Hello,fellow peoples of the planet!
Before this blog gets underway,I would again like to talk a little about my former religion…as the title of this blog “Thinking outside the box,” is the last thing any Jehovah’s Witness would be allowed or able to do,without disobeying the organization.
As an example of this,ask any Jehovah’s witness you know, to tell you the date of Jesus’ “presence” or “arrival” on this earth and they will give you one date….1914!
They are constantly told that this 1914 date is a solid fact,and “The Watchtower” has always consistently taught this.Take these examples below.
1/”Jehovah’s witnesses pointed to the year 1914, decades in advance, as marking the start of “the conclusion of the system of things.” Awake! 1973 Jan 22 p.8.
Notice it says in the above passage that “the conclusion of the system of things” started in 1914,and that they pointed to this decades in advance.
2/In 1993…the Watchtower was saying this.
“The Watchtower has consistently presented evidence to honesthearted students of Bible prophecy that Jesus’ presence in heavenly Kingdom power began in 1914.” Watchtower 1993 Jan 15 p.5
However,since the rank and file members are not allowed to think outside their box,they are completely hamstrung as to offering any argument against anyone who has an informed/opposite view of things.
In fact Jehovah’s Witnesses actually taught that Jesus arrived in 1874, (not 1914) up until the year 1943! “Not a lot of JW’s know that” (in a Michael Caine voice”) :).
Here are two clippings from 1921/1922 showing they were still teaching that Jesus arrived in 1874 (not 1914) during the 1920’s.(Whereas,now they claim they have consistently taught he arrived in 1914)
The book “God’s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached” (written in 1973) says this at the bottom of page 209 and the top of page 210.
“In the year 1943 the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society published the book “The Truth Shall Make You Free.” This moved forward the end of six thousand years of man’s existence into the decade of the 1970’s. Naturally this did away with the year 1874 C.E. as the date of return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of his invisible presence or parousia. Page 324 of the above book positively says: “The King’s presence or parousia began in 1914.”” God’s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached p.209/210.
So according to the above quote they didn’t “do away” with the date of Jesus invisible presence from 1874 to 1914……until 1943!
Note also the use of the word “Naturally,” as if it’s no big deal.Yet Charles Taze Russell(died 1916) and Joseph Franklin Rutherford(died 1942,the year before the change) had no clue about this teaching…it wasn’t “naturally” at all! It was an uprooting of old doctrines and a planting of new doctrines.It was an upheaval!
I certainly never knew any of these teachings all the years I was a Jehovah’s Witness,and I know the vast majority of JW’s have no clue.They are taught that to question or look at any outside evidence,will both “confuse them” and will inevitably bring the wrath of Jehovah upon them.They will be thrown out of the organization.
Friends and family will no longer be able to speak to them.
Now that my friends is living “inside a box.” (a box of the mind).
It reminds me of the book and film “1984” where previous “inconvenient information” is put into the “memory hole.”
It is a box that sounds so easy to open,it only takes a change of mind after all.
Yet it is the box of the mind,and the vast majority of JW’s will die for their (completely false) beliefs.
They are literally spellbound!…Their mind is “captive to a concept.”
They have a concept/spell or worldview in their minds and imaginations,that is found to be absurd with even the most cursory investigation.
See a previous blog “what’s in a word” for more on how words control our minds.
Another thing I’d like to bring up,before the blog gets underway is the bible story of David and Bathsheba,and take it from the “literal” to the beautiful myth that it is.
Here’s a few of the verses from the book of 2nd Samuel,chapters 11 and 12 telling the story.
1/”In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2/ One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
David,the warrior-king spies the beautiful Bathsheba bathing while out on his roof one night.
He then sends his messengers to bring her to him,which she does and then he proceeds to sleep with her…and then gets her pregnant.
The only problem is,she’s already married to Uriah,one of David’s most loyal soldiers.
So what does David do?
He orders Uriah be sent to the front line of battle,where he is left to perish,as told in the verses below.
15 “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
After a time of mourning,Bathsheba marries David and they have a son.However,we learn that God isn’t best pleased with this arrangement in verse 27.
“But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”….(Uh Oh…King David is in trouble!!)
So God sends the prophet Nathan to David,who proceeds to tell him the following story.
“The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
David realizes the utter devastation he has caused….as punishment,the son he had with Bathsheba falls ill and dies.(A bit cruel to the innocent child don’t you think)
The thoroughly repentant and chastised David,comforts Bathsheba and they have another son.
24 “Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon.”
It’s a pretty gruesome tale of deceit,murder and lust,but not to worry folks…..it isn’t real!
If you’ve been reading any of the previous blogs,you should be getting a grasp of the symbolism going on,because that is what it is…symbolism that tells us great things.
David is Mars….The Warrior King….and Bathsheba is Venus…the beautiful woman!
It is the tale of the two concepts or forces in yet another variation of the story.Whether it be the Knight at arms and the beautiful woman without mercy in the poem of Keats,or Romeo and Juliet in the story by Shakespeare.
Mars is the God of war,as is David the warrior king (Mars rules Aries,the start of spring).If you look again at verse 1 of the above passage of scripture it reads “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war.“
Spring starts in the month of March,and March comes from Mars!So of course they go off to war when Mars is on the scene!
Another thing that should help clue you in that we are talking astrology and the seven planets here is the name Bathsheba.
Bathsheba means “daughter of the seven” (The Queen of Sheba,should also mean something to you now)
The name “Solomon” means peace/harmony/wholeness…of course it does!
Again we have two of the seven planets contained in his name….Sol (the sun) and Mon (the moon).
When the sun and moon come together we have the holy marriage…the hieros gamos!
The balance of the male and female forces in nature(the two poles). When the two forces are balanced,there is harmony,when one side is stronger than the other,there is disharmony,and in us..bi-polar thinking/or black and white thinking…extremism!
Think of plate spinning,when the plate is balanced and centred,it will stay on the pole,however when the plate goes off balance by the pole not staying in the centre,due to the plate slowing,it is only a matter of time before things come crashing down.
Here are another few symbols of “Solomon”,or harmony/wholeness/peace below.
We can learn other things from this tale above.
The Messiah came from this family tree,in effect telling us that out of David’s (divides) unspeakable sin….perfection is born.
Out of the worst times,the saviour will come,out of the refuse of the sea,and out of the intense irritation and discomfort of the grit,the oyster will form a pearl.
Out of the worst situations in your life,even as a woeful consequence of your own mistakes…at some point the absolute best will arrive,if you keep going,keep your plate spinning! (the book of Job is telling us the same story in another form).
As is the book of Revelations,when it tells us of bad times on earth,yet the lamb is in the distance.(The light inevitably has to return….the cycle of god cannot be broken)
Before we get on to talk about the symbolism of the Hermetic Rose Cross,as promised in the last blog.Let us have another quick link between Isis/The weeping virgin and Saturn(Old Father time),again as has been discussed in the last few blogs.
This time we can see the link between the two on the American dollar.Now on previous blogs we saw that the alchemical colour of Venus and Saturn are respectively green and black.(See table 1 on the website below)
We see yet another coincidence in that the colours of the dollar bill are green and black (they are called greenbacks).However,that may just be a coincidence..right?However we find more interesting symbolism on the dollar itself….we find the six pointed star of Saturn or Remphan also on the dollar.
Saturn is connected with the number 6….Saturn has a hexagon on it’s north pole.
And we have the virgin represented by the actual dollar sign…let’s have a look.
Now have a look at the Wikipedia entry below.
If you read the above Wikipedia page you will find that a lot of what is spoken of in this blog…the two pillars etc,are all found in there.
Money is the current (currency) of this world,it is the juice that fuels the machines of commerce.The two pillars above are also the two poles,the Jachin and Boaz,Anode and Cathode.The snake (serpent) is the electricity (orgasm) between the male and female that generates new life.
And aren’t sperm also like little serpents or snakes? (As above so below..as within so without).
Next blog I will talk about the Succoth-Benoth,or “the festival of booths of daughters” in the bible.
And give an alternative rendering of what it means in the bible,it will also continue the connection between Saturn and Venus/Old father time and the weeping virgin.
And with all that out of the way (phew),finally back to this blog about the Hermetic Rose Cross.
And here it is below in all it’s glory!
Click on the image to find a little white surprise in the centre of the rose.
The little white dot represents pure existence without size and dimension…it is infinite potentiality.
Kabbalists call this the ain,ain soph,ain soph aur…..three parts of nothingness that cannot be grasped.It is the germ of creation before creation begins.
It is symbolized in many other ways,by differing peoples..
But the rose and cross all stems from this little white dot.
But if we go even further inside the white point,the mystical teachings tell us that we are actually presented with a white cube.This is where again the 22 Hebrew letters,22 major tarot cards,the 22 connections of the tree of life between the 10 spheres,and also the Sefer Yetzirah come in….and you will hopefully see yet further connections to this amazing rose cross symbol above.
For the cube to even be a cube,a single point needs to spread out into three dimensions…namely up-down.left-right,forward and back…….the three!
The three dimensions then create seven positions (centre and six sides…see the previous blog “at sixes and sevens” for more on this) which give us the seven!
And twelve edges to the cube…….Gives us the twelve!
As long as the cube or box is sealed…the whole of creation is put on hold,and as the amazing Lon Milo Duquette says (from whom I get a lot of this info) “it remains in a state of brooding potentiality.” They are the forest of trees hidden in the depths of the acorn.The inner that produces the outer.
It reminds me of Schrodingers cat…..is the cat in the box alive or dead…it’s only when you open it,or give attention to it,that it will give up it’s secret.It also reminds me of the double slit experiment..or wave particle duality….the waves become particles,only when observed/given attention.
In religion..prayed for!
Bringing something out of the nothing/ain sof by intense thought and yearning!
For the cube to initiate creation it must sacrifice itself on a cross,as it pops open like the rose cross above! (again see previous blog for more info).
We must think outside the box for it to happen to us,and when we do we move from potentiality to actuality….the little white cube opens to form the cross of six squares.(can you see this cross above?)
This is also telling us how spells work…and inventions!
When thought is given to the wave (observing),it manifests into this reality and becomes the particle!
Or when an inventor thinks intensely about an idea..and works on it with his hands….it becomes a reality…he has plucked it from the nothing and brought it into the material!
Or as Isis says…(Isis is the darkness)..”The fruit I bring forth is the sun”…she brings things from the darkness of thought into the light of this material existence!
However when we have our “boxing day” and we open the box…it reveals it’s secret treasure for us…it gives us a “gift.”
That gift is the rose of five petals….we have allowed the fifth element to resurrect us from the four elements to the fifth element…and we ourselves become like the Vitruvian man.
“Every man and woman is a star”
Adam is made in the image of God etc.
Understanding that the rose of our being is wedded to the cross of the six is the goal of every spiritual seeker…and when we do,we realize that we aren’t a five or six,but an eleven…and again as Mr Duquette says….this is what is called “the great work.”
Behind the rose are four green barbs(you can’t really see them too well in the above pic,but they stand for four directions or “position,time,dimension and space.”).
When it does open,the small rose gives birth to the larger rose consisting of 22 petals,split into 3,7 and 12 leaves.(Again just as the Sefer Yetzirah talks about.)
In the three leaves pictured….the top leaf has the letter “Aleph” on it..the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet..Aleph also corresponds to the element “Air” and “The fool” tarot card.
The leaf on the left has the letter “Mem” on it…it corresponds to the element “Water” and “The hanged man” in the tarot.
The leaf on the right has the letter “Shin,” it is the element of fire and “The Aeon or Last Judgement/Resurrection” card in the tarot. (Isn’t it interesting that the bible says this world will end with fire…as the last one did with water).
We are talking two polarities…fire and water…male and female, and the balance/equator between the two principles!..the wavy line in the yin/yang…..the sine wave!
The secret of creation is in the wave!
Also interesting to note is what the kybalion says about the principle of rhythm.
Note also that “aleph” is a yellow petal,”mem” a blue petal,and “shin” a red petal…these are the three primary colours.
Next we have seven petals,corresponding to the 7 planets,and it consists also of the 7 primary and secondary colours of the rainbow (and seven musical notes).
Going anti-clockwise from the 11 o’clock position,they are (letter,planet and tarot card) “Peh,Mars and the Tower”-Resh,The Sun and “The Sun” tarot card-Beth,Mercury and the Magician/Magus”-Daleth,Venus and the Empress-Gimel,the Moon and the High Priestess-Tav (although the above rose cross pic looks like the letter “Cheth” for some reason),Saturn and the World or Universe tarot card….and finally Kaph,Jupiter and the wheel of fortune card.
The last to burst forth are the twelve petals of primary,secondary and intermediate colours…the 12 signs of the zodiac.
Starting from top left and going anti-clockwise,we have the letters Heh,Vav,Zain,Cheth,Teth,Yod,Lamed,Nun,Samekh,Ayin,Tzaddi,Gimel.
These letters correspond respectively with the 12 signs of the zodiac….
Aries,Taurus,Gemini,Cancer,Leo,Virgo,Libra,Scorpio,Sagittarius,Capricorn,Aquarius and Pisces.
And the 12 tarot cards…Emperor,Hierophant,Lovers,Chariot,Strength or lust(for life),Hermit,Adjustment/Justice,Death,Art/Temperance,Devil,Star and Moon.
So we have looked at two roses thus far,the small rose on the small cross,and the large rose…which is also on a larger cross.
The large rose and cross represent concepts,principals,forces and energies of the manifest universe.
The Hebrew mystics invented the four letters YHVH in order to meditate and analyse the vast oneness.(The all)They divided “the all” into four parts,as did all other cultures…4 directions,four winds,four seasons/4 corners of the earth..etc etc.They were either pictured by four animals,people,letters,symbols,and we can see the four worldwide in myths and paintings or carvings.(see previous blogs)
In Kaballah…the four are Atziluth,Briah,yetzirah and Assiah.These are the four levels of the macrocosm.
The microcosm is also divided into the four descending levels of the soul..Chiah…then Neshema,Ruach and Nephesh.
The four elements picture the same idea……Fire,water,air and earth.
And finally in the Tarot as Wands(clubs),Cups(hearts),Swords(spades) and Disks(diamonds).
The four arms of the large cross each represent one of these concepts..the left arm(red)represents Fire,the right arm(blue)is Water,the top arm(yellow) is Air,the lowest extremity of the bottom arm(green/brown) is Earth…The white square right below the rose is white and represents the fifth element…(ether). It does not belong to any of the suits alone…it pervades all of them,as it pervades everything in creation.
Lon Milo Duquette again tells us that everything consists of the four elements,and gives the illustration of hot magma which consists of fire(heat),water(it flows),earth(by nature) and exudes air (gas and steam).
A lovers quarrel is fiery(explosive),watery(emotions/tears)and airy(swift and communicative).
The “something” that binds the four elements and gives them their varying structure is the fifth element(spirit) and spirit is represented by the pentagram,and sometimes by the letter “e”…the fifth letter.
The rose cross arms also contain some symbols on them..let’s have a further look!
Notice the pentagrams on each of the arms are all coloured different.They symbolize the five elements.Around each of the pentagrams are the symbols for the five elements,earth,air,fire,water and on top…spirit(the fifth element)
The white part below the centre with the star of David..is the 7 planets….The Sun is in the middle of the star of David…..See the blog sixes and sevens for more info!
At the extremities of the four arms are the 3 alchemical elements of sulphur,mercury and salt.
See them top left in this diagram.
Just as in the game paper,scissors,stone…none of the three have the upper hand,but each can “defeat” the other…the same principle applies to these three universal forces,therefore the cycle cannot become stagnant or stop…it is constantly in flux.One constantly trumps the other.
You will notice they are in different positions on the limbs of the cross,showing this continuous changing or flux.
The three symbols correspond with the three tarot cards..the Magus (Mercury),The Emperor (Sulphur) and the Empress (Salt).
In fact on the Emperor tarot card it shows his body position making the alchemical sign of sulphur…the triangle with the cross beneath.
These three principles are recognized in other cultures….look at the “Three Gunas” of Hindu philosophy….. Sattva,Raja and Tamas (interesting name Tamas..and what it stands for… if you’ve been following the blog that is!).
“Sattva” is the balance,harmony (Mercury),”Raja” is the active and passionate(Sulphur) and Tamas is the darkness and destructive (Salt). (Hmm..Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt..did she not?)
You can see the three principles on the cycle that they bring about on the “Wheel of fortune” tarot card.
Anubis is sometimes even called “Hermanubis”
You can google the rest of the symbols on the rosy cross for yourself,or even better,try to obtain “the book of Thoth” By Aleister Crowley and “Understanding Aleister Crowley’s book of Thoth” for yourself if you are grasping any of this.It is good to find the hidden meanings and treasures for yourself.
You can find out why all the letters are on the four barbs,and what they stand for…the INRI for instance…first find the outer exoteric meaning…and then the inner hidden esoteric meaning.
And if you got through all of that….thanks for reading!…please share this blog if it might be of interest to anyone.