We have all witnessed the wedding tradition of the new husband lifting his bride’s veil and kissing her. What is less known is that this tradition has a profound theological and spiritual origin. Everything in the marriage ceremony symbolizes the deeper spiritual process of spiritual truth being intimately united to spiritual love.
This marital and heavenly symbolism is most readily recognized by the bride’s white dress, which almost everyone understands as representing a state of purity. The Bride’s veil however, requires deeper spiritual knowledge to derive its symbolic meaning.
In the process of spiritual growth, the human intellect seeks truth so that it can be led to sincere goodness and love in the heart. In a marriage ceremony, the Groom plays the part of this intellectual pursuit, while the Bride represents the love that waits to be discovered.
The Bride’s veil symbolizes the outer covering (veiling of truth) that corresponds to the man’s first apprehension of spiritual goodness—which is vague. Lifting his Bride’s veil symbolizes a deeper discovery and understanding of love—because the Bride’s face, which represents the beauty of love, now comes into full view.
So when the new husband kisses his new wife it represents the conjunction or unifying of a spiritually enlightened intellect with a spiritual heart. (This special ritual symbolizes how angels are created from the human race.)
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg many ancient humans had their greatest enjoyment in making worldly traditions symbolize deeper spiritual processes.
I am just scratching the surface of this forgotten knowledge, which is necessary for the human race to regain, in order to derive new insights and teachings from the stories in God’s Holy Word, and help usher in the New Jerusalem!