Another Myth

Once upon a time there was a day without night and while the
world was very beautiful, wrapped in the incandescence of light, it was so unceasing as to seem sometimes cruel. There were no secrets, no closed eyes, all was open and visible, mystery impossible. Too bright, too demanding, too relentless. And because there was no night there was no shadow nor variation, no rest from the screaming lights of constant morning. And because there was no night to hold balance to the day, af- ter some time the people were always weary and seeing became tiresome. They wished to close their ever-open eyes and so they prayed and asked for respite. They asked that they may sometimes fall into a sleep in which they would lose themselves for a time. So the Ancient Ones considered this request. If we give the people rest then things will change, they said. If we give the people a time to close their eyes they will forget and what damage can they do when they are forgetful? The Ancient Ones could not foretell every detail yet they shuddered to think what could be hidden if the day was replaced with something darker. Yet they have prayed this, and they do look tired. What shall we do? One Ancient One stepped forward, bowed its head, and said: “Perhaps I am unwise yet I will go into this world. I will hold a space between us, being the Alpha and Omega we will be the beginnings of this new world, this world of two-ness. And
I will breathe ourself into this space and when it is time to return we will return ourself to one.” The other Ancient Ones nodded their heads and allowed. And so the Ancient One dreamed a world in which there was day and night. And then it kissed its Dream, sending its breath into the Dream. And then the Dream kissed the Ancient One and they were two yet one was giving and the other receiving as they passed the kiss of cre- ation back and forth. Breath and Light they cycled together. One by day, the other by night, holding within them all of Creation. The Ancient One is the Sun and the Moon. The Day and the Night. Father and Mother.
Yet they are one; they are two. Between them we are the children they Dreamed.

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Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 9)

S – 19/1 – The serpent of wisdom. The pathway, labyrinth, sacred spiral, walking the mysteries. S is the sliding snake with its hissing promise of life (and some would say sin). The S takes the seeker into the self and offers the path of Light (the right hand path) or the path of Dark (the left hand path) into wisdom. The snake does not judge which will lead the seeker to greater wisdom and merely twists her way up and down the ladder knowing that all paths lead to the All. The glyph of the right and left (sinister) paths offers a closed vessel in which both paths (left and right) join to form the Whole. Night and Day embrace.

S-ah, S-aa, S-ae, S-eh, S-ee, S-I, S-i, S-oh, S-uh, S-oy. Savior, selection, self, science, solider, seer, secret, service, sacred, sacrifice.

Now S is often paired with H (which denotes the ladder itself). In these sounds the Divine breath is added, softening the sybilliant S into a gentle shhh.

Sh-ah, Sh-aa, Sh-ae, Sh-eh, Sh-ee, Sh-I, Sh-i, Sh-oh, Sh-uh, Sh-oy

T – 20/2 – The tree of life; wisdom through sacrifice; balance through surrender. It is the perfect balance of the elements in the living form of the great tree. When we hang on the great tree we realize we are participants in the balance of the natural world and so we learn to listen. This listening is what brings us to wisdom and sacrifice of what we thought we know to the greater reality. We reach our arms to the heavens and embrace.

T-ah, T-aa, T-ae, T-eh, T-ee, T-I, T-i, T-oh, T-uh, T-oy.

U is the chalice, the cup that holds the waters of life. It is also a sigil of the moon (waxing and waning) as it moves in 3D. With the O it is considered the horns of the Moon as seen in Egyptian art as the crown of Hathor/Isis. It is the vessel of Divine waters. A very intuitive letter it contains wisdom and mystery in its depths and can seem unfathomable. 21/3.

V – 22/4 – The vagina, vessel, bringing the creative form of U into manifestation. U and V were originally the same letter but U ended up representing the vowel sound and V was sharped to consonant form. W and V were also related and in fact are in some languages (German) the W is pronounced as V. So what does this triplicity mean? Well, U is the chalice, the archetypal cup that holds the waters of life. V is the solid state of this. It is the womb of woman herself. It is the vessel. W is the liquid dreamworlds. Glyph with the shadow V and we have the W.

V-ah, V-aa, -Vae, V-eh, V-ee, V-I, V-i, V-oh, V-uh, V-oy. Vagina, vessel, vast, vat, vase, voice, vote.

W – 23/5 – The liquid dreamworlds and the inverse of M, our Mother in manifestation, W is our Mother as the keeper of waters and infinity. She is the greater Vessel from which dreams (including this dream we are all sharing) are poured. There is a softness and an unfathomable depth to the W. We will follow its whispers into the wild wonder as we wish upon a star and ask who, what, why, where, and when do we welcome the ways of wisdom.

W-ah, W-aa, W-ae, W-eh, W-ee, W-I, W-i, W-oh, W-uh, W-oy. Wish, wisdom, wine, wicked, willow, wonder. All these words welcome worlds within.

X – 24/6 – The cross; crossroads; choice; demarkation; four directions. X may be the most symbolic of the alphabet symbols. It has been used to “mark the spot” and to designate an unknown (mathematically and in the concept of X-factor). Used as a sign for the nameless ones it has some mystery to it. It is where the roads cross and the factors meet. It is here. X is the space outside of space and the crossroads where you sell your soul for a guitar. It is also a ks. It is a vowel-less kiss (XOXO) with which we mark our lovers. It means I was here and may be someday again. It becomes a mark of identity, of place, and of mystery. It does not start words but lays hidden subtly within them. Exist, exit, exhaust, hex, sexual, luxurious. On the rare occasions we ask X to lead he borrows his sound from Z.

Y – 25/7 – the fork in the road; the trinity; union of man and woman; sexual mysteries. Y is the V meeting the I and so sacred sexuality. It is the coming together of the two to make the third. It is the trinity itself (as a seven, this is appropriate). Its shadow glyph is identical to itself and it multiplies over and over again as a part of a holographic whole. Its glyph is two people raising their hands and reaching to the sky and as they multiply more hands are raised to the sky. Remember oi? It is a blessing to the heavens.

Y-ah, Y-aa, Y-ae, Y-eh, Y-ee, Y-I, Y-i, Y-oh, Y-uh, Y-oy. This is the sound of the affirmative. Yes, ya, yo, yep.

Z – 26/8 – Lightning bolt, as above so below. Z is for ziggurat. This is the letter that connects with the Divine power. It is the sign of Zeus and the sound for Zero (the Divine number). It is zippy and zesty and strong. It combines with its shadow to create an inverted pyramid (a ziggurat in reverse) perfectly balanced on its (inverted) apex. It is the tower of Babel and the voice of the divine on Earth.

Z-ah, Z-aa, Z-ae, Z-eh, Z-ee, Z-I, Z-i, Z-oh, Z-uh, Z-oy.

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 8)

M – Resonates to 13/4; Manifestation; The cycle of creation and destruction; up and down the mountain. The M is the letter of motherhood (and of the mother herself). In original Semitic language the ‘M’ was the symbol for Water and the principle idea is we are all born of Water (the embryonic fluids). And so M (and its inverted W) is both the waters and the earth (both the feminine elements) and we walk the mountains as we ride the waves of existence. The shadow of M is an exact reflection of itself (as with H). So M is Mother/Matter and it goes on and on, replicating itself, shadowing itself, and complete within itself.

M-ah, M-aa, M-ae, M-eh, M-ee, M-I, M-i, M-oh, M-uh, M-oy. Ma is the oldest, most universal word for Mother. Maa-ternal. Mary. Mara. Mar (the Sea). Me denotes the self in manifestation (as opposed to the monad as I). My. Maia. Mai. Month. Menses. Moon. Mother.

N – Resonates to 14/5; Perfect balance of masculine and feminine; mirror images; the balancing of different forms; balance of emotion and mind. In Phoenician the N was fish, which is in our astrological glyphs is Pisces. Like Pisces N reflects itself in the waters of M. N also is the sound of negation. When we are born out of the embryonic mothering fluids we must learn to differentiate ourselves and N forces us to do that. N with its mirroring tricks us into self-awareness and knowing. N teaches us who we are by showing us who we are not. As we follow the Socratic dictate to “Know Ourselves” we embrace the power of Narcississ who fell in love with his own Nature (his shadow reflection) to be pulled back into the Piscean waters and learned his own Numinous Name.

N-ah, N-aa, N-ae, N-eh, N-ee, N-I, N-i, N-oh, N-uh, N-oy. Native, Nature, Nay, Not, No, Nin, Naught. My nature is fished from the sea of Oneness with nets of nots. I am not my mother, father, sister, political persuasion, etc. I become more than a reflection and embrace the whole.

O is the wholeness from which we are born and to which we return. It is the womb and tomb and the Oh-ceanic reality. It is the Sphere. 🙂 It is self-enclosed and private and enigmatic. It resonates to 15/6 and so it offers boundaries to those within its heart.

P – Resonates to 16/7; Halving the whole; diagnostics; seeing the pieces of the whole. P is half of B and in many languages it is pronounced as ‘B’. But in English we have P, which is oftentimes silent (as in (pneumatics, pneumonia) and the P denotes something learned and detailed. It is as if it says: pay attention, this is complicated. Start thinking, diagnosing, etc. There is something to be parsed here. When P is voiced it is with a part of B (a particulate who participates). P is half a B (the twins) and so the intellect of seven is called into place to define the terms. The shadow is a simple reflection but when placed together you have a sphere with a line drawn through it, dividing the whole to divine the whole. This is an oracular power, a potential, and a purpose. It is by seeing the pieces of the whole we can playfully pursue our paths.

P-ah, P-aa, P-ae, P-eh, P-ee, P-I, P-i, P-oh, P-uh, P-oy. Pater (father) is part of Ma-tter. We must pay the piper as we pursue our paths. We parse the parts on the pie-chart.

Q – 17/8; The tail; The shadow of power; knowing one’s own shadow and carrying it close. Q is the tail extending from the great whole. It is the shadow of the whole (and the idea of separation from the whole) yet it is inherently attached and cannot be otherwise. So the shadow of Light that extends into the depths. Its sound is reminiscent of K (and C) and is only voiced in combination with U (Qu) as in quill, quit, quiet, quark, quarrel and so on. So the Q shadows the O and then is followed by the U who holds everything within. OQU has the Whole with its shadow being held in the chalice of the Holy. We only find the Grail when we face the shadow.

R – 18/9 – Rays of the Sun; benevolence and absolute power. This is the I sending out Light and is associated with all things Regal, Royal, and Kingly. Rex, Resurrection, Renewal. Ra, of course, is the solar God from which so much of the later kingly iconography was adopted. The original Semitic symbol meant ‘head’ (or Crown). Place the shadow R and the glyph is a crown on the kingly head. Resonating to 9 this is the crown of the benevolent royal one who was once not just the secular ruler but also a personal aspect of the Divine. Divine rule/law is bestowed via the R.

R-ah, R-aa, R-ae, R-eh, R-ee, R-I, R-i, R-oh, R-uh, R-oy. Of the vowel sounds most are regal. Ra, Ray, Rex, Regulatory, Royal.

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 7)

I is the line of the Soul. It is the presence of being after having been birthed from the great O. It is no accident that I is the word we wind our purpose around as the article of self-knowledge. The I is the monad and the soul itself. Also remember it resonates to the number 9 in English so it is the fulfillment of the human cycle. This is the symbol of the ego elevated.

J – Resonates to 10/1; The taking of the higher ego and returning it to service above. I and J were depicted as the same letter. J takes the ego elevated and turns itself up toward God. J is devotional and makes an offering of itself. Jesus. Jehovah. Jupiter. Juno. It is recognition within a human of their divine origin. The shadow of J keeps its tail in the world and so it is both human and divine (God and man) and appears to be a fish hook (fishers of men) or the roots of the world tree.

J tones with the vowels. J-ah, J-aa, J-ae, J-eh, J-ee, J-I, J-i, J-oh, J-uh, J-oy. Jah is a name for God (translated as the lord). Jesus/Joseph. Justice. Joy.

K – Resonates to 11; The higher ego sending itself out to others; Benevolence; the Boddhisatva path. K is fundamentally giving. The I sends from its heart in K. Its origin was the Semitic symbol for the open hand. The K and its shadow come together to create an asterisk or star. Resonating to 11 this Star is one who chooses to give of itself rather than returning to the heavens.

The sound of K was absorbed by the consuming C. K-ah, K-aa, K-ae, K-eh, K-ee, K-I, K-i, K-oh, K-uh, K-oy. Ka is the Egyptian word for the vital essence/spark that was breathed into them at the moment of birth. Key is an important symbol word. K itself is the key that unlocks the I from its monadic (self-centered) reality. K (service) is the Key.

L – Resonates to 12/3; The “I” lending itself to the earth. It is associated with the Divine masculine (as is R, which was originally the same letter to the Egyptians). Both L and R denote “Lord”. It is the masculine definite article “El” and it is the Hebrew sound that means “of the lord” Micha-el, Gabri-el, Rapha-el, Uri-el. El-ohim. In Arabic this shifts to “Al”. Al-lah, Al-ladin. These are the emanations of masculine power. The feminine “Lady” simply shifts and becomes “La” (the twin of El). The glyph of the L and its shadow is perfect balance.

L-ah, L-aa, L-ae, L-eh, L-ee, L-I, L-i, L-oh, L-uh, L-oy. This is great fun. Laelia was an angel of the dark, related to Lady Lillith who would shift into an ow-L. To reverse the sounds we have and Ah-l and Eh-l. And so Lilith becomes the shadow of El and was banished from Eden for refusing to lie beneath Adam and yet for us to achieve stability we must heed both El, whose name is on the angels, and Lil, who is the Mother of demons. Now add the breath of ‘H’ to El and we have Hel, the feminine name of mistress of the Underworld who opens her arms to all for healing.

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 6)

E is the line of “I” with principle pathways sending out. This is the symbol and magic of incarnation and experience. When you see an I you have an identity and the E is the identity (Soul) sending itself out into various pathways. Those pathways dream themselves into different forms and yet are always connected to the I.

F – Resonates to 6; The drawing down of experience and limiting of options. It is a reaction to the many changes within the bold E, who sends itself out and out. F draws back and (f)ocuses on one or two paths. F is the letter for family, which is associated with 6. The shadow F is the denial of (f)aith (known as (f)utility and the combination is the sigil for the world tree itself (the cross).

F is a soft sound that has to force breath through the teeth and lips. It is not bold on its own but takes shape with other sounds. Hold the sound ‘f’. F-ah, F-aa, F-ae, F-eh, F-ee, F-I, F-i, F-Oh, F-oo, F-uh, F-oy. Fah is the beginning of the word Father and holds a feeling of being held in check. Fae is (of course) a word used for the Otherworldly shining ones. The Fa-tae were the Fates who were present at the birth and death of each child. The great mothers who were midwives between the realms.

G – Resonates to 7: Draws the secrets of C back into itself. C is the feminine moony curve and I is the line of the Soul. G synthesizes these two images connecting (and cradling) the Soul in the embrace of the mysterious moon. G connects the Soul to the mysteries. The shadow of G (like the aspects of C) is the waxing G in which the secrets grow and the Soul takes in more and more light, growing towards an O. The G sigil is the personal cycle of waxing and waning. It connects us to all the cycles.

G has its own hard sound (and in Grace) but also shares a sound with J (as in gene). But as a seven resonant sound it is idiosyncratic and distinct. Hold the sound ‘g’. G-ah, G-aa, G-ae, G-eh, G-ee, G-I, G-i, G-Oh, G-oo, G-uh, G-oy. Gaea or Gaia or Ge is the Greek Goddess sound. She is the Goddess of the Earth’s soul and so is the manifestation of mystery. Gahd is such a sound. The manifestation of the great Ah closed by the Door of manifestation. Grace Grows where we Green. G is where we connect to the mysterious.

H – Resonates to 8; The power of the ladder to the Heavens and back. Jacob’s ladder. H is the ladder of 11 with a step. And so it is literally the letter that connects us to the heavens. H is the letter of breath and as such it is used to denote the sacred. Holy, hierophant, hieroglyphic, Hera. H is not so much the first letter as an indicator that whatever follows has been infused with Breath. 8, of course, is infinity and H is the ladder to infinity. The shadow of H is identical to H. As above, so below.

H is pure breath and as such it does not have voice without other sounds following it. H-ah, H-aa, H-ae, H-eh, H-ee, H-I, H-i, H-oh, H-uh, H-oy. Hel, Heaven, Hate, Holy. Heal. All is blessed.

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 5)

Much as the vowels are the major arcana the consonants are the minor. They define the story of the vowels, giving them shape and dimension. Consonants are the colors on the canvas and the flavor in the coffee. They work within the dreamers to manifest the darkness and the light in each letter. Each of the consonants has an aspect that is bright and one that is dark, just as each one of us does. None of us are completely one thing or the other and each letter has that multiplicity. And so we look at the geometry of this. The sound of it is within the geometry (one is Light (geometry) and one is Breath (sound)). Each shape has its seen and unseen forms (the reflection of the shape we see, the shadow shape). Consider one glyph the day and the other the night.

A consists of the divine creative (fire) triangle with legs deep into the earth. So it holds all Creative power within it and draws deep. It holds the sky at its pinnacle and the roots within. All symbols have a natural corollary or they will not resonate with us. A is the mountain and the sky and the earth and it has the triangle of fire within it. A is the alpha (beginning) and so it holds the seeds of manifestation within it. Resonates to 1.

B – Resonates to 2; the phallic line touches the curves of the feminine breasts to balance each other. This is a symbol of birth. The twins are born from the womb of the Mother. This is the beginning of division as the soul is split into to clear parts. The night shape of the B sends the twins back into the womb and so B becomes the tomb.

Hold the sound ‘b’. B-ah, B-aa, B-ae, B-eh, B-ee, B-I, B-i, B-Oh, B-oo, B-uh, B-oy with each of the vowel sounds. The word Ba in Egyptian was the sound of the ghost-part of the soul, the psyche and personality (as opposed to the Ka, the divine part of the soul). Be in English is the word that denotes existence. Beau is the beloved.

C – Resonates to 3; The crescent moon that contains secrets within its arms but sends them out into the world. C is a U tipped on its side and U is the chalice, the keeper of secrets. The moon herself is often associated with the secrets of night and the keeper of such. The shape of the C is in the form of the waning moon. When we are born into existence we are constricted into form. The path of the seeker is to go into the night and tip the polarity of the C and become the waxing moon. When we expand our Light (rather than restricting it) we become a brighter light in the night’s sky.

Hold the sound ‘c’. C-ah, C-aa, C-ae, C-eh, C-ee, C-I, C-i, C-Oh, C-oo, C-uh, C-oy with each of the vowel sounds. Now C takes the sound of two other letters (K and S) so we must look at them together. C is a symbol associated with the Moon, who reflects the light of the Sun and is associated with mutability and so it reflects the sounds of these other two strong letters. C as a K sound is benevolent and is the ladder of 11 bent in order to continue to give (Boddhisatva) and so it has a hard sound of manifestation. C as S invokes the labyrinth and the serpent of wisdom, bending itself into the hidden secrets. Where C as K is obvious and powerful C as S is subtle and sometimes slippery. So C itself has three totally different faces and holds the trinity within itself. Wax, wane, and full faced C is the triplicity of the Moon.

D – Resonates to 4; The doorway into manifestation and the stable square. It draws the boundaries around the possibility of C and closes the gaps, hiding the secrets within its closed self. D is very private and requires the appropriate key of knowledge (see K). It’s reverse is the swinging door into the Underworld. The deep places and the reservoir of hidden things. It is tantalizing and locked. It is the veil of the unconscious as we lock ourselves into materiality.

Hold the sound ‘d’. D-ah, D-aa, D-ae, D-eh, D-ee, D-I, D-i, D-Oh, D-oo, D-uh, D-oy. The sound is a hard sound reminiscent of a knocking door. D-ah and D-aa are both in English words for father (daddy). The father is often considered the rule-keeper and boundary maker. The archetype of father is just that, the one who draws the lines. Dee is the great Elizabethan magician who translated the angelic script of ceremonial magic. D-I is the closing off of the line of the soul within manifestation. Doo is making things happen. Duh and Doy are fun too. 🙂

Symbolism & Sound: The Alphabet as Sacred Script (part 4)

A consists of the divine creative (fire) triangle with legs deep into the earth. So it holds all Creative power within it and draws deep. It holds the sky at its pinnacle and the roots within. All symbols have a natural corollary or they will not resonate with us. A is the mountain and the sky and the earth and it has the triangle of fire within it. A is the alpha (beginning) and so it holds the seeds of manifestation within it.

 

E is the line of “I” with principle pathways sending out. This is the symbol and magic of incarnation and experience. When you see an I you have an identity and the E is the identity (Soul) sending itself out into various pathways. Those pathways dream themselves into different forms and yet are always connected to the I.

 

I is the line of the Soul. It is the presence of being after having been birthed from the great O. It is no accident that I is the word we wind our purpose around as the article of self-knowledge. The I is the monad and the soul itself. Also remember it resonates to the number 9 in English so it is the fulfillment of the human cycle. This is the symbol of the ego elevated who offers service towards enlightenment.

 

O is the wholeness from which we are born and to which we return. It is the womb and tomb and the Oh-ceanic reality. It is the Sphere. It is self-enclosed and private and enigmatic. Remember it resonates to 15/6 and so it offers boundaries to those within its heart.

 

U is the chalice, the cup that holds the waters of life. It is also a sigil of the moon (waxing and waning) as it moves in 3D. With the O it is considered the horns of the Moon as seen in Egyptian art as the crown of Hathor/Isis. It is the vessel of Divine waters. A very intuitive letter it contains wisdom and mystery in its depths and can seem unfathomable. 21/3.