“A symbol does not disguise, it reveals in time.” ~C. G. Jung, The Language of Dreams
The word symbol comes from the Greek word symballein, to throw together. It has to do, then, with a heap of material thrown together, which you then take as a whole, “something viewed as a totality”.
From symbols or through them intuitions and insights develop in a great variety. For example, the “tree of life” is an age-old symbol. From it have come ideas and diverse outlooks on life and growth processes: ideas of individuation, the continuum, measurement of time, enlightenment, the manifestation of a divine natural law, the maternal womb of life and death, and many more.
When a symbol appears to you, it acts as a pointer to what is going on in your life and where it will continue. It will concentrate a lot of psychic energy towards a still distant goal.
It will connect that inner spark of life, making you feel connected and centred around a purpose. This is the specific life promoting significance of the symbol.
Symbols can be also dead and stiffened by dogma, but working with Your inner symbols deals with the living aspects that rise up from the creative unconscious in the personal or group’s context.