Have you ever wondered why the moon is revered in so many cultures? How about the symbolism of the lotus flower? For these answers and more turn to 1001 Symbols: An Illustrated Guide to Imagery and Its Meaning by Jack Tresidder (Chronicle Books, 2004). In this informative book you'll find symbols that will stump your friends, bewilder your mind, and definitely serve as fabulous conversation starters. Why is the moon revered? The moon symbolizes the natural rhythm of life with its various cycles. The harvest moon, a full moon near the September equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) is linked with love and fertility. In addition, many cultures believed lunar deities to beÂ feminine because of the moon's natural link with the menstrual cycle. And, the symbolism behind the lotus flower? In Egypt, India, Japan, and China the lotus flower symbolizes perfection. According to Buddhist texts, the flower is associated with enlightenment or the unfolding of spiritual wisdom.