Symbolic Meaning of the Four Cardinal Directions

Four cardinal directions

The wise sages that crafted esoteric symbolism used nature to explain the secrets of life to initiates. Thus the wisdom behind the veil of ancient symbolism reveals the true nature of man.

It made sense for priests to use the natural environment to teach initiates about our connection with energy. Nature the same and elements that are inherent in each of us.

Whilst the four directions use the basic fundamentals of symbolism, they are not strictly nature per se, but bear the attributes of energy – and more precisely the evolution of conscious thought.

The esoteric symbolism within the four directions encompass the relationship and the similarities between man and the Universe. The same elements found in the microcosm of man are also present in the Universe, the macrocosm of everything in existence.

It is this philosophy from which the much-quoted axiom, “as above, so below” is derived. Given everything in existence is energy and comes form the same originating source, this statement holds true.

The axiom also holds true when applied to mankind. Whatever energies we project from the subconscious mind (below), come to the surface (above).

Everything we experience in our daily lives is a projection of information stored within the subconscious mind. And that is what we find in the symbolism of the four directions. However, it depends on how you interpret the symbolism.

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