The use of symbolism remains an art, not a science. Different people use symbols in a variety of ways and each symbol can have diverse meanings, even within the same culture. Not surprisingly, determining the meaning of symbols can be difficult. This valuable reference defines the general symbolism of over 15,000 terms, from ancient to modern, as well as specialized meanings in mythology, religion, art, literature, folklore, flower language, astrology, heraldry, numerology, and cultures the world over. From ""0"" to ""Zu,"" each entry catalogs all possible connotations, listed by culture when appropriate, creating the most comprehensive symbolism dictionary available.