There is a Great Pole somewhere, a
mighty trunk similar to the sacred sun dance pole, only much, much bigger.
This Great Pole is what holds up the
Great White Grandfather Beaver of the North is gnawing at that
He has been gnawing at the bottom of it
for ages and ages.
More than half of the Great
Pole has already been gnawed through.
the Great White Grandfather Beaver of the North
gets angry, he gnaws faster and more
Once he has gnawed all the way through, the
Great Pole will topple, and the
Earth will crash into a bottomless nothing.
That will be the end of all
humans, of everything.
The end of
So we are careful not to make the Great White
Grandfather Beaver of the North angry.
That's why the Cheyenne never
eat beaver flesh, or
even touch a beaver skin.
want the Earth to last a little
-told by the wife of Medicine
Pushing up the sky
How can you buy or sell the
0 our Mother the Earth, 0 our
Father the Sky
also know as
cosmic mountain or center of the universe
represented in the human subconscious as
Soul of Earth, Gaia, or the
Collective Consciousnessall of these symbols represent the
Heaven and Earth
The axis mundi
offers means of travel and correspondence between the two realms of
Heaven and Earth.
The axis mundi is also the place where the
four compass directions unite, allowing treasure from
Heaven to be disseminated throughout the
The axis mundi resides at the
center of the world: at its omphalos (navel), the world's
point of beginning.
axis mundi appears in all cultures and takes many forms.
The axis mundi
symbolic image is both feminine (an umbilical providing
nourishment) and masculine (a phallus providing insemination into a
mundi may have the form of a natural object (a mountain, a
tree, a vine, a stalk, a column of smoke
or fire) or a product of human manufacture
(a staff, a tower, a ladder, a staircase,
a maypole, a cross, a steeple, a rope, a totem pole, a pillar, a spire).
The axis mundi
exists in the
Hindu linga, or lingam, and is featured
prominently in the most technologically advanced cultures - wherever the impulse persists to
link a tower with the idea of a "world center."
The axis mundi's
proximity to Heaven may carry implications
that are chiefly religious (pagoda,
temple mount, church) or secular
(obelisk, minaret, lighthouse, rocket, skyscraper).
A person naturally
thinks of their own
home, land, village and
place of worship as "the
center of the world" because it is the
center of one's known
sacred placesIn ancient Mesopotamia the cultures of ancient
Babylon erected artificial
mountains, or ziggurats, on the flat river plain with stairways leading to
temples, the axis mundi, at the top.
Judaism has Mount Sinai and Mount Zion as axis mundi.
Christianity has the Mount of
Olives and Calvary as axis mundi.
has the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock) and Mecca, said to be the place on
Earth that was created first.
Japan's highest mountain,
Mount Fuji, has long symbolized the
the axis mundi in Japanese
Mount Kun-Lun is
the axis mundi in China. The ancient Chinese
recognized four mountains as pillars holding up the
heavens. (Cultures sometimes had more than one
axis mundi. In the ancient Chinese case the
pillars resided at the compass points.)
Sioux beliefs the
Black Hills are
the axis mundi.
Mount Kailash is holy
as the axis mundi to several religions in
The pre-Columbian residents of Teotihuacán in Mexico
erected huge pyramids featuring stairways leading to temples at the top -
stairways to heaven.
The ancient Greeks regarded several sites as
places of earth's omphalos (navel) stone,
notably the oracle at Delphi, while still maintaining a
belief in a cosmic
world tree and in
Mount Olympus as the abode of
All sacred places constitute
reality centers (omphalos) with the
altar or place of prayer as the
the axis mundi.
Altars, incense sticks,
candles and torches help form the axis mundi by
sending a column of smoke, and prayer, toward heaven.
The calumet, or
sacred pipe, represents a column of smoke (the
soul) rising form an
the axis mundi.
"Who is this that
cometh up from the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and
frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?" - Song of Solomon 3:6
The architecture of sacred
places often reflects the connection between Heaven and Earth.
of Hinduism, and later
Buddhism, reflects Mount Meru.
Cathedrals are laid out in
the form of a cross, with the vertical bar representing the union of
Heaven and Earth as the horizontal bars represent union of
people to one another, with the altar at the intersection.
structures in Asian temples take the form of a stairway linking
Heaven and Earth.
A steeple in a church or a minaret
in a mosque also serve as connections of
Heaven and Earth.
Palaces and castles, unlike the
pragmatic engineered foretess, had towers serving the axis mundi connection
serve as centers of reality -
the axis mundi of family life.
The hearth participates in the symbolism of the altar and a central
garden partipates in the
a primordial garden paradise..
In Asian cultures dwellings were
traditionally laid out in the form of a square oriented toward the four compass
directions - east, west, north and south.
A traditional Asian
home was oriented toward the
heavens through Feng shui, a system of
geomancy, just as a palace would
Traditional Arab houses are also laid out as a square surrounding a
central fountain that evokes a primordial
A common shamanic
concept, and a universally told
story, is that of the healer traversing
the axis mundi, the connection between Heaven
and Earth, to bring back sacred
mystical knowledge from the
Yggdrasil, World Ash, Thor's Oak
Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge of Good and
EvilStructures such as the maypole, derived
from the Saxons' Irminsul, and the totem pole among indigenous peoples of the
Americas also represent the axis mundi.
The Bodhi Tree is also the
name given to the
tree under which
Gautama Siddhartha, the historical
Buddha, sat on the night he attained enlightenment.
In some Pacific
island cultures the banyan
tree, of which the Bodhi Tree is of the
Sacred Fig variety, is the abode of ancestor spirits.
Oak tree can serve as
the axis mundi.
Oak tree provides an
axis mundi that unites three planes: its
branches reach for the Heavens, its trunk
meets the Earth, and
it roots reach down into the
Other examples include
Jievaras in Lithuanian mythology and
Thor's Oak in the
myths of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples.
The Yggdrasil, or World Ash, functions in much the same way in Norse
mythology; it is the site where Odin found enlightenment.
Tree of Life and the
Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in
Genesis present two aspects of the same image.
Each is said to stand at the center of the
Garden of Paradise from which four rivers
flow to nourish the whole world.
Each tree confers a boon.
The Christmas tree, which can be traced in its origins
back to pre-Christian European beliefs, represents an axis mundi.
form can function as a world axis - an axis
Some of the more abstract
Tree of Life representations, such as the
Sefirot in Kabbalism and in the Chakra system recognized by
Buddhism, merge with the
concept of the human body as an
axis mundi between
Heaven and Earth.
Disciplines such as Yoga and Tai
Chi begin from the premise of the human body as axis mundi.
The Renaissance image known as the
Vitruvian Man represented a symbolic and mathematical exploration of the human
form as axis mundi.
regard the body itself as a
temple and prayer as an axis mundi uniting
Heaven and Earth.
concept of ascension
Astrology in all its forms assumes
a connection between human affairs with the
orientation of heavenly bodies. This
connection can be seen in the Mithric Mysteries and the ascension of the Age of
Tarus and later in the ascension of the Age of Aquaris both directly paying off
the position of Earth relative ot the star field of the Milky Way.
This concept of ascent always involves a dichotomy as what
goes up to Heaven must descend back to Earth. The story may also be reversed as
one may descend through Dantes' nine levels of hell in the attempt to find a
way out ot the labrynth by following the Golden Thread and acsending the Ivory
Tower (phallic) stairs. These themes can be readily seen in the
stories from Odin and the World Ash
Tree, Garden of Eden,
Jacob's Ladder, The Gnawing, Jack and the
Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
It is the
essence of the
journey described in The Divine Comedy by
Dante Alighieri. The epic poem
relates its hero's
descent and ascent through a series of spiral
structures that take him from through the core of the
Earth, from the depths of
Hell to celestial
Anyone or anything
suspended on the axis
mundi between Heaven and
Earth becomes a repository of
sacred mystical knowledge.
A special status accrues to
the thing suspended: a serpent, a victim of
crucifixion or hanging, a rod, a fruit, mistletoe.
times serpents acted as guardians of, or
guides to, sacred
mystical knowledge. The caduceus, a short herald's
staff, first carried by the Greek god of commerce Hermes and later by the Roman
god Mercury entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, is used as
a symbol for medicine in North America. This begs the question of whether or
not the position of medicine in North America is one of healing or commerce?
The traditional medical symbol, the rod of
Asclepius, has only a single
substances) are often regarded as failitating the connection between Heaven and
Fly Agaric mushroom among the
Evenks of Russia.
Peyote Buttons among the tribes that populated the
Chihuahuan Desert through the South Texas Plains, on either side of the middle
and lower Rio Grande River, southward to the Mexican state of San Luís
Potosí. These groups include the Aztec, Zacateco, Tarascan, Cazcan,
Guachichil, Huichol, Lagunero, Tepehuan, Tepecano, Cora, Acaxee, Tamaulipeco,
Coahuilteco, Tarahumara, Opata, Akmiel O'odham (Pima), Tohono O'odham (Papago),
Yaqui, Jumano, Julimeno, Lipan Apache, Carrizo, Tonkawa, Karankawa, Mescalero
Apache, Caddo, Otomi, and Tlascalan (Hrdlickla 1908; Shonle 1925; Stewart
1987). Extensive stands of peyote occur on the low, rocky hills in Starr,
Zapata, Webb, and Jim Hogg counties of southern Texas.
mushrooms have been part of human culture as far back as the earliest recorded
history. Ancient paintings of mushroomed humanoids dating to 5,000
B.C. have been found in caves of Northern Algeria. Central and Southern America
cultures built temples to mushroom gods and carved mushroom stones,
dated to as early as 1000-500 B.C. Psilocybian mushrooms were used in ritual
and ceremony among the Aztecs, served with honey or chocolate at some of their
holiest events. The experience of ingestion is typically inwardly oriented,
with strong visual and auditory components. Visions and revelations may be
experienced, and the effect can range from exhilarating to
Salvia divinorum is native to certain areas in the Sierra
Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still used by the Mazatec Indians,
primarily to facilitate shamanic visions in the context of curing or
divination. Shamans crush the leaves to extract leaf juices; they usually mix
these juices with water to create an infusion or tea which they
drink to induce visions in ritual healing ceremonies.
vine of the souls, is a medicinal and spiritual drink incorporating
banisteriopsis caapi and psychotria viridis. An entire medicinal tradition
specific to the Amazonas capable of producing profound shamanic effects.
Ayahuasca is mentioned in the writings of some of the earliest missionaries to
Iboga, native to western Central
Africa, has a long history of tribal use. The Iboga tree is the central pillar
of the Bwiti spiritual practice in West-Central Africa, mainly Gabon, Cameroon
and the Republic of the Congo
Artemisia absinthium grows in the
temperate regions of Europe, Asia and northern Africa. The religious
association with this plant began with its strong association with the Ancient
Greek moon goddess Artemis.
Piper methysticum is still used at social
gatherings to commune after work. It has great religious significance and is
used to obtain inspiration. The effects of the drink (it is also occasionally
chewed) are slight tongue and lip numbing; mildly talkative and sociable
behavior, clear thinking, calming effects, relaxed muscles, and a very euphoric
sense of well-being.
The cannabis plant has an ancient history of ritual
usage as a trance-inducing drug and is found in pharmacological cults around
the world. In India, it has been engaged by itinerant sadhus (ascetics) for
centuries, and in modern times the Rastafari movement has embraced it. Some
historians and etymologists have claimed that cannabis was used as a religious
sacrament by ancient Jews, early Christians, and Muslims of the Sufi order.
Elders of the modern religious movement known as the Ethiopian Zion Coptic
Church consider cannabis to be the Eucharist, claiming it as
an Oral Tradition from
Ethiopia dating back to the time of Christ. Cannabis plants produce a group of
chemicals called cannabinoids which produce mental and physical effects when
consumed. As a drug it usually comes in the form of dried buds or flowers
(marijuana), resin (hashish), or various extracts collectively known as hashish
oil. The psychoactive effects of cannabis, are subjective and can vary based on
the individual. Some effects may include a general change in consciousness (altered
perception), mild euphoria, feelings of well-being, relaxation or stress
reduction, lethargy, joviality, enhanced recollection of episodic memory,
increased sensuality, increased awareness of sensation, and occasionally
paranoia, agitation or anxiety.
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