October 24th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Re: 12 Tribes of Israel
The Six-Pointed Star of David contains the 12 symbols of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
The star is of two inverted equilateral triangles. Together, they form 12 smaller, equilateral triangles.
The Star of David is an emblem of the Unity of the Jewish People.
Number Language: emblematic numbers predate Aristotelian Logic. They have a sacred history, and their usage was oral not textual.
Astrology: for a more balanced understanding of Astrology, I refer you to a book entitled "Tibetan Astrology" by Philip Cornu
Whilst this book may appear to be off-topic, the Western reader has a problem addressing authentic Jewish Scriptures. The Assyrian form of Hebrew characters is used for popular speech and is used in printing, etcetera. The Rabbinic form of Hebrew characters is used by scholars. Hebrew is an Afro-Asiatic language. It ceased to exist as a spoken language about 250BC and was reborn as a modern language in the 19th century. Hebrew words have only consonants and no vowels. It is written from right to left. According to Kenneth Katzner ( the Languages of the World), it is considered to be impossible for anyone who is unfamiliar with the language to know how to pronounce a Hebrew word from the way it was written. Thus, Hebrew is an esoteric language.
The Three divisions of the Hebrew Bible are called Tanach. The Hebrew word 'Tanach' has three letters, each letter is a symbol for one division of the Bible. Each letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is assigned a number. Thus the three consonants TNCH can be assigned a symbolic, numerical code:
T has the number 9
N has the number 50
CH has the number 8
Thus, 9508 means Tanach, the Three Divisions of the Bible.
In the contexts of the vastness of time and the vastness of space and the vastness of the mind, man defers to figurative language and not the literal language of logic and statistics. When emblems touch ground with fantasy, fiction is produced. When emblems touch ground with reality, reality is reproduced linguistically, as in poetry.
Context: if an ancient text is using numbers symbolically, it is deferring to figurative language and not Logic. Figurative language is intuitive. It addresses reality in a vastly different way to Logic.
The sacred and traditional way of approaching astrology is not through the usage of Logic and Statistics. Modern Critical Scholarship may have valuable things to say about the modern world. But, its views on the Ancient world are distorted.
Protocol: These ancient subjects are still extant but one must follow sacred protocols. For example, when one is a guest in another's home, one does not just help himself to whatever his host has to offer, he politely asks for permission. All human beings are guests in the House of God. Therefore, it is by God's discretion does one gain access to Sacred Knowledge. The traditional way of making a petition to God is through a Divine Agent, aka as a bone fide Holy Man.
Access to the Kingdome
The kingdom is in one's heart. The journey to Eden is within.
Education in the ancient world was not as widespread today. It is very doubtful that the mass of ordinary people could logically analyse text because they were illiterate. An emblem such as the Star of David would be intuitively understood by all of the Jewish people, no need for logical parsing of the geometrical forms or testing them against one's own scepticism in the delusion that this methodology is somehow more authentic.