For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet,
till her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
her salvation like a blazing torch. ~Isaiah 62:1 (International Version)
The Biblical name John is simply a 16th century English translator’s cognate of the word Yon, which is at the root of the Hebrew word Si yon… later compressed into the word Zion. Without the Z, one would pronounce the letters ion as yon.. as in the word onion (on-yon).
The sacred feminine as Yoni, appears on the Tree of Life in three spiritual persons… known to us in the Bible as the three Johns: John The Baptist, John The Evangelist, and John the Beloved. Each of these three aspects of the sacred feminine work to awaken the initiate: The Mother (as Empress) is the Baptist that initiates, and brings the human spirit into the world. The sister (as High Priestess) Evangelises or instructs. Finally, through her sexual mystery and spiritual love, the Beloved daughter and bride brings the initiate into the Tree itself, and into union with God.
For God, according to the Cabalistic Bible… resides in Zion. God, in this philosphy, dwells within the Sacred Feminine… known to us Biblically as Yon, John or Zion.
So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. ~Joel 3:17
On the Tree of Life the central pillar penetrates John, the Yoni, as a penis would. Da Vinci emphasizes this in his Last Supper… where his representation of the central pillar is made clear by its relationship to the female chevron… formed by the bodies of John and Jesus at the center of the table. On the Tree of life, as in Da Vinci’s Last Supper, the shape of an arrow is formed between the female chevron and the central pillar. The Tree of Life appears often in the sacred iconography of Sumer, where the word for Life is the same as the word for Arrow. Sacred imagery in the Middle East, pre-patriarchy, is highly sexual and the Life arrow in the ancient world is closely associated with love; an association that finds its way, through Eros and time, to Cupids familiar arrows.
The nature of the Holy Trinity, in pre-patriarchal terms, is embodied by the three forms of the Sacred feminine, depicted on the Tree of Life. Three numbers are associated with the terminal ends of the female chevron on the Tree; their numbers are 2, 3, and 6.
# 3, known in the Cabala as the Mother Number, represents the Empress, as the third Tarot Key and archetype of Universal Mother.
#2 represents the High Priestess, the second Tarot Key in the Tableau. This Key concerns Learning, especially the higher learning of spiritual instruction.
#6 holds the place of Beauty, at the center of the tree of Life. This number also represents The Lovers Key, as the garden paradise where the Lovers unite.
These three form the shape of the female chevron on the Tree. This chevron represents the Holy Trinity of the Great Yoni… known also as Zion, Yon, and later John. As the famous cup in Da Vinci’s Last Supper, She represents the true and Holy Grail: Vessel of divine life.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. ~Psalm 50:2