The symbols which were used in the religious teachings of early man are popularly known as the Sacred Symbols. When symbols were first used it was to concentrate the mind on the Infinite One, so that by keeping the eyes on the symbol no outside sights or sounds might call off attention from the object of worship. Humans were taught that the symbol itself was not to be worshipped; the symbol was only a picture to keep the mind from wandering. There was only One Deity, but that One Deity had many attributes which looked after health and strength, rain and sunshine, crops; in fact, after the whole welfare of mankind.
In the beginning three symbols only were used. When these were understood, they were compounded and others added, and as time grew so did the number of symbols, also their complexity, until Egypt about 3,000 or 4,000 years ago, when there was such a riot of symbols scarcely one temple understood the meaning of half the symbols used in another. The three original symbols which I have referred to are: The Circle, The Equilateral Triangle and The Square. MY THANKS TO -

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