Symbols - What does heaven look like

Carousel or merry-go-round

A wonderfully complex symbolic object.  The carousel in the fairground, occasionally known as a merry-go-round, first of all captures the symbolism of the Means of transport [the means of ecstatic flight].  Horses feature prominently on the ride, but there are often other animals and birdscrows, geese, swans and so on.

The ride goes round and round in concentric circles. Moving rings and spheres - with a centrally lit pillar, - celestial pole -  usually beautifully lit, which is symbolic of the power from which the wheel of life is driven – God and the Intelligences.  Thus we have the symbolism of the Egg and Levels and Layers built into the ride.

Added to this is the pole which each animal has – also a celestial pole, which makes it go up and down – ascension and descent.

Patterns in Comparative Religion – Mircea Eliade

The Altai peoples believe that the gods attach horses to this cosmic pillar and the constellations move around it.  The Scandinavians have a similar notion.  Odhin tethers his horse to Yggdrasil.


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