Self-awareness is key here, as Mackenzie encourages readers to choose symbols that resonate, underscoring the importance of having fun while working through each chapter to gain deeper insights. When exploring chakras, for example, she details their distinctive attributes—such as the creativity and self-expression of the 5th chakra—and includes introspective prompts to help readers determine which of those qualities best relate to their unique situations. Other guidance covers the ins and outs of palm reading, how to identify your life balance number, and using phrenology to understand personality (details like women adapting their hairstyles to flaunt head bumps in the 19th century or the belief that “very small hands show immaturity and a charming personality” add entertainment value).
Equally interesting is Mackenzie’s attention to the traditions and history surrounding each group of symbols, such as the meaning behind Native American animal spirit guides and psychologist Carl Jung’s study on archetypes as representations of “human experiences, ideas, and consciousness.” Noteworthy health recommendations include ancient practices like acupressure (with an easy-to-follow application chart and diagram of healing points) as well as the use of Bach flower essences to promote emotional stability and harmony. To help readers apply the book’s concepts and track their preferences, Mackenzie includes an interactive workbook and fill-in pages at the end. Fans of holistic self-analysis will be intrigued.
Takeaway: A holistic reference guide on interpreting symbols for self-awareness.
Great for fans of: Adele Nozedar’s The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook, Gina Lake’s Symbols of the Soul.
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