The star above is familiar, yet largely unknown. Its true meaning has been obscured by many centuries of monotheistic political propaganda. This star, known to us as the Star of David, has been in patriarchal disguise in western culture for a very long time. It has become the central symbol of Judaism and the symbol of David’s kingship as a spiritual monarchy. It began, however, as the symbol of the Sacred Marriage.
The Star of the Sacred Marriage, as a symbol of sacred duality, consists of two primary components that become one. Two chevrons begin the basic form of the star. One, male chevron, points up and moves upward. The other, female chevron, points down, and moves downward. As one moves up, and the other moves down, they meet. When they touch tips, they form an X. The X, to this day, symbolizes a kiss… or more explicit sexual content.
As the chevrons continue to merge, they form a double X (xx). When the two merge fully (their points passing the open legs of their opposite) a line may be drawn across the point of each chevron to join their open legs, making two intersecting triangles and a six pointed star. The prominent female Chevron on the Tree of Life shows the Sacred Feminine as divine vessel, containing “living waters” as the holy spirit of life. The corner of this female chevron lies at the center of the Tree of Life. In the following the Tree is also imaged as a throne, with its seat in Beauty. The initiate joins Beauty in the garden center of the Tree, where she nourishes and comforts him, and leads him to eternal life. Thus initiated, he becomes a priest, a king, and one who shares in the eternal being of god.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. ~Revelation 7:17
When the Lovers meet, in position 6, and join at the center of the Tree of Life… they rise together up the central pillar as a star until, in ecstasy, they pass over the top horizontal line of the Tree… and enter the Transcendent world of Supernal Mystery. The lovers rise together until they pass over the supernal horizon of the Tree… to become the Morning Star. There was a time, prior to the patriarchal standard narrative…
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy ~ Job 38:7
This star is described by a sacred number: It has 6 points, 6 lines, and 6 points of intersection. The number 666, that describes the Star of the Sacred Marriage, has become a very naughty number in western culture… where patriarchal politics has worked to undermine Beauty… whose number is 6. Three times 6 equals 18. The Symbol represented by the 18th Tarot Key is The Moon… another symbol of the Sacred Marriage. The Moon, by its number 18, is intimately associated with the sacred six pointed Star. Together they form the supreme symbol of sex as the vehicle of spiritual attainment.
Vilifying one’s opponent for political purposes is a well known part of contemporary politics. The reigning political power is verbally assaulted in favor of a rising competitor and vice versa. The Bible would seem to take a dim view of Canaan… that union of nations, whose name refers to the Flower of Life. Cana is a type of lily that also contains the Egyptian and Mesopotanean word an, meaning heaven. The root An is found in the Egyptian word Ankh, and in the Mesopotemein name of the Mother Goddess, Inanna, as well as that of the Canaanite daughter goddess, Anat.
There is a winner and a loser in these contests. And the winner gets to write the history. One particular version of such a history was written into sacred text. And the Bible tells the story of the violent overthrow of Canaan. The land of milk and honey would be conquered and given to those who followed a new God… who fiercely claims to be the one and only God.
And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. ~Genesis 17:8
And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. ~Exodus 29:35
Throne of Glory
Covenant of our Ancestors
A new God must make arrangements to establish himself in the land. Yahweh enters the scene gently, at first, and honors the ancient paths of peace to power. The peaceful path to the power of kingship was established in Canaan, and throughout the ancient world, by the Sacred Marriage. Her groom, and chosen one, becomes Priest King and guardian of the land. The Tree of Life is watered by the sacred husbandry of the divine Lord. Her lap, then, becomes the holy throne of kingship for the groom who marries the land. Together they form a sacred covenant of peace and prosperity for the benefit of the land and its people.
At first, Yahweh plays the part of the Thunder God, Baal; who waters the Tree of Life. Baal, who is the Great Lady’s consort, is the name of the Lord… and the ancient word Baal simply means Lord.
But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors…that I might be their God: I am the Lord. ~Leviticus 26:45
Later, once his power is established, Yahweh needs to be reminded of his promise:
Do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. ~ Jeremiah 14:21
Yahweh breaks his promise to the people, however, by denigrating their Great Lady and by disparaging sex itself. Sex, as the vehicle of Her power to unite in peace, to reveal heaven, and to transmit God’s love, was fiercely maligned. What was most holy became a wickedness:Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men. ~Hosea 10:13
Yahweh denies Her entirely and denigrates Her. He will no longer share power in union with Her. In order to rule alone he must deny Her female power to bestow Kingship. In order to accomplish this, he must deny and vilify sex as the source of his own power.
Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband:
let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts ~Hosea 2:2
Yahweh refuses Her love rites and the peaceful path to kingly power. Instead, he invents the concept of sexual shame… and rapes Her with it:
Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. ~Jeremiah 13:26
Yahweh, posing as the Lord of Hosts… who is Her husband, Prince of Peace and Host to the nations of Canaan… opposes Her and changes the nature of his role.
Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. ~Nahum 3:5
It is important for Yahweh to disempower Her before the kingdoms, in order to break down Her authority in the ancient covenant of Kingship. For, as she says in Proverbs 8:15… By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. In Revelation she is identified as “the woman” who “is that great city.”
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. ~Revelation 17:18
Beauty, as the bridal aspect of the sacred feminine, and king maker in Jerusalem, is first to be cursed as a whore.
Come hither and I will show unto thee the judgement of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication (a nasty but specific reference to the Sacred Marriage). ~ Revelation 17:1-2
She is denied, denigrated, and raped by Yahweh. In Revelation Beauty finally becomes the Beast.
And the ten horns… are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. ~Revelation 17:12
The number of the beast, as you probably know, is 666. That body of cultural influence and patriarchal politics, that I call Yahweh, is vast. We may not know Beauty’s sacramental number. Yet, 666 is very well known to us as the Number of the Beast.
Finally, Yahweh’s curse would chop down the Tree and kill Her outright:
He bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the Tabernacle of the daughter of Zion. He poured out his fury like fire ~Lamentations 2:4
Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. ~Hosea 10:14
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children. ~Isaiah 13:15,16,18
All this in order to change the covenant. The means of achieving kingship, along with the duties of the office, and the nature of kingly power would change with it. There would be no room for Beauty, in the new covenant, or for the fruit of marriage to the Tree. Here is the voice of Beauty in Jeremiah:
But I was like a gentle lamb to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut her off from the land of the living, that her name may be no more remembered. ~Jeremiah 11:19 (The pronouns in this passage have been returned to the original… that she may be seen and remembered.)
Beauty, as Her Mother’s daughter, represents the fruit of the Tree of Life. In pre-patriarchal Jerusalem, this fruit was received by a knowledgeable magician who… through spiritual transformation… was made Priest King. Yahweh changes this arrangement by changing the law of the land. He accomplishes this, in part, by inventing sexual shame (a concept entirely foreign to the ancient world) in order to usurp Beauty’s power.
Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. ~Ezekiel 16:61
Yahweh’s new covenant requires drastic changes in family life among the people.
Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them (namely, their children; as yet without a paternal identity) according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law (albeit a new law). ~Ezra 10:3
Jealous Yahweh wants to rule alone. That doesn’t mean he will take responsibility for his actions. He does what a divorced parent must never do. He blames the children:
Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. ~Isaiah 50:1
So Beauty, Her Mother and Sister, and all the Daughters of Zion, were locked up in a Tower of lies. They were generally forgotten, except in Fairy Tale, where the erstwhile Princess remains locked in Her Tower… waiting to be recognized. Fairy Tale holds Her up, and yet describes Her fallen state. Zion, itself, was eventually disguised and masculinized. Zionists do not remember the female spirit and center of pre-patriarchal Jerusalem. Yet, the echo of Her voice, in Fairy Tale, reverberates in the Bible.
Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:
In the voice of captive Zion, formally the most holy seat of joy in the joyous city of Jerusalem, we can hear what was expected of the Daughters… in obedience to the new order.
For they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. ~Psalm 137:3
One of the big issues affecting Biblical interpretation is the idea that the Word of God is a single voice. And that all the prophets represent Yahweh. This, in my reading, has not been born out. The Bible is really more like a conversation at a large table. Da Vinci’s Last Supper, more than all the others, illustrates the strong differences of attitude and opinion among the diners. In the following quote from Lamentations She speaks in the first person.
The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress. ~Lamentations 1:15 (notice that the verse number adds to 6, Beauty’s number)
Beauty’s office is to reveal the transcendent truth that heals the spirit. With the true naivete of a sincere young girl she responds, in Jeremiah, to the ignorance of her detractors:
Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth ~Jeremiah 33:6 (Here the chapter and and verse both reflect Beauty’s number)
When Yahweh speaks of Her, he speaks in the third person, using the language of jealousy and paranoid suspicion:
This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. ~2 Kings 19:21
The difference in voice should be apparent in these examples. Her voice, though rare in a text that has been re-worked so actively over the centuries to write Her out, is still distinct. When She speaks, sixes often mark the spot.
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. ~Hosea 6:6
Other sad voices can also be heard, in the Bible, concerning our diminished Princess and fallen Daughter:
Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. ~Isaiah 22:
The whole of Lamentations is an ode, and mournful song to the loss of Beauty, the daughter bride, and Her love rites:
Jerusalem remembered, in the days of her affliction and of her miseries, all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. ~Lamentations 1:7
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. ~Lament. 1:1-2
The spirit of Beauty, as the face of God, was covered, hidden, and disguised as the face of a man. Her love rites were banned, as power was concentrated in the masculine side, or the right hand pillar of the Tree of Life. The left hand, feminine pillar, known as the Pillar of Strength, was broken. Beauty once offered her princes the Strength of Life in the face of pursuing death. Now…
… from the daughter of Zion, all her beauty is departed; her princes are become like harts that find no pasture. They are gone without strength before the pursuer. ~Lamentations 1:8-9
The Beloved and Her holy bridal rites ceased in Jerusalem. Her yoni, as the seat of the Transcendent, and sacred source of life, was vilified and virtually eradicated… along with all Her pleasant things.
All that honored her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness… her filthiness is in her skirts. Oh Lord, behold my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself. The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things ~Lament. 1:9
She was sorely missed, and the short book of Lamentations is a long song of sorrow for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. ~Lament. 3:48
Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. ~Lament. 2:11
The royal daughters of Jerusalem, whose office was to be the embodiment of god’s love, expressed the joy of life in song. They also danced for joy… and healed with acts of love. Yet, for the sake of one who would rule alone, the crown was removed and fell from their heads.
The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us. ~Lament. 5:16
Though Biblical prophets mourn for Her, they also foretell a happy ending for Her, just as the fairy tales do… when She will once again marry Her prince and resume the spiritual office of Her royal birth.
And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. ~ Micah 4:8
The captive princess will be ransomed, according to Isaiah, and return in jubilation. I do not think Her prince will save Her. I believe, when She is finally recognized, that She will be ransomed by Her people.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. ~Isaiah 35:10