The Wonderful World of Symbols
Thursday's correspondences are the colors purple, royal blue and green; the fragrances of honeysuckle, nutmeg, sage and clove; and the tarot cards nine, ten and ace of pentacles. (Pentacles are associated with coins = money)
Some symbols are universal as they occur in similar forms carrying similar power across cultures and time, representing the natural expression of inner psychological forces - what Carl Jung, the Swiss psychologist, termed the 'collective unconscious'. By observing his patients, Jung noted the recurrence of certain deeply symbolic images, leading Jung to conclude that symbolism plays an important part in the psychic processes influencing every aspect of human life. What he called the collective unconscious consists of instinctive thought and behavior patterns shaped by millennia of human experience into emotions and values. These primordial images can't be accessed except in symbolic form. Jung called these primordial symbols 'archetypes' - the common inheritance of humankind.
The lemniscate, the side-ways figure 8, denotes 'infinity' or simply 'ribbon' in Latin. Like the ouroburous - the symbol of a snake devouring its own tail - and the phoenix - the cycle of rising from the ashes to burn up and start the whole process again - the lemniscate has no beginning and no ending.
The lemniscate appears on the tarot cards of the I Magician and XI Strength. The infinity symbol was introduced to mathematics by John Wallis, an English cryptographer and mathematician around 1655.