Symbols - What does heaven look like
We have combined the meaning of the Tower and the Tower in the Tarot as it is quite a complex symbol
There are Towers in the spiritual world beyond the cones, attached to both Cities and Palaces because a system has data. Every Intelligence effectively has its Tower or towers, as such by seeing both a Palace with its Tower in a vision, for example, we are see the system of the Intelligence in its entirety – data and function.
This is the positive side of the tower symbolism - an accessible store of wisdom within the spiritual world.
Robert Browning – from Two in the Campgna
Such life here, through such lengths of hours,
Such miracles performed in play
Such primal naked forms of flowers
Such letting Nature have her way
While Heaven looks from its towers
But we can have Towers too and here they represent our own collections of data. Occasionally symbolically they are seen attached to castles, again a rather neat and consistent symbolism.
As a consequence it can represent a block to spiritual progress.
If the tower has the look of a library with large interconnecting rooms it is memory.
Whether consciously or unconsciously, man through the ages has created towers, which appear to have no use than a symbol of either a creative urge or a search upwards for heaven. Always higher and higher – and it is not for the view, it is entirely symbolic.
Some poets and writers, for example, have even created real towers in an attempt to mirror their creative output. Yeat's house had a tower, as did Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson in their house at Sissinghurst. Vita even wrote from the tower, she had a complete library and study in the tower. But these towers were small and in the case of most writers the symbolism was known - a tower is not the way to get inspiration, but it at least was a symbol of what you had tried to achieve.
Ivory Towers, Perceptions and Twin pillars
Occasionally the great edifices of learning we build up look so high and take us so far away from reality that we actually believe we are nearer the spiritual world. In this case we have built Ivory Towers.
But an Ivory tower takes us nowhere, only Perceptions take us spiritually to inspiration and wisdom and we have to destroy Ivory towers or any other sorts of edifices of learning, to get any meaningful forms of spiritual input.
Above the thin neck of the cone that is often represented as a bridge lies the Higher spirit and the aether levels. Although one can use bridges to travel from cone to cone, access to higher Intelligences and palaces with real wisdom is via this narrow ‘passage’.
Perceptions are used by the spiritual world in order to Monitor the physical world. Perceptions are accumulated and summarised, thus they provide a spiritual means of going beyond the cone.
The only disadvantage with this route is that we may end up in the area that all this sorting and refining and extraction takes place. Robert Monroe ended up here on a few occasions and he said the ‘noise’ was terrible and the impressions none too pleasant. [He called I believe the M field].
There are two Pillars or Columns, one for input and one for output, this is shown below, but I emphasise these are known as the Twin Pillars or the Twin Columns. Symbolically they may also be called the Twin horns.
I now want you to have a look at my photo of Temple II in Tikal Guetamala. All Mayan temples were built to mirror the spiritual world with some temples representing the levels above the cone level and some below. This temple is a representation of a soul cone and it has the four levels and layers and the portal through two columns to the symbolic spiritual world and the Higher spirit. Not Towers - columns.
[Large] Twin Towers
So this leaves us with the symbolism of the Twin Towers. In some senses the building of twin towers is an act of extraordinary arrogance and ego symbolically. It is stating in symbolic terms that we are capable of reaching spiritual heights and wisdom via other means than spiritual input and output, through knowledge and cleverness, rather than through spiritual pursuits.
It is stating, in no uncertain terms, stuff the spiritual world, we are self sufficient. Now we have our big memories, ability to learn and our power of reasoning we don't need your wisdom and inspiration, we can manage perfectly well by ourselves.
Whether there is one large tower or two towers the message is very much the same. It is I suppose symbolically equivalent to landing on the Moon, trampling it and leaving rubbish on it; or letting soldiers trample all over a pyramid or ziggurat. The Masculine has won over the feminine and the Intellect is king. Dangerous stuff - pride comes before a fall.
The Tower of Babel was one such tower. And I have added a few more examples of Towers as symbolic of the ego in the observations.
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- Albrecht Dürer – 16 The Tower
- Anna from Greece has a NDE from childbirth
- Babylon - The Hanging Gardens
- Babylon - The Tower of Babel
- Blithe spirit - The Destroyed City
- Borgund stavkirke
- Burne-Jones, Edward - Finding Psyche
- Burton, Sir Richard - THE KASÎDAH 03 2
- Chagall - Bonjour Paris
- Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz - The Second Day
- Christmas cocktail
- Cirlot on towers
- Cohen, Leonard - Suzanne
- Cohen, Leonard - Tower of Song
- Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Kubla Khan
- Doré, Gustave - The Bible - Tower of Babel
- Dulac, Edmund - The Horse and the Tower
- Escher - Ascending Descending
- Genesis - Trick of the Tail
- Hawker, Robert Stephen - The Signals of Levi
- Hyangga of Korea - Song of Tusita Heaven - Master Wolmyong
- Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - Egg and the Labyrinth
- Jami - SALÁMÁN AND ABSÁL – from 01 The Story
- Jeff Neff
- John Milton - Il Penseroso
- Kabir - The woman who is separated from her lover
- Kao-Shih - Desolation
- Klimt - Danae
- Lewis, C S - Dawn Treader - The underwater city
- Lowell, James Russell - O Land of promise, from what Pisgah’s height
- Lull, Raymond - Breviculum
- Lyrics from the Chinese - I went out at the Eastern Gate
- Maeterlinck, Maurice - Concerning the spiritual in art - Wassily Kandinsky 2
- Magritte, Rene - La Folie Almayer
- Martineau, Harriet - Arise, My Soul And Urge thy Flight 2
- Moreau - The dream haunting the mogul
- Nerval, Gerard de - El Desdichado
- Palenque - Mayan - 'Palace'
- Persian gardens
- Po Chu-I - Autumn across the frontier
- Po Chu-I - The island of pines
- Poe, Edgar Allen - The City in the Sea
- Poe, Edgar Allen - The Valley of Unrest
- Rilke, Rainer Maria - 26 Fifth Elegy
- Rilke, Rainer Maria - 33 Seventh Elegy
- Romance of the Rose - Meeting lady Reason
- Sacred geography – Picts – Round tower 01
- Sacred geography – Picts – Round tower 02
- Sacred geography – Picts – Round tower 03 - Star maps and bliss
- Seneca – Agamemnon - Fortuna
- Shakespeare, William - When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
- Song of Solomon 4
- Spender, Stephen - Spiritual Exercises
- Spender, Stephen - The Shapes of Death
- Sting - A Thousand Years
- Taoism - The body as a castle and city
- Tennyson, Alfred Lord - Lady of Shallott
- The lighthouse of Alexandria
- The Lotus Sutra - 01 Introduction - 1 The memorial towers
- The Lotus Sutra - 16 Distinctions in benefits - 4 In the evil age of the Latter Day of the Law
- The Tower in an LSD session
- Tolstoy, Leo - Confessions - The thread of life
- Tulsidas - Vinaya Patrika 66
- Twin towers
- Verna Muitt at eight years old finds the top of the tower
- Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry - The Builders
- War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness – 09 The Towers
- Weir Mitchell - The Effects of Anhalonium Lewinii [the mescal button]
- Wordsworth, William - The appearance, instantaneously disclosed was of a mighty city
- Yeats, W B - Blood and the Moon - The Tower
- Yeats, W B - Blood and the Moon - The Tower
- Yeats, W B - The Phases of the Moon - And now he seeks in book or manuscript What he shall never find
- Yeats, W B - The Phases of the Moon - Hunchback and Saint and Fool, that came under the three last crescents of the moon
- Yeats, W B - The Tower
- Yeats, W B - The Wanderings of Oisin - I do not know if days Or hours passed by, yet hold the morning rays
- Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter - Chifu
- Zoroastrian - Symbols and concepts - The Tower of Silence