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
The Great White Grandfather Beaver of the North is gnawing at
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 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 all ends.
So we are careful not to make the Great
White Grandfather Beaver of the North angry.
That's why the
eat beaver flesh, or
even touch a beaver skin.
want the Earth to last a little longer.
-told by the
wife of Medicine Bull
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,
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.
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.)
In American 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
The hearth participates
in the symbolism of the altar and a central garden partipates in the symbolism of
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
A traditional Asian home
was oriented toward the heavens through Feng
shui, a system of geomancy, just as a palace
Traditional Arab houses are also laid out as a square
surrounding a central fountain that evokes a primordial garden paradise.
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
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.
An 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 underworld.
Other examples include Jievaras in Lithuanian
Thor's Oak in the myths of the
pre-Christian Germanic peoples.
or World Ash, functions in much the same way in Norse mythology; it is the site
where Odin found
The Tree of Life
and the Tree of Knowledge of Good
and Evil in Genesis present two aspects of the same image.
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
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.
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 Paradise.
Anyone or anything
suspended on the axis
mundi between Heaven and Earth
becomes a repository of sacred
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
Aesculapius, 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 distressing.
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
Ayahuasca, "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 South America.
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 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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