Yet, the symbol itself is an open secret. Inexplicable though it is, it makes possible its own understanding. If acted upon-that is, if enacted as a rite and allowed to act-it does the inner and the outer work that is its teaching. It does so because a symbol is not a thing but a synthesis of complements, a paradoxical process, a way, something that one must do.
John Matthews;Paul Bembridge;Joscelyn Godwin;Goodrick-Clarke;Christopher Bamford;Rafal Prinke;Robert Powell;Christopher McIntosh. The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited (pp. 45-46). Kindle Edition.