Hello again fellow peoples of the planet!
In the last two blogs we were introduced to the decans of the zodiac and how they make up some of the stories in the bible.
Each decan takes up 10 degrees of the 360 degree circle…there are 36 decans in the zodiac!
And here is an interesting fact….what number do you get when you add up numbers 1 through 36?
Think also of a roulette wheel ….it has 36 numbers in a circle (and a zero/ain soph)…the decans….and the ball spins around them….the sun…again,it is taken from the zodiac.
Before we start this blog about the number seven in the scriptures we will first focus on the duo-decans.
Each duo-decan takes up 5 degrees of the zodiac,as each decan takes up 10 degrees…..and there are 72 duo-decans in the 360 degree circle…..and there is that number that cropped up in the earlier blogs…the number 72!
Lets see a couple of examples of the 72 in connection with the bible.
When we do….you will notice something strange…..there is a 70/72 situation going on!
What I mean by that is that on one hand we see the 70…but on closer inspection it can also be 72.
Lets take the Septuagint as an example…the seventy!
This seventy refers to the legendary seventy jewish scholars who translated the Hebrew scriptures into Greek.
However…when you start digging a bit deeper the seventy can also become seventy two!
see the wikipedia page below…they aren’t quite sure if there are seventy or seventy two scholars!
Now one example is nothing…let’s see another example from the bible that shows this strange 70/72 relationship.
And it concerns Jesus sending out the 70 apostles to preach.
Luke 10:1 (King James Bible)
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.”
So Jesus sends out the seventy…….however according to the NIV bible we have this number.
“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go”
so again we have the 70/72 puzzle.
What about the 70 generations of Noah?….or is it 72 generations?
Again…..what about the 70 elders in the story of Moses?
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again. 26But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp.
See…yet again we have this 70/72 split!
If nothing else…it should show us that rather than taking these numbers and stories literally,we should be digging deeper to understand the symbolism beneath the stories.
It isn’t only The bible that has this number 72.
In Islam there is the tradition of the 72 virgins.
(although some sources say there are 70 virgins…again that 70/72 thing going on 🙂
Confucious had 72 disciples.
In the Egyptian story of Osiris….he is tricked to lie in a lead coffin by his brother Set,and Set’s 72 accomplices.
The connection between them all is the zodiac!
In the story of Jesus the 12 are sitting at a table eating with Jesus.
In the story of Osiris the 72 duo-decans are at a banquet eating with Osiris.
Remember when we are discussing the 12 or 72 we are talking about the table of the zodiac and the signs and duo-decans…the 12 and 72 are allegorically sitting round a table (zodiac) watching the story and journey of the sun as it travels through the 12 signs and 72 duo-decans.
They are watching the story of the sun unfold!
In the story of Osiris…..Set betrays Osiris and sends him to his doom.
In the story of Jesus…Judas is the betrayer…..the scorpion/betrayer/backbiter who kisses Jesus/the sun and betrays him.
The two of those characters represent the sign of Scorpio…the betrayer….the backbiter.
The scorpion is the sign of Scorpio that back stabs the sun with the sting in his tail and sends him down to his death in winter (at the winter solstice).
We can see this part of the yearly cycle being played out in all of those stories and myths
In an earlier blog (written in the stars) we saw that God (EL) could be represented as a bull.
This is also the sign of Taurus (the fixed sign of spring)…slap bang in the middle of spring/light!
And the sign Scorpio is straight across the zodiac table from Taurus and it is the fixed sign of autumn.
When the sun/Jesus/Osiris/bull gets betrayed by the scorpion/Saturn/Set it is talking about the darkness overcoming the light in the year.
“Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.”
Again it’s the two foes of light and darkness in the year.
Mayday or Beltane is in the sign of Taurus……where people dance round maypoles celebrating the return of the light and growth.
Halloween is in the sign of Scorpio…where others celebrate the return of darkness and the demise of the sun.
You also see this in the Tauroctony.
You will also see the 72 in the Shemhamphorasch.
These are the seventy two names of God…the duo-decans….they are forces outside and inside of us….they are forces of nature(outside) and our consciousness/psyche(inside) personified.
For example…on the earth..there are two poles….north and south…..and people can also be bi-polar….meaning …not balanced and moving from one extreme to the other in an erratic manner….so there are polarities both inside and outside of us…..man is the measure of the universe……we are the equator/balance of the inner and outer forces.
And just like electricity,they can be a force for good…or bad depending on how it is used.
Those 72 forces of nature can be used for good……..or bad motives depending on the one who understands how to manoeuvre them.
We can bring light to other people…or darkness by our words and actions.
The 72 demons in the Goetia,can be used for both means and ends.
The seventy two forces are used for “evil” purposes in the story of Osiris when they conspire along with Set to do away with Osiris…The forces of darkness overcome the forces of light.
However in the story of Jesus sending out the 72 the opposite happens…the forces of light triumph this time…look at the report of the 72 when they return.
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Whereas in the tauroctony images above…the scorpion and serpent overcome the bull/forces of light.
In the story of the seventy two being sent out….those 72 disciples/powers of light…overcome the scorpion and serpent which are the forces of darkness!
It is all allegory!
In the 360 degree circle of the zodiac concerning the great year…see this blog below for more detail
To pass through just one degree of the great year takes seventy two years.
The pentagram which is used by occult orders is also connected to the 72.
Here is some further reading…
Now we will have another look at the magnificent seven…the seven planets of the ancients.
These seven planets are everywhere in religious literature.
Again …just like we did with the 70/72 divide above….with this number we are going to see another weird divide…this time a 5/7 divide.
What do I mean?
Well let’s take a look at the seven planets themselves.
Sun,Moon,Mars,Mercury,Jupiter,Venus and Saturn.
Although they are called the seven planets,two of them aren’t actually planets…the sun and the moon…….they are the luminaries.
So in actuality there are only five planets…and two luminaries…..see the 5/7 divide happening?
Lets take it a bit further…of the seven planets or gods…five are male…and two female.
The Moon and Venus are female goddesses.
Mars,Mercury,Jupiter,the Sun and Saturn are all male gods in myth…again the 5/7 divide.
Further…what about the 7 days of the week?
Are two of them different from the other five?….yes!
Saturday and Sunday make up the weekend…and the other five are weekdays….5/7.
When Jesus fed the multitudes with the seven items of food…we again have the divide.
He fed them with five loaves and two fishes…..5/7 yet again.
We have five senses..sight,touch,hearing,smell,taste….however according to occult lore there is also a sixth and seventh sense….5/7.
In Indian yogic/tantric teachings there are seven chakras in the body…or are there only five?
it is the 5/7 divide again.
What about in music?
we have the notes A,B,C,D,E,F,G
only five of the notes have sharps…A#,C#,D#,F#,G#
There are no B Sharps (it is a “C”)……unless you’re in The Simpsons!
And there is no E sharp either…it is an “F” (E sharp is an F)…..again the 5/7 divide.
In the endocrine system there are seven glands
And two of them are different from the other five.
for more info on this…please take time to listen to the audio below
All throughout the bible you will find the number seven cropping up!
The seven days of creation in Genesis.
Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41:2 where he saw seven fat cows and seven gaunt cows.
“When out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds.”
Samson’s seven braids of hair in Judges 16:13
“Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.” He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric”
The seven evil spirits talked about by Jesus at Matthew 12:45
45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
The fall of the walls of Jericho story contains lots of sevens
15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!
And we have the seven churches in the book of revelation…..the seven lamps,the seven stars,the seven angels
Also the seven “times” of Nebuchadnezzar.
The Elohim are also the seven
Look through the bible and you will see a vast amount of sevens and twelves,all due to the zodiac.
In a previous blog we spoke about the supernal triad in kabbalah……these are kether,chokmah and binah
these three are above the “abyss.”
However below “the abyss” we have seven sephiroth (spheres).
Chesed,Geburah,Tiphareth,Netzach,Hod,Yesod and Malkuth.
We have the triangle at the top consisting of kether,chokmah and binah which bring about the seven below the “abyss.”
lets see this in a different way.
We have the triangle (supernal triad) and the seven that emanate from it…in this case the colours.
However in other planes,they express themselves in other ways,they are concepts and forces that echo throughout nature.
Some called these seven “the elohim”,”the seven spirits of God”,”the seven rayed god.”
The Chinese have the “seven lucky gods”
These seven forces/planets make up the days of the week cycle.
The seven colours are the rainbow bridge or “Antahkarana” which has to be crossed over to return to the oneness (or white light).
The statue of liberty has seven rays.
In fact the statue of liberty was given to America by French Freemasons who understand these occult teachings.
The seven planets make up our three dimensional world as was stated in an earlier blog.
Occult teachings say that these septenaries create also the cycles of evolution where we can “octave” or spiral up a step rather than circling or getting caught in the loop.
Do ray me fa so la ti…and the octave Do!
Pythagorus said the number seven represents the law of evolution.
So know when you read about the number seven in the bible…it is telling us about these hidden teachings.
DO NOT TAKE IT ALL LITERALLY!
When you come across a number seven,12,4,72,40….you should know that it is hiding something from us….just under the surface…and some of the rabbis say that the more ludicrous the story is on the surface …….the more profound the hidden teachings are underneath.
However once we use the “keys” of understanding…we see the deep truths contained therein.
Moses Maimonides (1135-1205 AD) said this…
“Every time that you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible, a story that is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth…and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of spirit.”
The Zohar says this…
“Woe to the man who sees in the Torah, i.e., Law, only simple recitals and ordinary words! Because if in truth it only contained these, we would even today be able to compose a Torah much more worthy of admiration. For if we find only the simple words, we would only have to address ourselves to the legislators of the earth, to those in whom we most frequently meet with the most grandeur. It would be sufficient to imitate them, and make a Torah after their words and example. But it is not so; each word of the Torah contains an elevated meaning and a sublime mystery . . . . The recitals of the Torah are the vestments of the Torah. Woe to him who takes this garment for the Torah itself . . . . The simple take notice only of the garments or recitals of the Torah; they know no other thing, they see not that which is concealed under the vestment. The more instructed men do not pay attention to the vestment, but to the body which it envelops.”
Yes……woe to the man who takes the garment for the torah itself…or disregards the wisdom hidden underneath the garment…the real body of scripture….hidden from the ignorant and profane,who not seeing it…mock and deride it.
Manly Palmer Hall said that each of the seven wonders of the world are dedicated to one of the seven planets.
Now ask yourself this….how can that be possible when the nations in which these seven wonders were built had no great friendships with each other?
The seven wonders are …
1/The Great pyramid of Giza (the only surviving wonder) has the legend of Thoth/hermes/mercury being the builder….MERCURY
2/The Colossus of Rhodes is a statue of Helios….Helios is the……..SUN
3/The temple of Artemis or Diana at Ephesus….again Diana or Artemis is a Goddess of the….MOON
4/The statue of Zeus at Olympia…now as you my have read in earlier blogs….Zeus…and Thor represent JUPITER
5/Hanging gardens of Babylon…or Semiramis
Semiramis equates to VENUS the goddess of love and beauty
6/These next two are interesting…let’s take the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus first…Manly P Hall says in the secret teachings of all ages that this building was sacred to the planet MARS
7/The lighthouse or Pharos of Alexandria is dedicated to the planet SATURN.
Elsewhere Manly P Hall said that the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was dedicated to SATURN.
and the Pharos of Alexandria is dedicated to MARS…..seemingly contradicting the above quotes.
This used to puzzle me as to how he would get things so wrong.
However!…..It dawned on me just a few months back that he was letting us know again about that 5/7 divide….five of the wonders are the same…..and two of them can be interchangeable.
A mausoleum is linked to Saturn who is the god of time and death…and also mars……the cenotaph is a mausoleum and people gather round cenotaphs each year to remember the fallen in war…and Mars is the God of war.
The Pharos of Alexandria can also be used for both of the planets also.
MARS is connected with fire and the lighthouse used to have a fire in it each night to warn ships.
Saturn is Satan who rules over the fires of hell!…(see my blog on saturn for more info).
It is an inside joke once you get the patterns….the 5+2.
In a previous blog I mentioned that the seven also represent the vowels.
And they can be pronounced in a hard and soft way…..they have a double nature…they symbolize seven opposites.
This is why we can associate the seven with seven heavenly virtues….or seven deadly sins.
Philo Judaeus spoke about the number…linking the seven to the vowels and to music.
In myth we have the seven stringed lyre of Orpheus.
Islam has the seven also….just a small example.
In previous blogs I spoke about the Tawaf….the circling around…or walking around the Kaaba.
This is also called circumambulation…however….did you notice in the wiki page above….how many time the faithful have to walk around the Kaaba?
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