Symbolism Sunday, The Column

September 12, 2010

We’re rolling along at warp speed, at this pace, the year will be over in the blink of an eye. How are you going to cope? With symbolism, of course!

I think one of the best ways to approach these Sundays we share together is to look at a lot of the symbolism that you’ll see in your day to day collecting. Rather than go to the extreme of identifying flowers first, let’s see the obvious ones.

So, today’s lesson is columns! That’s right, you’ve seen them, broken, unbroken, used as a plinth for some sort of memorial / sentimental object.

Think of a column as representing the strength of life, as it points towards the heavens and is usually (next to the image of a weeping woman) one of the most prominent symbols in a memorial / sentimental scene. So, you have this strong, proud object, seemingly timeless (eternity) and then you have a broken variation. That leads one to think that the life has been cut short early. And there you have it. Involved with this is also grief, decay and the concept of this strong central figure being broken can represent the loss of the patriarch / matriarch of the family.

Nice and easy today, in the future we’ll look at variations of the column!

Now, go enjoy your Sunday!

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