Archetypes

Interpreting Symbols and Creating Your Own Meanings

Apr 8, 2020
9 min read

The following image was sent to me by a oneClimbs reader. The request was to help interpret the symbols on her ward meetinghouse steeple. I decided to reply to her in the form of a full post since the information…

A Professional Logo Designer’s Analysis of The Church’s New Symbol

Apr 5, 2020
4 min read

Ok, all joking aside, I was really intrigued by this new “symbol” or logo that was introduced at the Saturday evening session of General Conference. I can see why they did this though. The Moroni statue has become the de…

Finality Robs Symbols of Their Meaning

Nov 1, 2015
2 min read

This quote brilliantly sums up a critically important key to understanding symbols. “One explanation of a symbol that has been given does not preclude someone else seeing beyond that. Symbols were intended to expand our freedom of expression and feelings, not limit…

Tutorial on How to Use LDS Symbol Cards

Jul 20, 2015
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I created LDS Symbol Cards but didn’t really do much in the way of providing instructions. I thought I’d put together a little video that explains their origins and how I use them personally. Even if you don’t have any cards,…

That Great Book Written in Symbols

Mar 18, 2015
1 min read

“Philosophy [nature] is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes – I mean the universe – but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written….

Macrocosm, Mesocosm, Microcosm

Feb 11, 2015
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Macrocosm: the harmonious order of the natural Universe. Mesocosm: the harmonious order reflected in the organization of society, in art, architecture, music, and sacred objects made by people. Microcosm: the harmonious order of the Macrocosm reflected in miniature within the…

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

Dec 5, 2014
1 min read

Source: TempleStudy.com The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now…

LDS Symbol Cards are GO For 2014!

Nov 18, 2014
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You can now purchase LDS Symbol Cards at the following URL: http://symbolcards.com

The Fourth Phase of Water

Nov 15, 2014
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This is actually pretty amazing and well worth the watch. They’ve apparently discovered this negatively-charged gel-like fourth phase of water that allows it to actually hold an electric charge. Get this, it’s all powered by light.

Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

May 13, 2014
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I love symbols, and I love spirals and how they are used in architectural symbolism. The following videos are not about architectural symbolism, but the principles that are presented are worthy of consideration on a whole myriad of levels. Vi Hart, the…

Most Temples Have a Theme

Mar 17, 2014
1 min read

“According to Keith Stepan (former Managing Director of Temple Construction), many LDS temples are thematic, making use of a single visual motif to unify the exterior architecture and interior design and furnishings. These unifying motifs potentially point to a particular doctrine or concept.  At the Mt….

An LDS Meetinghouse in American Fork, UT Emphasizes 8

Feb 18, 2014
2 min read

I was up in Utah for a wedding and while driving around American Fork I stopped my car when I saw this LDS meetinghouse. I was immediately reminded of a chapel here in Nevada that I really like. Just like…

“The Lady Of The Temple” Conference via the Academy of Temple Studies

Dec 5, 2013
1 min read

This conference which took place on October 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah was filmed and posted here at the Academy of Temple Studies and at TempleStudy.com. First off, let me just say that I was really blown away by this conference; the…

Early Analysis of the Potential Symbolism of a New South Jordan Meetinghouse

Oct 16, 2013
4 min read

Link to the Deseret News article I was listening to the This Week in Mormons Podcast when I heard this chapel mentioned. As I looked at the photos, some things stuck out to me. I wish there were some better photos…

In just a few days…

Oct 11, 2013
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This is just a little bit of early notice before the LDS Symbol Cards project goes live in the next few days on Kickstarter! As soon as I finish the promo video, we should be good to go and I’ll…

Karate Kid Perspective on Ordinances

Aug 9, 2013
3 min read

For those who have seen the original Karate Kid movie you’re probably familiar with the famous “wax on, wax off” lesson that Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel. I like the updated version of this lesson presented in the new Karate Kid movie…

Thoughts on the Five Core Sacramental Symbols

Jul 12, 2013
2 min read

There are at least five core elements that are used in the ordinance of the sacrament. Back on June 16th of this year I took down some ideas in my notebook concerning them so here they are. I will also…

Goliath, Laban and the New World Order

Jul 7, 2013
8 min read

What do Goliath, Laban and global, latter-day secret combinations often referred to as the “New World Order” all have in common? Their stories all end the same way and the scriptures show us exactly how. Goliath The Philistine champion, Goliath of…

Symbols, Images, Types, Metaphors, Similes, Parables, Motifs, Archetypes and more!

Jul 1, 2013
1 min read

Perhaps most of us throw around the word “symbolism” without understanding the various nuances of the subject. I created ldsSymbols.com with reference to the word “symbols’ because that is what most people understand. Alonzo Gaskill’s book “The Lost Language of Symbolism” defines…

VIDEO: The Mystery of Magenta

Jun 28, 2013
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Sometimes some of the greatest mysteries are right in front of our eyes every day. This morning I came across this YouTube Video called “The Mystery of Magenta” and was really interested in how this guy approached the subject of…