Where the light inside you touches the light of creation
there you will find true joy, beauty and power.
i thank You God for this amazing day:
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky:
and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes
Last week the Supreme Court legalized marriage for gay couples with all the rights of hetero couples. HOO-RAH! It is well past time. In some “religious” strongholds people are resisting saying that the tradition of marriage between one man and one woman goes back to the Bible. Adam and Eve, they say, created the template which makes only hetero marriage acceptable. Actually, this is not the case. The name Adam means “red earth” and the name Eve mean “life.” So the template of marriage is actually between the earth and life itself. In other words creation.
In ancient times there was the teaching of hieros gamos which meant sacred marriage. These teachings often occurred within the ancient mystery schools. This was not an external marriage but an internal one that each human – each human with a divine spirit – needed to experience to live a complete life. It is the marriage of opposites within ourselves. The marriage of the aspects of ourselves which we identify as feminine with the aspects of ourselves which we identify as masculine. The marriage of the light and dark WITHIN ourselves. The marriage of heaven and earth WITHIN ourselves. The marriage of spirit and matter WITHIN ourselves.
The secret sacred lesson is that all things which may appear to be opposites are in truth, different aspects of ONENESS.
The serpent is an excellent symbol of oneness because it can be seen as both earthly and heavenly, as well as male and female.
Notice that in the sacred marriage there is not the dysfunctional focus that we stress in our own culture of the shape of one’s genitals and the performance of the sexual act. True, sex is the foundation of human creation, the coming together of opposites. But the true lessons is that the coming together of opposites has many forms and functions and that is part of the Great Mystery of our lives.
Bet the Supreme Court didn’t take any of that into consideration in their decision!
The image above was drawn by my daughter Samantha Rudolph. It is a copy of an ancient Sumerian seal representing the hieros gamos or the Sacred Marriage. In the seal, the god and the goddess are looking at each other over the World Tree. Notice both the serpents at the bottom of the tree as well as the two serpents rising behind each of the deities.
These symbols are indicative of what Marija Gimbutas calls “the alphabet of the metaphysical.” (Language of the Goddess, pg1).
It is especially significant that the serpent is shown in connection with both the god and the goddess thereby representing both male and female aspects. Remember that the hieros gamos does not mean a marriage between a man and a woman as some religionists would have us believe. The true hieros gamos is the marriage WITHIN ourselves of our own separations, our own oppositions or what has been come to be called the female and male aspects within ourselves.
Because the serpent is seen on both sides, it too, represents the coming together of apparent opposites. In its female aspect, it is associated with the ley lines of the earth. Also for slithering in and out of earthern soil. The umbilical cord has been likened to a serpent. In its male aspect it has been associated with bolt lightning.
The unification of the fires of heaven (lightning) and the waters of earth are the essence of creation, represented and united within one symbol – the serpent.
This post is a partial review of my last several posts: It is a passage from my book ONE GODS: The Mystic Pagan’s Guide to the Bible
Now that we’ve seen goddesses inhabiting trees in the two cultures closest to ancient Israel, wouldn’t it make sense for there to be a tree in the Bible named after a goddess?
There is just such a woman in the bible, although without the designation “goddess;” Eve, chavah or hawwah as seen in Chapter 2. In Hebrew, the “tree of Life” is the tree of ha-hay-yim.
Ha-hay-yim is a variation of hawwah (with masculine plural “eem” or “yim”). The tree of life, literally translated, means the tree of Eve (transcendent of gender) in its grandest, most powerful aspect. This is the same aspect of the “eem” plural seen in Elohim in Chapter 8. Ha–hay–yim is LIFE/EVE writ large in the fullness of all mystery.
Among the many languages deriving from the same source, called Central Semitic,[i] are Aramaic, Arabic, and Hebrew. Comparative etymology shows that it is not just the tree that is a namesake to Eve. As Walker points out, “In Arabic, the words for ‘snake,’ ‘life’ and ‘teaching’ are all related to the name of Eve – the biblical versions of the Goddess with her serpent form, who gave the food of enlightenment to the first man.”[ii] In Arabic and Aramaic the word for serpent is hayyat. The letters “w” and “y” are interchangeable.
Eve (hawwah) was encouraged by an aspect of herself (hayyat) to eat the fruit from another aspect of herself, the tree of life (ha-hay-yim). The three elements; tree of life, Eve, and serpent are one and the same, a unity of symbols, the Great Goddess in three aspects.
[i] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Semitic_languages; consulted February 214. Also in Jean; 53-55. He calls the common root the “Phoenician alphabet.”
[ii] Walker, Barbara G., The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects Harper SanFrancisco, 1988; 388.
What are the mysteries that Moses and Aaron perform “in the sight of the people?” According to Exodus Chapter 4, they are three bits of magic; throwing his staff on the ground which turns into a serpent and then back again to a staff, turning his hand leprous and healing it, and taking water from the Nile and changing it to blood.
All of these “miracles” actually occur within the story thread of the Burning Bush.[i] It is the Burning Bush which represents the true mystery and magic of creation. The Burning Bush is the first historical record of the nature of true oneness. It is a symbolic representation of what I have come to call inter-arching oneness[ii]. The Burning Bush contains two element: Fire and Bush. As the Holman Christian Standard Bible says, “Fire is frequently associated with special displays of God’s presence.” In other words, fire represents divinity and all heavenly aspects. The bush represents the earth and all earthly aspects. If the fire and the bush were next to each other, in separate spaces, the symbolism would have been one of duality; spirit and matter as separate. But that is not what happens. The fire and the bush occupy the same space. This represents nonduality or the essential oneness of all spirit and all matter; all creation. Here are visual representations of this using circles.
If each circle stood by itself merely touching edges, they would be a representation of duality:
But the Burning Bush teaches a different lesson. It teaches how the elements (the circles) interpenetrate:
To use the paradigm of the Burning Bush with the visualizations of the circles. With the circles touching but not interpenetrated, the message is one of duality. The fire and the bush are in different spaces:
But the message that Moses brings is one of inter-arching oneness. The interpenetration of the two aspects is where the fire and bush exist in the same space:
From these stories and happenings, it becomes clear that Moses brought to the world, the message of “all-oneness.” In each of the three magics that Aaron performs “in the sight of the people” a change of physical state occurs. What he is actually doing is peeling back the illusion of the material world to show that the world we can see with our eyes is fluid. Snake/rod, clean hand/leprous hand, water/blood. All are one and the same. All are one. Only the magician/prophet/wizard/shaman who understands the nature of true oneness can perform such seemingly miraculous acts.
What this tells us is that Moses didn’t just bring a message of a one god but he brought the message of the oneness of all creation.
[i] The basis for my understanding of these teachings come from my former teachers, Rev. Dr. JC and Rev. Sherry Husfelt. I thank them for their many insights. They teach “interpenetrative radical nonduality” as the essential oneness of all creation.
[ii] overarching would indicate something above or a separation, intra-arching would indicate a turning inward, also a separation