A walk through the ten principles of Burning Man and other Burn ethos. Compliments of Burning Flipside, MediaFlipside (Youtube), and Innuendo.
The Ten Principles of Burning Man have a great deal of meaning to us who identify as burners. I’ve designed the Ten Symbols inspired by these principles, which I’d encourage you to share and use yourself as visual inspiration for practical manifestation in your life.
I’ve designed these symbols with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license which allows you to copy, distribute, and adapt the designs for non-commercial purposes, as long as you credit the original sources.
So which symbol represents each of the Ten Principles of Burning Man? Scroll down to see The 10 Symbols.
Use these symbols!
These symbols are free to use for non-commercial purposes. Use them at your regional burn, remix them with your art, gift them to your community, and share them with the world!
It would mean a lot to me to see where you incorporate these symbols. Be sure to share your creations, and get in touch.
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
The Ten of Wands
Like the tree moving toward the light, grow yourself as you expand and extend yourself into the light. The Tree as a wand symbolizes your growth in consciousness and unfoldment. Just as the tree grows downward, discover your roots, growing deeply into the dark (subconscious and past) and into the earth (primordial collective unconscious). The thickening and branching of the tree symbolizes the expanding of your worldly life and your understanding of your everyday fortunes. The tree also grows upward, representing your spiritual development and your attainment of higher consciousness and knowledge of the future. Through growth, you flower like the rose, shine like the star and tower like the redwood. It is time to move up, break out and branch out.
James Wanless, Ph.D.
Artist Ken Knutson