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Spiritual Meaning of Snow

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spiritual meaning of snow

Nothing is as it appears. What lies beneath the enchanting snowflakes floating gently from heaven to earth? From whence do these white angels originate? Is this heaven speaking to us?

Mysticism teaches that everything in the physical universe has a spiritual counterpart.  Just as a teardrop is a manifestation of human emotion, and anger is an expression of repressed energy, so physical phenomena actually evolve from and are a manifestation of a spiritual reality. Thus snow is a channel of energy, it is a Divine voice speaking to us through visual imagery so that we can experience it with our bodily senses.

Meteorologist may perceive snow to be a result of pressure systems and precipitation levels; physicist will recognize the subatomic particles that create snow; but the mystic sees the cosmic energy that snow manifests and the facets of our psyche that it illuminates.

Let us explore the spirit within the snow.

Water in all its forms is a symbol of knowledge. Descending water represents the transmission of knowledge from a higher to a lower place, the flow of information from teacher to student. On a cosmic level, rain and snow reflect different ways in which divine energy flows to us from a higher spiritual plane.

Water flowing downward thus describes G-d’s way of transmitting His energy to us and represents the conduit through which our material existence and G-d interact. The purpose of existence is to create unity between G-d and man, so that we, in our limited, material existence can become integrated and unified in an intimate and equal relationship with G-d. To achieve this neither the Divine nor the human can be compromised. Unity achieved on G-d’s terms would annihilate our identities, our existence. Can we (our egos, vanities, and needs) co-exist with G-d who is infinite, uncontained and undefined? And unity attained on our material, finite terms would compromise G-d, because He would have to limit Himself to our existence.

If water – the divine wisdom – were to flow continuously, it would totally submerge and obliterate, not allowing space for any other existence. So water flows in various measures to allow for the transmission to be internalized. Sometimes water flows as rain and sometimes it freezes to different degrees producing snow, hail or sleet, which are all metaphors for the teacher monitoring and transforming the flow into forms that the student can contain and assimilate.

Rain is a transmission that is more on Divine terms. Admittedly it falls in drops which symbolizes some level of contraction, but it flows continuously like a stream of information retaining its fluidity and it is absorbed quickly into the earth.

Ice on the other hand, is a transmission that is more on the recipient’s terms. The information has solidified into a compact state so that the student can internalize it. The flow has ceased and turned into a solid form, so the student is not overwhelmed by the continuous flow of new ideas.

Snow is an intermediary state between fluid water and solid ice. In order to appreciate the spiritual implications of this, we need to examine the properties of snow.

A snowflake needs at least two components in order to form. In addition obviously to cold air, it requires water droplets (vapor), and a nucleus. The nucleus is made up of dust, minerals or other microscopic particles in the air. A snowflake is formed when water takes shape around these microscopic particles and the cold air turns it into ice crystals. Thus snow has two components: water and earth – earth being the particles, and the water being the droplets. Earth is the material world – without any recognition of G-dliness; water is the knowledge of G-d – divine energy without any containers. Thus snow, being half heaven and half earth provides the perfect intermediary between these two worlds.

Snow consists of separate snowflakes that are actually independent properties – each comprised of about 100 ice crystals. Snowflakes cling to each other but they are not intrinsically one. In contrast, water is one unified entity. Although it consists of droplets, each drop joins with another and they become one body of water. What is the symbolism of this in the flow of knowledge?

When a teacher has to reach out to a student who is far beneath his or her level of knowledge and understanding, he or she cannot allow the water to just flow freely, it has to be dressed up in metaphors and it has to be paced. In order for the student to understand a new concept, the teacher needs to create a point of reference by using examples, anecdotes, stories, and analogies. Thus snowflakes represent the need to explain gradually, step by step, in a language that is accessible to the student.

Snow falls gently and silently, teaching us in our own process of educating others and educating ourselves, that we need gentleness. If we educate with a sledgehammer – with unceasing rain pour – it will simply submerge and destroy the crops. Even when it rains on earth, science tells us that on a higher level, the beginning process could have originated in snowflakes. So snowflakes are a symbol of that first gentle step.

Who has not been awed by the beauty of the city or countryside covered in snow? The serenity and whiteness of snow attracts us. We sense the purity of snow when we wake up in the morning and the streets, which are so often filled with grime, are all covered with a white blanket of snow. Snow is a great equalizer – no matter how big the building, or the car, whether a Lexus or a Hyundai, they’re all covered equally by the snow. Snow has the ability to cover over the impurities of life and remind us of our own purity.

So snow is heaven speaking to us – speaking to us through purity, speaking to us gently and gradually on our terms. Snow is the intermediary stage between heaven and earth; ice is a little closer to the level of earth; sleet is in between snow and ice. Thus every weather condition sends us a message and lesson –  whether it’s rain, snow, ice, sleet or hail.

Ultimately, the intention is that the snow should melt and turn to water. Once the snow falls and blocks our driveways and streets, we want it to melt. In the education process the student needs to pause which requires a freezing of the water, but then at some point it has to melt and integrate into our system in order for us to grow.

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The idea of educating through metaphor is further expressed through the numerical secret of snow.  The gematria (numerical equivalent) of the Hebrew word sheleg (snow) is 333 (shin=300, lamed=30, gimmel=3). It says in Kabbalah that sheleg is the gematria of three times the letter alef. When you spell out the letter alef, it is 111. (Alef, lamed, and fei is 1+30+80=111.) So 111 times 3 is 333 which is sheleg.

What is the significance? The verse states, “Vayidaber Melech Shlomo shaloshes alafim moshel – King Solomon, (the wise one) spoke in 3,000 metaphors.” The number 3,000, three elefs (elef is one thousand), is snow. (The letter alef also refers to the word elef, 1,000.) So snow relates to the concept of three thousand metaphors.

What’s the relationship between the two? Sheleg, snow, is the concept of metaphor itself. The spiritual dimension of snow serves as an intermediary between Divine energy and the universe. Snow is the concept of explaining knowledge in metaphor. Its cosmic significance is this: To understand the process of how G-d created the universe, G-d could not allow the borders of divinity and spirituality to just flow ceaselessly and annihilate the boundaries of existence. G-d had to contain it, and the way He contained it is reflected in snow.

The mystique of snow is precisely because of its dual quality of heaven meeting earth, water meeting land. Next time you look at the snowflakes gently dropping from heaven, blanketing earth in its white embrace, remember that you are witnessing a kiss – the kiss of the Divine and the mundane.

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29 Responses to “Spiritual Meaning of Snow”

  1. MADELYN NOVITSKY

    i was so impressed by the first line which read like poetry…,and the last [the kiss uniting matter and spirit]line the sound scientifics added davincian balance / tifferet. as the flakes of wisdom slowly melted as i reread they melted into deeper comprehension uniting more

    October 24th, 2006 at 9:50 pm

  2. Craig

    If Madelyn is the same person who I knew a few years ago (we met at B & N) please contact me vm8366@yahoo.com

    November 27th, 2006 at 2:13 pm

  3. Kayla

    I have always been greatly moved by the song let it rain — I always break down crying when i begin to worship with this song— worship team today sang this song, i felt wet cold drops falling down into my two lifted hands. I was peaceful about it, but the feeling was really cold and windy-like at some points i openned my eyes and looked at my hands, but of course my natural eyes didnt see anything. I originally thought that what I felt was rain, but eventually realized it was wet snow melting almost immediately on my hands— Now, it is all clear,thanks to your website!

    May 6th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

  4. Dovid S. Polter

    Great!
    What are your chassidic sources for this inspiring article?

    August 20th, 2007 at 8:24 am

  5. Thank you. I was curious about symbolism od snowflakes, as I was given a symbol of a snowflake by spirit recently, and I wanted to know what it symbolized on the deepest level. Very helpful.

    February 15th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

  6. marrufo

    I have been feeling very spiritual for many years now. its the feeling of purpose, i believe many people or all people feel inside themselves. I really enjoyed your words. thank you so much for makeing me feel good inside; now everything that surounds me is not the feeling i wish i felt. I feel some joy now. All i did was type feeling of water drops on my body. i have been experiencing this lately. My spiritual teacher is a genius according to many people from many different aspects of life. Now i just dont understand why he did that. i have lost that connection with him. i can feel him thinking about me everyday wanting to tell me. I have no teacher and i feel lost. But thanks so much. Purity. i want to purify here !

    Marrufo

    March 16th, 2010 at 12:17 am

  7. Carol Cooper-Steyn

    I live in South Africa where we rarely see snow. But I dreamt of it last night. In my dream I awoke to beautiful thick snow on the ground and my heart was bursting with joy! I felt, while dreaming, the gentleness that you describe in your article and knew I was being blessed by this dream. So, I decided to look up the spiritual significance of snow and came across your article. It touched me deeply. Thank you.

    August 13th, 2010 at 10:37 am

  8. Natalie

    Great article. I have been drawn to the beauty of snow and snowflakes for several years now and this article explained to me why that may be. This also introduced some perspectives I had not known before which is wonderful, it is always good to learn something new. However, I was surprised that even though the article is otherwise full of intelligence G-d is referred to as exclusively male… There is no intelligence in blatantly ignoring one half of humanity when describing the divine.

    November 26th, 2010 at 10:42 am

  9. carol

    Thank you for this excellent article on the spiritual significance of snow. I had a dream recently where one large snowflake fell to the ground, and was spellbound by it. It was huge. A friend suggested it referred to the imminent birth of our first grandchild. As two ice/snow dreams in recent weeks have proceeded it, it is worth contemplating. I like to think it has many layers to its meaning, and you have given me much to mull over. Thank you

    August 27th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  10. Marie

    Thank your for your interpretation about snowflakes dreaming.
    I was thrilled with your explanation…It serve a purpose beyond words can describes what you really touch me on how to see the beauty and spiritual awake with snowflakes.
    I am very thankful to your dicerniment. I humbled thank you and appreciate very much what I have learned from you!
    Love and Peace,
    Marie

    November 26th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  11. Marz

    From my experience, seeing snow, pixelated visuals, moving air molecules, static, or anything of the like is the first stage in 3rd eye awakening. It appears to help one trance into the formless void of space, but as it does this, also awakens you to subtle dimensions of reality that are not normally seen. In my experience, this first stage occurs usually for those that are philosophically or spiritually engaged with the mystery of life. Thus star-gazing is helpful, deep penetrative thought, and visual-arts that allow one to stare contemplatively into inner and outer space.
    The next stage, at least for myself, was noticing that small lights in dark areas, especially in the bedroom (like a smoke alarm light) can move through the visual field. Its interesting that at first ones psyche believes it is actually doing this, like all of the sudden the smoke alarm light was on a rotating disc, until in ones contemplation at some point, the question arises, why in the world is that stationary light moving through my visual field? In this sense, one cant look at any one light and wait for it to move. Rather, an engagement in contemplation, deep inner consideration, prayer, meditation, or other modes of formless awareness are necessary to spawn these changes. Two practices I recommend for anyone who really wants this to happen is: 1) Sit closely to a mirror and stare at yourself, dead into the souls center of your eyes…I can;t tell you what to expect – youll find out for yourself; 2) Light a candle and watch it flicker, dance, and speak to you through movement [or] if you have a fountain, watch the water drip, merge, and saturate your entire conscious being.
    Unfortunately, for me the third phase in 3rd eye psychic and visual ability required a fairly serious fragmentation of my psyche. Fed up with this world, I really didnt give a damn what society thought was true. Consequently, it was not much of a stretch for subtle realities to begin to appear visually to me. However, I must assume this can also be accomplished through strategic psychadeliic use (such as DMT/Ahyuasca/LSD) and or Tantric-Tibetan-Dzogchen meditations that lead into Yidyam visualization techniques.
    Im available if anyone has questions.

    January 9th, 2012 at 12:09 am

  12. Bernice

    Thank you, I grew from this knowledge in this years first snow storm. I now have a new perspective. Forever grateful!
    Namaste

    November 7th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  13. Amanda

    Really appreciated that insight. Made me look at things a bit different. Not just in dreams but reality as well.

    December 19th, 2012 at 9:04 am

  14. Kelo

    Just so perfect.

    Because my cup is so large and thirst overwhelming in my excitement I tend to pour out (sledgehammer) the knowledge divinely imparted to other who do not have the wineskins to recieve. Though it is given grace fully but not in the proper story. I can barely contain it myself and must be mindful.

    So in snow I will poetically go.
    Shalom

    December 5th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  15. UZOMA IHEOHAKARA

    Thank you so much sir. I love this. God Bless.

    January 22nd, 2014 at 5:32 am

  16. Lee Cyndi

    Snow is a reflection of Paradise and the message from the Divine. Beautiful! It seems like you received this Knowledge from In The Light of Truth, The Grail Message by Abd-ru-shin (especially since you wrote G-d to keep His Name Sacred)!

    January 30th, 2014 at 9:04 am

  17. Jennifer Ashley

    Hello there :) a few days ago, i dreamt that my fiance and i were standing outside and noticed a large white and blue snowflake falling ftom the sky. We live in florida, which is funny bc it never snows, so in my dream i actually remember that we knew we were witnessing a miracle bc it just diesnt snow here. So in the dream, we both instantly ran over to see this snowflake so we fell to the ground on our knees as we watched it gently float down right before us. It was breathtakingly beautiful, like a frosty white and blue color that was shimmery! We watched it closely, as it seemed like it only lasted seconds, and then it gently landed softly on the ground.it melted and then i woke up :) i feel honored to have seen it 😉

    May 3rd, 2014 at 10:06 am

  18. cinnamonb

    Thanks for the lovely article. Im a retired educator, so I naturally related to it. I stumbled onto it because I was needing a way in for the title of a poem I wrote involving snow. Your article certainly did help me get the right title.

    July 17th, 2014 at 3:25 am

  19. Eileen Moore

    This explanation on snow was excellent. I have been having dream on snow falling. Thank you!

    August 4th, 2014 at 10:56 am

  20. THank you. Always curious how snow was made. Also I dreamt I was flying in a gentle snow fall. I am starting something new in my life.I know now i am on a god guided path.

    August 14th, 2014 at 9:15 am

  21. Madison

    *Snow reminds me of new beginnings*Family & loved ones*Old memories*That hot cup of hot chocolate after making snow angels*The fire place at our family cabin in Colorado*Christmas*The difference in our lifes between past & present*

    October 23rd, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  22. Jeannie

    This kiss was for my soul knowledge. Thank you for helping me move from the mundane with grace filled understanding.

    December 3rd, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  23. The day of the snow moon is on my birthday, does this mean anything? Or just postive omen?

    January 15th, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  24. Amanda

    I think snow was heaven speaking. I believe my mom is in heaven and from there she and God sent snow for me to know she is with Him now.

    April 23rd, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  25. snow

    Thank you so much for this cosmic explanation of snow. Last night I dreamt of snow covering every part of where I was living and your article gave a clear and precise explanation that truly resonated with me and what is taking place in my reality at the present time. Thank you so much for this confirmation.

    May 19th, 2015 at 12:55 am

  26. Snow and Ice

    I was surprised to read such articles.
    I was not aware there would be any relevant documentation on snow and ice.
    I was wrong.

    I pray, I plead for knowledge/clarity/comfort in this mind of mine.
    Thank you, G-d
    Thank you, all.

    October 5th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  27. Kay

    I signed up today and am trying to get the whole article of the spiritual meaning of snow but am unable to get the article. Please help

    December 7th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  28. Dora

    To those of you who are thirsty to see with your own eyes photographic evidence of the power of Love on snow crystal, please search the internet for this amaxing Japanese man – Masaru Emoto. My favorite books from him are – “Heal Thyself” and “Hidden Messages from Water”.

    Wishing you all a very happy 2016!

    January 16th, 2016 at 4:35 am

  29. Robina

    Major snow storm on the east coast they’re calling it Jonah . wow I hardly know where to begin. I knew snow is very significant in the Bible . hail also god used it as one of the 7 plagues. What I found fascincinating was the numerical value of the word snow. The number 333 has always had special meaning to me I was had a beautiful heirloom given to me by my mother it was a ring my brother had made for her in Turkey when he was stationed their during Vietnam he had a match made for himself. Anyway I hwas given a car not just any car a BMW by a friend and some how I knew that she was going to give me something didn’t know it was a car . so I can’t say I was surprised but one day in my prayer time I was praying that I wish I could do something for her and I heard in my spirit give her your ring . I knew it was god speaking to me because I also heard him say give it to her on 333. It was the 3 month the 3 day and their was 2003. My point Is God is speaking something is this major storm if you listen with your heart you will hear it clearly know one can say no to god just ask pharaoh we know it didn’t go well for him . thanks for the article Iam truly blessed.

    January 23rd, 2016 at 10:10 pm

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