Returning again to the numbers of the first segment, from a cosmological standpoint the correspondence between seven and thirteen makes perfect sense: the 7-day Creation corresponds to the 7 Classical Planets, and Aries (the Ram) could be viewed as either the 1st or the 13th Zodiac. Certain signs will be explored in great detail in a later installment.
The seven days of the week in English and other languages have been named for each of the seven ‘planets’ of antiquity [from Gr. “planetese,” wanderer], and are also named for characters of Classical Myth.
Below may be seen the days of the week in English, compared to their French and Latin correlates along with the three Abrahamic Holy Days and the planets / deities for which they are named:
A chart similar to that above could be built for the days of the week in the Vedic system:
ENGLISH SANSKRIT (pro.) DEITY COLOUR PLANET
Sunday Ravivar Lord Surya Red Sun
Monday Somvar Lord Shiva; White Moon
Tuesday Mangalvar Ganesha; Kali; Red Mars
Wednesday Budhvar Lord Vishnu; Lord Vithal Green Mercury*
(Avatar of Krishna)
Thursday Guruvar Vishnu & all Avatars Yellow Jupiter
Friday Shukravar Mahalakshmi (Divine White Venus Feminine); Durga;
Saturday Shanivar Lord Shani / Saneeshwara Black Saturn
*The actual Hindi word for the planet of Wednesday is Budha, and its associations are certainly intriguing (to be seen in due time). All major alchemical phases are here alluded to through the colour attributions, though this will be the subject of a later installment.
It is worth pointing out that, much like the Islamic Ramadan, worshipers of Shiva fast from sunrise to sunset on Moon-day, and are not to eat until after prayer. Muslims fast for one lunar cycle, beginning one day after the new Moon and further determined by the Crescent (this occurs in the ninth month, Ramadan). This was actually a pre-Islamic practice that existed throughout the Near-East as far as Iraq, and was likely adopted from the nearby Sabaean culture living in Yemen (the biblical Sheba to be precise, hence the name) and Western Arabia. The Sabaeans allegedly had Seven Temples, each dedicated to one of the planets. Before it was adopted by Islam, the fast lasted from moon-rise to moon-set and was, obviously, in veneration of the Moon (this was most likely dedicated to Sin, derived from the older Sumerian and Assyro-Babylonian cosmology; some maintain that the word Sinai is derived from this Lunar deity). Muhammad changed it to last from sunrise to sunset.
In the Vedic practice, the one-day lunar fast is called Somvar vrat – named for Soma, also referred to as Chandra – the Moon.
(The word Soma has another association: a potent entheogen [Ancient Gr. Entheos = “full of the god” + genesthai = “to come into being;” “to manifest the inner divine”], more commonly called a psychedelic. Many have considered it synonymous with the Greek “Mead,” or “Nectar of the Gods,” but to my knowledge this is not substantiated given what we know of the latter’s alleged ingredients. It is likely that “Soma” is the A. muscaria mushroom, consumed for mystical purposes by everyone from Siberian shamans to bears and reindeer! Its distribution is well-established, ranging from Siberia through the Hindu Kush Mountains, the Mediterranean and even Central and South America, where it is also a religious Sacrament.)
The Moon has also been called Indu, likely related to the word Indus, the river that “flows from the heavens” and the word from which we obtain “Hindu,” later to become the Persian “Hindustan” – the land of the (H)Indus. Notice the striking alignment between the ancient Hindustani and Greco-Roman/Nordic-Germanic systems.
(The Indus river, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau runs almost through the center of the Ladakh region of modern Pakistan, and it was East of this river that had been dubbed “Hindustan” by the Persians. This is now upper India, not far from the Northern Pakistani Hindu Kush region.)
Saturn: The Synthesis of a Christian Redemption, a Hindu Curse, and a Jewish Seal
Christ was born under the sign governed by Saturn – the Sabbath (appropriately), that of the Goat – cousin of the creature beneath which he would also die. The Goat of Capricorn, being dual in nature (domesticated versus wild), is symbolic of stability in dynamism and vice versa. This perfectly describes the two natures of Saturn (slow-moving – stability; in ancient times, furthest from the Sun – dynamic / extreme) and the Cube (aesthetically evocative of Stability; dynamic in that “Doubling the Cube” is impossible in Euclidean geometry [this fact being brought to the attention of man by the Oracle of Apollo]). The Lord of Saturn in Vedic Cosmology is Shani, or Saneeswara, which is a contracted phrase literally meaning the one who moves slowly – the significance of which is revealed in Saturn’s slow orbit.Bearing in mind that Christ was born under Shani, it is curious to see that the so-called Saint-Thomas Christians of India have been more accurately referred to as Ishannis – followers of Issha, Jesus.
It is in Johannes Kepler’s Mysterium Cosmographicum that he ascribes The Cube to this planet. In Plato’s Timaeus this solid is associated with the Earth element (Capricorns, from December to January ruled by Saturn, happen to be Earth signs). Evidence for the cube connection to Saturn can also be found in the most sacred place of all Islam: Mecca. The Kaaba (Ar. Cube) is circled exactly seven times, corresponding to one circle for each planet. Squaring the circle is a very well-known problem posed by ancient mathematicians, and is alluded to in the Freemasonic symbols the square and the compass. In fact it appears to be impossible with these two tools alone. Here, in Mecca, we see the opposite: circling the square. A rather elegant rendition of this concept may be seen below.
When the Cube is viewed from one of its vertices, it reveals The Star of David (the hexagram or six-pointed star). Curiously, at Saturn’s pole there exists a hexagonal cloud-pattern 8,600 miles long. Discovered in 1980, the prominent theory is that it is a manifestation of vortical wind-patterns at its center, but the most recent footage – the clearest yet – shows no sign of them. It rotates counter-clockwise, as do the Muslims around Kaaba.
(Circumambulation, from the Latin circum + ambulatus = “to walk around,” is the religious act of circling a Sacred idol or location. Though in modern times we most commonly think of Mecca, it is an incredibly common practice in both the Vedic and Buddhist systems. The former often circle altars or idols, while the latter circle the same and pillared prayer wheels. It is likely that this practice occurred at Mecca prior to the Muhammedan purification, as it is well-known that The Sacred House is pre-Islamic.)
Illustration above: Left: Liquid Water; Right: Ice Crystal; from Wikipedia
Illustration above: Squaring the Circle and vice versa.
(Han Ying (c.100BC) may have been the first on record to note the contrast between the hexagonal structure of snowflakes and the pentagonal arrangement of flowers [not all flowers are pentagonal, but a great number are, and the vast majority reveal one of the Fibonacci numbers – with 3, 5, 8, 21 and 34 being particularly common. The larger numbers are frequently expressed in daisies and sunflowers]. The extent of diversity inherent in snowflake formation is nothing short of astounding considering the simplicity of its structure.)
Illustration: Snowflake. By Wilson Bentley. Obtained via Wikipedia
Illustration: Snowflake. By Wilson Bentley. Obtained via WikiPedia
Bear in mind these associations: The Black Cube (Kaaba) is circled counterclockwise seven times; the Cube from Vertex or Hexagon (Star of David or Seal of Solomon) rotates counterclockwise at Saturn’s pole; Saturn, the Seventh Classical planet – the furthest, darkest, governing the darkest time of year – corresponds to Shabbat and Christ’s birthday; Christ, born under Saturn, bears the Cross – the unfolded cube; the Planet of Shabbat is given the color black in the symbolic calendrical system of the ‘Hindus.’ The Yantra of Shani or Saturn is, therefore, none other than the Hexagon, the Star of David.
Illustration above: Cube viewed from vertex revealing hexagon, superimposed upon the Seed of Life. Obtained from: http://www.informatik.com/mathfun/
In most pantheons, Saturn is associated with Justice, Time and Death, such as the Greek Kronos, god of Time, and the Vedic Shani, a great teacher and great punisher, older brother of Yama – god of Death, the latter’s name meaning “twin.” Both are judges of the soul, and Yama is said to be the first man to have died.
(Does this sound familiar? Abel was the first man to die, murdered by his twin brother. Cain was a crop farmer, while Shani is a protector of property. In Judaeo-Christianity there is the curse of Cain [777 – an allusion to Saturn?], and in India the mere mention of Shani is a bad omen. Cain and Abel were both sons of Adam, meaning both man and “to be red” – red being the colour ascribed to Surya, the Vedic Lord of the Sun, father of Shani and Yama. The colour of Shani [black] unites it with Kaaba, and the Yantra or figure itself unites it with the Star of David. To be clear, a Mantra is a religious chant, and a Yantra is a religious image or symbol. All deities have their own Mantras and Yantras.)
Illustration above: Shaniswaran (Saturn) Yantra, synonymous with the Star of David. Obtained via http://www.yantramandala.com/
Though magic squares are not to be discussed for some time, it is worth pointing out now that the square sum of Saturn is 45, as is the gematria of Adam (aleph1 + dalet4 + mem40 = 45):
4 9 2
3 5 7 אדם = 45
8 1 6
*While the square sum is 45, the magic sum is 15 (e.g. 8+5+2=15).
Black-Hole Sun in the Garden of Sound
The Black Stone of Islam is analogous to Sol Niger – The Black Sun of Alchemy, being emblematic of ‘the blackening’ in the first stages of transmutation. This phase has been associated with putrefaction: Saturn, in antiquity, was associated with similar concepts – being the furthest from the sun it was seen as the “darkest” of the planets (with Mercury / Thoth-Hermes as its opposite). This makes perfect sense in light of the fact that virtually all Saturnian deities are somehow associated with death, whether through justice and judgment or time and decay. Given that man was created on the 6th day and the Fall appears to have taken place on the 7th (it may easily be the 8th), it would make perfect sense for this to be synonymous with the entropic phase of Alchemy and Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn – time of brooding darkness in the heart of winter. Christ was born under this sign (as noted above) – under the darkness of ‘Herod’.
Strangely, “The Death Star” in Star Wars is identicalto Saturn’s moon, Mimas (pro. My Mass/Miss). Yoda, the wise opposite of Darth (black), is green: this is highly comparable to the Vedic week, in which Shani is Black, Death, while Mercury – planet closest to the Sun – is Green. Budha, planet of Wednesday, is believed to be incredibly wise in all sciences and filled with compassion (like Thoth-Hermes Trismegistus, Thrice Greatest in Religion, Philosophy and Science). The Kaaba (Saturn) is Black, while The Prophet – Muhammad, who purified the Stone – is described as Green. (See: Qur’an; Life of Muhammad) The alchemical Sol Niger is Death, while The Green Lion (V.I.T.R.I.O.L.) is associated with Purification and Dissolution.
Illustration above: Mimas, Saturn’s Moon. Photo taken by Cassini mission. From Wikipedia
Illustration above: The Death Star. Taken from film, obtained via Google images
All of these connections lead us to deduce that Saturn, Shani, Cain, Solomon’s Seal and Shabbat are one with The Black Cube, The Seventh Sun (it is also closely linked with the Fall of Man, as will be seen). It is “The Blackening” of Alchemy personified in the Seventh Day and the first human death. As mentioned in a previous segment, the cube possesses 28 possible paths, synonymous with Genesis 1:1, and possesses 6 faces – aligned with the word “In the beginning.” 28 is the sum of numbers one through seven.
*A curious side-note pertaining to Saturn in modern media: Some of you may have grown up watching Pinky and the Brain. You may or may not have noticed that, in the theme song, at the very instant that they chant “We’ll take over the world” a giant magnet pulls Saturn to the Earth. Also, aside from Sheldon Cooper’s oft-seen 73 t-shirt, he frequently wears a red shirt with Saturn on it.