188. The angels of whom the Lord's celestial kingdom consists dwell for the most part in elevated places that appear as mountains of soil; the angels of whom the Lord's spiritual kingdom consists dwell in less elevated places that appear like hills; while the angels in the lowest parts of heaven dwell in places that appear like ledges of stone. These things spring from correspondence, for interior things correspond to higher things, and exterior things to lower things; 1 and this is why in the Word "mountains" signify celestial love, "hills" spiritual love, and "rocks" faith.##
# In the Word what is interior is expressed by what is higher and what is higher signifies what is interior (n. 2148, 3084, 4599, 5146, 8325).
What is "high" signifies what is internal, and likewise heaven (n. 1735, 2148, 4210, 4599, 8153).
## In heaven, mountains, hills, rocks, valleys, and lands are seen exactly the same as in the world (n. 10608).
On the mountains angels who are in the good of love dwell, on the hills those who are in the good of charity, on the rocks those who are in the good of faith (n. 10438).
Therefore in the Word "mountains" signify the good of love (n. 795, 4210, 6435, 8327, 8758, 10438, 10608).
"Hills" signify the good of charity (n. 6435, 10438).
"Rocks" signify the good and truth of faith (n. 8581, 10580).
"Stone," of which rock consists, in like manner signifies the truth of faith (n. 114, 643, 1298, 3720, 6426, 8609, 10376).
This is why "mountains" signify heaven (n. 8327, 8805, 9420).
And "the summit of a mountain" signifies the highest part of heaven (n. 9422, 9434, 10608).
Also why the ancients had their holy worship on mountains (n. 796, 2722).