Through the technique of the symbol, the details of the spiritual or cosmic world are thus made physically accessible. They are rendered physically visible in an artificial way.
(The Eternal World Picture, vol. 1, sect. B3)
See an overview of all the symbols and their explanations. Go to the overview of the symbols.
Martinus has drawn and painted a large number of symbols, which are important elements in his overall description of the eternal world picture. He wanted these symbols to provide an accessible overview of the principles and laws that characterize life and the universe as a whole.
Seventy-seven symbols with associated symbol explanations are published in the books The Eternal World Picture 1-5; they constitute an important supplement to his main work, Livets Bog (The Book of Life). Martinus has left a number of additional symbols, which the Martinus Institute expects to publish in a later volume of The Eternal World Picture.
The symbols are made up of figures, colours and lines, each illustrating specific areas of the cosmic analyses. Martinus has thus created a physical illustration of spiritual realities that are otherwise inaccessible to our physical sensory perception. This physical visibility makes it easier for us to focus our thoughts on spiritual phenomena and to study them in a systematic and purposeful way, as we are accustomed to doing with physical objects and phenomena.
You can liken the symbols to maps. They provide a symbolic representation of the spiritual and cosmic realities, in the same way as maps provide a symbolic representation of geographical realities.
Forty-four of Martinus' symbols are presented below. Each symbol is followed by a brief symbol explanation; we do, however, always recommend readers to read Martinus' own detailed explanations in The Eternal World Picture.
The symbols are also available as colour plates and posters for use in study circles, etc. They can be purchased from the Institute's internet bookshop and are available in the following three sizes: B5 (18 x 25.8 cm), A3 (29.7 x 42) and poster-size (about 55 x 65 cm). They are also available as transparencies for overhead projectors (A4-size).