Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spell-Inducing Water


אֶל-מֵי הַמָּרִים
spell-inducing water ... Bamidbar 5:23

In Torah we read about the Sotah ritual where an accused woman is made to drink the Divine Name with curses dissolved into holy water:
21 here the priest shall administer the curse of adjuration to the woman, as the priest goes on to say to the woman — "may the Lord make you a curse and an imprecation among your people, as the Lord causes your thigh to sag and your belly to distend;

22 may this water that induces the spell enter your body, causing the belly to distend and the thigh to sag." And the woman shall say, "Amen, amen!"

23 The priest shall put these curses down in writing and rub it off into the water of bitterness.

24 He is to make the woman drink the water of bitterness that induces the spell, so that the spell-inducing water may enter into her to bring on bitterness.

Witchcraft also has rituals where the words of a petition spell are written by the witch, subsequently dissolved into sacred water, and then ingested by the witch. For example, a petition spell can be made by writing its words on a bone china offering plate with ingestable ink, meditating upon them, and then dissolving the words into boiling kettle water by immersing the plate in the water. After cooling a bit, the water (with the words of the spell dissolved into it) is then ingested. In this manner, the witch ingests the power and ability to make manifest her petition.

The sotah ritual of Torah is a ritual of witchcraft.

Related entries:

Is It Really Bone China? - the difference between bone and fine china

My Bone China Ritual Plate

This commentary was previously posted here.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Studies In Advanced Set Theory


וְהַלְוִיִּם--לֹא הָתְפָּקְדוּ, בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel ... Bamidbar 2:33

כָּל-פְּקוּדֵי הַלְוִיִּם
all those numbered are Levites ... Bamidbar 4:46

It seems clear that the Levites were not numbered among the children (as a subset) of Israel because the Levites are numbered as representative of the entire set of Israel. This is not such an enigma. It's mathematics.

There are alot of numbers in this Torah portion, which is why in English the book of Bamidbar is called Numbers as we all know. Maybe Bamidbar should be subtitled Studies In Advanced Set Theory.

That's all folks.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Peace In The Land Of Promise


Your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye have enough, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid ... Vayikra 26:5-6

וְהִשִּׂיג לָכֶם דַּיִשׁ אֶת-בָּצִיר, וּבָצִיר יַשִּׂיג אֶת-זָרַע; וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לַחְמְכֶם לָשֹׂבַע, וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח בְּאַרְצְכֶם.

וְנָתַתִּי שָׁלוֹם בָּאָרֶץ, וּשְׁכַבְתֶּם וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד

As I lay me down to sleep the shabbat night during the 37th day, which is five weeks and two days of the Omer ...

I note today a vision I had last night in response to caressing the new Sage Witch Elder Wand (made from the branch of an Elder tree in Wales) I received yesterday from the UK.

As I lay down to bed last night after 'oo-ing' and 'ahh-ing' over each nook and cranny and knobby knot of my new wand, I was startled by the joyfully smiling vision of myself as a little girl when I was about seven or eight years old, my life so full of promise, beaming her radiance directly at me. I was embraced by waves of joy in loops of loops, and continue today to be wholly embraced and permeated by the profound simple joy and contentment of meeting myself face to face in this Land of Promise.

In the tradition of Irish Faery Witchcraft, the Land of Promise is called Tir Tairnglre.

In Jewish Kabbalistic tradition, the Land of Promise is called Ha'aretz Hamuvtachat (הארץ המובטחת).

Here, now ... I am in it.

Related entry - Magical Joy

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ketirah, Book Of The Dark Moon Jubilee


תשבו איש אל-אחזתו ... Vayikra 25:13

and reflecting then
on the thought, shaking my tail
vowing remembrance

of my own story
through the fire river around
the world I came in

remembering back
before, how I can I tell it
my whole story, how

contemplating how
feeling this what, suddenly
who, is here with me

asks from the head who
around in circles I turn
unwinding myself

turning turning I
looking I pause to do what
who is here with me

in this darkest place
cool water in night, winding
around me your voice

spiraling about
binding me up speaking some
what say you to me

I trying turning
looking pausing to hear you
what say who to me

where have you rested
in wait for me, only me
you waiting for me

struggling down through worlds
into edges of edges
hearing your voice call

me into being
binding me about voicing
here I am, I am

[My original poem, also published under the titles Chamber of the Nest and HaTorah Emet.]

The central root in the Hebrew phrase above is אחז (meaning to grasp) in contradistinction to the root חזר (meaning to hold back development).

Related entry (The Book of Yashar, The Song of Amergin) and the beauty of ketirah - the entire Hebrew phrase has a total gematria of 1172, with a digit sum of 11 (the number of the spices in the Temple Incense).

Related entry - Two New Chapters of Destiny in my whole story, of my own story.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Handcrafting Reality


אֶת-מֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה ... Vayikra 23:44
declaring the times of Creating Consciousness

Feminine et (את) comes to add quantum-like "uncertainty," where the word מעדי is from the root מעד meaning to waver, to tremble and uncertainty. The phrase here, namely את-מעדי, is plunging awareness into Creative Consciousness (יהוה) - where reality is handcrafted (where the magical Hebrew letter yod - י - at the end of the word מעדי means "my hand" and refers to the "first clear point" of individual conscious awareness).