Some images of the Axis Mundi as it appears in different cultures. (Courtesy Wiki Commons).
1. Mythic Trees
Yggdrasil, the World Ash (Norse)
The Cedar Tree, Mississippian Culture
2. Actual Trees
Oak Tree, Germanic
Bodhi Tree, India (Sacred Fig)
3. Winged Staffs
Caduceus, Ancient Greece
Totem Pole, Native American
Maypole, Northern Europe
Christian Cross, Worldwide
Lithuanian Cross, Lithuania
Ancient Weather Celtic Cross (The weathering bringing out the connection to...
5. Phallic Stones
The Lingam, Hindu
Standing Stone, Celtic
Ornate Phallic Stones, Irish Celt
Omphalos, Ancient Greece (Delphi) ...and...
Medicine Wheel, Native American
(Note connection with centre of a Celtic Cross : )
Kaaba, (Omphalos) Mecca
Temple Mount, (Omphalos) Jerusalem
7. Mythical Mounts
Mount Meru, Hindu Myth
Mount Olympus, Ancient Greek
8. Man-made Mounts
Step Pyramid, Ancient Meso-America
True Pyramid, Ancient Egypt
Ziggurat, Ancient Mesopotamia
9. Actual Mounts
Mount Fiji, Japan
Mount Kailash, Tibet
Mount Shasta, California
Mount Schiehallion, Scotland
10. Stylised 'Man'
Tree of Life
11. And of course...
There are many others. Feel free to add your own
(And if you can locate the correct order / the missing link, I'd be very grateful )
Djed pillar on osirus back
centotaph victory square vancouver
washington, virgina us monument
Great pictures. Each representation imparts that sense of awe. There must be something built into our psyche to naturally have the response/connection to it we do and our desire to reach to higher realms from the lower. Earth is the place where we meet it or acknowledge it. I guess it's symbolic of the point in the heart, the kli.
The Meaning of Life is to Eat the Apple - Me
Wisdom comes from asking questions
Nothing really matters, love is all we need. - Madonna
I predict the weather will be unpredictable this year - Sylvia Browne
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind - Gandhi
If it doesn't make sense, it's usually not true. - Judge Judy
Hmm. Why did that remind me of Jacob's Ladder?
17th Century Engraving.
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