The Ancient Symbolism of the Dog

by Aaron Franz of Transalchemy.com Visual symbols represent a language of their own. The most powerful symbols are ironically the most common things in our daily lives, those things that we all too often take for granted. All of the basic things that we see on an everyday basis have the most influence over our lives, both physically and mentally. Images of the sun, moon, food, and water have always been potent symbols within the “ancient mysteries.” Anyone who is wise enough to understand the importance of the basic elements of life can use them as symbols to influence the minds of other people. Life can be interpreted in any number of ways, and the most popular interpretation on any given day has everything to do with the deliberate use of symbols by an “intellectual elite.” Throughout the ages this has been the case. Within “civilized” society there has always been a priest class who understands the power of symbols, and has used that power to guide the minds of the masses.

One very powerful symbol that we have taken for granted is that of the dog. Dogs have become another “normal” part of our everyday lives that we unfortunately take for granted. However, in the ancient language of symbolism dogs are very important symbols of duality. Their very nature is twofold: one part wild beast, and one part domesticated animal. By the hand of man the dog was taken out of the wild natural kingdom and brought into civilized society. The taming of nature is a very important aspect of the so called “great work” of secret societies. The domestication of wild animals is representative of the power to mold and shape nature according to the will.

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