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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Hair

You will not get a hippy to cut his hair, because by doing so he breaks – symbolically – his links with heaven.  In effect, hair has considerable significance symbolically, it denotes the link to the spiritual world, hair is viewed as a sort of final thread in the communication channels between the spiritual world and the physical world. 

The longer the hair, the better the communication, which is possibly why we subconsciously like to see long hair, and why people grow their hair – men and women.  It is why the Sikhs don't cut their hair – symbolically it would destroy their links with the spiritual world. 

The current fashion amongst some men of shaving their heads is almost a statement of spiritual defiance by contrast, symbolically it shows [and how sad this is] a break with all forms of spiritual input/output.

Hair occurs numerous times in myths and legends, with the same significance, for example,  …. 

  • NISOS – Had a purple hair in the middle of his head 
  • PTERELAOS –  was described a being ‘immortal’ because of the golden hair direct line to the gods

When hair is braided it becomes symbolically a half way house between a ladder or stair and hair.  It carries similar symbolism to a Thread or cord.  The same is true of dreadlocks.

     

A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot
Hairs then, come to symbolise the concept of spiritual energy.  Phaldor, in his Libro d'Oror del sogno comments that they 'represent the spiritual assets of Man'.  Abundant, beautiful hair, for both man and  woman, signifies spiritual development.  To lose one's hair signifies failure and poverty'

Hair colour

Red hair takes on the symbolism of Fire
Blonde hair takes on the symbolism of gold
Brown hair takes on the symbolism of Earth and brown
White hair takes on the symbolism of Aether and also of course denotes wisdom
Black hair can vary but is often either the colour of the Intellect and Conscious self [using the symbolism of Darkness and Light] or it can mean instinctive and more primeval urges – the Autonomic system.  It does not mean evil!

Body hair

In contrast to the hair on the head, any form of body hair is symbolically describing the subconscious and specifically the more instinctive and ‘earthy’ urges.  It can also of course symbolically represent the Autonomic system with its instinctive urge for survival and sexual fulfillment………..

A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot
Whereas hair on the head, because it grows on the top of the human body, symbolises spiritual forces and can be equated, within the symbolism of water, with the Upper Ocean, body hair is equivalent to the Lower Ocean, that is to say, it denotes the proliferation of the irrational power of the cosmos and of the instinctive life.
This explains why the priests of many religions, the Egyptians among them, shaved off all their body hair.  And it also explains why the god Pan was depicted with hairy legs.

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