In a comment on one of Joshua’s posts, Brian wrote something that gave me sudden insight into what is probably the most important symbol used in the Bible. It is a symbol that is hidden in plain sight: the Hebrew alphabet itself. He wrote:
“As a form of symbolic cipher, language can be amazingly efficient. In English, 26 letters combined into a few thousand words plus a few grammatical rules allow us to share a virtual infinity of ideas and subjective experiences. Unfortunately, the coding/decoding algorithms in language are yet to become as precise as in mathematics.”
Brian’s juxtaposition of mathematics and language can be likened to an esoteric juxtaposition of male and female. Consider mathematics as male (mind and spirit, essence), and language as female (creativity and possibilities of expression, art). You can create a world of ideas with it. However, you need a careful balance of both in order to achieve all that life has to offer, for essence without creation is no life, but creation without essence (without consciousness!) results in chaos, if possible at all.
The Hebrew alphabet reflects this truth because its characters represent both numbers and characters at the same time. As male and female they express both qualities. The Language creates a world of stories but the numbers show the essence, all in the same text. And that means that these characters are ONE and contain All that Is. It means they are holy. I had heard that before but I never really knew why until now.
The same is true for the Greek and probably the Arabic alphabet too, and, judging by the name, maybe for the Egyptian hieroglyphs as well (‘hieros’ means holy in Greek).
Besides the Hebrew characters, there are many other symbols and patterns in the Bible. I will show these symbols in bold characters.
The Sacred Triangle
In my article The Generation of the Christ, I used the register of generations from Abraham to Jesus to describe the process of the generation and birth of the Christ Consciousness within us. Because the genealogy of Christ is divided into three sections of fourteen names each, I want to show you how we can apply the symbol of the triangle, with fourteen names on each side.
- Starting with the patriarchs, who symbolized the incarnation of man into matter, it was clear that this side stood for the descent of man.
- The last fourteen names, which featured the delivery from yet another exile and slavery – explained by the meanings of the names on it – represent the ascending phase into the realms of higher consciousness again, culminating in the birth of the Christ.
- This leaves the middle fourteen names, which stand for the journey of man in the world of matter (including the deepest point of descent and slavery). Active in this section was the principle of David, 4-6-4, and his son, Solomon, which worked towards balancing and integrating all contrasts and opposites of this fourth world of matter.
David ruled 40 years, exactly the same length of time the Israelites wandered the desert after their delivery from Mitsrajim (Egypt). Both stories represent the same process: learning to master the ego and emotions (represented by the number 40). Again, this comprises the base of the triangle.
As a side note, when we look at a cycle as a circle and symbolical history as a straight line, the combination of both shows a spiral moving upwards.
The sacred symbol of the triangle was used by the Ancient Egyptians to express the principle of the divine. In the Bible, the number three is also the number of the divine incarnating spirit, as symbolized by the patriarchs. The number four symbolizes the female side of creation expressed by the four matriarchs. The Egyptians combined the two principles in the pyramids, utilizing four triangular sides.
This symbol could also be used for the way Deepak Chopra, a Hindu, described the word GOD: G stands for Generation, the descending side, O for Organization, the base which is the world of matter, and the D for Disintegration/Regeneration, the ascending side which ends in the return to the Oneness. The result is a new creation pointing at the spiral again.
In each case it is the same symbol and process. The summit of the triangle is both the point of departure and return to Oneness (Christ Consciousness)!
The Inverted Triangle
Consider the inverted triangle with the base on top and a turning point from the descending side into the ascending side on the bottom. I am now going to show you how this symbol can be applied to the serpent and Adam and Eve. In my two former articles, A Deeper Revelation of the Serpent and the Messiah and The Importance of the Words not Written in the Bible, I describe how the serpent lay waiting for Man in order to inform Him/Her about the meaning of ego and emotions. It lay waiting in the branches of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or on top of the base of this triangle, as in this symbol.
The serpent, or ‘nachasj’ is able to convince Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because she symbolically looks at it carefully and sees the possibilities of growth. Then she and Adam descend along the descending side, together with the ‘nachasj’ that pulls them down into the lower levels of consciousness and finally into the world of matter. In my article about The Exodus, the ‘nachasj’ itself symbolically turns into a pharaoh whose downward force finally drowns (in the Red Sea) in the waters of his own emotions and ego. This is the lowest point of descent, the inverted summit of the reversed triangle.
At this lowest point of descent, the ‘nachasj’ or serpent is put to sleep as the Kundalini serpent in 3½ coils. This turning point is the halfway point on the journey through the world of matter, the world of the seventh day. In order to start ascending again, and in order for the Kundalini to be able to start rising, the messiah has to stand up in order to start the process. First the messiah is anointed with oil, or ‘sjemen,’ in Hebrew (= ‘sjmona, 8).
Both the ‘nachasj’ (serpent) and the ‘masjiach’ (messiah) have the numerical value 358, which means they are different phases of one and the same principle.
- The descending side of the triangle is the side of the ‘nachasj’, who is connected to the number six and the metal bronze. ‘Nechosjet’ is the sixth metal in the system of metals, as it is the sixth day. Remember that Moses lifts a bronze serpent up on the pole!
- The ascending side is associated with the messiah and is connected to the number eight; the first phase of it is called the eighth day, which will be followed by a ninth day, which is connected with perfection of the three lower planes so the initiate can go on to return to Oneness on the tenth day.
- The point where these sides meet is the seventh day, as was already mentioned before, and the halfway point of that is the 3½ or 350. When Kundalini lies sleeping at this point (350), he needs another 8 in order to turn into the messiah who can start the process of ascending and the rising of the Kundalini.
It is interesting to note that when David is anointed as king by Samuel, Samuel anoints him with oil (‘sjemen’, 8) which he has brought with him in a horn (‘keren’, 350), which together make up the number 358. So David, the anointed one, (and the process he stands for) is symbolically the first messiah.
Saul, his predecessor ( Sjaoel, the one that the people had asked for) had also been anointed as king by Samuel, but in his case he had brought the oil in a ‘kad’, a can, and the anointment led to nothing.
The eight is the ‘sjemen’, as we saw above, the olive oil, which is produced by crushing the olives – called the sixth fruit in the system of fruits, or the fruit of the sixth day – between the heavy stones of an oil press (‘gat sjemen’, Gethsemane). So here we see that the process of the symbolic number seven (in order to get from the six to the eight), the process of Gethsemane and Golgotha is. This process represents the unbearable pressure and the crucifixion of the ego. It is in this turning point of the seven, at the lowest point also symbolized by the cross (400), that this process takes place.
When the process is finished and the oil has been produced, then the messiah can be anointed and start ascending, the rise of the Kundalini.
The metaphorical process of the crucifixion of the ego can be difficult at times, but is not meant to scare people. In this day and age, as humanity starts to wake up, the emphasis might well lie on processing all emotions we pushed down into our subconscious in the past. We have to let go of them, but it is also important to deal with everything that happens in our life in the NOW with a willingness to see the possibilities of growth in everything.
When, in the light of all this, I look again at the ‘nachasj’, the serpent, I ask myself: What or who is it really? Could it possibly be the Life force itself that descends into the world of matter in us and makes us rise with the Kundalini again, provided that we undertake this process of producing the oil for its anointment to messiah? Joshua seems to think so.
The Star of David
Both these triangles describe the process of the growth of consciousness, but there is also the possibility to combine them and then you get the Star of David, a completely new but well-known symbol.
With the name David we are talking about balancing and integrating. Both triangles have to be in exactly the right position or they will not be totally in balance.
In this symbol the upward pointing triangle symbolizes the female principle (uterus) and matter and the downward pointing triangle symbolizes the male principle and spirit. It shows spirit descending into matter and matter rising up to meet spirit. To achieve true balance requires careful attention to conscious living.
When we look at the birth register again, we see the birth of Jesus (or the Christ) at the top level of consciousness in the world of matter. At the same time he spearheads the descending spirit as he voluntarily descends to the very deepest point of descent, the cross (400; the last character of the Hebrew alphabet) after having gone through the oil press of Gethsemane first in order to produce the oil that is needed to anoint the messiah, who will take up this cross, and also to start the eight day of the resurrection.
So Jesus (the Christ) is both at the top and at the bottom of this Star of David and this creates a certain tension which must be helpful to the balancing. Again we see two levels at the same ‘time’ in the same symbol: the birth of Jesus (the Christ Consciousness) at the top and the completion of his task at the bottom, which enables the Resurrection and Ascension, sort of like a quantum leap.
Such quantum leaps are shown in one of the Mayan Calendars, which shows nine levels of creation, each figuring seven days and six nights, where during the latter half of each seventh day there is a leap of consciousness towards the next level, whereas the development on the lower level also continues. Hence the searching for missing links that might not be there by science.
I will address more on hidden symbols in the Bible in part 2 of this series, coming soon.