Pulver's symbol of the three zones
Our European-American writing moves from left to right, going from the I to the You on the imaginary or prescribed horizontal writing line. We build a bridge from the present to the future, leaving the past behind us. That means, when I write a word I am in the present on the way to the future, and when I have written the word I have left the past behind.
Men have always been preoccupied by a sense of duality in their nature which has found symbolic expression in all cultures. There is good and evil, light and dark, and right and left. Plutarch said: "Right symbolizes the future; the active male principle-willpower, intellect. Left is the symbol of the past: the mother principle - receptivity, childhood, creativity."
Herodotus writes that Lybians shaved the left side of their heads, offering their hair to the goddess of fertility. Plato spoke of sacrificing the right parts of animals to the Olympic Gods.
This duality of right and left is also reflected in law, ritual and religion. We raise the right hand to take an oath. In Christian belief, Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father. In the Old Testament, King Solomon placed his mother in the seat of honor at his right. On Judgment Day, the righteous man will stand to the right of God's throne.
In Chinese cultural tradition, the mystical Gods, Yang and Yin -- light and dark -- signify right and left. Yang, on the right, is the male principle. He is heaven, the active, the positive, the straight, the undivided, the favored in the universe. Yin, on the left, is the female principle. She is earth, receptive, submissive, divided and unfavored.
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Publication information: Book title: The Art of Graphology. Contributors: Marie Bernard - Author, Jeanne M. Reed - Editor. Publisher: Whitston. Place of publication: Troy, NY. Publication year: 1985. Page number: 12.
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