Symbols - What does heaven look like


Poppies take on the symbolism of all flowers

We now use Poppies are a symbol of consolation in time of death or a symbol of respect for those who have died – a memorial. In the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, red poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in times of war.

But poppies were also once a symbol of the death of the ego  - Personality - during spiritual enlightenment.  They derived their symbolism from the sexual stimulation techniques used to achieve this, the colour red – which is that of fire – and thus the last level and layer before you break through into Aether, as well as the number of seeds they produce – a symbol of fertility.  They were used in this context during the Eleusinian mysteries.

Georgia O’Keeffe Oriental Poppies


But we also have, of course opium poppies that have a completely different symbolism attached to them because of their ability to induce visions,  hallucinations and so on.  Depending on the type of vision, they may be depicted in a positive or negative way, for a change here is some negative symbolism

Carlos Schwabe – Fleurs de Mal


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