“Caves are prevalent images in the world of myths, legends, and cults. The cave is thought to be closely related to the symbolic HEART, and is often a place where the self and ego unite. They can be secret passageways to an underworld, places in which to make contact with the powers and forces which will eventually make their way into the world of light. In popular legend, caves usually house gnomes, spirits, DRAGONS, and TREASURE; they are often the site for initiation ceremonies. Psychologists interpret a dreamer’s dangerous passage through caves as symbolizing the search for the meaning of life in the deep strata of the “maternal unconscious”, as for Jung it represents the security and the impregnability of the unconscious (Biederman, 61). Entering the cave is considered re-entry into the womb of Mother EARTH. General symbolism of containment.
With a phallic snake and water, embodies the origin of life. Resurrection, often when a double cave, Christ was born and buried in a cave. Fertility and love making.”
Craighead Caverns is an extensive cave system located in between Sweetwater and Madisonville, Tennessee. It is best known for containing the United States’ largest and the world’s second largest non-subglacial underground lake, The Lost Sea. In addition to the lake, the caverns contain an abundance of crystal clusters called anthodites, stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall.
heart = earth
The heart is the locus of physical and spiritual being, and represents the “central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head-wisdom of reason” (Cooper, 82). It is compassion and understanding, life-giving and complex. It is a symbol for love. Often known as the seat of emotions, the heart is synonymous with affection. In Egypt, represented life-essence, as the mummified had their heart preserved, first part of man to live, last to die. Hearts also carry senses of intellect and understanding, as well as connotations of the soul, along with come will and courage. Is the central point (with the brain and sexual organs being the endpoints) of the vertical scheme of the human.
The dragon is a highly complex symbol, combining images of the serpent and the bird, two loaded images in isolation. Together, they form one of the most powerful monsters dating back to antiquity. The dragon is a symbol of evil, in both the chivalric and Christian traditions. In the Orient, it symbolizes supernatural power, wisdom, strength, and hidden knowledge. In most traditions, it is the embodiment of chaos and untamed nature. It is associated with the depths of the unknown sea, with the mountaintops, and with the clouds. Heroes typically fight (“slay”) dragons to gain control over territory; dragons are also usually guardians of a treasure,whether it be material (as in GOLD) or symbolic (as in knowledge). Killing the dragon is the conflict between light and darkness, slaying the forces of evil.
It has many correspondences: in psychology it is a fear of incest, or the chaos of the unconscious, evil. In ALCHEMY it relates as one of the many names of prime matter. In Blake it represents sex and war, and in Yeats it is a guardian of life. Dragon blood is a talisman, ensuring good fortune, health and luck, can inflict incurable wounds if weapons are dipped in it.
The Lost Sea is a few miles from Madisonville.
The area surrounding Madisonville also became the centre of the “Overhill” Cherokee culture, with many, many Cherokee towns and villages locating themselves along the Little Tennessee River and Tellico River. The town of Tanasi and later, the Great Echota, were considered to be the ‘capital’ of the Cherokee Nation. It was there that the explorer DeSoto, visited in 1540, probably one of the first white men the Cherokee had ever seen. Just to the south of the Madisonville crop circle site are two additional former Cherokee mound and village sites – the Great Tellico, which was also known to the Cherokee as “the mother city” and Chatuga, its ‘sister’…
There is a connection between the Madisonville crop circle and the Serpent Mounds of Ohio. We don’t get a lot of crop circles here, but when we do…
“The search for treasure has a twofold symbolism: either the search is for earthly treasure, such as gold or jewels, usually hidden in a CAVE or underground, the finding of which brings trials and tribulations and, where greed is the motive, leads to final disaster, or the search is for spiritual treasure, symbolizing esoteric knowledge or enlightenment, the search for the Center, for lost Paradise, the Grail etc… and the goal is guarded by monsters or DRAGONS; this represents man’s quest for, and discovery of, his own true nature” (Cooper, 176).
Crop circles, synchronicity, earth changes, eclipses, etc, are all pointing to a time of connectedness. There weren’t any walls. And the government can stay shutdown forever.