A hierogram is a sacred inscription or symbol. Literally meaning sacred writing, hierogram comes from Greek hieros, describing something holy or divine, and -gramma, describing something written or drawn.
Each hierogram is created by hand using the contemplative brush painting method pioneered by Calen, thus each piece is unique and resonates with the energy of a chosen symbol. I pair each hierogram with a carefully selected quote to complement this resonance. Hierograms communicate with us at the archetypal level, and like dream symbols, hierograms touch us on the physical, emotional, psychological, cognitive and spiritual planes.
The hierograms shown here represent the universal signs of life, described by Angeles Arrien in her book Signs of Life: The circle symbolizes wholeness, the square indicates stability, the triangle represents goals and dreams, the cross stands for relationship, and the spiral means growth. These five symbols were believed to hold similar meanings actross numerous ancient cultures.
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Order hierograms of any one shape alone or a group of all five shapes. Other symbols available upon request. Poem and quotes are optional. Hierograms are made to order, painted on 5×7-inch cardstock suitable for framing, and are available for $3 each or $10.00 for five cards (plus shipping). Perfect for gifts or to give to participants in your workshops or labyrinth walks. Choose from a variety of symbols, or call us to customize a set of symbols to match your purpose or theme. Please note that every hierogram is a handmade and unique work of art, so color and form will vary. Allow up to two weeks for delivery.