Re: A Winter Solstice contemplation
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "carynlouise24"
> As we read in Isaiah- The Lord, God ofbring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun
> David, moved the sun for Hezekiah. Isaiah 38:8 `Behold, I will
dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten
degrees, by which degrees it was gone down'. And fifteen years was
added unto Hezekiah!
Smith shared this about Hezekiah in "David's Question" (As
Above, So Below, p.3)- Quite lovely, yes? NINA
"Other Steiner usages of shadow include (by no means exhaustively)
Man and the World of Stars (MWS), p. 51, and Theosophy of the
Rosicrucian (TR), p. 45. In the latter, he says:
When the faculties of the seer develop, he often makes a
striking discovery. When he stands in the sunlight, his body holds up
the light and casts a shadow; very often he will discover the spirit
for the first time when he looks into this shadow. The body holds up
the light but not the spirit; and in the shadow that is cast by the
body the spirit can be discovered. That is why more primitive peoples
who have always possessed some measure of clairvoyance, have also
called the soul, the "shadow." (Emphasis mine)
Examples of such "primitive peoples" are the Native Americans whose
myths are typified by those of the Oglala Sioux in the western
Dakotas. They speak often in similar terms of the shadow. See, for
instance, Lakota Myth (LAKM), p. 210, which speaks of Skan, the
fourth of the "superior Gods," who bears a remarkable resemblance to
the Elohim, especially Yahweh-Eloha (I-16). It says there, "The
shadow of each thing shall be its spirit and shall be with it always."
Let us see how this insight can clarify a certain passage of
scripture (2 K 20,1-11; see also Is 38) that has remained obscure to
theologians to this day. In addition to "shadow," one should be aware
of two other terms, "third day" and "figs." Briefly speaking, "third
day" means the time when something spiritually important will happen
(see the discussion of Jn 2,1 in The Burning Bush, p. 140). "Figs"
often refers to initiation into the ancient mysteries. We often read
the phrase "under the tree." For now, the reader can best think of it
in connection with Christ's cursing of the fig tree (Mt 21,18-22; Mk
11,12-14,20-24). Without understanding what was meant, this story has
also been a puzzle to theologians until this very day. What is meant
by it is that Christ was bringing in a new method of initiation. The
old method of the "Three Days' Journey" (see The Burning Bush) was
passing away, never again to produce fruit (Jn 1,45-51 and Lk 13,6-
9). The story of Buddha gaining enlightenment "under the bodhi tree"
is illustrative of this point in the Bible. When one reaches the
level of spiritual insight represented by having attained
enlightenment "under the tree," one can go back in his or her "house"
(soul) and see the karma there from prior incarnations. For instance,
the "illness" in one's life normally stems from this.
The passage from Second Kings reads (RSV; emphasis mine):
1 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of
death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said
to him, "Thus says the Lord, 'Set your house in order; for you shall
die, you shall not recover.'" 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the
wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 "Remember now, O Lord, I
beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in faithfulness and with
a whole heart, and have done what is good in thy sight." And Hezekiah
wept bitterly. 4 And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court,
the word of the Lord came to him: 5 "Turn back, and say to Hezekiah
the prince of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your
father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold I
will heal you; on the third day you shall go up to the house of the
Lord. 6 And I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you
and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will
defend this city for my own sake and for my servant David's sake." 7
And Isaiah said, "Bring a cake of figs. And let them take and lay it
on the boil, that he may recover."
8 And Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "What shall be the sign that the
Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up to the house of the Lord on
the third day?" 9 And Isaiah said, "This is the sign to you from the
Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he has promised: shall the
shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?" 10 And Hezekiah
answered, "It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps;
rather let the shadow go back ten steps." 11 And Isaiah the prophet
cried to the Lord; and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which
the sun had declined on the dial of Ahaz.
In this light, one is warranted in seeing that Hezekiah was enabled
by the spiritual guidance of Isaiah to look back into his own karmic
past and there to foresee what faced him still.18 In the verses that
immediately follow, it is said that all that was in the "house" of
Hezekiah was revealed, meaning all of his karmic picture
- --- In email@example.com, "carynlouise24"
> This is quite poetic Steve; it's like the Phoenix rising from the
> ashes! We may consider Saint John the Eagle rising from the winter
> sting of the Scorpion into the Eagle of summer ...
> Then again we may also consider the Earth is awake in winter and
> sleeping in summer - so it may be the other way around!
> Yes, I do remember the lunar eclipse on the 20th February when the
> Sun ate the Moon! Also still curious about seeing Saturn on the
> right and you saw it on the left - although a later picture
> it to be on the right.My experience of the Lunar Eclipse of 2/20/08 was that it was the
> Interesting about Mars hey - the land is jelly-like substance -
> suppose the astronauts have to have special boots made to walk on
converse! The Earth ate the Moon; which really means that the moon
gave a nod to the fact that the earth beholds the "earthshine" when
in the shadow zone.
Every so often, the moon gives an objective proof of this. It is
called a lunar eclipse.