Shiva represents the Static Masculine:
A story of Shiva.
One day Brahma and Vishnu both are arguing about which of them are more powerful. In the midst of their arguing a great blazing pillar appear which root and branches extended beyond view into the earth and sky. Now both god Brahma and Vishnu start to find out the start and end of that pillar. Brahma turned into goose and flew up to find the top of the pillar, while Vishnu turned into a boar and dug into the earth to look for its roots. Both are unsuccessful in finding the beginning and end of the pillar.
Brahman however hates to admit defeat so he lies and says he found the top and brings back a flower. At this Shiva’s voice thunders out and says “Brahma you lie there is no beginning or end to the pillar”. As a result of Brahma being unable to admit defeat he is denied earthly form. Brahma represents the mind in it’s delusion to thinking it can encompass the absolute. Vishnu represent the heart which can open itself and surrender to the mystery. And the story of the pillar is one representation of how the absolute appears in the world yet reaches into the infinite.
He is the representation of Freedom:
Glory: Qualities of divine glory
Contains the whole universe inside his whole body
Contemplating that profound collective image of God
Can be an inner archetype to outer universe