Symbols - What does heaven look like


A thyrsus or thyrsos was a staff occasionaly intertwined with vines or ivy leaves and topped with a pine cone. These staffs were carried by Dionysus and his followers. Euripides wrote that honey dripped from the thyrsos staves that the Bacchic maenads carried. The thyrsus was a sacred instrument at religious rituals and fêtes.  It is hugely symbolic: 

  • The pine cone is representative of the pineal gland
  • Honey is symbolic of sexual/spiritual energy
  • The staff is the spine
  • The vine or ivy twirling up the staff is the kundalini energy

I think it would be impossible to get a more graphic example of what sexual stimulation and the kundalini experience can achieve. 

Through the ecstatic experience of kundalini, one can fly and the flight is for the two of you.  He is holding a thyrsi, is naked, is a lovely amber honey colour and has a halo a sign of enlightenment – so he is helping her  - shaktiput.

The fresco is at Pompei and I took it whilst on holiday.

The thyrsus and the ivy
Dionysos is considered to be a god of fertility, especially the lush growth of grapevines, ivy and other green plants.
The thyrsus which the god carries is sometimes a fennelstalk topped by a pine cone and wrapped in ivy
The maenads, followers of Dionysos, pound the ground with the thyrsus, which drips honey and causes milk and wine to gush up from the earth; a phenomenon into which it is not difficult to read sexual symbolism.
(Euripedes, lines 700-715)


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