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The Dance of Landscape Symbolism

Like the symbolic nature of certain animals, flowers and trees,
there is meaning—augury, if you will, within landscapes. Different
worlds—different landscapes—reflect different states of being. We can discover
much about our own state of being by orienting ourselves to the landscapes
within our life. Many societies recognize the importance of landscape and
spatial shapes and forms. They are viewed as dynamic symbols and based on
certain characteristics of the area, i.e., predominant elements such as trees, flowers,
ground; whole, natural or artificial; the spatial symbolism; form or pattern of
terrain (soft, hard, broken, sloped, etc.); predominant colors; and predominant
wildlife, it is believed that one could discover much about his/her own life
situation by orienting himself/herself to the landscape.

In this photograph, we see a meadow (in the foreground) of wild-growing yellow daisies  and Aspen
trees. We also see a valley (in the background) of meandering streams (not
visible in this shot), abundant animal life and vegetation.

Valleys are often
equated with meadows, but there is a difference: a valley is more of a
low-lying area. It is one of great fertility, and is often contrasted with
deserts, the place of purification. Valleys have long held the symbolism of new
life, new fertility, and a neutral zone beneficial for developing creativity.
In legend and lore, valleys were often the home of priests and priestesses of a
given community.

A traditional meadow has some trees, but most importantly waves
of grass and wildflowers, lending the meadow a soft and welcoming appearance.
The soil is usually very fertile and well nourished.

In this meadow, we have rich yellow and green colors and the
predominant species of wildlife (I observed) was the robin, butterflies, and as
the evening progressed, the very interesting sage grouse. The symbolic
qualities of this landscape are: the color green = growth, healing and
abundance; the color yellow/gold = communication, optimism, and inspiration; robin
redbreast = new growth, territorial and color link to the throat center (also
communication); sage grouse = sacred dancing and drumming (new rhythms and new
teachings); daisies = increasing awareness, creativity, inner strength; butterfly
= transmutation and the dance of joy; and the tree element (Aspen) = determination,
overcoming fears and doubts.

I can’t think of a better meadow/valley to
orient myself with? Can you?

Thank you, meadows and valleys…


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