Esoteric symbolism


Esoteric symbolism can be found in magic, in spiritual alchemy and in the mysteries of all world religions as in the Vedas and in Tantrism and also in Sufism. The symbolism correspondes on the one hand on the truth that in higher worlds forms correspond to forces. But it also served to seal the mysteries through a  secret language.

The applicated symbolism and iconography consisted, among other things, out of

  • Geometric shapes like triangles and five-star
  • Multidimensional forms such as mountains and cities (= chakras)
  • Persons with the secret meaning of higher forces or aspects of higher bodies (Adam Kadmon, Jivatma, etc.) or of weapons (Ayudhapurusha)
  • Images and paintings with allegorical symbols (including spiritual alchemy)
  • Mystical Animals (Vahanas)
  • Numerology - Esoteric numerical symbolism or numerical mysticism, for example, had the number 3 as the number of the triad and the theological virtues. The 4 served as a number of the world, etc.


  • Sri Aurobindo : The secret of the veda; - secret symbolism of the vedas
  • Sri Aurobindo : Letters on Yoga
  • Eight Auspicious Symbols
  • The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, Robert Beer, 2009, Shambhala, ISBN-10: 157062416X ISBN-13: 978-1570624162
  • The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols , Robert Beer, Publishers Group UK, 2003, ISBN-10: 1932476032 ISBN-13: 978-1932476033
  • Dignaga on the Interpretation of Signs, R.P. Hayes, Springer, 1988, ISBN-10: 9027726671
  • The Buddhist Tantras: Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism (Buddhist Tradition Series), Alex Wayman, Motilal Banarsidass, 1990
  • Three Jewels: The Central Ideals of Buddhism, Bikshu Sangharakshita, Motilal Banarsidass, 2005, ISBN-10: 8120829476 ISBN-13: 978-8120829473
  • Esoterische Symbolik heute: In Alltag, Sprache und Einweihung, Pierre Martin, ISBN 9783952361610
  • Symbolik und Mythologie der alten Völker: besonders der Griechen, Georg Friedrich Creuzer (dort rechts oben PDF)
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols, Udo Becker, 2005, ISBN-10: 0826412211 ISBN-13: 978-0826412218
  • A Lexicon of Alchemy, Martin Rulandus - A. E. Waite, Verlag: Jazzybee Verlag 2014, ASIN: B00KKP3BQA
  • Lexikon alchemistisch-pharmazeutischer Symbole; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, Braunschweig. Verlag Chemie, Weinheim/Bergstr. 1962.