THE TRIBE OF JOSEPH
MARY AND THE SOFA
A DREAM AND MYSTICAL CONNECTIONS
compiled by Dee Finney
|10-22-01 - Joe and I watched the movie video, "Joseph's' Coat of Dreams"
DREAM 1 - I was with the tribe of Joseph. The brothers decided to order a large pizza because they could divide it into 12 parts. The pizza was in the Father's extra-large freezer.
When the brothers looked into the freezer, they saw that there was a large ball of ice in it. They decided that they wanted to dump the ice ball on the ground so it would break up into crystals just so they could see what shape the crystals would take.
DREAM 2: This took place in the same scene.
It was all iced up outside. We lived in a long-narrow apartment building.
My sister-in-law Mary seemed to be losing her mind. She wanted to buy a new sofa for her livingroom, and she gave me the large blue cushions from her sofa, which I in turn, removed the blue covering and put the cushion part into green coverings for my own sofa.
A friend of mine who lived way at the far end of the building (I think it was my friend Donna who lives way at the other end of the country from me) was chasing Mary down the hall trying to keep her under some kind of control.
On the way through the hall, Donna grabbed half of Mary's sample medication packs and gave them to me because she was afraid Mary would try to overdose on them.
Thinking they were something like Valium, I took them and hid them under my sweater. Later, when I looked at the medication packs, it said, 'Cipro 125 mg -childs.'
Meanwhile Mary was running through the hallway, denying she had said what she had said and the rest of us were running back and forth, trying to keep up wit her. By now, the hallway was full of coats, sofa cushions, of all colors that get strewn around trying to keep up with her.
Donna said she was going to send me a FAX from her apartment to my apartment which was at the other end of the building.
Meanwhile Mary was running like a mad woman down the hallway to go from Donna's apartment to my apartment.
As soon as Donna started to send the FAX, I could see that there were like Big Brother cameras all over the place and I could see on a giant screen that Donna was sending the FAX and a scene of Mary was superimposed over Donna running down the hall.
I knew that if Donna and Mary had cameras trained on them, there would be a camera on my end of the building showing the whole world that I was trying to stop Mary on my end of the building as well.
Then the landlord showed up. It was my real landlord, Earl B., but I called him George. He was quite upset about the mess with the sofa cushions between Mary and myself.
I went into the attic storage-room with George the landlord and he showed me Mary's old blue flowered sofa and the empty blue flowered sofa cushion covers and he said sternly, "If you girls would have told me that you needed new sofas, I would have done something about it."
I looked over at Mary's old blue flowered sofa. It was all worn on the front edge - way past threadbare. It was way too heavy for one person to carry too.
Then I looked over further and the brothers were lined up on other sofas where the cushions attached to them had all shrunken. Each brother had one cushion. One was actually shaped like a black dog or wolf. None of the cushions was large enough to sit on, they could only be uncomfortably be straddled. Each one was a different color and different shapes. Each one would need remodeling individually.
There was a lot of work for the landlord to do, but now I knew that George
the landlord could fix these sofas if we asked him.
|INTERPRETATION: The Tribe of Joseph and the brothers is pretty
obvious since we had just watched the movie. The Tribes of Joseph and the
number 12 is also in the Bible and much written about. The tribes have
dispersed all over the world.
The Word 'sofa' is similar to 'Sophia' which means 'Wisdom' , so when you dream about a 'sofa' or 'couch', whichever word you use personally, this is what it represents.
Note whether you feel comfortable on this couch, or like in this dream, the cushions were not comfortable, they could only be straddled, not sat upon comfortably. This is important to note.
Note that in this dream, Mary (who I believe represents the mother of Jesus) wanted a new blue sofa herself, and I just wanted her cushions, not the covering. She wanted blue and I wanted green. Blue is a pain removing color - green is a healing color. We each have our own individual reasons why we like certain colors.
Note that in the dream, one of the cushions of one of the brothers looks like a black dog or a black wolf. That is really a negative connotation. One can only guess which religious belief this denotes.
George, the landlord represents God. Note that he kept the old sofas in the attic, which represents memory and higher consciousness.
It seems that once there was only the Fore-Creation, invisible, without form or gender, all-pervasive, filling the depths and heights of what was and which, desiring to manifest an inward potential gave birth to many holy dyads...that is, pairs, the first of which were the Abyss and Fore-thought. Then a desire arose in Fore-thought and it meditated on Silence who conceived and gave birth to twins: the first visible female form called Truth and the first visible male form called Mind, in turn they together gave birth to Life and Word...Life was the form-mother of the Pleroma and Word was the form-father of those manifest within the Pleroma. The Pleroma is the fullness of the spiritual world, uninfluenced by matter, energy or light.
Many other dyads were born, called Aeons, or sacred powers, the last of which was the divine Sophia, or Holy Wisdom. Of all the Aeons, the divine Sophia desired most intensely to know the origins of Her own creation, that is, the nature of the Fore-Creator. Though Mind told Her that such knowledge was impossible, nevertheless, Sophia began to search high and low, after Mind was restrained by Silence. None of the Aeons comprehended the Fore-Creation other than Truth whose perfect reflection was a transparent presence invisible to Sophia. She separated Herself from Her consort, ranged the vastness of the uncreated Immensity, and far out- distanced all the other Aeons.
Sensing her separation from the other Aeons, and lacking a clear knowledge of the Fore-Creator, She felt pain and sorrow, She wept and grieved deeply, She desired with all Her Heart to comprehend the vast, unending totality of the Fore-Creator, also called the Abyss. But the Abyss was vast beyond comprehending, and Her sorrow increased and Her passions flowed out of Her in waves and She risked utter dissolution into the Abyss as She radiated forth a turbulence into the stillness of Immensity. Then, suddenly, She encountered Horos, the Limit, Boundary, and understood that the Fore-Creation was unknowable, holy and profound, beyond the comprehension of Mind, Word or even Truth. This was the First Gnosis.
But now, the manifestations of Her intentions and passions remained as viable presences in the Immensity, they overflowed the Pleroma and began to take on a more substantive appearance. Sophia beheld these manifestations, the consequences of Her passions, and was again stirred with grief, fear, uncertainty and sorrow because She understood that these were the manifestations of Her own ignorance concerning the Fore-creation. A dim, barely light-like haze began to appear, first manifestation in the Primal Void, the concatenation of passion and desire unfulfilled, slowly evolving into manifest forms--the stirrings of light, energy and chaos.
All the Aeons together were concerned about the appearance of Chaos and so they, with the divine Sophia, prayed in depth and a new dyad was manifested: Christos and the Holy Spirit, his female counterpart. Together, they calmed the Aeons and soothed their fears, also instructing them in the unknowableness of the Fore-Creation while simultaneously revealing to them the inner unity, harmony and illumination of the Pleroma--this was the Second Gnosis. Yet, the haze and proto-forms of Chaos remained and among these emerging forms was an image of Sophia, called the Lower Wisdom, for She had divided Herself in the passion of her search and now, the Lower Wisdom abided in the midst of Chaos.
This Lower Wisdom desired to return and be united with Her own Higher Self, rather than remain trapped in Her passions and desires and when She felt the emanations of the Holy Spirit and the Christos, when they manifest their healing and harmony within the Pleroma, She began to seek a way to return to the primal harmony and illumination of the Second Gnosis. And when Lower Wisdom discovered that She was bound by Limit and could not return or ascend to the Pleroma, She once again grieved and sorrowed. And from this second grief, from the waves and energy of that sorrow, the first material substances began to form, divide and align themselves in patterns of light, dimness and darkening matter. Then the Aeons together ask the Christos to assist the Lower Sophia and He manifested in the lower world of proto-matter as Yeshu'a, and soothed Her and comforted Her and revealed to Her all the many luminous beings that manifested in the Void as their spiritual companions.
But the proto-matter of the Void was now mixed with passion, desire and sorrow, and the luminous lights of the Void were the spiritual presences inherent to the newly forming matter, inherent to each and every elemental substance, the combinations and the consequent appearances. Thus the spiritual qualities of matter are the inherent emanations of Wisdom stimulated through the manifestation of Christos and the Holy Spirit. And Wisdom was reunited with Her own Higher Self, and perceiving the holiness of the manifestation, and seeing clearly both the psychic and material character of those manifestations, gave birth to one last entity--called "Father of the Material Realm" or the Maker and creator of the Lower Visible Realms.
This Father God created then, seven realms, each more material than the last, until finally this human world was formed and the beings of this world rose and walked, crawled or flew through the skies. But the Father God was vain and jealous, angry and forbidding, not knowing the power of the higher Aeons, nor of the Pleroma, nor even of his own Mother, the Divine Sophia. And when the Divine Sophia instructed him and opened his mind to Truth, he was amazed and refused to divulge these mysteries to those of his own creation. Being a god of the material, social and psychic order, it was not possible for him to be a teacher of the higher mysteries, and Sophia was dismayed by his wrath, anger and jealousy. So when he created the first human beings, She was there and secretly, without his knowing, She gave to them the gift of the Holy Spirit as a divine spark in every human heart.
And it is said, that in the Garden of Eden, created by the lower Father God, that Eve was the manifestation of the Lower Wisdom and that the serpent or snake of the tree, was actually the Christos who urged Eve to eat the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that she might attain the true Gnosis or knowledge of her origins and realize the Higher Sophia in perfect illumination and bliss. But the Father God, discovering that this secret teaching was disturbing his supremacy in the lower realms grew angry and cast them out of the garden and into the suffering of the world. Yet each and every descendent has this spark and the potential to recover the true Gnosis.
It is also said that it was for this reason that the Christos manifest as a human being, to bring the gift of the Holy Spirit, in all its female power and capacity, to liberate those who cast free from the illusions of the material and psychic realms and to ascend through visions of power and knowledge to the Higher Gnosis, to reunite the lower and higher self, to attain to visionary truth and perfect transparency. The Divine Sophia is the manifest presence of that vision, and this tale, one of Her symbolic forms. And the snake, an image of Higher Wisdom, is a true teacher that reconciles the desires and passions of knowledge with higher insight, overcomes the limitations of a jealous and demanding lesser god and transmits the teachings of the Divine Sophia. In this way, it is said, the faithful attain peace and the passionate, union, holiness and joy.
Let those who have ears, hear. May the Divine Sophia inspire our understanding and our prayers ascend to the threshold of the true awakening.
Follower of the Mother Light
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|THE TWELVE BROTHERS - THE TRIBES
Jacob fathered 12 sons. They are the ancestors of the tribes of Israel,
and the ones for whom the tribes are named. Each occupied a separate territory
Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Joseph, Judah, Levi, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun
Who were these Twelve Tribes? The sons of Israel there were 12 boys until Jacob adopted two more, making the count 14 but they were still referred to as the twelve sons the nation of Israel. We know there were 13 tribes but that Levi was not usually listed but they still called themselves the twelve tribes. They weren't snubbing Levi. In the time of David, there were two tribes of Manasseh making 14 tribes in all, but they were still the 12 tribes. The Twelve Tribes had became a name for the group regardless of who was listed or omitted it stood for the whole.
In what order were they born and to whom?
Rachel remained barren, so God opened the womb of Leah first. Leah conceived and gave birth to a son whom she named Reuben. Soon thereafter she also gave birth to Simeon, Levi and Judah. Rachel, seeing that she herself gave Jacob no offspring, became jealous of her sister Leah who had quickly produced four children for Jacob. So she gave her slave-girl, Bilhah to her husband as a wife that she might have a child through her. Bilhah gave birth to Dan and then Naphtali. Leah did the same, giving her slave-girl (Zilpah) to Jacob who conceived first Gad and then Asher. Afterward, Leah herself conceived Issachar, Zebulun and a daughter, Dinah. Finally, God remembered Rachel, Jacob's favorite, bringing Joseph to birth in her womb. After that, Rachel conceived Benjamin as well, bringing Jacob's male progeny to twelve.
When Jacob's sons reached early manhood, they became jealous of Joseph who was his father's favorite. They kidnapped him, and sold him to a caravan headed for Egypt. Living in the land of Egypt, Joseph became very important and powerful, overseeing all of Pharaoh's graineries. When a great famine swept the Middle East, Egypt remained fully stocked with food on account of Joseph's brilliant skill and foresight.
Knowing that Egypt had ample food, Jacob gathered his children and wives together and took them there to seek bread so that they not starve to death. Once there he discovered his missing long-lost favorite son. Joseph held no grudge against his brothers. He welcomed them all with open arms and gave them as much as they wanted to eat. As a reward for his generosity and love, Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manesseh, and blessed them that they might also share in the tribal legacy God had promised Jacob concerning his twelve sons.
Because Joseph had borne two of the twelve, he became a patriarch himself, rising to a level above his brothers. He was accorded a position of supreme honor, joining Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the progenitors of the twelve tribes. For this reason, he is not counted among the landowners.
Jacob's third son, Levi, was removed from landowning status as well, for it was in this tribe that the priesthood of Israel was formed. The Levites became the caretakers of the religion. That is why neither Joseph nor Levi have their names ascribed to geographical areas on the map.
Dan was first given land in an area that looked on Joppa, east of Benjamin. However, the Philistines resisted them there, blocking their efforts to capture the towns awarded to them in the original inheritance of the tribes. So the descendants of Dan headed north to a city called Leshem. Capturing this city, they renamed it 'Dan' after their ancestor, and settled there instead. This city proved to be the northernmost boundary of the land of Israel, stretching from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.
The Eastern Tribes
Judah, Issachar, Zebulun
The Southern Tribes
Reuben, Simeon, Gad
The Western Tribes
Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin
The Northern Tribes
Dan, Asher, Naphtali
*The sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, were also given the status
of independent tribes.
|The Blessings of Jacob/Israel
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey,
and at night he shall divide the spoil.
|Which of the brothers sat on the cushion that was the black
The answer just might be as simple as the blessing given by his father Jacob/Israel, or it might be as follows:
Genesis 9:18-19  The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)  These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth.
Genesis 10:6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan.
The descendants of Cush settled in Ethiopia. The descendants of Mizraim settled in Egypt. The Hebrew name for the country of Egypt is Mizraim. The English name "Egypt" comes from the Greek word aegyptos, not from Arabic or Hebrew.
The descendants of Ham gradually populated Africa and are Hamitic. The descendants of Shem became the Semitics. Egyptians are Hamitic, not Semitic, even though they now speak a dialect of Arabic, a Semitic language.
Genesis 35:22b-26a Jacob had twelve sons:
 The sons of Leah: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob,
Genesis 49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, . . .
Joseph was Jacob/Israel's son.
Genesis 35:24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
Joseph had an Egyptian (Hamitic) wife.
Genesis 41:45a Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife.
Joseph's Egyptian wife bore two sons.
Genesis 41:50-52  Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.  Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."  The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
The tribe of Joseph descended from these two sons.
THE MYTHICAL 'CURSE OF HAM' AND THE ACTUAL CURSE OF CANAAN
It is often claimed that the black race resulted from a curse that Noah placed on his son Ham because Noah became drunk with wine and Ham "looked upon his father's nakedness." Some scholars interpret this as a euphemism and believe that Ham had homosexual intercourse with his father; others believe the reason for the curse was the disgrace Ham caused by telling others. The claim is that the curse turned Ham black on the spot. In any event, Genesis 9:25-27 records that in fact Noah cursed Ham's youngest son, Canaan, not Ham:  he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers."  He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.  May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave."
Canaan's descendants founded Sidon and, among others, were the ancestors of the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. There is ample historical evidence that indeed they were cursed with moral depravity including temple prostitutes and human sacrifice. One scholar, Lenormant, said of the Canaanite religion: "No other people ever rivaled them in the mixture of bloodshed and debauchery with which they thought to honor the Deity." (per Summary of Near Eastern History, cited below.)
Shem's descendants became the Semitic peoples who settled parts of the Arabian Peninsula, including what is now Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. They were of a generally medium-brown complexion with facial features roughly mid-way between typical negro and typical Caucasian and the languages they spoke included Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic, Jesus' native language.
Was Jesus Black?
Jesus' male ancestors trace a line from Shem. However, ethnically and racially, they were mixed Semitic and Hamitic from the times spent in captivity in Egypt and Babylon.
Rahab and probably Tamar were Canaanites. Although Canaanites spoke a Semitic language, they were descendants of Ham through his son Canaan. Bethsheba, who had been the wife of Uriah the Hittite, probably was a Hamitic Hittite herself.
In the United States today the general view on whether someone is "black"
is the One-Drop Rule -- if a person has any black ancestors s/he is considered
"black", even with a clearly Anglo skin color, e.g., Mariah Carry, Vanessa
L. Williams, LaToya Jackson.
2-2-01 - This dream is not what it appears at first glance. ...
DREAM - I was in a hospital-like room, taking care of a person (female) in a large bed. The blankets, of which there were 4, were sliding off the bed on one side and I straightened them out, at the same time rather hiding the person in the bed under the blankets. The blankets were colored sky blue, gold, white, and pink? (not certain of the 4th color)
While I did this, I looked up and saw 3 very tall men standing together in the doorway ... my brother, and two friends ... (like the 3 Wise men?)
The scene then switched to a house. My father and two other men were now in the livingroom, waiting to be fed. It was noon, so I was going to make lunch. However, my son Thomas was cooking a hamburger and another item in two separate electric gadgets, one plugged in each of two outlets.
I knew that I couldn't plug in more electrical gadgets, that I had to wait until he was finished before I could cook anything . (I don't know if this references the California electrical power problem) However, there were more plugs and I explained to the person (woman) standing there that I couldn't overload the electrical system.
This was taking so much time, I looked inside the refrigerator to see what else I could feed my Father and the other two men. In the refrigerator were 4 pans of brownies or cakes from a party. One was round, one was a large rectangle, one was a triangle, and a smaller, partly eaten one was a smaller rectangle.
The scene switched again and I was in another kitchen, thinking about the first woman whose name was Mary. She was moving into a house in the next block, and though I had to walk through a narrow path to her house, I planned to be her friend. Thought I knew that the woman, Mary, was going to live on 14th St., I was pointing to the 17th St. direction. I lived on 16th St. (I couldn't quite understand this)
As I was thinking about this, and explaining it to my daughter, Mary walked into the room with her daughter. Mary was an older woman, wearing an obvious blonde wig which didn't fit too well, and her daughter was carrying a closed brown, red, and yellow umbrella and had a scowl on her face.
My own daughter was now sitting on a small child's chair, and the scowling daughter started poking the umbrella towards my daughter, not hitting her, but in a threatening manner, was poking the umbrella under the chair and next to my daughter so she couldn't move because of her fear.
I grabbed the little girl's hand and told her it wasn't nice to poke at people and scare them.
The mother, Mary, now grabbed her daughter by the other hand and dragged her away and admonished her also, not to poke at people with the umbrella.
At the exact moment, the scene was now a square box with 4 black rectangular pieces in it. Mary was the top rectangle, going across. The Father and son were rectangles, like pillars on either side of the square box, and the daughter which was an imperfect rectangle with a chunk cut out of it on one side was supposed to be the bottom rectangle of the box, but because it had a chunk missing out of one side, it didn't fit, no matter how I tried to make it fit. It couldn't fit along the side because it was the wrong size, and it couldn't stand upright because the chunk was missing. It was like the imperfect daughter and didn't fit.
|The Christian Version of Creation
Mother of God, Mother of All Christians
In the same way as the woman who bore you is called your mother and not the mother of your body only, Mary is the mother of the whole person of Jesus Christ, who is God (cf. Colossians 2:9). The Church proclaimed this truth in the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D.:
Therefore, because the holy virgin bore in the flesh God who was united hypostatically with the flesh, for that reason we call her mother of God, not as though the nature of the Word had the beginning of its existence from the flesh (for "the Word was in the beginning and the Word was God and the Word was with God", and he made the ages and is coeternal with the Father and craftsman of all things), but because, as we have said, he united to himself hypostatically the human and underwent a birth according to the flesh from her womb.
--Third letter of Cyril to Nestorius
Similarly, the body of believers, the Church, are Christ's body (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; Ephesians 4:1-6, 15-16; Colossians 1:18; etc.) and since Mary is the mother of Christ, she is also the mother of all us believers. And, as if these facts would not be enough, Jesus himself gave us Mary as our mother as he hung dying on the cross (cf. John 19).
The Japanese Explanation of Creation
The Hebrew Creation Narrative
Mariology - Mary as Mother of God
The Blavatsky Explanation of Creation
The Seven Creations - Blavatsky
|The Black Madonna is revered throughout the world, particularly in
France, Poland, Italy and Spain. She is the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Crusades
and holy pilgrimages
The Black Madonna is honored as a true Goddess figure, and has been since Christianity entered Europe. She is honored by many as Isis, Gaia, Kali, Mary, "the Other Mary" (Mary Magdalene), Diana, Sheela Na Gig, and the Ancient Primal Earth-Mother Goddess.
For many European Christians, the blending of their ancient Goddesses with the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a well accepted fact of their faith for centuries, there is no conflict. The Black Madonna, be She called Isis, or Mary, or Kali, or Diana, embodies all the aspects of Female Divinity for many millions of people.
|According to Helena Blavatsky in her book "Isis Unveiled" on page
443 - Vol II, she states: The exoteric plan of the Bible was made to answer
also to four ages. Thus, they reckon the Golden Age from Adam to Abraham;
the silver, from Abraham to David; copper, from David to the Captivity;
thence-forward, the iron. but the secret computation is quite different,
and does not vary at all from the zodiacal calculations of the Brahmans.
We are in the Iron Age, or Kali-Yuga, but it began with Noah, the mythical
ancestor of our race.
Noah, or Nuah, like all the euhemerized manifestations of the Un-revealed One - Svayambhuva (from Svayambhu) - was androgyne. Thus, in some instances, he belonged to the purely feminine triad of the Chaldeans, known as "nuah, the universal Mother." Every male triad had its feminine counterpart, one in three, like the former. It was the passive complement of the active principle, its reflection. In India, the male Trimurti is reproduce in the Sakti-trimurti, the feminine; and in Chaldea, Ana, belita, and Davkina answered to Anu, Bel, Nuah. The former three resumed in one - Belita, were called:
"Sovereign goddess, lady of the nether abyss, mother of gods, queen of the earth, queen of fecundity."
As the primordial humidity, whence proceeded all, Belita is Tiamat, or the sea, the mother of the city of Erech (the great Chaldean necropolis), therefore an infernal goddess. In the world of stars and planets, she is known as Ishtar or Ashtoreth. Hence, she is identical with Venus, and every other Queen of Heaven, to whom cakes and buns were offered in sacrifice, and , as all the archaeologists know, with Eve, the mother of all that live, and with Mary.
The Second coming: The Second Coming is not a return of Christ but a new arrival of female presence..one that is strong, loving, divine, wise and powerful.
Sacred geometry is subtle. It uses shapes (circles, triangles, spirals, etc.) that work subliminally on the unconscious mind. It also uses archetypal symbols, numerology, cosmology, astrology and mysticism to foster a relationship to the universe and to God.
The circle is the symbol of unity or union and is the primary shape of labyrinths. When combined with numerological representations where the number three (3) represents heaven and the number four (4) represents earth, we find that a 7-circuit Cretan labyrinth (3 + 4) subliminally symbolizes the union (circle) of "heaven" and "earth". In the 11-circuit Chartres labyrinth, though, it takes 12 circles to make the 11 circuits. So, in this case, it's the product of 3 times 4 that represents the union of "heaven" and "earth".
Lastly, the four quadrants that the walker meanders in and out of correspond to the four basic elements of creation: Air, Earth, Water and Fire.
|WHO IS MARY?
Isis is the lady of the Pyramid, Nun-Hathor and Atum-Ptah gave her the custody.
From Isis comes HOR, and the Akeru Aku: the 7 Sphinx Masters. And from them the Shemsu Hor, of which Christ was one in lineage. Isis gives birth to the divine child, BY the BA (Soul, Dove), BA-BY. And Tehuti enabled that birth to succeed, both in wining with the moon, and by providing the Wizardry to resurrect Ausir Wassir Osiris in the dark. From which emerged Iosos (Horus) on the 25th of December.
Isis was the first Virgin Mary. As Lady of the Pyramid, the MeRu. The Lady of the Lake (Avalon, Arthur, ArkHor, Art-HOR, and MRlin), Queen of Hearts. Mary comes from Egypt. Mother of TutankAton (later TothAnkAmon) and Moses was Mery Kiya (Miriam). Mary comes from Mer, which is both a lake and a sea, in cross linguistics, and has both meanings in Egyptian. Mer was also the Pyramid itself, recall. And Isis was the lady of the mount of the east, Mt Manu (as it was called). She was Sirius, SEPTet, and her sign is the M of Virgo the Virgin of September, when Sirius disappears from the Egyptian skies.
The Mery's were the high Priestesses, and so Jesus was born from a Virgo Mary on the Horus day.
Magdala, is a Hebrew word meaning Tower. It was the name given to Miriyam, one of Yeshua's female disciples, who in all likelihood was his wife. She was called Mary of Magdala, or Mary Magdalene. We also believe she was co-Messiah with Yeshua. God-the-Father and God-the-Mother both chose to incarnate themselves upon the earth together in order to draw their created selves (all of us) back to Them. And now they are returning.....
Six Marys are to be distinguished in the New Testament:
(1) the mother of Jesus; always clearly identified by the context.
(2) Mary Magdalene, a woman of Magdala, " out of whom went seven demons" Luke 8:2 She is never mentioned apart from the identifying word "Magdalene."
(3) The mother of James (called "the less," Mark 15:40) and Joses, the apostles. A comparison of ; John 19:25; Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40 establishes the inference that this Mary, the mother of James the less, and of Joses was the wife of Alphaeus (called also Cleophas), John 19:25 and a sister of Mary the mother of Jesus. Except in ; Matthew 27:61; 28:1 where she is called "the other Mary (i.e. "other" than her sister, Mary the Virgin); and John 19:25 where she is called "of Cleophas," she is mentioned only in connection with one or both of her sons.
(4) Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus, mentioned by name only in Luke 10:39-42; John 11:1,2,19,20,28,31,32,45; 12:3 but referred to in ; Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3-9.
(5) The mother of John Mark and sister of Barnabas Acts 12:12.
(6) A helper of Paul in Rome Romans 16:6.
|When Did the Biblical Characters live?
Joseph of Arimathea (of Matthat) -Aft 35A.D
|Where was Mary - the Mother of Jesus Born?
Her name was Mary, a form of the name Miriam. The name was common among Jewish women in those days.
After the death of her mother, Ann remained in Nazareth where, between the age of 18 and 25, she met and married a virtuous and holy shepherd by the name of Joachim. According to historians, Ann and Joachim made many trips to Jerusalem where they prayed and offered sacrifices to God, because the Jewish people expected the coming of the Messiah at this time. Even though 20 or more years had passed and it did not seem that Joachim and Ann would have a child, the more vehemently they would pray. God granted their wish and Mary, the Mother of God, was born to them. The name Ann signifies "grace and mercy". St. Ann is the mirror of patience and mercy.
A well-known tradition says she was born in Jerusalem, the daughter of Joachim and Ann. Other early sources say Mary was born in Nazareth. There is even an ancient record that points to Sepphoris, a town a few miles from Nazareth, as her birthplace.
The book, The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God by Bishop Ullathorne on page 82 states that St. Hippolytus, the martyr, in Apud Niceph. L. ii. C. 3, records that Salome, Zebedees wife, was the mother of James and John. He also records that Salome and the Blessed Virgin Mary were cousins. The fact that they are called "sisters" in the Bible shows that the word "sister" had a less restricted meaning and included close relatives. ( The Greek word used in the Bible is the feminine version of ADELPHOS.)
|Did Mary Have Other Children?
Jesus is said to have had brothers. The Greek word for "brothers" is "adelphos" and it is a compound word. A = "same" and delph = "womb." So, some Protestants argue that these "brothers" of Jesus must be from the same womb as Himself and thus children of Mary, His mother. However, this is an etymological fallacy. The derivation of a word, its etymology, will give you the history of a word, but it does not necessarily give you the correct definition of that word. For example, Plato (429 -347 BC) in his LAWS XI 924 E for his model state: "That brother [ADELPHOS] who is born of the same father or of the same mother " Therefore, the word "adelphos" cannot necessarily mean from the same womb. Plato also uses the same word to mean "kindred, or relatives."
In order to get past the prejudice of to how to interpret "adelphos" words which are used in reference to Jesus it is beneficial to consider other Bible passages that also use that word, but in a different context.
The phrase " his mother's sister, " in Jn 19.25 [below], is a reference to mother of the sons of Zebedee , a.k.a. Salome. Cf. Mat. 20:20, Luke 5:10. This is evident when we compare Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:40, and John 19:25 [see quotes below.] These passages show a consistency whereby each of these three Gospels lists all three of the women at the cross besides the Blessed Virgin Mary.
However, we know that Mary and Salome were cousins (see family tree below) so this is an example of "ADELPHOS" (the feminine version of the word in this case), being used with a wider definition than just children from the same womb.
Mt. 13.55 and Mk 6.3 name the following as brothers of Jesus: James, Joseph (Joses - the manuscripts vary on the spelling), Simon and Judas.
But Mt 27.56 says at the cross were Mary the mother of James and Joseph.
Mark 15,40 says Mary the mother of James the younger and Joses was there.
Jn 19:26-27, "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, whom He loved..." The disciple was John, the author of the Gospel of John. "Then He said to the disciple, BEHOLD THY MOTHER." Was John a child of Mary and blood brother of Jesus?
Mk 1:19, "...He saw James, the son of Zebedee, and 'JOHN', his brother."
Mk 3:17, "And James the son of Zebedee, and 'JOHN' the brother of James."
Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
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