Initially, “the man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed” (2:25). After eating the fruit, “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons” (3:7). “God” himself “made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (3: 21).
The first humans became aware that they were kept ignorant; they saved their dignity by covering up. Their mentor (God) acknowledged this significant development by clothing them.
“The man called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living” (3: 20).
A name signified a sense of self-worth
“I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing, in pain, you shall bring forth children” (3:16).
Eve began pro-creating, not by cloning, a painless process, but, by the “natural” way.
“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (3:19).
Humans fended for themselves instead of being nurtured in Eden like a cattle herd was grazed.
The "Lord God" and the "Lord God of Hosts"
In the Book of Job, The Lord identified himself with Leviathan when he rebuked Job: “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? ...Lay hands on him; think of the battle, you will not do it again! Behold, the hope of man is disappointed; he is laid low even at the sight of him.” Who “can stand before me…? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine” (Job 41: 1-11).
Paradoxically, the Lord, the “jealous God,” gave the “Law” to the descendants of Levi – Moses and Aaron; the Levite priests became the champion and protector of the “chosen people.” In Galatians 3:15-29, the Law was “added because of transgressions…and it was ordained by angels through an intermediary. Now an intermediary implies more than one; but God is one.”
In 2 Samuel 24, “the Lord” incited David to “number” Israel and sent a pestilence upon Israel, killing 70,000 men. David built an altar and made offerings to the Lord, appeasing the Lord and stopping the plague. 1 Chronicles 21 had basically the same content, except that: Satan was “the Lord” who incited David and caused the pestilence and to whom David made an altar offering to stop the angel in fulfilling the Lord’s wrath. Either the “difference” between the two verses was an “oversight” by the editors of the Old Testament. Otherwise, the scribes recorded factual events. That is, as in the case of Job, the references to Satan (or Leviathan) as the “Lord God” was accurate.
In Isaiah 27: 1, the Lord of hosts (i.e., Archangel Michael) “will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.” This verse had reference to earlier lines. “‘How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God…I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.” (14:12-15). “On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth on the earth. They will be gathered…as prisoners in a pit…Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed; for the Lord of hosts will reign…in Jerusalem….” (24:23-23)
Humanity awoke into a world of “duality” – darkness and light, positive and negative. Further, humanity had acquired an unnatural primal fear of serpents; which concealed the true wisdom of its immortal nature. The fear was expanded into the “fear of the unknown,” an abyss of darkness. Man’s lack of awareness of the life-force both within the person and around the Earth was what divided man’s consciousness into two. This division was the reason for the problems and ills of the world; the external wars and conflicts were reflections of man’s inner conflict.
Good and evil were united symbolically in the Caduceus (Greek for “herald’s wand”), a staff with two serpents entwined about it, with a pair of wings atop. It was known as the staff held by the Greek god Hermes (the Roman Mercury), a god based on the ancient Egyptian god Thoth, who instructed Horus or the Greek Apollo. The caduceus was given by Apollo to Hermes in return for his lyre. Hermes is the messenger, the carrier of wisdom. Apollo is the god of music, poetry, and prophecy. As Phoebus Apollo, he is the god of light. Like Thoth, Horus the sun god (i.e., the spiritual inner sun), also embodied wisdom.
The “staff of Hermes” was the symbol for harmony and balance carried by Greek messengers and ambassadors and the Roman symbol for neutrality and non-combatant status. It later became an emblem of the medical and allied professions. Healing (and therefore growth or evolution) implied the harmony of the two polarities.
The Cadeceus was symbolically linked to the Constellation Ophiucius (Roman “Serpentarius”), which, ironically, was only recently recognized as one of the 13 zodiacal constellations (constellations through which the Sun passes during the course of the year). Until recently, Ophiuchus, although one of the 48 original constellations (charted by Ptolemy and later adopted by the IAU), was the only one not designated as an astrological sign. Ophiuchus is visible to all observers at latitudes between +80° and ?80° and is best seen at culmination during the month of July.
Ophiuchus or “Serpentarius,” literally meant the “serpent bearer.” In most mythology representations, Ophiuchus represented as a man grappling with a large snake; his body representing the division of the snake “Serpens” into two parts – Serpens Caput and Serpens Cauda. Even though divided by Ophiuchus, they still are only one constellation.
Why had Ophiuchus been only acknowledged now as the 13th zodiac sign? Is it because of the Age of Enlightenment? Ophiuchus is the only constellation in the sky patterned after a real person. In Greek mythology, he was Aesclepius, Master Architect and Healer. Aesclepius, while in the process of bringing Orion (the Hunter) back to life, was killed by a thunderbolt hurled at him by Zeus. Zeus' brother Hades (Ruler of the Underworld), was alarmed that Aesclepius' abilities might soon put him out of work. So he prevailed upon Zeus to intervene. Zeus complied with the dark brother's request. Nonetheless, to honor Asklepius, Zeus set him in the sky and gave him the name "Ophiuchus;" he became the God of Wisdom and Medicine.
The two snakes symbolized the kundalini or serpent-fire (Holy Spirit); the wings were the power of flight to higher dimensions and planes conferred by the serpent-fire.
On earth, the kundalini fire of matter was the earth’s molten iron core, expressed in the electromagnetic poles – Aurora Borealis and Australis, the radioactive elements, like uranium, and the crystalline grid. It was contrasted to the energy from the sun, which belonged to air and light and the great open spaces. The two energy sources – the sun and the serpent-fire had influenced the evolution of life and man.
The Serpent Fire in Man
Man, as a microcosm of the process of creation and evolution, contained the symbols of the caduceus and the cabbalistic Tree of Life. Within man were three major life channels or nadis: Ida, Pingala and Shashumna. The shashumna, the central channel (the caduceus rod), from the base of the spine moved up the spinal column and extended to the brow center (Ajna or “third eye”). The ida and pingala, from the same base, intertwined the sashumna in a serpentine pattern, with the Ida and Pingala joined to the left and right nostrils respectively. The two, as intertwined, met at each of the centers, from the root center, to the sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, until the brow center.
The stimulation of the kundalini in the proper way was the objective of the mystery schools. When aroused after much preparation and long periods of contemplation, it rose up through the three nadis. The prana also withdrew from the pingala and ida and be harmonized in the sushumna. This was the stage of “illumination,” when man became capable of “flight” using the merkaba, to meet the “Father” (spirit-self) in heaven. This was symbolized in the baptism of Jesus, when the dove hovered atop His head. “Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthian 3: 17).
By His blood, the Christ ransomed men for God (5: 9-10). "Since…the children share in flesh and blood, he…partook of the same nature, that through death…destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage” (Hebrews 2: 12-17). “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19: 9)
(a) the link to the spirit-self,
(b) the Earth’s consciousness grid, and
(c) the Mind behind the solar system.
The last two (of the twelve) diadems remained close – (d) unity with the Galactic System, and (e) Cosmic Consciousness or unity with Universal Mind.
Note that another beast rose from the earth, which "exercises all of the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast whose mortal wound was healed" (13: 11). That beast has a mark. "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred sixty-six" (13:18).
The number 666 may represent the element carbon, which has six protons, six electrons and six neutrons. Carbon is the basic ingridient for DNA. The sign of the beast was inserted in the human DNA. It is a "human number."
Revelation 13:18 was a counterpoint to Genesis 6: 1-4, which described the “sons of God:” “When men began to multiply…and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose…The Nefilim were in the earth in those days, and so afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men of old, the men of renown.”
Nonetheless, despite the insertions by the "Nefilim gods," humanity had already evolved and acquired deeper feelings, abstract thinking, and intuition. Within the last quarter of the 20th century, it had also gained powers previously attributed only to gods: capacity to travel into inner space through quantum physics; alter the design of life (e.g., cloning) and regenerate cells through biotechnology and nanotechnology; access the intelligence of humanity through the Internet; and early capacities as an inter-galactic species through space probes within the solar system.
In Revelation 20: 13-14: “And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.” In mystic parlance, fire represented wisdom; while water symbolized the world of emotions. The "lake of fire" thus refer to wisdom reaching down to the levels of the emotional world. Enlightenment had been linked down to Earth, opening the door held by Death and Hades.
"Then i saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And i saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God; prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and i heard a great voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,' and God himslef shall be with them...and death shall be no more..." (Revelation 21: 1-4)
During global enlightenment, the serpent-fire of truth (Holy Spirit) shall dissolve the illusion of separateness. Death and Hades shall give way to the immortal soul, the outcome of eating the "Tree of Life," the gift of immortality. This applied to a spiral of growth in the individual (microcosm) and to the whole humanity and Earth (macrocosm). This is the Ascension.
“The kingdom of God is not coming within signs to be observed… for… (it) … is within you.”
In Romans 8: 16-21: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope…the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.”