But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die.
(Snow White alone wields daggers:)
(Into the Wild . . .)
(The Moon is a mirror of the future.)
|(Raphael Patai, The Hebrew Goddess)|
|Sun and Moon|
(The North Kore.)
(Forwards and Backwards:)
|The Oral Law|
“We read in the Talmud that a Gentile once came to Shamai and said, ‘How many laws have you?' Shamai replied, 'We have two, the written law and the oral law'. To which the Gentile made answer, 'When you speak of the written law, I believe you, but in your oral law I have no faith. Nevertheless you may make me a proselyte on condition that you teach me the written law only.' Upon this Shamai rated him sharply, and sent him away with indignant abuse. When, however, this Gentile came with the same object, and proposed the same terms to Hillel, the latter proceeded at once to proselytize him, and in the first day taught him Aleph, Beth, Gemel, Daleth. On the morrow Hillel reversed the order of these letters, upon which the proselyte remonstrated and said, 'But thou didst not teach me so yesterday.’ ‘True,’ said Hillel, 'but thou didst trust me in what I taught thee then; why, then, dost thou not trust me now in what I tell thee respecting the oral law?'” – Shabbath, fol. 31, col. i. (A Talmudic Miscellany, by Paul Isaac Hershon, p. 18.) The significance of this story lies in the fact that God unrolled the universe in the form of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the order Aleph to Tau, consequently to reverse this order is symbolic of turning the work of God upside down. Therefore, whilst the written law is presumably God-like, the oral law is presumably Satanic. The one creates the world; the other destroys it. (Fuller, The Secret Wisdom of the Qabalah)
The serpent plays an important part in many ancient myths. . . . He has multiple meanings dealing with the general evolution of life, as well as with that of the individual in both body and psyche. In certain theosophies his name is Kundalini, and he springs from the genitals and ascends the spine. His "fire" is initiatory and becomes knowledge through transmutation of sex into creative intelligence. . . . Esha, in plucking the apple, understands and integrates the Elohimic process and it is satisfied. An extraordinary thing then happens to Esha. When she is questioned concerning this event, she does not -- as the translations assert -- reply, The serpent beguiled me (Genesis III, 13),. What the true reading gives is far more significant. The Hebrew phrase Hanahhash Hashayiny as is so often true in the most beautiful passages, is impossible to translate in two or three words. It has to do with the action of the letter Sheen . . . the cosmic breath of life, and we have seen that the true meaning is not that they were "naked" and "not-ashamed" (which has nothing to do with the letter-numbers of the text), but that they were left without Sheen. Now Hanahhash Hashayiny simply means that Nahash, the serpent, "Sheens" her: that is, he blends his earthly fire with her lost heavenly fire, which thus comes to life again. (Carlo Suares)
Moreover, words of Torah settle in only there, since there is no light except for that which comes out of that darkness. . . . the work of the Creator is only out of darkness, and there is no good except from within the bad. . . . The benefit of the light comes only out of the darkness. The correction of the white is black, for without the black, the white would be pointless. And because there is black, the white is elevated and respected. It is like sweet and bitter. . . .
The day is ZA and the night is the Nukva. At their root, ZA is regarded as being entirely from the right line and the Nukva is regarded as being entirely from the left line. . . . Hence, at that time, it is regarded as darkness. (Unlocking The Zohar)
I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind.