Thursday, May 8, 2014

6 before 7

If SEVEN was the number rounding out the cycles, SIX was the one that completed the physical evolution of the life forms of any cycle. The progress achieved in the first six sub-cycles was necessary preparation for the channeling down of the SPIRITUAL grade in the seventh and climactic sub-cycle.

Alvin Boyd Kuhn, The Esoteric Structure of the Alphabet

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Sphinx, Ankh, and Phoenix

If SPHINX derives from the ANKH symbol, it is not at all unlikely that the other great emblem suggestive of the SPIRIT involved in matter... the PHOENIX, stems from it likewise.

- Alvin Boyd Kuhn, The Esoteric Structure of the Alphabet.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stones are for Markers

"12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."

1 Samuel 7:12

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

No tool of iron

"And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it."

Exodus 20:25

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Traveling Man

The Traveling Man

"And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?"

Isaiah 19:17

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. 

Jeremiah 9:2

Wayfaring = Traveling, especially on foot.

[From Middle English waifaringe, journeying, from Old English wegfarende : weg, way; see way + farende, present participle of faran, to go on a journey; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.]

WAYFARING MAN - wa'-far-ing, The translation in Jdg 19:17; 2 Sam 12:4; Jer 9:2; 14:8 of ('oreach), the participle of 'arach, "to journey." In Isa 33:8 of `obher 'orach, "one passing on a path," and in Isa 35:8 of holekh derekh, "one walking on a road." "Traveler" is the meaning in all cases.

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Passions within bounds

"He who believes fears; he who fears is humble; he who is humble becomes gentle and renders inactive those impulses of incensiveness and desire which are contrary to nature. A person who is gentle keeps the commandments; he who keeps the commandments is purified; he who is purified is illumined; he who is illumined is made a consort of the divine Bridegroom and Logos in the shrine of the mysteries."

Maximos the Confessor

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Higher Man

"The Hebrew name for Altar is explained as signifying, "It wipes away sin; it nourishes the higher man; it fosters love for God; and it atones for all guilt" (Ket. 10b): its four letters (initials of meḦilah, zekut, berakah, Ḧayyim), point to Forgiveness, Justification, Blessing, and Life (Tan., Terumah, 10). It was considered a miracle and a proof of the manifestation of the Shekinah that the continual fire upon the Altar did not destroy the copper with which the stones were overlaid (Lev. R. vii.; Tan., Terumah, 11)."

Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Altar of Whole Stones

"Thou shalt build the altar of the Lord thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord thy God:"

Deuteronomy 27:6

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Altar of Stone

"The Altar is the means of establishing peace between the people of Israel and their Father in heaven; therefore, iron, which is used as an instrument of murder, should not be swung over it. What a guaranty for those that endeavor to establish peace between man and man, and between nations and nations, that no evil shall befall them!" said Johanan ben Zakkai (Mek., Yithro, 11; Tosef., B. Ḳ. vii. 6). And in the same spirit he said: "If the altar of the Lord must be built of whole stones (according to Deut. xxvii. 6), all the more should the men that perform the peaceful work of divine instruction be whole-souled and peaceful" (ib. 7). In a similar strain: "If the very stones of the altar are to be treated with respect and with decorum, how much more living man!" (Mek. l.c., end).

Jewish Encylopedia of 1906

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."

Ephesians 2:20-22

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

True Nobility

"No deiform soul is in its essence of greater value than any other deiform soul. For when God in His supernal goodness creates each soul in His own image, He brings it into being endowed with self-determination. By exercising this freedom of choice each soul either reaffirms its true nobility or through its actions deliberately embraces what is ignoble."

Maximos the Confessor

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