By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 17, 2020) ***
This topic for today has a hidden connection to the story of Sophia in my previous post. This is about an allegorical description of a woman in the Book of Revelation of the Bible. Before this post, nobody really knows who the woman is or what she represents. Others may speculate based on their preconceived notions related to their religion or personal beliefs, but I will discuss this topic based on what I have already built up in my previous posts regarding the fundamental truths about being a human.
The symbolism of the sun is widespread among the ancient civilizations on earth. The ancients applied also to that symbolism their deification technique in order to frame the message in a story format. Thus, we read about the sun god Ra of ancient Egypt, the sun god Shamash of ancient Mesopotamia, and the sun god Helios of the Greek pantheon. Some people think that the ancients were so dumb that they worshiped the sun. That is far from the truth. The truth is, the ancients were so smart that the modern people who keep thinking that way will fail to figure out the deep underlying message that the ancients were trying to convey. The intellectual elite of the ancients did not worship the sun. They merely used it as a symbol because the luminous disk of the sun is the nearest approximation that we can get from this physical reality to relay the concept of the seat of consciousness. Many people prefer to call it a “spirit” which is not a problem as long as we remain aware of possible religious preconceptions associated with that common term.
Several authors point out the similarities of the scene below with the story of the mother goddess Isis in the ancient Egyptian pantheon. That is why some are saying that the Book of Revelation was actually a mere adaptation from ancient Egyptian literature. That may not necessarily be the case, because when inspiration (i.e. information) comes from above the mind column, it can be distributed at once widely among the different population centers of the world, even when such locations have no people-to-people contacts. Great distance is not a barrier at all if information is coming from above, as I have demonstrated in my previous post on megaliths.
So let us go to the main topic. In the Book of Revelation 12.1, a celestial woman clothed with the sun is allegorically described below:
1. And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 2. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
My point-by-point interpretation of the allegory above is the following:
1. Just like in the case of the gods Shamash and Ra, the sun symbolism for the woman in the passage above pertains to it being a seat of consciousness, which many would commonly refer to as a spirit. As she is described to be located in an exalted location, the woman most likely represents a person’s main seat of consciousness that dwells above his mind column. The moon, which reflects light, represents knowledge brought down to earth. The woman stepping on the moon means that the wisdom of the main seat of consciousness is superior to any knowledge that its own human counterpart already possesses here in the physical world.
The crown represents everlasting life or perpetual motion, which is an inherent property of such seat of consciousness. The stars represent the refined nature of the seat of consciousness – equivalent to “spiritual matter” as others would prefer to call it. The 12 number of the stars simply means such spiritual matter is “innumerable”.
2. The woman has a child in her womb (pregnant) and is about to give birth. That child represents the human seat of consciousness, which was originally part of the main seat of consciousness, but was eventually separated from it and sent down into the lower mind which produces the physical world.
3. The great red dragon is the world serpent which represents a person’s own lower mind which builds this virtual physical world. It is symbolized as serpentine because it is partly composed of the primordial singularity (chaos). Its color red denotes the passions generated by its “beast” aspect. The seven heads refer to the multiple heads, like that of a Hydra, of the “beast” aspect of the lower mind – greed, hate, fear, sadness, jealousy, lust, anger, etc. The crowns mean that, like the Hydra, the heads have many lives if left “unburned”. They are persistent and difficult to defeat.
4. The tail of the dragon refers to the lower extremity of the lower mind, which is the “builder” aspect that builds this physical world. The “stars of heaven” represent the refined (or “spiritual matter”) composition. The “tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to earth” gives us a hint of the proportion of refined (“spiritual”) matter that was cast in the composition of the lower mind: it is roughly one third, and therefore the lower mind has a composition of roughly two thirds chaos matter.
The lower mind (dragon) lies below the main seat of consciousness (pregnant woman), ready to receive or “devour” the descending human spirit (the child) that is separated (born) from it, so that it could begin its pilgrimage into the virtual realities below.
By the way, the vision above was sculpted by unknown ancient people at the Serpent Mound in Ohio, U.S.A. which depicts a world serpent that is about to devour a sun disk, representing the human seat of consciousness. The whole scene can only be viewed fully if one is looking way above the wide terrain where the giant mound was constructed.
5. The mother seat of consciousness then gave birth to the human seat of consciousness, which was then swallowed down into this virtual physical world, where it ruled or had dominion over all living and non-living things. The rod of iron symbolizes the “builder” aspect of the lower mind, the producer of the rigid physical reality where the “man child” got settled. A rod often represents the “tree of life” which in turn represents the human mind column.
That kept my higher mind working in high gear. A little bit exhausting, but truly rewarding. Let us keep sharing so we can keep the light shining. Thank you, Folks.
(Thanks to pixabay.com for a depiction of the world dragon above)