Difficulty, obstacle, something needing energy with which to deal with it. A hill also symbolises the climb to higher attainment, wider view of life or opportunities. A hill or mountain often represent the influence of your potential, and the energy of growth or change latent in that potential. Therefore being on a hill can show you in a state of mind, or an attitude, perhaps even a form of meditation, that is opening you to the action of the growth energy within you.
You climb to success, or go down hill to failure, illness, death. You can see further from above, or be overshadowed at the foot of a hill.
The symbolism in the New Testament shows the crucifixion taking place on a hill, and this represents the top of the head and the sexual, emotional, mental nature being opened to a wider and less object and self centred life. See mountain
A hole at the bottom of a hill: Especially if surrounded by shrubs, depicts the vagina. Or if like a cave it suggests you are entering more deeply into the levels of your mind. See Levels of Awareness
Going downhill: Feeling as if circumstances are pushing you; feeling you might, or have, lost control; the second half of your life, or old age. See bridge
But sometimes going down hill leads to the beauty of everyday life, of coming down from heights and reconnecting with basics with a new view of it.
Going up hill: Difficulties; hard work or effort; the first half of our life; or life itself if it feels like an uphill struggle. Climbing a hill can link with the rising feelings of passion or sexual pleasure, or the transition from expressing energy genitally to expressing it in less physical ways. Such a shift from a lower mood or sensation to one felt as exhilarating or lighter is often shown as ascending.
Example: I was walking up a hill pushing a bicycle. Several other people went by riding theirs but that didn’t worry me. I went on up the hill and could only gasp in wonderment when I got to the top – I could see for miles and everything was in the most wonderful colours you could ever imagine. My first thought was ‘How wonderful God is to create such a beautiful world for us.’ I thanked him then and there. I thought ‘I wonder if it is like this behind me?’ as I looked around, right up close to me was what seemed like a huge black wall. As I looked along the wall, right at the end the marvellous view started, this continued round to the side of me and in the huge expanse in front. I can’t remember any road or pathway going down the hill, onwards. Muriel M.
Green sunny hillside: Feeling whole; a sense of heaven.
On a hill: A clear view of our situation; achievement; something we have made an effort to attain; expanded awareness.
Example: I was down in a low bit of a village, trying to get to a road high up on a hill where the sun was shining and was walking through dark, empty houses. Heather.
This shows the different feelings we sometimes associate with high in a hill and down in the valley.
Also: Hill or hills sometimes represent breasts or the belly.
Top of a hill: Apart from what has been said above, the top of a hill is often used in sacred symbolism to represent the crown of the head, which in turn relates to the potential we have as human animals to expand our awareness beyond what is available through our physical senses. This expanded awareness takes us beyond time and separation into a more unified life.
The term High Way is itself a wonderful symbols as the next dream shows.
Example: ‘I am riding through thick fog. I feel I should turn back. But then I see a pale golden white glow and know that if I continue to the top of the hill I will emerge from the fog into a most beautiful place.’ C. B.
C. B’s dream illustrates the emergence of the expanded awareness mentioned above in connection with the top of a hill. See: levels of awareness.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What hill am I at the starting point of, or am I going down to earth?
Do I sense a change in my feelings in connection with the hill?
What do I realise about the hill?