The axis mundi offers a means of travel
and correspondence between the two realms of Heaven and
mundi is the place where the four compass directions unite, allowing
the Light of Heaven to be disseminated
The axis mundi resides
at the center of the world: at its omphalos, the source of emanation of
mundi appears in all cultures and takes many forms.
mundi symbolic image is both feminine - an umbilical providing
nourishment, and masculine, a
phallus providing insemination.
The axis mundi may have the form
of a natural object (mountain, tree, vine, stalk,
column of smoke or fire) or a
product of human manufacture (staff,
(Irminsul), cross, steeple, rope,
totem pole, pillar, 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 proximity of
mundi to Heaven may carry
implications that are chiefly religious (pagoda,
or secular (obelisk,
of their own home, land,
place of worship as the center of the
world because they are designated as
People think of
themselves as the axis mundi because that is the vantage point from which they
gaze out upon the noumenon.
People think of
the Source of the
noumenon as residing in the center but
gnostikos know there is no
In ancient Mesopotamia the cultures of ancient
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 the axis mundi.
Christianity has the Mount
of Olives and Calvary as the axis mundi.
Islam has the Temple Mount (Dome
of the Rock) and Mecca, said to be the place on Earth that was forged
Japan's highest mountain, Mount
Fuji, has long symbolized the axis mundi in
Kun-Lun is now the the axis mundi in China while the ancient Chinese recognized
four mountains, residing at the compass points, as pillars holding up the
The Sioux believe the
Black Hills are the
Mount Kailash is holy as the axis mundi to several
religions in Tibet.
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 the gods.
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.
The stupa of
Hinduism, and later
Buddhism, reflects Mount
Cathedrals are laid out
in the form of a cross, with the vertical bar representing the union of
Earth as the horizontal bars
represent union of people to one
another, with the altar at the intersection.
Pagoda structures in Asian temples
take the form of a stairway linking Heaven and
A steeple in a church or
a minaret in a mosque also serve as
Palaces and castles, unlike the
fortress, had towers serving
the axis mundi connection function.
Dwellings also 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
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 be.
Traditional Arab houses are also
laid out as a square surrounding a central fountain that evokes
a primordial garden
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 human form can function as an
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
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.
Most world religions regard the
body itself as a temple and prayer as an axis mundi uniting Heaven and
Trees may serve as an axis
Many trees in legends serve this function including:
World Tree, Yggdrasil, World Ash,
Tree of Life,
Tree of Knowledge of Good and
Evil, Bodhi Tree, Iboga tree, Thor's Oak ...
attained enlightenment under
the Bodhi Tree.
Polynesian cultures the
banyan tree, of which the Bodhi Tree is of the Sacred Fig variety, is the abode
of ancestor spirits.
Yggdrasil, or World Ash,
functions in much the same way in Norse mythology; it is the site where Odin
found enlightenment as
does Jievaras in Lithuanian mythology.
The Christmas tree,
which can be traced in its origins back to pre-Christian European beliefs,
represents an axis mundi.
An Oak Tree can serve as the axis
mundi as it did for pre-Christian Germanic peoples with Thor's Oak.
Great Tree provides an axis mundi that unites three planes:
branches reach for Heaven, its trunk meets
the Earth, and its roots reach
down to Hell.
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