"Things more excellent than every image," says Jamblichus
, "are expressed through images." Things admit of being used as symbols because nature is a symbol, in the whole, and in every part.
Religion, policy, public and private quarrels, wars are procured by them, and they are delighted perhaps to see men fight, as men are with cocks, bulls and dogs, bears, &c., plagues, dearths depend on them, our bene and male esse, and almost all our other peculiar actions, (for [...] every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular, all his life long, which Jamblichus
calls daemonem) preferments, losses, weddings, deaths, rewards and punishments, and as Proclus will, all offices whatsoever, [...], and several names they give them according to their offices, as Lares, Indegites, Praestites, &c.