring. On churches, on clothing, on jewelry--it's a dull symbol. Sure it's simple and that's probably why it became so popular, but talk about aesthetically bland.

Sure there are some jeweled and fanciful versions of the cross, but they're still pretty simple.

Wiccan's know what cool symbols look like. They're intricate, detailed, artistic. Granted they're a bit harder to draw and maybe not as universal, but they're very geometrically pleasing to the eye.

Beautiful.

I'm sure some people reading this probably find this blasphemous or something. Meh. I'm talking about aesthetics and artistic appeal. You can explain and discuss the symbolism of the cross or various icons till your blue in the face and your keyboard breaks. That's fine. I'm just saying, visually, Wiccan symbols are cooler.

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