This is something I brainstormed on a lark, but there’s probably something to it. Has that mythical feeling of weight I recognize from previous myths.
I believe that these are “form constants” stored at a very low level of the brain, which we combine to form our perceptions. For a brief introduction to this idea, look at the illustrations and description in pages 122-125 of The Man Who Tasted Shapes, which are available in the Google books preview. My working thesis is that knowledge of these form constants is passed down by mystics who gained experience of them through psychedelic practices. In the West, this has particularly been the provenance of Gnostic numerology (or Kabbalah among the Ashkenazim) and various New Age forms of Luciferianism. Though such psychedelic experiences are often dismissed as spiritually meaningless because the accompanying euphoria can be explained materially, I believe this is a mistake in reaction to primitive Dualism. Temporal lobe epilepsy and delta wave brain states are similar phenomena.
Here are the associations my magic neanderbrain came up with. Please note that these associations have a sort of “pure” aesthetic quality similar to color psychology.
0: The circle O. Universalism, equality, sameness, all-connectedness, holism, “no difference” i.e. lack of distinction between parts, the feminine spirit and the vagina, pre-rational existence, profundity, awe, theta brain state, Omega, finality, resolution, dimensionless points.
1: The line —. Distinction/Disjunction, division of a whole into parts, analysis, tension between parts, simple associations, subtraction/cancellation (as in the minus sign and strikethrough), symbolic reasoning, the masculine spirit and the penis, elimination of contradictions, violence, primitive pagan virtus delta wave state, perception, dimensionality.
2: The cross +. Combination, material creation, trees, families, tribes, grids/meshes, nesting and subcategories, mendelian genetics, interconnection, unification of parts into a new whole, position within a lattice, proprioception.
3: The triangle Δ. Stratification, ranking, asymmetry and direction, order, society, hierarchy, paradox and dialectic, cohesion/coherence, enforced harmony, rigor, political statesmanship, statism, maintenance of stability, judgment of value, spectra, man as a political animal.
4: Unknown symbol, possibly composition of compositions, matrices of matrices, “drilling down”, etc.
5: Star ⛤. Conjunction/Unification of hierarchies (note triangles in pentagram), Consciousness (self-perception, endogenous personality), enlightenment, eminence, Genius, productivity/multiplication, alchemy, Gnosticism, inspiration, connection to spirits, Platonic forms, other heavenly nonmaterial things.
6: Wave ~. Transmission, flow, relaxation, information transfer, dispersion, culture, sex, lossless energy transfer, light, radiation, fire, heat, continuation, man as a cultural animal.
7: “Jags”, jagged lines, sharp angles, Z. Destruction, inelastic collisions, brokenness, Gestalt shifts in perception, displacement, tectonic shift, exile, comedy, death, suffering, loosh. Bad endings.
i: Spiral, square root of -1. Contortion, torque, warp (in all senses of the word), perversion, “emergence” (emergent effects from dualistic dynamics), pressure, tornadoes and hurricanes (effects of dualistic pressure fronts), exponentiation, bias, positive feedback.
The circle: spheres (3-D counterpart, divides space into inner/outer), cycles, any sort of loop.
The line: planes (3-D counterpart, divides space into parts).
The triangle: Prism, pyramid, cone (this one only sort of, a cone represents emanation from a point rather than coherence).
The star: pentagram, inverted pentagram, asterisk, sun symbols (circumscribed dot, swastika), most things related to astrology, alchemy, enlightenment.
The wave: waves, flowing curves.
Jagged lines: broken lines, discontinuities, jumps.
Combinations of these symbols are typically used to express combinations of the ideas. For example, a spiraled cross is used to represent a cross as viewed through a warped perspective.
Now that I’ve really grokked this, I think I’ll compare notes with Vejiortan.