Metaphysical meaning of Eder (mbd)
Eder, e'-der (Heb.)--troop; flock; drove; herd; any movable aggregation that is numbered, arrayed, mustered.
a A tower beyond which Israel (Jacob) journeyed and spread his tent, after he had buried Rachel (Gen. 35:21). b A city of Judah "toward the border of Edom in the South" (Josh. 15:21). c A Benjamite (I Chron. 8:15). d A Levite (I Chron. 23:23).
Meta. A flock may relate to animals or to birds; even people are said sometimes to "flock together" when they gather in great numbers. Animals representthe animal forces in man, birds are free, unattached thoughts, and people stand for thoughts, faculties, and tendencies.
The Benjamite and the Levite named Eder denote the assembling of thoughts belonging to the faith and love centers of consciousness in man. Eder, a city of Judah "in the South," toward Edom, is a subconscious gathering of thoughts pertaining to the life forces and activities. The tower called Eder, beyond which Israel (Jacob) journeyed and spread his tent, denotes the gathering of thoughts of dominion and rulership (Israel means rulership with God) and raising them to a higher degree of understanding; lifting them to a spiritual level by realizing that power and dominion come from God.