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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Eagle

If the symbol of the Eagle is found in association with lions, doves and [rarely] bears, the the Eagle is a symbol of the Higher spirit - see Conscious and Subconscious and its synonyms

In more general use, but also in connection with the symbolism above, the Eagle is the bird associated with JUPITER, one of the symbolic Planets and thus one of the Intelligences in the Intelligence hierarchy.

The symbolism is based on their ability to rise to very high levels, and the fact that they are very powerful birds capable of defending and attacking prey [fighting ‘demons’ - evil].  The beak is used for tearing flesh, as such it is a symbol of both Rebirth and the dissolution of the body.

Carlos Castaneda – Wheel of Time
The Eagle devours …awareness …… disentangles these tiny flames, lays them flat, as a tanner stretches out a hide, and then consumes them, for awareness is the Eagle’s food

Their extremely good eyesight indicates their ability to ‘spot’ what is happening on the Earth level.  Their Nests are also built very high in trees – in effect they have their home extremely high in the Tree of Life

There is also another very subtle symbolism.  Many species lay two eggs but the older larger chick usually kills its younger weaker sibling.  The dominant chick is usually the female one – so the eagle can be representative of Union  - the  suppression and sublimation of the Conscious [male] self by the  Subconscious [female] self in order that union with the Higher spirit can occur.

There is then a type of eagle – the Fish eagle that can be associated with all the symbolism of PISCES – again a symbol of dissolution.

   

The eagle is also  the symbol of the spiritual searcher.  The person who would like to ‘soar like an eagle’ in the spiritual heights.

Left: Visigothic Eagle brooch with Garnets
6th Century CE. Saragossa, Spain

 

 

Eagle Sheild Mount
5th Century CE, Sutton Hoo, England

It is worth noting that the symbol has been misappropriated by men of power see the section on the eagle as the symbol of power 

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