Totem group – Picts – Elements - Angels and Deer [Aether]
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
If one examines a Pictish cross, it is surrounded by an aura [the Egg] and the cross itself is marked by squares, roughly equating to the chakras. Occasionally the picture used in the squares even looks like a chakra. Compare the diagram of the main chakras with the cross here and you will see that there is some correspondence between the two.
The original 5 stations used once in Christianity and now completely altered to remove any reference to anything spiritual, were the 5 levels and layers one ascended in mystic experience Earth, Water, Air, Fire and then above the ‘arms’, [because this represents a person who is figuratively nailed to the cross and is thus embodied as opposed to disembodied], Aether.
The Aether level is represented on a small number of Pictish crosses by an Angel.
Given that these same crosses were often used as markers for sites of especial significance spiritually, and the totem tribes were described showing where they were located by reference to the holy of holies – the centre and the heart, there might also have been some connection with the High Priestesses and their location as by definition they could not have become High priestesses [the vestal virgins of Roman mysticism], unless their crown chakra had been figuratively opened and they were fully enlightened – ‘angels’.
It seems sensible that they should be located close to the temple citadel they served, which is why they are seen as close to the centre as possible.
In the cross above they have been represented as Deer – female deer – and exist on both sides of the entryway to the citadel. This symbolism is consistent with the idea of an angel and is probably older in origin.