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Symbolon Press publishes books with new perspectives in Comparative Mythology. Recently released: Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype by Gregory Haynes, which features a Foreword by Michael Witzel, PhD, Wales Chair of Sanskrit at Harvard University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and President of the International Association of Comparative Mythology. Witzel states that, "Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype provides the most plausible explanation yet offered of that ancient religious conception known as the World Tree, or Tree of Life." Haynes convincingly argues that the concept of the Tree of Life is based upon ancient observations of an objective phenomenon in the natural world.

"But the results of Haynes’ investigations are far wider than an analysis of the Tree of Life theme," Witzel says. "He convincingly demonstrates that many cultures represented the same natural phenomenon using widely varying anthropomorphic or zoomorphic images. These variations gave rise to many of the innumerable gods and goddesses, composite animals, and highly imaginative episodes described in the myths. Consequently, a detailed understanding of this natural phenomenon, and of the many guises in which it appears throughout the world, provides for the first time, a simple and powerful key to world mythology."


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Perhaps the most enigmatic of all the many symbols found at the ancient city of Troy is the swastika. This complex symbol has been used as a decorative motif for thousands of years in civilizations as diverse as Harappa, ancient Scandinavia, Greece, Egypt, the Far East, and in pre-Colombian America. When Heinrich Schliemann excavated Troy in the 1870's he discovered hundreds of examples of the swastika incribed on spindle whorls and other objects.

The use of the swastika by Nazi Germany, and its association with the inumerable evils perpetrated by that regime, has cast a stigma on the swastika that makes difficult an unbiased study of this ancient symbol. Consequently, Symbolon Press has decided to reprint the classic reference: "THE SWASTIKA, THE EARLIEST KNOWN SYMBOL, AND ITS MIGRATIONS," by anthropologist Thomas Wilson. Despite its early publication date of 1896, this book remains the most thorough and comprehensive look at the swastika and its worldwide use in antiquity.

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Heinrich Schliemann was a fiercely independent businessman who turned archaeologist after making his fortune in the California gold rush. Archaeological science was in its infancy at the time, so Schliemann wrote his own rules. Shrewd and wiley like a modern day Odysseus, he overcame a mountain of bureaucratic obstacles to excavate the ancient city of Troy. No friend to the mercenary Turkish authorities who at every turn attempted to rob him, he persevered in his goal to prove that the Trojan War had actually taken place in this strategic location where Europe and Asia meet.

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Symbolon Press is proud to bring this excellent guide to the California wildflowers back into print. Its charming style and masterful illustrations earn it a place in the library of every person in the state who cares to link him or herself profoundly to the natural world. Not knowing the names of the wild plants is much like not knowing the names of your neighbors -- being condemned to the most superficial of relationships.

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  Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype by Gregory Haynes

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Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype

Revelations from the Symbols of Ancient Troy

by Gregory Haynes

Tree of Life with two lions




The Swastika, by Thomas Wilson. The front cover is from "Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype", by Gregory Haynes. Haynes was the first to observe the swastika-like orientation of the four largest rivers on the four continents bordering the Atlantic Ocean: The Nile, Amazon,  Mississippi, Baltic.





Troy and Its Remains by Heinrich Schliemann, published by Symbolon Press





The Wildflowers of California by Mary Elizabeth Parsons, published by Symbolon Press






Forthcoming Publications:


A new edition of the classic masterpiece, The Golden Asse, or Metamorphosis

by Lucius Apuleius

Lucius Apuleius was a priest in the cult of Isis during the second century AD. In The Golden Asse, or Metamorphosis we learn most of what we know about this influential Greco-Egyptian mystery religion. While the book is clearly an allegory of personal discovery and transformation, it also contains a wealth of historically accurate information about the rites and practices of the Isis priesthood. As we accompany Lucius through his enchantment and eventual release, we gain a rare and important glimpse into ancient esoteric life.

The translation of William Adlington into Shakespearean English is the most enjoyable way to experience this text. Humorous beyond belief, Apuleius demonstrates that what is deeply true is also enlivening and uplifting.

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The Egyptian Goddess, Nut


The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, Anno. 1459

A new edition of the translation by Edward Foxworth


"Some body after an unusual manner, touched me on the back; whereupon I was so hugely terrified, that I durst hardly look about me; yet I shewed my self as cheerful as (in the like occurrences) humane frailty would permit; now the same thing still twiching me several times by the coat, I looked back, and behold it was a fair and glorious lady, whose garmets were all skye-colour, and curiously (like heaven) bespangled with golden stars . . . She had also large and beautiful wings, full of eyes throughout, wherewith she could mount aloft, and flye swifter than any eagle."













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