Symbols - What does heaven look like
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level and located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. It is situated on a mountain above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
The centre is built on the symbolism of the levels and layers. Unlike Amsterdam or Venice, the levels and layers ascend, which means symbolically they are more accurate, as to get to the 'centre' one has to ascend vibrationally.
In the centre is the ‘palace', theoretically of the king and queen, however, there is more to the symbolism here than at first meets the eye and the palace is in some respects that of the Emperor and Empress.
Then in successively expanding rings one goes outward through the levels and layers – and, given the number the levels here, one ascend not only through the Elements but also through to the Stars as well as the Planets . [See the map of the egg]. At the top would have been the symbolic Milky Way.
The whole city is roughly Egg shaped.
It is clearly, however, a site of extraordinary potency, as it is surrounded on practically all sides by an Abyss - if you refer to the detailed Map of the Egg you will see that there are a possible three known abyssses, with a possible fourth on the very edge of the Egg bordering chaos.
This leads one to suspect that symbolically Macchu Picchu was representing the very centre of the Egg - the realm of the symbolic Sun and Moon and the Ultimate Intelligence. It must thus rank as one of the most holy sites in the world.
This is reinforced by the fact that the site has both the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon, separated, but paired, with the Temple of the Moon slightly smaller as one would expect. It is also on a different Mountain, another symbolically important siting.
All physical mountains take on the symbolism of the Mountain. Given that the mountain is representative of an Intelligence, symbolically the larger the mountain the more important the Intelligence being represented.
This is why, in the scheme of sacred geography, high mountains are extremely sacred and rarely 'climbed'. To climb some high mountains is thus a sacrilegious act, even though within the understanding of sacred geography, everyone knows that no gods actually exist 'in' a physical mountain. If they have come to represent a god - an Intelligence, this is enough.
The mountains chosen to become part of a sacred geography tend to be very similar in appearance and symbolically 'accurate'. Most rise from an area of surrounding flat ground and stand alone. Most are extremely high, conical, steep and often several thousand feet high. A large number are the source or connected with some exceptionally important river systems [givers of life].
This site could not be more holy spiritually.
The Incas abandoned Macchu Picchu at the time of the Spanish Conquest. I have absolutely no doubt that the abandonment was intended to protect a sacred site. I assume they hoped that if no attention was drawn to it, then the Spanish would never discover it and destroy it as they had done other sites. And indeed the Spanish never did discover Macchu Picchu. Destroying Macchu Picchu would have been on a par to destroying the Vatican. But every Indian knew about Macchu Picchu and kept quiet.
And then in 1911, an American historian called Hiram Bingham came to Macchu Picchu and ‘discovered’ it. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been “reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like”, except that they think the terraces are vegetable plots and the houses are artisan houses - a sort of farming enclave, so they could easily have destroyed the original symbolism of the structures given their complete lack of understanding of the spiritual significance of the site. The Indians must have wept. “The restoration work continues to this day”. They must be weeping still.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. But despite all these grandiose allocations, Machu Picchu is vulnerable to threats. The threat of ignorant materialistic archeologists is one major threat. And the site suffers from the pressures of too many tourists. In addition, preservation of the area's cultural and archaeological heritage is an ongoing concern. Most notably, the removal of cultural artifacts by the Bingham expeditions in the early 20th century gave rise to a long-term dispute between the government of Peru and the ‘custodian’ of the artifacts, Yale University.
So a sorry tale. I have no doubt it is a telluric hot spot. Having been there a long long time ago, when the hotel was a rundown shack and you could go out onto an empty site and sit and drink in the atmosphere, the power of the place was tangible, you could almost cut it with a knife.
Macchu Picchu also contains a massive number of other symbolic features - all of which I have shown as observations to help make the description less complex.
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- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs - Caves
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - 'Funerary rock'
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - 'Hitching post to the Sun'
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - Johan Reinhard
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - Sacred wells, springs and fountains
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - Temple of the Moon
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - Temple of the Sun
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - The 'citadel'
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - The 'condor's wings'
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - The Egg and the Ship of souls
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - The Power of Three