The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci Maps the Star Path of the Sun
From Free Thought Nation, 2013
Leonardo’s sublime fresco, The Last Supper, depicts the story of the meal Jesus Christ shared with his twelve disciples the night before he was crucified. My analysis of the stances of Christ and the disciples indicates that Leonardo used the twelve constellations of the zodiac, the star path of the sun, as his template for the painting.
The twelve apostles are based on the successive star patterns traversed by the sun each year. Christ himself is modelled on the constellation Pisces, the star position of the Sun at the spring equinox through the two millennia of the Christian Era.
The Last Supper shows animated conversation and high drama, Continue reading
Jewish Magic and Superstition
by Joshua Trachtenberg, 
5 THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD
THE ties that bind man to his home and his associates are insoluble—even death cannot part them. Long after the body has departed this life, the spirit still frequents its ancient haunts, maintaining a shadowy connection with the world it knew and loved. This is the conception of death that has prevailed since man first had ideas on the subject, and it persists to this day more or less overtly.
Among Jews it was never completely ousted by the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. After all, according to the prevailing polypsychism of the Middle Ages, man is possessed of several spirits: the Continue reading
From Jewish Encyclopedia
Upon pre-Talmudic demonology new light has been thrown by the “Testament of Solomon,” translated by Conybeare in “Jew. Quart. Rev.” (1898, xi. 1-45), a work which, notwithstanding many Christian interpolations, is of ancient Jewish origin and related to the “Book of Healing” (“Sefer Refu’ot”) ascribed to King Solomon (see Pes. iv. 9; Josephus, l.c.; Schürer, “Geseh.” iii. 300). In this “Testament” it is told that by the help of a magic ring with the seal of Pentalpha, Lilith-like vampires, Beelzebub, and all kinds of demons and unclean spirits were brought before Solomon, to whom they disclosed their secrets and told how they could be mastered. It contains incantations against certain diseases, and specifies the task allotted to each of the chief demons in the erection of the Temple.
The latter was a favorite theme of the Haggadists (Pesiḳ. R. vi.; Soṭah 48b; Giṭ. 68a). The later Haggadah ascribed to Moses this power to Continue reading
From Jewish Encyclopedia
Systematic knowledge concerning demons or evil spirits. Demons (Greek, δαίμονες or δαιμόνια; Hebrew, [Deut. xxxii. 17; Ps. cvi. 37] and [Lev. xvii. 7; II Chron. xi. 15; A. V. “devils”; Luther, “Feldgeister” and “Feldteufel”]; Aramaic, or rabbinical, and as spirits animating all elements of life and inhabiting all parts of the world, have their place in the primitive belief of all tribes and races. When certain deities rose to be the objects of regular worship and became the rulers of the powers of life, demons, or spirits, were subordinated to them. But inasmuch as they were still feared and occasionally worshiped by the populace, they became the objects of popular superstition. Continue reading
From Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook
Kathleen Seide, 1999
Bread & Salt: The Common Bond
Bread signifies all God given provisions, the abundance in simplicity, the Giver and gift of life in its continuous flow, first things in the day, essential priorities.
A traveler on the mystic path
is content with a loaf of bread;
By its light he may be turned
towards the Light of God.
Aish, “life,” is one ancient Arabic term for bread; accordingly, it is treated with reverence throughout the Continue reading
The Seven Churches of the Revelation
As the Seven Spiritual Centers in the Body
by John Van Auken
Let’s go through the opening of the seals and the soundings of the trumpets for each center. Though these are done separately in the Revelation, we will do them together here for the sake of clarity and focus.
OPENING THE 7 SEALS & SOUNDING THE 7 TRUMPETS
OPENING THE FIRST SEAL & SOUNDING THE FIRST TRUMPET
The White Horse – Conquering – 1/3 of the Earth Burns Up
The higher self, in the form and spirit of the Lamb of God, and in coordination with God’s will, opens the seals of the body. Continue reading
The Case for Azazel being the Firstborn Seed of Lilith
By Mark Wayne Biggs
No study of Lilith would be complete without a discussion of the demon Azazel. This is true because several clues in many ancient texts – including the Torah, the Zohar, and the First Book of Enoch – indicate that Azazel was the seed of Lilith. The texts further hint that Azazel was not the product of Lilith mating with any ordinary man, but rather he was the firstborn seed resulting from her illicit mating with Semjaza, the leader of a group of fallen angels called Watchers. Continue reading
By John Lewis
“And Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it…” Genesis 28:12-13a
There is much to be said about this ancient passage of scripture. Within it are the keys to many esoteric teachings, and mysteries which have been hidden ages past, that are now being revealed. In a previous writing we dealt with “Jacob’s Journey,” the journey of all humanity to meet God in the 7 Feasts or Experiences; consummating with Tabernacles, Fullness. In this teaching we will Continue reading
The Tree of Life
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” — Genesis 2:8-9
The Tree of Life is representative of both of these trees, and from the Ha Qabala is shown in several forms. The above form [see picture], the traditional form, can be said to have grown from the Vesica Pisces, the Seed of Life and the Flower of Life.
Two other forms, which are more detailed with information and symbolism, include: Continue reading
The Book of Enoch
R.H. Charles, 1906
Book 2: Parables
1 The second vision which he saw, the vision of wisdom -which Enoch the son of Jared, the son
2 of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, saw. And this is the beginning of the words of wisdom which I lifted up my voice to speak and say to those which dwell on earth: Hear, ye men of old time, and see, ye that come after, the words of the Holy
3 One which I will speak before the Lord of Spirits. It were better to declare (them only) to the men of old time, but even from those that come after we will not withhold the beginning of wisdom.
4 Till the present day such wisdom has never been given by the Lord of Spirits as I have received according to my insight, according to the good pleasure of the Lord of Spirits by whom the lot of
5 eternal life has been given to me. Now three Parables were imparted to me, and I lifted up my voice and recounted them to those that dwell on the earth. Continue reading