Symbols - What does heaven look like
The Moon is symbolic of the Created – the repository of the work of the Creator. The Moon only reflects the light that the Sun has created. In other words, it is merely the holder of the System of the universe it is not active in creating it. The Moon is feminine in all symbolic systems whereas the Symbolic Sun is male.
Analogously whereas the Creator role is like a master software package developer, the Moon is the keeper of that package, in effect is the package. From her copies are created – baby systems are born to be implemented on all the physical things in the universe.
The metal corresponding to the moon is silver. It is worth adding that Mohammed forbade the use of any metal in amulets except silver.
The Moon is also frequently associated with ideas, thought and imagination – the result of the creation process.
The Moon as the holder of software copies
It is from the symbolic Moon that life ultimately springs. Copies of systems [a little plant system for example] are implemented on Earth from the Moon as ‘keeper’ of the system itself.
The Moon suffers fragmentation. It starts off full and then gradually wanes. This symbolism has profound significance when we think of how systems are analogously created and implemented. Numerous copies of the software might be made and the warehouses become full of CDs ready to ship, then they are delivered and the warehouse is empty.
So the moon as warehouse – keeper of souls ready to be delivered to new babies gradually increases in size as the souls are stored there. Then off they go from the moon to the babies to whom they are destined and the moon suddenly disappears, to become a new moon – empty not long after. The symbolism is extraordinarily good and graphic as long as one does not take it literally and assume our physical moon holds baby souls!
The Moon is the holder of systems in general – so a double symbolism here – keeper of souls [copies of the software] and keeper of systems in general [the master packages].
The Moon as symbol of evolution
Systems in the physical world do not last for ever, they are replaced. So we might have a payroll system or an accounts system, which becomes obsolete and may be replaced and removed. Thus in any business we are constantly changing our systems, adding new programs, removing old ones, streamlining or updating them to suit the change in the business.
Evolution is the same. We see species come and go. Evolution is an ongoing process, with probably constant change – both major and minor. When an extinction occurs caused by a meteorite hit on earth, a massive amount of the underlying software that controlled species such as the dinosaurs or the various plants of the time becomes redundant. And the Moon wanes.
But where a burst of creativity occurs – new life forms that need new software – new plants new animals and so on, extra software is added which can be implemented into our physical world – the Earth. The Moon waxes.
Thus the symbolic Sun continually creates and destroys, the Moon reflecting the creation and destruction process can become bigger as more software is added or smaller as software is removed.
The Moon and reincarnation
Symbolically, the soul or Higher spirit on death goes ‘to the Moon’ if it is to be reincarnated, a Higher spirit that has escaped reincarnation goes figuratively speaking to the Sun.
Symbolically, the Moon reabsorbs forms and recreates them. Thus ‘only that which is beyond the Moon can transcend becoming’ – ie becoming physical again. For Plutarch, the souls of the just were ‘purified’ in the Moon. Rene Guenon believed that in the sphere of the ‘moon’ the soul was severed from the Higher spirit.
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- Albrecht Dürer – 18 The Moon
- Alice in Wonderland - Ch 07 - 2 The Dormouse's story
- Chagall - le reve
- Cirlot on spirals
- Coleridge, David Hartley - Oh! My dear mother, art thou still awake
- Crowley - 18 The Moon
- Dalí, Salvador – 18 The Moon
- Dickinson, Emily - Cocoon above! Cocoon below, Stealthy cocoon, why hide you so
- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs - Eclipses of the Moon
- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs - Temple of Coricancha, Cuzco
- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs - Titicaca Temple of Sun and Moon 1
- Frost, Robert - I stole forth dimly in the dripping pause
- Genesis - Mad mad Moon
- Hafez of Shiraz - Thirty Poems - For that amber scented strand
- Hey diddle diddle
- Hiroshige - Panorama of the Eight Views of Kanazawa under a Full Moon
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - Temple of the Moon
- Incas - Macchu Picchu - The Power of Three
- Key of Solomon, The – The different kinds of spirits
- Khusrau, Amir - Ghazal 69
- Klee, Paul - Pierrot Lunaire
- M A Czaplicka - Siberian magic
- Macrobius - The Descent of the Soul from the Height of Cosmos to the Depths of Earth
- Maeterlinck, Maurice - Concerning the spiritual in art - Wassily Kandinsky
- Mayan - Sacbeob or White ways
- Meeting Morrison and God on the Moon by Rhythm King
- Miro - Dog Barking at the Moon
- Moreau - The dream haunting the mogul
- Mucha - 18 The Moon
- Muller's false prophesies
- Newton, Sir Isaac - The Pipes of Pan - Music of the spheres
- Ogotommeli - Weaving the universe
- Omar Khayyam - The Rubaiyat - The Potter
- O’Keeffe, Georgia - Ladder to the moon
- Plato - Republic - The Cave analogy
- Pliny – On the sacred role of mistletoe to Druids
- Poimandres - Hermes Trismegistus
- Pythagoras - Censorinus - De Die Natali
- Reid, Christopher - One dog barks at hot air balloons
- Revelations 12 01
- Rider-Waite - 18 The Moon
- Rimbaud, Arthur - After the idea of the Flood had receded
- Rops, Felicien - Satan sowing tares
- Rops, Felicien - The Sacrifice
- Rumi - Love poems - There is a way from your heart to mine
- Segantini - Frühmesse
- Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - Levels and layers
- Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan Kirmani - Irshad al-‘awamm - The Planets
- Soustelle - Aztecs and Mexica - The local gods
- Theophilus d’Estrella
- Thomas Keightley - Sami and Finnish Rune
- Thomas, Dylan - Clown in the Moon
- Traherne, Thomas - On leaping over the moon - Adventure strange
- Various examples - 18 The Moon
- Verlaine, Paul - Dans l'interminable
- Yeats, W B - Collected poems - The night has fallen; not a sound
- Yeats, W B - The Wanderings of Oisin - Men’s hearts of old were drops of flame That from the saffron morning came
- Yerka, Jacek and Arthur Clough - Say not the struggle naught availeth
- Zoroastrian - Symbols and concepts - Fire 05 [Strabo]