Sacred Geometry and the Art of Scriptural Writing (2)
The Genesis Formula, the Vesica Piscis, the Flower of Life, The Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the Star of David
by William John Meegan
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2. BERESHITH: The union of BETH and PEI
Christ tells us in the New Testament: “For where two and three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of themˮ Matt: 18:20.
This is apropos to the discussion we are about to enter into. BETH has to recognize PEI and this means that it has to humble itself: ego-consciousness (Yahweh – Sun) has to submit to the unconscious mind (Elohym – Moon). The moment that Yahweh rests the devil will have its way so-to-speak: remember the septenary, which is defined by the number seven (Sabbath)? Yahweh had accomplished his goal. It is just like the human being going to sleep at night. Ego-consciousness has to submerge into the unconscious mind to obtain R.E.M. sleep if the body is to be revitalized.
Just like the man coming home at night after a hard day’s work. He sits down in his easy chair and endures the tongue lashing of his wife: nag, nag, nag: each of us succumbs to the dreams of our subconscious mind. This is the symbolism exuded into the world regarding our relationship to the psyche. How we relate to the psyche is how we relate to the world around us: that is why the maxim reads: KNOW THYSELF.
RESH is the second letter of the Bible and it is spelt Resh (200 – 2)-Aleph-Shin (300 – 3): hence you can see why Christ’s statement “For where two and three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (KJV Matt: 18:20)” is apropos here.
Aleph being in the midst of Resh and Shin is in a sense separating SHIN from RESH. In fact the word BARA the first three letters of the bible spell out the word ‘bara = to choose, select, separate, create’. It is because BETH recognizes PEI that RESH can be inserted into BETH forming the word BE-RESH-ITH. As the Zohar points out in the Prologue all of creation has to come through BETH because it is the physical (exoteric) manifestation to PEI’S esoteric nature; thus, the letter RESH (200) is a higher form of BETH: at least initially because it can be reduced to the lower common denominator of two. The letter/word RESH in this regards represents a more or less ‘spiritual radiance’ or spiritual sun: or it can be said that the initiate experiencing this has received a vision: a new raison d’être. The old personality has died and a new one is emerging.
RESH is defined as first; thus, when the first verse of Genesis is read it is referring to what is taking place in the word ‘RESH. For in the word RESH “Elohym (God) is separating the beginning and ends of the heavens and the beginning and ends of the earth”. It is possible to see Resh and Shin as heaven and earth because as two (2) and three (3) they reference the second and third days of creation. In the second day it talks of the heavens and in the third day it speaks of the earth. There is an infinite amount of data that I can speak of relating to interpreting the word BERESHITH but I will refrain from doing so; however, I must speak of some of it.
Notice how YUD and ALEPH flank the letter SHIN, which symbolically represents the ‘earth’; whereas, in the word BERESHITH only Elohym is flanking RESH rather than both twos: RESH and BETH. Before the first letter of Genesis there is four letters inferred and we’ll get to that next; however, it should be noted that QOPH is the first letter next to BETH from the transcendent standpoint. This makes ALEPH and QOPH flanking the heavens. So when the first verse of Genesis says, “Elohym separated the beginning and ends of the heavens” it was referring to Qoph being within that Trinitarian mix: the word ELOHYM infers all three persons of the Trinity: Aleph-Yud-Qoph, in the first verse of Genesis.
Look at the word BERESHITH:
Notice how YUD separates the Earth from TAV (waters), which has been previously determined to be the unity of the Sun and the Moon. Then take notice of how ALEPH separates SHIN from RESH and BETH (heavens) and this same process is carried out in the transcendent (empyrean), which will be discussed shortly.
This is brought out because TAV represents the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and RESH and BETH represents the Tree of Life. This distinction is made because RESH and BETH is a split pair of twos; whereas, TAV is Yahweh and Elohym are united. In every respect this present analysis is an interpretation of the second and third chapters of Genesis.
A perfect example of this interpretation is found in Michelangelo’s fresco panel: The Temptation and Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Adam is picking fruit from the left side of the tree and Eve is accepting the fruit from the serpent that is getting the fruit from the right side of the tree. The angel (serpent) with cloth on has to go around the serpent’s side of the tree to browbeat the Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden or is that Adam, with his hand gestures, telling the angel-serpent to just leave him and his wife alone (“get out of my sight”). In fact in the third chapter of Genesis Yahweh cannot see Adam and Eve, “where art thou Adam”.
Compare the lettering of the word BERESHITH in relationship to the panel on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The serpent is on the limb that represents TAV and this is said because both serpent and angel are wrapped around that tree and the serpent has to reach across Yahweh’s limb (YUD) of the tree, which was initially abandoned, to feed Eve (SHIN); being that Eve (SHIN) is a proselyte of Elohym (ALEPH) and for all intent and purpose EVE is Elohym (ALEPH); whereas, Adam has to reach across ALEPH, which is in fact is reaching across Eve to obtain fruit from the tree representing RESH and BETH.
It can be seen that the angel was not concerned with the Adam and Eve with fair faces like hers because Adam (so-called head of the household – secretly it is the woman – she let him think he’s in charge) is eating from her tree; whereas, the serpent’s proselytes: Adam and Eve with scaly faces are being harassed by the angel (also a serpent). The angel with her dress cloth on is a girl not likely to stay at home around the tree with her husband. She would rather be off venting her rage out on somebody. It is not too difficult to see, here in this fresco panel that the angel is moving (pouting, brooding) over the face of the waters (TAV) very much like the spirit of Elohym does in the second verse of Genesis. Yahweh’s angel is obviously not satisfied with the situation. This kind of tirade is precisely what Yahweh does in the third chapter of Genesis when he vents his rage out on Adam and Eve.
Michelangelo’s frescoed panel is demonstrating that Yahweh is in the Garden of Eden when goes on his tantrum; whereas, Adam and Eve are already in the desert and this is why Yahweh cannot see them.
There is of course numerous other interpretation of the first word of Genesis, which I have published in a number of books but would not be unsuitable for this presentation.
3. The Genesis Formula
A study of the word BERESHITH is in order as far as its structure goes. The curious aspects of the word BERESHITH is that it has a skip lettering sequence in it that begs analysis. The fact that TAV, SHIN and RESH are found in this skip sequence calls up the story of the alphabet in the Prologue of the Zohar.
Then YUD, ALEPH and BETH have to be considered in relationship to the previous analysis conducted on the letters PEI and BETH above. It was not difficult to see the alphabet coming in and going out of creation once BERESHITH’S six letters were separated into two rows. The Lord of the World that is discussed in the alphabet story in the Zohar is of course Yahweh (YUD).
This is why YUD is seen at both ends of the spectrum of the Genesis Formula. The powers that be must parade before him. In the above illustration I have only gone out to Daleth because the mathematical pattern on the TRANSCENDENT side would theoretically have to mimic the one ending with TAV on the BERESHITH side: ‘as below so above or as above so below’, in order to meet the criteria laid out in the second day of creation: ‘waters above the heavens and the waters beneath the heavens’.
The fact that the Zohar Prologue gives a commentary on the Hebrew coder going in and out of creation points the word BERESHITH representing symbolically the Second Coming of Christ. In the alphabetic tale told in the Zohar, all the letters paraded before the Lord of the World and each was rejected for one reason or another leaving only BETH and ALEPH yet to make their petitions to be considered as the conduit for creation; thus, when viewing the word BERESHITH it can be seen that Aleph and Beth had their individual discourses with the Lord of the world: YUD.
Then the question is asked, why are TAV, SHIN and RESH coming back into creation? It has been pointed out above that the last four letters of the Hebrew coder spell out the word CHRIST (krst) in Greek using Hebrew letters. This; therefore, would make it the Second Coming of Christ. In looking at the letters PEI and BETH interface being PEI is the 17th-letter and BETH is the 2nd-letter that totals to nineteen as in the 19th-letter of the Hebrew coder: QOPH; thus the spelling of the word Christ (Qoph-Resh-Shin-Tav) is found in the first word of Genesis: BERESHITH – “in the beginning”, along with ALEPH and YUD combining all elements of the Trinity.
Further analysis of the Genesis formula brings out some startling mini-diagrams of topic already discussed in the analysis on PEI and BETH. In taking the ten letters/numbers pattern in the Genesis Formula and putting them into a circle it was not difficult to see a mini-pattern of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life illustrated with just the Sefirahs. Again putting the ten letters/numbers into a circle and breaking the two fours into two twos provided twelve parts, which produced a mini-pattern of the Zodiac/Calendar year, with the Star of David in the center: notice that he four ones produces the first butterfly pattern. There is only one way to produce two like patterns with the other eight signs/months exuding the Star of David in the center.
Finally, putting the ten letters/numbers into the Area Graphic Program in the Microsoft Excel Program produced the Crown of Creation. Jewish Kabbalistic legend says that the Crown of Creation will be found at the beginning of the Torah. I place these images here to emphasize what was discussed previously about the Star and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and leave them as prophetic illustrations of what is to come in the main body of text of the first chapter of Genesis.
The Zohar says that BERESHITH represents the six ordinal directions. Though it doesn’t mention it the Zohar had to be making reference to BERESHITH’S six letters. BETH would represent east and TAV west and ALEPH would be up and YUD would be down leaving SHIN for the north and RESH for the south; thus, this signifies a sphere or a cube. In fact that is not difficult to envisage seeing there are 31-verses in the first chapter of Genesis and 31-words in the first day of creation: 31 is the cube of pi: this last becomes intriguing when we consider the Flower of Life.
Doing the math on the sphere the radius would be two since BETH is said to be the conduit of all creation. The diameter would be four and the surface area of said sphere would be 50.26…; whereas, the volume of said sphere would be 33.51.
It cannot be coincidence that there are 50-chapters in the book of Genesis and within those chapters there are 1533-verses, which is the reverse of 33.51. The Bible can only work with whole words, verses, chapters and books.
In looking at the letters PEI (80) and BETH (2) again it is seen that they total to eighty-two (82) or brought to their lowest common denominators they represent eight (8) and (2). Since they are a pair and a unit then BETH from this perspective is but 20% of a possible 100%; however, if PEI represents the Star of David, which will be seen within the confines of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life in the main body of the text of the first chapter of Genesis, then the letters BETH and RESH may well be inferring tetrahedral geometry seeing that both these letters are spelt out with three letters: each forming a triangle on a two dimensional surface inferring two tetrahedrons on a three dimensional level.
If this is so, then there would be 20% at each end of the axis poles. This puts four letters in the transcendent and six letters in the real world. Tetrahedral forces work in planetary spheres at about 19.5° at the axis poles. At these geodetic locations on all planetary orbs in the solar system there is an upwelling of forces: sun spots, volcanoes, storms, earth quakes and visual scarring on the surface. Double 19.5° and 39° is the quotient; however, the Bible is discussing these ideas in percents not degrees.
Yet, being curious I took the amount of verses in the book of Genesis and multiplied it by 19.5% (1533 verses x 0.195) and obtained a quotient of 298.935 or the 299th verse, which is at the end of the eleventh chapter of Genesis. This is at the end of the antediluvian times. The beginning of the twelfth chapter of Genesis, which is in the modern times, has Yahweh telling Abram to get out of his father’s house. Is that not equal to the upwelling of forces?
The 39% and 61% ratio brings up the idea of the Golden Ratio and I believe this fits in with what the tetrahedral forces are trying to convey: that it is both the spiritual and the material that generates the text or symbolically life in the universe. It is as if there is an eternal war going on between the spiritual and material planes of existence and this hidden conflict may well be represented in the upwelling of forces all planetary spheres. One has to wonder if the energy released, because of this internal and perpetual conflict, on a planetary scale is what the ancients built Ley Lines on.
It should be pointed out that both PHI and PI are further codified to the text. Consider BETH for the present analysis to represent the number one (1): because it is one letter. The word BERESHITH has six (6) letters and there are twenty-eight (28) letters in the first verse of Genesis; whereas, there are eighty-(80) letters in the first two verses of Genesis. Brings these numbers to their lowest common denominators the result is: 1.618 or the short formula for PHI (the Golden Ratio).
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March 19, 2019