The Cornerstone, Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud

 

 

The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud

The Jewish Talmud also contains metaphorical allusions to the two triangles which create the Star of David. Here are just a few passages related to this phenomenon:

Talmud
Sanhedrin 103b

 

 


Once a man becomes poor in friends
below on earth… 

 


 

 

 

…he becomes poor above in Heaven.

Talmud
Gittin 10b

 

 


The Jew signed first
below.… 

 



 

 

..thinking that another Jew would sign above, but the lender got the signature of a Samaritan instead.
Talmud
Sanhedrin 44b

 

 


Resh Lakish said: ‘He who devotes his strength to prayer
below

 

 

…has no enemies to overcome above.’ R. Johanan said: ‘One should ever implore mercy that all Heavenly beings may support his effort in prayer so that he may have no enemies on high.’

 

Talmud
Yebamoth 105b

 

 


A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes towards the Temple
below, for it is said, ‘And Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually’… 

 


 

 


…And the other said: ‘The eyes of him who offers up prayers shall be directed towards the
Heavens above, for it is said ‘Let us lift up our heart with our hand.’
Talmud
Yebamoth 105b

 

 

 

A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes to the Temple below


 

 

 

…and his heart towards the Heavens above

Talmud
Baba Bathra 11a

 

 

It is related of King Monobaz that he spent all his own savings and the savings of his fathers in years of scarcity. His brothers and his father’s household…said to him, ‘Your father saved money and added to the treasures of his fathers, and you are squandering them.’ He replied: “My fathers stored up below

 

 

…and I am storing above , as it says, ‘Truth springeth out of the earth and righteousness looketh down from Heaven.’ My fathers stored in a place which can be tampered with, but I have stored in a place which cannot be tampered with.

Talmud
Talmud, Tanchum. Voeschanan


Death is designed for man from time immemorial. When the hour of man’s departure hence arrives, nothing will save him from it. If he had the wings of an eagle and could soar high up above the earth… 

 




…he would, of his own accord,
come down to meet his fate.–Death is a new gate for the righteous to enter in.
Talmud
Berakoth 17a

One should always strive to be on the best terms with his brethren and his relatives and with all men and even with the heathen in the street, in order that he may be beloved above


 

…and well-liked below and be acceptable to his fellow creatures.’

Talmud
Berakoth 29b

 

R. Eliezer says: ‘Do Thy will in heaven above




…and grant relief to them that fear Thee below and do that which is good in Thine eyes. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who hearest prayer.’
Talmud
Sotah 36a


Behold it is written: ‘And I will send the hornet before thee!’ R. Simeon b. Lakish said: ‘It stood by the bank of the Jordan and injected a virus [into the Canaanites] which blinded their
eyes above... 

 



…and castrated them below.’
Talmud
Baba Mezi’a 86b


One should never break away from custom. For behold, Moses
ascended on High




…and ate no bread, whereas the Ministering Angels
descended below and ate bread.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

 

The Cornerstone, Part I.

The Stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done this and it is wonderful
in our eyes.

– Psalm 118:22-23

Part. I. Seeing Eye to Eye about the Cornerstone

Welcome to the Cornerstone Series, a continuing set of articles and posts mostly about the Eye of the Pyramid and the Star of David. Here are just a few examples of what this mysterious symbol actually means when it comes to meeting eye to eye about metaphor and allusion:


Abel, the lamb slain since the foundation of the world.



Solomon was in a different category, because he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower. (Babylonian Talmud, Mo’ed IV, Megillah 11b)


The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22)

 


So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. (Genesis 4:15)

 


The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly, the princes of Memphis are deluded. Those who are the cornerstone of her tribes have led Egypt astray.(Isaiah 19:13)

It forced all the people…to be given a mark on their right hand or their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the mark of the beast. (Revelation 13:16-17)


The LORD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’ (Isaiah 28:16)


Solomon was in a different category, because he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower.(Babylonian Talmud, Mo’ed IV, Megillah 11b)

‘No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate forever,’ declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 51:26)

 


The gold that Solomon received every year weighed 666 gold talents. (I Kings 10:14)

 

Then I saw another angel…holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels…‘Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites. (Revelation 7:2-4)

This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666. (Revelation 13:18)

 


Legend states that Christ was crucified with three 9 inch metal nails.


The calm, deceitful eye of Cain who was ‘a murderer from the beginning [and] when he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.’ (John 8:44)


Number 9, Number 9, Number 9. (Revloution, by the Beatles, the White Album)

 


God will wipe away tears from off all faces. This means from the faces of non-Jews as well as Jews. (Babylonian Talmud, Genesis Rabba 26)

Medical science tells us that, for whatever reason, our eyes actually see everything upside down. The brain is then required to reverse the images it receives, thus resulting in normal visual perception .

If all your life is given up to the pursuit of earthly things, it is quite consistent for you to look downwards; but if you pursue the higher life, look upwards. (Talmud, Midrash Psalms 32)


‘Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.’ (Genesis 4:11)

 

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian Tradition.

 

The Four Directions of the Cornerstone

These are the standard symbols used for the four Directions:

The North

The South

The East

The West

Directions Elements
Ikons

North

Air


South

Earth


East

Fire


West

Water


May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Four Elements and the Cornerstone

The Four Cornerstone (Judeo-Christian) Elements, which still hold scientific validity, are Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. When combined together, they form a hexagram, or a Star of David. The ancient symbols representing these four elements can be seen as follows:

I. The Element of Earth
II. The Element of Air
III. The Element of Water
Element Ikons
IV. The Element of Fire

The practice of Judeo-Christian Magick and Witchkraft involves the manipulation of these symbols, which naturally combine to form the Star of David. The traditional understanding of this concept can be visualized in a variety of ways as can be seen below:

The Four Elements of the Star of David

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Other Ikons include the following-

Element Ikons

Standard Colors and Symbols of the Four Elements\

Element Ikons

Earth, Air, Water, Fire Going Clockwise

Element Ikons

The Four Elements in Black and White

Element Ikons
Asian Four Elements
Element Ikons

Colored Ikons of the Elements

Then there is the Apocrypha, such as the Book of Enoch II.

Element Ikons
I placed him on earth, a second angel, honourable, great and glorious, and I appointed him as ruler to rule on earth and to have my wisdom, and there was none like him of earth of all my existing creatures. And I appointed him a name, from the four component parts, from east, from west, from south, from north, and I appointed for him four special stars, and I called his name Adam, and showed him the two ways, the light and the darkness (II Enoch 30:12-13) 

The Element of Earth Falls Down-

Examples include: Mudslides, Avalanches, Earthquakes, and Hailstorms

Element Ikons
The Element of Air Rise Up- 

Examples include bubbles, steam, smoke, clouds and wind

Element Ikons

The Element of Water Falls Below-

Examples include: Waterfalls, Hurricanes, Tidal Waves, Floods, Rivers, Indoor Plumbing and Hydro-Electric Dams

Element Ikons

The Element of Fire Rises Above-

Examples include: Geysers, Volcanoes, Tropical Storms, Campfires, and Space-rockets

Equilateral Triangle

The Wicked and Evil Hands of the Crooked Serpent

 

 

A Study of the Original Name of God

 

 

Left Hand Swastika

 

 

Right Hand Swastika

 

 

 

 

Two Swastikas in Opposite Directions

 

A Tale of Two Swastikas

 

 

 

A Visual History of the Swastika

 

 

 

A Collection of Swastikas throughout the World