During the period of October 2013 – January 2014, I wrote a series of articles for SOS, mostly about the esoteric interpretation of Bible texts, based on Hebrew numerology. In at least five of these articles this theme of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the serpent was examined, each following article building on the findings of the previous ones.
Before moving on to new findings, I will give a summary of what is written in the previous articles about this subject first, in order to get reacquainted with the subject after such a long time.
I found the meaning of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to be the tree of duality, ets-2, in Hebrew.
Eating from that tree caused the descent of Man into the world of duality and matter, also called the fourth world or the world of the seventh day. Eve, the female, nourishing and creative side of Man, was enticed into eating from it by the serpent, the nachash, numerical value 358, which proved to be the downward force in Man during the descending part of the involution / evolution cycle. This is a cycle, which you could see as a circle that is divided in three segments:
- The first segment is the descent out of a world of higher consciousness as described above; this is called involution.
- The second segment, described in the next paragraph, is the period that mankind resides in the world of matter.
- The third segment, called evolution, is about ascension, going upwards in consciousness again, as described in the third paragraph of this description.
When man had almost reached the bottom of the cycle, the downward force got the upper hand and turned into par’oh (pharaoh), and man became enslaved / addicted. After a call for help to God and a promise to address this addiction themselves later on, man was delivered from this slavery by God and the nachash got its head / its downward principle, crushed, which made it fall asleep. It was then called the Kundalini that slept in 3½ coils at the halfway point of the cycle.
After having been anointed with the oil that was produced by man through processing and digesting all that happened in his / her life during this stay in the world of matter, the downward force changes into an upward one as the messiah, mashiach, also with a numerical value of 358, which leads man upwards again, and to its rising as the Kundalini serpent at the end of the process as the conclusion of the cycle.
The descending phase in this whole process is part of the sixth day and the serpent, the nachash, is therefore associated with the number 6. The world that we enter after descending into the world of duality and matter is called the world of the seventh day, as mentioned before, and the deepest point of the cycle, where the sleeping Kundalini lies, is exactly its halfway point (3½).
Because of all the work that man has to do in order to process and digest everything, this day is also called Jom ha Assiyah, the world of doing things. In this world God, the Higher Consciousness, rests and man works his / her way through the process of ‘eating’ the fruit of the seventh day.
This fruit is the tamar, 400-40-200. You can also read this as 400-mar. Mar means bitter and 400-mar means the bitterness of the four hundred. The bitterness of slavery and addiction and the bitterness of the cross, as the number 400 used to be written as a cross on its side. The word tamar means date. A date is sweet. In order to discover that all this bitterness is sweet, man will have to process and digest it however, symbolized by the verb to eat.
Another image that is used to describe this process is the word oil. As the nachash, the serpent, turns into the mashiach, messiah (both having the same numerical value, 358) which means the anointed one, there has to be oil, olive oil, to do the anointing with. Oil is shemen in Hebrew, and is connected to the number 8, shmona. That is why the messiah is connected to the eighth day of resurrection and ascension. This oil is produced by crushing the olives, fruit of the sixth day, in an oil press, gat shemen, or in English Gethsemane.
So processing the fruit of the sixth and the seventh days is the process of Gethsemane and Golgotha, and although in the Bible it is the story of Jesus, it is a process that all of us have to undertake. All this processing lies hidden in the symbols of the cycle.
Processing and digesting also includes embracing everything that is being placed before us today without resistance and with love. It includes calling it Good in the end because we have become aware of how much we have grown in conscious awareness because of it.
Those who are interested in checking out the previous articles can find the links to them underneath this article.
The quest for new findings started with asking an old question anew. Why did God create the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then forbid Man to eat from it? In one of my previous articles I answered this question with the reply a rabbi once gave:
“If you want a child to do something, you have to forbid him to do it.”
I quite liked the answer and at the time it helped me get on with my article, so I used it, but at the same time I felt that there had to be something more. It did not completely satisfy me but I did not know why.
Now I still believe that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil can be seen as the tree of duality but in the Bible every story has other interpretations as well. I could not really believe that this interpretation could be the reason for this prohibition. But why? And recently I suddenly saw the reason why.
Man had been in duality all along.
With the act of creation, duality had been created. The very first letter, character, of the Bible was the bet, the number 2, of duality, followed by the opposites of light and dark, sea and dry land, etc. It was created for God to experience Itself in a world of contrast, in a multitude of forms and shapes and ideas and identities. To become consciously aware of Itself and to fully experience Itself. And contrast means experiencing both good and evil, for experiencing only good would mean remaining within the oneness and not becoming aware of anything. It would defeat the purpose of creating this world of illusion, or game as it is also called sometimes.
And then I suddenly remembered the final conclusion that I had reached and have just described at the end of the summary. After we have processed all our emotions, everything that ever happened in our life, and we have become able to embrace it all and call it good, no matter how painful it was, because we have realized how much we have grown because of all of it, then everything is Good without an opposite evil. Then we have reached the original Oneness again, but this time with conscious awareness whereas ‘in the beginning’ we were not aware of all that.
Coming from both these points and combining them I suddenly jumped to the conclusion:
Could it be that with this prohibition God warned us not to start judging? Not to start labelling things good or bad as nothing has an inherent meaning in itself. It depends on our attitude towards it and what we do about it how we will experience it. Whether we remain victims or take responsibility for the ‘bad’ things that happen to us.
I think that maybe God meant to say: “Expose yourself to all the contrasting things in this world we created for those experiences but do not start labelling them good or bad. Because if you do, you will die.”
To die is met tamut, 40-400, in the Hebrew text. Forty is the number of ego and emotions. And four hundred is the number of slavery / addiction and also the cross. We found both of them in the word tamar as well.
“Once you start labelling and judging people and things, your vibration will go down rapidly and your ego and your emotions will overpower you. You will not be able to stop it and slide down into dense energy or matter. That is not what was planned. That is why I advise you not to do that. Do not eat from the tree of judgement.”
This may look like it is the opposite of what is written in Joshua’s article Thank God Adam and Eve Ate the Apple! but I do not think so. I think that Joshua’s article does refer to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as the tree of duality.
There is another thing I had missed. In Genesis 2:9 it reads: “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food …” This is said about all the trees they were allowed to eat from. And in Genesis 3:6 it says: “And when the woman saw that the tree (of the knowledge of good and evil) was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat.”
I wrote about the meaning of good, tov, 9-6-2, 17, before. Seventeen means the last, bitter phase of a period before the start of something new and beautiful.
Joseph was seventeen when he was sold by his brothers to be a slave in Egypt. That in the Bible symbolizes the phase in the world of matter where the serpent, the nachash, has become pharaoh and man is overpowered by his ego and emotions. Joseph however never becomes a real slave as he learns how to master his ego and then becomes ruler over ‘Egypt’.
When someone’s age is mentioned in the Bible, it always symbolizes something and in this case the age of Joseph symbolizes the process he was to go through in order to become master over his ego and emotions.
When we break the 17 of the word tov, good, down in its three characters (both letters and numbers) 9-6-2, we first look at the number 6. This character is called wav and as a word it means hook. A hook links two things together and is therefore also used as the word ‘and’. So the number 6 links the number 9 (birth) to the 2 of duality. All of it taken together points to the last bitter phase of duality that will lead to the birth of a wonderful new world.
What I had missed is that this seventeen does not only apply to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but to all the other trees as well.
Eating from all the other trees would also include bitter experiences but without the judgement of good or bad the bitterness would not have so much impact whereas there still would be an experience of contrast. There would be an embracing of all bitterness immediately, and an experience of All being Good, but not as much gain of conscious awareness as when the whole process as described above would have taken place. There could not really be enlightenment as there would never have been serious darkness.
With reference to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil however something else is said as well, which is not said of the other trees, and which is the determining factor here. About the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is said, literally in Hebrew, that it is ‘nice’ or ‘lovely’ because it gives the possibility to reach enlightenment, haskala, in this case expressed by the use of the corresponding verb lehaskil.
Eve, the creative side of man, saw that eating from this tree would, after all was said and done, lead to enlightenment and she was willing to take all the potential bitterness (that she foresaw in the word tov, good) into the bargain in order to achieve that. Even if it would mean she had to descend into the four hundred of the slavery and the cross to accomplish that. It took enormous courage to take this decision, because she would not be able to recognize the sweet date in the bitterness of the cross until she (we) had gone completely through the whole bitter process.
Within this interpretation and on this level I believe that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil may also be called the tree of judgement, and even God might not have known what eating from it would eventually lead to and therefore have wanted to protect man from having to go through all this.
Maybe Jesus did too when he said: “Do not judge for if you do, you will be judged.”
The other articles linking to all this can be found below:
A Deeper Revelation of the Serpent and the Messiah , The Exodus and Crucifixion and How it Applies to You! , The Importance of the Words not Written in the Bible , Hidden Symbols and Patterns in the Bible: Part One , Hidden Symbols and Patterns Inside the Bible: Part 2