A) Mystical rivers like Jordan. They refer to the blood stream. Jordan shares its numerical value (264) with dam car, the blood of the lamb, which is the blood of Christ.
B) Allegories of intoxication and/or wine. These refer to the modification of the blood. The most obvious example is Jesus’ first miracle – transforming water (ordinary blood) into wine (spiritually enhanced blood).
What is needed to produce alcohol? Leaven. Now read Matthew 13.33: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.”
The Hebrew for wine means ‘blood of the grape’.
Now, read Matthew 20.1: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. The first thing Noah did after the deluge was getting drunk in his vineyard.
Fermentation is the tenth stage of the Great Work, related to Capricorn and the Renewing Intelligence.
Though the Fountain of Youth can reverse aging and prolong our bodies life, it is not the culmination of the Great Work. That is the spiritual body and though the physical body is its seed, the physical body cannot be evolved to it. Jacob Boehme: “The old Adamical flesh of death cometh not to the heavenly flesh: No, it belongeth to the earth, to death; but the eternal flesh is hidden in the old earthly man, and it is in the old man, as the fire in iron, or as the gold in the dark stone. This is the noble stone, (Lapis Philosophorium), the Philosopher’s Stone, which the Magi find, which tinctureth nature, and generateth a new son in the old. He who findeth that, esteemeth more highly of it than of his outward world…
He who hath it, and knoweth it, if he seeketh, he may find all things whatsoever are in heaven and in earth. It is the Stone which is rejected of the builders, and is the chief corner stone; upon whatsoever it falleth, it grindeth to powder, and kindleth a fire therein. All universities seek it, but find it not by their seeking; sometimes it is found by one that seeketh it rightly. But others (that seek it in self, and for their own gain), despise it and cast it away, and so it remaineth hidden still…
In this Stone there lieth hidden, whatsoever God and the eternity, also heaven, the stars, and elements contain, and are able to do: There never was from eternity anything better or more precious than this, and it is offered by God, and bestowed upon man; every one may have it that doth desire it; it is in a simple form, and hath the power of the whole Deity in it.”
David walks the fine line between science and spirituality as he presents the fundamental mysteries of the universe. He tackles the mystery how the universe can create complexity despite the law of thermodynamics. He identifies six thresholds of complexity:
- The Big Bang happens
- Stars are born
- Stars die, creating temperatures hot enough to produce complex chemicals, to turn into rocks, asteroids, and planets
- Planets and solar systems form
- Biology appears on planets
- Humans and culture happen
Scientific laws cannot explain how these thresholds are reached. Each stage is magical because it creates the impression of something utterly new appearing almost out of nowhere in the universe.
Two comments: It is a spiritual principle that the formation of the physical universe happens in another universe/dimension. If the Big Bang is considered the beginning and not a threshold, we get five thresholds, which reminds us of the five subtle elements, ether, fire, water, air, and earth.
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Why a crash course in a subject that could fill libraries? It’s true, one could talk about spirituality forever, but one could also sum it up in one word: Love.
We can also describe it by refusing to do so – Lao-tze did that.
These days, many religious minds hear the spiritual call. Maybe it’s our fast changing society. Maybe it’s the dawn of the Aquarian Age. Maybe because religion is too old school. Hence the need for a crash course. The spiritual landscape is fragmented, obscure, sometimes weird. Modern people need something concise. Hence, the need for a modern course.
Most spiritual scriptures are ancient. At that time, people thought differently, felt differently, and they used language differently. It’s high time for some modernization. Hence, a modern crash course.
To design the Bahá’í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.
The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located in Santiago, Chile.
…The fundamental principles of astrology are explicitly stated in Holy Writ. The astrological point of view is implied in much of the Biblical teaching. Passage after passage of both Testaments is unintelligible unless one uses the key of astrology to unlock their meaning.
The 14th verse of the first chapter of Genesis speaks of the lights of heaven as being for signs, and the Hebrew original shows clearly that these signs are more than mere indicators of time-periods. They mark out the destiny of man.
The 19th Psalm begins: The heavens declare the glory of God.” And the fourth verse, in the Authorized Version, is translated: “Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” A better rendering, truer to the spirit of the original Hebrew, would be: “Their rule extends through all the earth, and their commands to the end of the world. That is to say, the rule or order of the heavenly spaces permeates the entire field of terrestrial activity. This is the first premise of astrology. Furthermore, many Rabbinical interpreters tell us that the noun translated “line” in the King James Version, which I have rendered rule signifies the power, running throughout the whole universe, which gives shape and form to things.
For the occultist who has had the benefit of acquaintance with the Rosicrucian tradition, the sentence, “The heavens declare the glory of God,” has special meaning, because the total value of its words in Hebrew is 888, the number of the Greek name Iesous, Jesus, and the Hebrew words, Jehovah Tzabaoth, ha-Messhiah, “Jehovah of hosts, the Messiah.”…
The twelve tribes of Israel are also the representatives of the twelve signs of the zodiac, though there has been much confusion as to the correct arrangement of the signs in relation to the tribes. Thus the stones in the high priest’s breastplate must also be related to the signs of the zodiac. And so must the gates and foundations of the New Jerusalem described in the Book of Revelation…
The 20th verse of the 5th chapter of Judges gives us a clear, definite statement, about which there can be no question. It says: The stars in their courses fought against Sisera. Here the noun translated “courses” is that which in later Hebrew literature invariable designates the twelve signs of the zodiac. The same noun is used in Proverbs 16:17 to indicate the course of human destiny, in the sentence: The highway of the upright is to depart from evil, where the noun translated highway is Masloth, the same as that translated courses in the quotation from Judges…
– Dr. Paul Foster Case, Daniel, Master of Magicians