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The Isiac Tablet and Its Symbolism

“Plato was initiated into the ‘Greater Mysteries’ at the age of 49. The initiation took place in one of the subterranean halls of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The Isiac Tablet formed the alter, before which the Divine Plato stood and received that which was always his, but which the ceremony of the mysteries enkindled and brought from its dormant state. …” ~Thomas Taylor

“Westcott sums up his interpretation of the Tablet as follows:
‘The diagram of Levi, by which he explains the mystery of the Tablet, shows the upper region divided into the four seasons, each with three signs of the zodiac, … The central region he ascribes to the Solar Powers and the Planetary. In the middle we see above, the sun, marked Ops, and below it is a Solomon’s Seal, above a cross; a double triangle, Hexapla …”
“The Tablet of Isis was originally a table or altar, and its emblems were part of the mysteries explained by priests. … In his introduction to the Table, Kirsher summarizes ts symbolism thus: ‘It teaches, in the first place, the whole constitution of the threefold world—archetypal, intellectual, and sensible. …” ~Manly P. Hall

The Isiac Tablet

I have to admit that I had never heard of this tablet until I read this section of Mr. Hall’s book (The Secret Teachings of All Ages). It’s appearance and descriptions are fascinating. Also known as the Bembene Tablet or the Mensa Isaica, it is a large bronze tablet with enamel and silver inlays and most experts say it was probably made in Rome in the first century.

There are many interpretations of the tablet, including those who say it has no meaning at all but is just an interesting work of art. Some things are fairly clear just by looking at it. First, it is clearly divided into three horizontal sections. It may be that the top section is intended to represent the higher (spiritual) realms, the bottom section, the lower worlds of matter, and the center section representing the world of man who is caught between the two.

Most scholars doubt the claim that Plato was initiated on this table, but then most scholars doubt everything spiritual or esoteric. Continue reading “The Isiac Tablet and Its Symbolism”

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Spiritual Symbols: Willow Tree

                The willow tree is a spiritual symbol in many parts of the world. It’s drooping branches tend to make one think of sadness or mourning and it is often used as a symbol of mourning. That is probably where the term “weeping willow” came from. It is also a symbol of magic, dreams and inner vision. It can symbolize healing. A type of willow is the natural source of acetylsalicylic acid, which, in synthetic form, is the active ingredient in aspirin.

    The Celtic people consider the willow to be a metaphysical tool and it is used in ceremonies intended to improve or awaken psychic abilities. The very flexible branches of the willow tree was considered a symbol of someone on a spiritual quest for enlightenment as such people must be flexible and open to new ideas if they wish to get anywhere.

    The willow is associated with the moon, water, the goddess, and everything feminine. As such, it is also symbolic of childbirth and pregnancy. It is also symbolic of spring and new life. The willow puts us in touch with our emotions and helps us to express them. It especially aids in releasing surpressed emotions that may be festering inside. When grieving, the willow helps keep the emotions in balance so you are not overwhelmed by sadness. A willow wand under the pillow is said to aid in having and remembering vivid and prophetic dreams.

    A willow branch that falls on the ground often will root itself and grow a new tree leading to willow’s association with growth, healing and rebirth.

    In Buddhism, a willow branch is an attribute of Kwan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion. In Wicca, it is used in some rituals and guides the dead to the afterlife.

    In China, willow branches are sometimes places on gates or doors to ward off evil spirits. Taoist witches use a carvings of willow wood to help communicate with the dead.

    The Japanese associate willow with ghosts and believe that, if someone’s ghost is to appear, it will likely be in a place where willow trees grow.

    To Native Americans, the willow is often a symbol of wisdom. In one Osage legend, a boy is taught by an old willow tree to respect and listen to the wisdom of his elders.

    To see a willow tree in a dream generally symbolizes mourning, sadness, or a loss of some kind. Alternately, it can represent survival or rebirth.

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Spirtual Symbols: Foot or Feet

            The foot doesn’t seem like something that would have any spiritual symbology associated with it, but it does. Perhaps because the foot is at the bottom of the body and touches the ground when you are standing, it is associated with the more Earthly or materialistic parts of life. It can also represent the lowest part, the first steps towards spiritual development and enlightenment. When Job writes about the foot that might crush the eggs left on the ground by the ostrich (JOB 39:13-15) , he is talking about the ignorance, the limited understanding of the material brain and mind, which can crush the desire to advance spiritually.

    Feet also represent any activities of the body or mind on the physical level but, especially feet that are moving forward, represent completing low-level tasks that are necessary before one can move on to higher, more spiritual work. The Foot of Hera was a symbol of the lowest level of wisdom or the lower mind. The Footprints of Buddha, or just Footprints, represent a path to perfection, enlightenment. It is said that Buddha left a print of his foot in a stone near Kusinara which are a reminder of his presence on earth.

    The washing of feet by Jesus and others is therefore symbolic of helping one to move beyond his material aspect and into more spiritual endeavors. Others interpret this as symbolic of humility or brotherhood and, while that may be true, the significant spiritual symbology is preparing one for spiritual advancement.

    In Hinduism, feet are symbolic of the lowest aspects of man as they are at the bottom of the body. For this reason, it is very bad manners to point your feet at someone when you are sitting together. It is also considered improper to touch books, pens, musical instruments, or other items associated with the feet as that would be an insult to the god of learning. Yet, Hindus remove their shoes in a temple. That is in essence, symbolically removing their feet, their lower aspect, while in a sacred place.

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Spiritual Symbols: Bricks

            Bricks and brick walls have symbology that can be both negative and positive.

    Individually, a brick can symbolize following superstitions in place of true spiritual knowledge or believing in something man-made rather than something natural. Bricks also represent the lower, earthbound levels of existence in which the soul must be awakened and developed in order to rise to higher, more spiritual planes.

    Building a brick wall could be a positive symbol in that we are building something of value such as building a spiritual community or simply adding bricks to our own spiritual knowledge. It can also be negative, as in building a wall as a barrier to keep out truths we are unwilling to accept or that we find uncomfortable. In Tarot, a brick wall can symbolize growth, development, progress, stability, or on the negative side it can symbolize blockages, borders, barriers, shielding, hiding or limitation. A brick wall might represent a jail to some and therefore be a symbol of guilt, real or imaginary.

    Joel Green Interprets the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz as a symbol of the road to self-actualization or the path to enlightenment. Indeed, some have interpreted the whole story as a spiritual journey of enlightenment.

    So if you see bricks or a brick wall in a dream or vision, you have to look at the rest of the scene to help you determine the meaning. I once dreamed I was helping a group of people from my church build a brick building. I interpret that as a positive sign indicating that I belonged with the community and would contribute to it. If, on the other hand, I had dreamed of a rick wall falling on me, or me falling off a brick wall and breaking to pieces like Humpty Dumpty, that would have been negative brick symbology.

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