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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Stone

A Henry Moore sculpture in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
 

The symbolism of the stone is one of the more confusing.

In general it represents the bodied soul - a person.  Symbolically the Earth layer is like a Wall around the Egg, as such we are a stone in the Wall or if you prefer a Brick in the Wall.  All those whose Destiny is merely to serve  and provide help to those with more difficult challenges are thus bricks in the symbolic wall.  An ancient Persian inscription runs
"O square thyself for use; a stone that may fit in the wall is not left in the ways"

So even those at the bottom of the ladder are not forgotten.  Note that this is where the symbolism for the Freemason's tools comes from, as the symbol of the square is also that for the Earth layer, the implication is that your role is service in the physical.

Hollow stones

A hollow stone is simply symbolically the same thing as a stone but with the added implication that they have a hard outer shell and an inner soul.  Thus we have a symbolism that is the same as the crab, the man in armour, the chrysalis, the oyster, the Pitcher or jug and so on.  Form and function.

Precious stones

But there is added symbolism because stones can also include precious stones and a precious stone is one who is on the spiritual path.  [As Gollum in the Lord of the Rings knew]

But the symbolism becomes extremely muddied at this point because jewels [in the plural] represent spiritual truths.  A single jewel, however, is then a precious stone!  By extension a stone can also represent the level one will attain during one's life in the spiritual path.

A stone can also be a crystal.  A single crystal  has a different symbolic meaning to crystals in the plural.   A single crystal is also a precious stone in this context and a step towards being a diamond!

Press stone or grinding stone

The final symbolism is usually used in the context of Soma - and thus a specifically Hindu symbol.

The  ‘grinding of the stones’ used to 'press the juice' of the 'soma plant',  is the masturbatory techniques used in the Sex magick, Peaking and Sexual stimulation techniques to provoke such experiences - stones in this instance being thetesticles -  balls or gonads. 

Sometimes these stones were known as the jewels, and from these euphemisms we of course get such expressions in English as ‘the crown jewels’ [referring to the testicles and penis] and grinding – making love or having sex.

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