The study of symbols conceptually carries you inward from the brain to the mind, into the realm of ideas. It sweeps into focussed activity the mental apparatus. You then become aware of the concept or idea which the sign or symbol embodies. You comprehend its meaning and for what it stands. You grasp the purpose for which the form has been brought into manifestation. Your study of number and of line has given you a rich background of knowledge upon the objective plane—a richness in this case dependent upon your own personal reading, mental equipment and knowledge. Your capacity to read a "meaning" into a symbol will be dependent also upon the richness of the meaning you ascribe to the events of your daily life, and your ability to really meditate.
(Glamour: A World Problem, p. 12)