under the rainbow

There are many, many rainbows in the east in the afternoons and early evenings of the monsoon, but it is very rare to see one in the west. This morning we were treated to one in the very first morning light. Having celebrated a day of significance yesterday, I was curious about the symbolic meaning of rainbow.

the anchor for this rainbow is Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains.
the anchor for this rainbow is Wasson Peak, the highest point in the Tucson Mountains.

Rainbow is considered to be a bridge to the heavens, a celestial marking of a union of the 4 elements -the first rays of the Sun/Fire uniting with the Rains/Water in the crucible of the Sky/Air anchored at both ends in the Ground/Earth. It is a restoration of cosmic order and represents the cleansing and fertilizing cycle. It is a message from spirit directly to the heart and soul to TRUST that your dreams will come true and that you will fulfill your purpose.

Biblically it was the symbol of reconciliation given to the human race by God. In the Australian Aboriginal mythology, the rainbow snake is the Creator in the Dreaming. For the Fang of Gabon, Africa it is a transcendent experience to arrive at the rainbow’s center where they can see both the entire circle of the rainbow and of the earth. For Buddhists, the rainbow is the place where individual desire and consciousness are extinguished. In Slavic traditions, a person touched by a rainbow is drawn to heaven, and becomes a half-demonic creature under the power of the god of thunder and lightning. Shamans use rainbow-colored ribbons to journey to the Spiritual realms.

See you somewhere over the rainbow…

i just love the color and shape of this desert hibiscus...seems an oxymoron - desert hibiscus
i just love the color and shape of this desert hibiscus…seems an oxymoron – desert hibiscus

2 thoughts on “under the rainbow”

  1. Dear Gale, somewhat unusually, I happened to be up and to glance out my front door and saw the rainbow this morning. Five minutes later, when I came out of my back yard on my (new/used) bike, it was already gone. So grateful to have seen it, and now to hear more about it, thank you. Susan

  2. I never knew this about rainbows. Makes the photo even that much more special. I sure am missing that view! Thanks for sharing!

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