Alchemical Wisdom in the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, the original “Buddha” recorded in history said, symbols and idols were a distraction from the revealing of truth.

Modern day religions, including Buddhism, ignore these words and have since created gigantic symbols and idols. In parts of Asia, Buddha statues stand, or lie, over 100 metres tall!

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

In the modern age, we are more enamoured by celebrity idols and symbols of recognised consumer brands. All the top brands are illuminati symbols that have been used since antiquity.

Take a close look. The ancient symbols draped over celebrity idols and found in corporate brands are the same symbols used by those with knowledge of secret power.

And they are the same symbols used in religion, government, banking and royalty.



But the point Gautama Buddha made over 4500 years ago still stands true today – the true meaning of life, the body, the mind and the soul are hidden behind esoteric symbols.

Worse still, the meanings that are revealed to us by organised religions are only half-truths that only give us a glimpse of the truth. Yet explanations are passed off as the entire truth.

This is the deception of organised religions, political groups, banks, education and every other cabal owned system all over the world. This opinion is not a conspiracy theory. This is THE conspiracy.

And so it is with the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism. Half truths. The rest is hidden and only revealed to initiates of the highest echelons. I doubt even most Buddhist monks know the entire truth.

This article links to eight other articles that describe a broader meaning of the eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism. They give my views based on my research into symbolism and ancient philosophies.

Buddhism is steeped with hidden meaning

I could be wrong of course, and I am sure many people will tell me I am wrong. But what I will uphold is this: consider the evidence and make up your own mind.

Ask yourself – which version makes the most sense?

But before we charge ahead with Buddhist symbolism, let me explain a little about hermetic alchemy and the use of symbols throughout the recorded history of mankind.

The esoteric wisdom in alchemical symbols

To the discerning initiate of Buddhism and other religions that use esoteric symbols, iconography and myth are essential tools that assist initiates with understanding the complex subject of the inner-self.

Religious scripts teach us all of this and more, but the esoteric meanings are hidden so deeply within parables and more often than not organised religions teach us to look on the outside towards Gods and idols rather than on this inside at the true nature of yourself.

In many instances, the church limits their teachings to moral values and doing good deeds. I wonder how many priests, monks, brahmas, Imams and Cohens really understand about religious teachings.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with the basic concepts taught by religious institutes, these qualities are already innate within us. We do not need a church to tell us.

In actual fact, organised religions can destroy the caring and compassionate qualities of human nature. A study showed that religious children are more selfish, less compassionate and more inclined to hand out harsher treatment.

And let’s not even mention war and murder in the name of God.

For the most part, spiritual dogma is dog shit and should be cleared off the streets!


If you have not already heard of alchemical wisdom, it is the process of understanding your body, mind and heart. It is the art and persistence of self-analysis.

As the Oracle of Delphi put it “Know Thy Self.”

More precisely, the need to understand the psycho-biological systems of the chakras, breathing, mastering emotions and taking control of the auto-piloted habitual mind, is the key to leading a successful and happy life where you will find peace of mind and liberation from material bondage.

In essence, the lessons you learn through self-assessment enable you to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. Not only does it connect you to your  higher self that reveals the truth, it enables you to handle everything life throws at you.

And trust me, once you connect to your higher self, you can’t go wrong, so it’s a friend worth getting to know!

Without going too deeply into the systematic corruption of organised religions, royal leaders, political agendas and wealthy corporate families, the knowledge of man’s innate powers has been subdued.

However, for anybody that cares to study esoteric symbolism through sources provided by commentators with a conscious – so-called “light workers” – you will learn more about your everyday experiences than you will ever learn from corrupt establishments with an ulterior motive.

The motive: to keep us subdued and in ignorance. It is easier to control us this way!

Buddhist symbolism

Not only did Gautama Buddha not care for symbols, idols or systematic leadership, the enlightened man didn’t consider his teachings should be considered a religion or a philosophy either.

All Buddha wanted was to do help guide people away from the self-bondage and liberate their mind by teaching them about the innate powers within them – to connect them with their true self.

The 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism

Yet today we inevitably consider Buddhism is a philosophy and an organised religion with complex ideas of psychology.

Although the teachings and practices involve meditating and concentrating on the self, a lot of commentators believe the true teachings have been defiled and watered down.

I came to the same conclusion whilst researching my second book, Journey’s To Ancient World’s: In Search of the Truth (out later next year!)

What I certainly know is that the explanation of Buddhist symbolism only tells part of the truth.

Furthermore, it closely resembles symbols found in Hermetic alchemy documented and taught throughout Europe thousands of years after the birth of Buddhism.

Both Buddhism and hermetic alchemy have their roots in what is modern day Hinduism, but originated with the Yogis of ancient India and spread to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia and Europe.

There are numerous symbols incorporated into the branches of Buddhist teachings that reflect the same teachings in hermetic alchemy together with other religions and long-gone ancient civilisations from all over the world.

Ashtamangala symbolism

Of all the symbols found throughout the different channels of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the eight auspicious symbols are considered to be the most important.

Known in Sanskrit as Ashtamangala, they represent the core teachings of Gautama Buddha. In reality, they originated from ancient Vedic texts and today are nothing more than stripped down versions of this ancient wisdom.

To explain what I mean, I will present to you what the organised religion of mainstream Buddhism says the symbols represent, then describe in greater detail how the symbols relate to your psycho-biological system.

Whereas the orthodox interpretations in this list may not be the case for all Buddhists (at least I hope not) they are lifted from actual sources both in print, online and various interviews.

Ordinarily, I would reference the sources of information, but linking back to these websites, or even crediting them with a mention earns them better rankings in search engines – which they do not deserve.

However, interpretation of mainstream Buddhism is so prevalent online that you can find this information for yourself without barely even looking. Don’t take my word for it – do it.

But if you do, at least read my alternative interpretations of what Buddhist symbols mean, as they explain a completer version of the truth than the half-truths littered by organised religions.

The eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism are:

  1. Umbrella or parasol
  2. The Lotus Flower
  3. The Two Golden Fish
  4. The Treasure Vase
  5. The Conch Shell
  6. The Dharma Wheel
  7. The Endless Knot
  8. The Victory Banner


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I appreciate not everybody will agree with my alternative views to Buddhist symbolism, nor will everyone accept the mainstream interpretations are widespread.

However, there are several branches of Buddhism, and each has devised their own symbols with a slightly altered interpretation.

For the record, I cannot categorically say my interpretations of Buddhist symbolism are 100% correct. I am not a Buddhist or a member of any other organised religion.

However, I do care about the future of humanity and want to help people to help themselves.

My interpretations of symbolism are cultivated from extensive research of alchemical teachings, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism together with scores of philosophical writings. And my own life experiences of course.

What I am confident about is that my explanation will be more helpful to you than anything organised religions will teach you!

Therefore feel free to share your thoughts in the comments field below any of the articles linked to above. Interpretations essentially come from individual experience, and I am interested to know what makes most sense to you!

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