In his articles Genesis Chapter 3: The Allegory of the Serpent Ego and Transforming the Serpent Ego Joshua writes again about the meaning of the serpent. He had already done so quite a few times before and also I myself addressed the subject more than once, both in articles and in comments. That shows how important this subject is. Putting all the presented interpretations together, they show the serpent as both negative and positive, as moving downwards, overpowering man on the lowest part, and then rising again as the Kundalini serpent. The serpent proved to be the force that guides us through the involution – evolution cycle, the Life force.
It has also been interpreted as the ego, and of course that is also correct. Also the ego has the reputation of being something negative, something to be crucified in the negative meaning of the word. Of course that is not what is meant at all. Just like the serpent the ego is neutral in itself and its meaning changes according to its position on the cycle. As you can see in the name of Adam already, 1-4-40. Forty is the character ‘mem’, which as a word means ‘mayim’, water. Water symbolizes ego and emotions. As soon as man has been created he/she is already connected to an ego, which in that stage still is empty and neutral. Once emotions with all their consequences come into play and the point arrives that they have to be ‘crucified’, then that only means that everything has got totally out of balance and has to be brought back into balance again. This whole process has been described in the first part of my own article The Tree of Judgement? .
I would like to show why I believe that the serpent is still innocent in the very beginning, and also why a negative interpretation could be made, in the following quote:
“And the Lord God said unto the woman, what is this you have done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
I looked up the Hebrew text of this quote and found that the verb beguile was indeed a correct translation of the Hebrew verb ‘hisji’, which means to beguile, to deceive. However, when you leave out all the dots etc. that have been added to the Hebrew text of the bible centuries after it was written – which you could see as an interpretation of the text – you can also read it as ’hisi’, which simply means to advise. So I see also the possibility of a positive translation and interpretation of a text that seemingly always has been interpreted in a negative way. Just like I also found a positive interpretation of the so-called punishments for Adam and Eve, as I described in the closing part of my article Hidden Symbols and Patterns Inside the Bible: Part 2 .
God is Love, so I do not believe in God meting out punishments to anyone, also not to Adam and Eve for eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. I believe that eating from this tree was the result of a conscious choice in order to reach enlightenment, to gain conscious awareness, after a long process. Eve recognized the possibility of reaching enlightenment by eating from its fruit. This long process proved to be the descent, not the fall, into a world of duality and matter.
Therefore I also do not believe that God wanted to bar Adam and Eve from the Tree of Life. Again I believe that the concerning bible text means something different.
First of all there was no need to bar Adam and Eve from returning to the Tree of Life. We are not talking about geography here but about the frequencies of consciousness. Their departure from the Garden of Eden was a process of ever diminishing consciousness. It was this loss of high consciousness that drove them out and downwards, assisted of course by the serpent/ego that dragged them down and was dragged down with them to realms of ever lower frequencies. They would never be able to return to the Tree of Life until their level of consciousness had risen again to the necessary frequency and there was no need whatever to keep them from returning there prematurely. So what happened really? Let us have a look at the text:
“So he [God] drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.”
When I look at this text I see that after Adam and Eve have left the Garden of Eden God places ‘the Cherubim’ – which is the real text – and the flame of a rotating sword to keep/protect the way to the Tree of Life. The verb that is used here is ‘’lishmor’, which can be translated as to protect. In the bible God is sometimes called the ‘Shomer Yisrael’, the Protector of Israel. It is something positive instead of negative. A ‘shomer’ is a shepherd who protects the flock. The translation of the KJV is quite correct in this case, contrary to many other translations. I interpret this to mean that the way to the Tree of Life is being kept intact, ready for the time that Man is ready to return to it.
These Cherubim and the flaming, rotating sword were placed to the East of Eden. As Joshua writes: “East is significant because it is the direction in which the sun rises. The sun is the emblem of the true self, which appears in the soul. Adam and Eve, the mind, must get back into paradise and gain access to the True of Life again by traveling east, which is simply an allegorical interpretation stating that the true self must be born in order to reach paradise.” A sword I have long since interpreted as a symbol of discernment. So the flame of a rotating sword, looking in all directions – no tunnel vision! – might mean the long process that is needed to gain conscious awareness in order to return to the Tree of Life. So the flame of the rotating sword might be a symbol for this journey eastwards. Once this journey has been completed, there are the Cherubim. ‘The’ meaning: no fixed number but all those who have completed the course. This little word ‘the’ has not been translated in the KJV because I imagine that the translators just could not place it. They could not understand what it might refer to. However, in my interpretation it makes perfect sense to me.
How do I come to this conclusion?
Because of the spelling which is used for this word Cherubim or Cherubs in other translations – and the way we pronounce these words – I used to connect this word to the word ‘cherev’, 8-200-2, sword, that appears in the same sentence. But when I checked the Hebrew text in the bible Cherubim proved to be written as Kerubim, 20-200-2. That is the way we should write and pronounce the word also but for one reason or another I have not seen it like that in any translation. Even though this word does not contain the exact same characters as the word ‘cherev’, there is a similarity to it, so there could still be a connection to this aspect of discernment as that is certainly a necessity on the way back to the Tree of Life.
There is another word, ‘karov’, that sounds a lot like ‘kerub’ or ‘keruv’. ‘Karov’ means near, close by. Also in this case a connection seems very likely. The Cherubim are considered to be the angels who are closest to God. There are two Cherubim on the lid of the Ark that was later placed in the Holy of Holies in the Temple, according to the bible. Important offerings were called ‘korban’, which you can read as ‘karov-50’, close to higher consciousness.
So I believe that it is this process of the flame of the rotating sword of discernment, the process of the search for higher consciousness, which transforms man into Man, again, into beings for whom the way to the Tree of Life now is open. The Cherubim already stand on the doorstep so to speak. Mind that it does not mention any number. If I am right it means all those who have reached the necessary level of enlightenment. All those who finally remembered that God is Love and that they are Love themselves. All those who have become One again in a Unity in Diversity.