Top-middle-bottom Symbolism

 

The meaning of the vertical axis

The top/middle/bottom symbolism not only corresponds to the ordering of space but also to inner qualities which can be logically derived from this ordering.

 

The top/middle/bottom symbolism as vertical aspect of our Habitat

Top: On top is the unequaled bright and spiritual (sun, moon, stars), the source of light that enables us to see.

Middle: The middle represents our movement range which is the visible area and our field of action.

Bottom: On the bottom (earth) lies the invisible area (unconscious).

 

Top: Breezy, formless, bright, knowing, celestial, spiritual.

Middle: Surface, formed, colored. This is our field of action that we are conscious of. This movement range splits up in two main components:

The emotional area represents all the living things like plants and animals.

The mental area represents everything constructive like buildings or technical stuff.

Bottom: Fixed, amorphous, dark, ignorant, source of life.

 

Religious and authoritarian aspects of the top-symbolism

One of the most important impressions of childhood are the encounters with adults. The small being stares upward to the overbearing adult specially the mother and the father. They are tall so that the child has to look up. They know, do and determine everything. From this perspective a religious view of an omniscient, omnipotent and all determinative god comes into being. This childhood imprinting is responsible for the fact that antique and naive religions still exist.

 

Summary of the top/middle/bottom space symbolism:

top

superconscious

god

heaven

sunlike

caring

middle

conscious

human

surface

bright as day

surrounding

bottom

unconscious

demon

earth

dark

threatening

 

Bottom/middle/top symbolism of the human body:

(drawn by Vicky, 6 years old)

Top: head, the intellectual, the recognition

Middle: hands, chest, left=feeling, right=thinking

Bottom: abdomen, feet, animal, instinctively, unconscious

 

© Alfred Ballabene (Vienna) translated by Seth