Symbols - What does heaven look like


When the dove is paired with a lion, it takes on the symbolism of the Subconscious - see Conscious and Subconscious synonyms.

Alone, the dove takes on the symbolism of all birds.

In addition, the dove is seen most often as a messenger, a bringer of messages and a sender of messages.  White doves are thus the messengers of creation.  To this we can add tame [capable of being controlled by man], peace loving, helpful to man in their need to communicate with the spirit world and capable of going considerable distances spiritually.  Being symbolically associated with the Subconscious they are feminine symbolically and occasionally associated with VENUS.

 In the book of Genesis, Noah sent out a dove after the great flood in order to determine how far the floodwaters had receded. Dove is also a term of endearment in the Song of Songs and elsewhere.
In the New Testament…… the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism like a dove, and subsequently the dove became a common Christian symbol of the Holy Spirit.
In Islam, doves are respected and favoured because they are believed to have assisted the final prophet of Islam, Muhammad, in distracting his enemies outside the cave of Thaw'r in the great Hijra.

It is worth adding that Cirlot makes a distinction between the dove and the turtle dove, they have different attributes.

A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot
Turtle doves are symbols of fidelity and of affection among human beings.  It is to be found in many allegories and is sometimes confused with the dove.


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