A quick guide to the symbolism behind the cover of The Laws of Entanglement. For the creation process, see Part 1. As discussed in part 1, I wanted a cover design which spoke to the deeper meaning of my book. Below is a (very short) introdcution to the symbols involved.
The predominant visual in my cover is the image of two hands, each in meditative poses. This pose is a stylistic variation of Gyan/Jnana Mudra (with the fingers spread for artistic reasons).
Known as the Consciousness Seal, Gyan/Jnana Mudra is a hand pose used in yoga and meditation practice to gain insight, connect to the higher self, and calm the mind.
Connecting the two hands is 姻缘红线 , The Red Thread of Fate (also known as the thread of marriage or string of fate). According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” The God of Love (Yue Xia Lao) arranges these destinies in favor of the person and for their own betterment. Although Chinese legend originally says the thread is tied around the ankles, and Japanese lore claims it is the finger, modern Valentine’s and engagement photos from China commonly show the thread tied around the finger.
The red thread of fate spirals around itself in a symbol familiar to students of sacred geometry: The Seed of Life. Known as the Symbol of Creation and the Blueprint for All Life, this geometric figure is the basis for all other geometric shapes as well our universe. It is often used for a symbol of the transformation and evolution of consciousness.
Two hands reach out towards each other in the darkness, seeking insight and wisdom, bound by the red thread of fate to a destiny of transformation and evolution of consciousness. Now that you have a basic understanding of the symbolism behind the cover design, what do you think? Leave a comment and let me know!