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.
One hundred symbols with associated symbol explanations are published in the books The Eternal World Picture 1-6; they constitute an important supplement to his main work, Livets Bog (The Book of Life).
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 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).
A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 11 – The Eternal World Picture, the Living Being 2, the Eternal Godhead and the Eternal Sons of God The symbol shows the universe as a whole. The universe is a living being, namely the Godhead. The Godhead appears as a triune principle consisting of the I, the faculty to create and the created. The Godhead contains all existing beings, the sons of God. Each son of God constitutes the same triune principle, and the symbol therefore also symbolises every being. The Godhead and the sons of God interact perpetually. Since all existing living beings’ organs for creating and experiencing constitute collectively the Godhead’s organ for creating and experiencing, it is evident here that the Godhead is omnipresent, almighty, all-wise and all-loving. The keynote of the universe is love. The main details of the symbol: The white area in the centre symbolises X1 or the macro-I, and the small white areas around the edge symbolise the micro-I’s. The macro-I is shown as a hexagonal star to symbolise that its manifestation and experience occurs through six different states of consciousness, which means one for each basic energy. The faculty to create, X2, is indicated by the halo of rays around the macro-I and by the rays and the violet area around the micro-I’s at edge of the symbol. The coloured areas between the macro-I and the micro-I’s symbolise X3 or the result of I’s faculty to create and experience. X3 consists of the consciousness and the organism. X3 constitutes the six planes of existence, each marked with its particular colour and energy. These planes of existence together make up a cosmic spiral cycle: red – instinct – the plant kingdom orange – gravity – the animal kingdom yellow – feeling- the real human kingdom green – intelligence – the kingdom of wisdom blue – intuition – the divine world indigo – memory – the kingdom of bliss The positioning of the Earth indicates that the Earth-being belongs to the animal kingdom. The small star-shaped figure symbolises cosmic consciousness and marks the beginning of the real human kingdom. In approximately 3000 years this human kingdom will be a reality here on Earth. We will thus outgrow the last remnants of our ancestral animal or egoistic tendencies of consciousness. The subsequent superphysical planes of existence indicate even higher worlds, where life culminates in wisdom and love. See also Martinus’ description of symbol no. 11 in The Eternal World Picture 1.
A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 13 – The Eternal World Plan The symbol shows how the living being is inextricably linked to an eternal, divine world plan. Through this plan the being is the master of the creation of mental light and darkness. The being creates this light and darkness using the various combinations of the basic energies throughout planes of existence in the spiral cycle for all eternity. Behind this lies the contrast principle as a cosmic reality. Without this principle no life experience of any kind could occur. The highest and most perfect kind of life experience consists of a harmonious relationship between light and darkness. From a mental point of view this harmony is the expression of absolute love. The main details of the symbol: The white triangle symbolises the I of the universe or the Godhead. The round white figures each symbolise a living being. The six sections that the symbol is divided into are the six planes of existence of the spiral cycle. The kingdom at the bottom is the plant kingdom (red), followed on the right by the animal kingdom (orange), then the real human kingdom (yellow), the kingdom of wisdom (green), the divine world (blue) and the kingdom of bliss (light indigo). The ring-shaped coloured section symbolises the changing combinations of the basic energies, which form the “matter” that makes up the planes of existence. The six dark rhomboid figures symbolise the combination of the basic energies in the living being’s organism as a whole at its culmination, as it appears in each of the six planes of existence. Each of the organisms represent their own particular combination of the bodies of instinct, gravity, feeling, intelligence, intuition and memory. The dotted lines connecting body to body show how the capacity of the bodies of the basic energies changes from one plane of existence to another, and how the experience and manifestation of life therefore changes from plane to plane. The black and white ring-shaped sections at the edge of the symbol indicates the interaction between darkness and light in the six planes of existence. See also Martinus’ description of symbol no. 13 in The Eternal World Picture 1.
A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 14 – The Cosmic Spiral Cycle 1 All living beings form part of an eternal organic cooperation that is organised as a spiral cycle. In every cycle the beings experience a movement from darkness or ignorance to light or cosmic consciousness and love, and thereafter on to new experiences of darkness and light in new spiral cycles. Every new spiral cycle is experienced as a new variation. Every living being is a macrobeing that provides living space and life conditions for microbeings in spirals below them, at the same time as it, as a microbeing itself gets living space from macrobeings in spirals above it. The main details of the symbol: The symbol represents seven cosmic spiral cycles. The one in the middle marked D symbolises the cycle that we ourselves are situated in and that constitutes our mesocosmos. The spiral cycles A-C constitute our microcosmos. The C-spiral symbolises our organ beings, the B-spiral our cell beings, and the A-spiral the micro-lives that are described as substance or matter. The spiral cycles E-G constitute our macrocosmos. The E-spiral is the domicile of planets, the F-spiral contains the solar system, and the G-spiral the galactic system. The spiral cycle continues infinitely in both the macrocosmos and the microcosmos. See also Martinus’ description of symbol no. 14 in The Eternal World Picture 1.
A Summary Explanation of Symbol No. 16 – The Eternal Body The basic structure of the living being is such that it has an eternal centre or I that sends out various kinds of movements, which return to this centre. It is eternally enveloped in a mass of cyclical movements. All cyclical movements when completed result in a new cycle. This structure of movement around the I is therefore eternal and is called the eternal body. Since all kinds of energy and movement without exception emanate from the I and, through the cycle, return to this I, the being is the absolute first cause of its fate and is therefore the only source of its fate. Eternal and unshakable justice is thus shown to be an absolute reality. The main details of the symbol: The symbol represents the living being. The white triangle symbolises the I, which is the fixed point for the movements that are sent out and return. The white flaming cross expresses the fact that the eternal body as a whole is always in balance. The many violet circular paths or arcs of fate are cycles that emanate from the I and return to it. They symbolise all the different kinds of movement that the living being’s created organs, bodies, manifestations and experiences of life constitute. That the arcs of fate are shown in four sizes symbolises merely that they appear in an infinite number of sizes. Certain cycles return instantaneously, others are enormous and span the entire spiral cycle. In addition there even greater cycles or arcs of fate. See also Martinus’ description of symbol no. 16 in The Eternal World Picture 1.