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The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols by Sarah Bartlett

The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols is a beautifully illustrated compendium of 100 diverse arcane objects, emblems, and icons that provide insight into and understanding of the beliefs of other cultures.

Product details:

  • Author: Sarah Bartlett
  • Publisher: Exisle Publishing
  • RRP: Hardback: $29.99

The Secrets of the Universe


Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have felt compelled to engage with, understand, and control the universe.

From 17,000-year-old shamanic cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ancient Egyptian mysteries of Isis and the runic inscriptions of the Vikings, the desire to harness these unseen magical powers has inspired, baffled, and seduced people everywhere.

Organised thematically into four chapters —The Natural World, The Divine World, Signs and Systems, and The Mystic World — from the Aztec calendar stone and the spear of destiny to magic circles and Navajo sand paintings, each relic, representation and code is presented and analysed in detail to reveal the beliefs and practices of past civilisations.

Bartlett also explores what signs and symbols disclose about the deities worshipped by our ancestors, from creator gods and mother goddesses to Norse, Inca and Hindu gods.