The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim monument on the Temple Mount, which is a huge enclosed platform on the top of a small rise in the Old City of Jerusalem called Mount Moriah. The Temple Mount was called in Hebrew Har BaBayit, which means "the Mountain of the House," as in God's House; in Arabic Haram es-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary); and it is a trapezoid measuring 1.5 million square feet or 500,000 square yards and occupying forty-five acres.
As impressive as it is in its own right, the Temple Mount (elevation: 2,220 feet) is the setting for an even more impressive jewel. The center of attention and the focus of the majority of the site's sacrality is an oblong rock, a natural outcropping, that measures fifty-six by forty-two feet. It's called the Foundation Stone, or in Hebrew, Even HaShetiyah, said to have been planted here at the beginning of Creation and taken by God from His Throne of Glory.
Thus Jerusalem's holiest spot is a rock that the ancient Jews saw as the center of the Earth, the axis of the universe, the pivot that joined Heaven and Earth, and Earth with the primeval chaos beneath it. "It was the root of heaven, the lid of hell, the place through which souls spring up when ascending from hell to heaven.
Ever since the seventh century, the Muslim Dome of the Rock (Arabic: Kubbat as-Sakrah) has stood directly over this unusual rock, framing it in an octagonal temple topped with a golden dome (sixty feet wide), its inner surface a sublime kaleidoscope of arabesques in gilt and plaster, arching one hundred feet above the rock.
The outer octagonal wall (each section sixty feet long) is encased in marble and covered with numerous blue tiles; this wall encircles two concentric ambulatories separated by an arcade in between. "The elegant building erected by Abdel Malek, one of the most beautiful in the whole of the Middle East, was intended primarily to shield the holy rock, Es-Sakhra"; the Muslims called it Qubbet el-Sakhra.
The Foundation Stone is encircled by 16 arches supported by pillars that came from former Jerusalem churches destroyed by the Persians in their occupation of the city in 614 A.D. Visitors have likened the visual effect to that of a mountain of supernatural light or to a glittering gold Sun whose light offers a succession of shades and intensities during the day.
"The atmosphere of beauty that prevails in the Dome of the Rock is like a distant announcement of the destiny of paradise." You find yourself there in your finite human state at the "very heart of the Beauty and the Life of God, of which this mausoleum is the parable." Everything about the monument's construction "integrates" you into the higher life."'
Earlier in history, the two Temples of Jerusalem occupied the Temple Mount and similarly enclosed the Foundation Stone. Portentous mythic and spiritual events happened here from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, and the three religions have claimed the site as their own with various justifications and legendary attributions of jurisdiction.
HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY
Following architectural plans handed down by God to Moses, King Solomon organized the construction of the first Temple of Jerusalem, which was completed in 957 B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C., then reconstructed by 515 B.C. During the reign of the Roman Herod, the Second Temple of Jerusalem was enlarged and the famous Western Wall (the "Wailing Wall") was built; part of it is still extant, the only physical remains of the Temple.
In 70 A.D., the Romans demolished the Temple of Jerusalem, and Emperor Hadrian established a temple to the God Jove (the Greek Jupiter). This in turn was destroyed by invading Byzantines; later the Persians occupied the city; then in 638 A.D., Jerusalem was captured by the Muslim Caliph Umar 1, six years after the death of Muhammad, the Muslim prophet. Umar "cleansed" the Temple Mount, called in Arabic Haram al Sharif and dedicated the site to Muslim worship.
The Dome of the Rock was built in 687, some fifty years after Muhammad's death. For about ninety years after the Christian capture of Jerusalem in the Crusades in 1099, the Dome of the Rock was converted to a Christian shrine and called Templum Domini, "Temple of the Lord."
Later it reverted to Muslim control, and today it is the third holiest place (a shrine or monument, not a mosque) in Islam, after the Ka'aba in Mecca and the Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina.
MYTH AND LEGEND
The dossier of attributions to the Temple Mount and Foundation Stone is awesome. The Stone, which came from God's Throne of Glory, was set as a lid upon the tehom, the subterranean waters of chaos, similar to the Sumerian and Babylonian concept of apsu. Just as Babylon was built upon the bab-apsu and was the "Gate of Apsu," so the Foundation Stone covers the Mouth of the tehom, suppressing the waters of Chaos that preceded Creation.
The Hebrew word tehom means an abyss (such as a surging mass of subterranean water) or an uproar of waters in violent commotion or waves in turbid violence, making a great noise. Tehom implies the deep (as in the principal sea or underground water source) and fountains of the great deep, and it implies chaos, mystery, depth, and power.
In a larger sense, tehom signifies the watery precreation abyss, wildly swirling whirlpools, the layer of water underlying the physical Earth, and the formless waste or primordial substance from which God created the world. This primeval water, if not stemmed, would erupt from apertures in the land and flood the entire Earth. The Biblical Flood is understood to have been produced by an "uncorking" of the tehom, of the waters from deep below.
The site of the Temple of Jerusalem, with the Stone as its center, was believed to be the precise place out of which the Flood waters erupted and back into which they receded when the Flood was over. Then the great rock was set upon the opening into the abyss, keeping the Flood waters penned in. The Stone of Foundation was an omphalos, or primordial navel, and also the first solid object created by God and "placed by God amidst the as yet boundless fluid of the primeval waters."
Legend says God then built up the Earth concentrically around this Stone just as the body of an embryo is grown from its navel. "In the same manner in which the body of the embryo receives its nourishment through the navel, so the whole Earth too receives the waters that nourish it from this Navel."
The term tehom is close to the Hebrew words Tohu and Bohu, which are used to describe conditions of original chaos preceding Creation. Tehom (a word generated by adding the suffix 11 m" to Tohu) also signifies a primitive sea monster of the same name, possibly similar to or the same as Leviathan and the Babylonian Tiamat. Bohu, with the same suffix, becomes Behom and Behomot, as in Job's Behemoth, the dry-land counterpart.
Tehom, argue Robert Graves and Raphael Patai, was originally a proper name, and Tehomot is the Hebrew version of Mother Tiamat "beloved by the God Apsu, whose name developed from the older Sumerian Abzu; and Abzu was the imaginary sweet-water abyss from which Enki, God of Wisdom, emerged.
The Stone is said to have come from the Garden of Eden and like Man, resides on Earth in exile. It was placed here at the center of Creation not only to seal up the tehom, but to distribute the spirit of Creation out into the world. Adam's mortal body was said to have been created in part from the dust of this Stone. The idea was that this would enable him always to carry with him a memory of his divine origin.
A variation on this myth says it was the dust from the place of Adam's atonement and that at the end of time, all humankind, Adam's progeny, would assemble in Jerusalem for repentance, forgiveness, and salvation on the pivotal and consummate day of Resurrection.
Underneath the Foundation Stone in a small cavern or deep hollow is the Bir el-Anveh, the Well of Souls, accessed by a physical stairway.
In the Well, it is said you can hear the voices of the Dead and the rushing sounds of the waters of Paradise, and sometimes the two mingled. Legend says the Ark of the Covenant was hidden in a sealed and secret passageway beneath the Bir el-Anveh for protection when the Temple was destroyed. Some say the Ark still remains there, guarded by spirits and demons.
Incidentally, although Muslim authorities have proscribed excavations under the Temple Mount, archeologists are reasonably certain the space is threaded with a vast network of underground substructures, such as the vaulted halls known as Solomon's Stables, as well as water reservoirs and cisterns.
Jewish sources suggest that the Stone arrived on Earth at the time of the first prophets and that it was called Even HaShetiyah because the foundation of the world had been established with its placement. Further, it was inscribed with the "Ineffable Name," the secret and unpronounceable name of God, the power of which keeps the tehorn from overflowing and flooding the human world. The knowledge of this Name makes one the master over nature and life and death.
During the time of Joseph, the son of Jacob who was the patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel, God held the Even HaShetiyah in His hand and warned Joseph that if he slept with Zuleika, "I will cast away this stone upon which the earth is founded and the world will fall to ruin." When Solomon's Temple of Jerusalem was built, the Holy of Holies, which housed the precious Ark of the Covenant, was set directly over the Even HaShetiyah at the very center of all.
Here is the mystical logic: The construction of the Earth began at the center with the Even HaShetiyah at Jerusalem in Israel because the Holy Land is at the central point of the surface of the Earth; Jerusalem occupies the central point of Palestine; the original Temple of Jerusalem stands at the center of the Holy City; in the Temple sanctuary the Hekal is the center; the Ark of the Covenant occupies the center of the Hekal, built on the foundation stone, which thus is at the center of the Earth. "Thence issued the first ray of light, piercing to the Holy Land, and from there illuminating the whole earth.""'
Of further significance is the fact that the Holy of Holies of the Temple was the dwelling place for the Shekinah, the Holy Spirit expressed as a feminine presence and the core of Jewish mysticism. The Shekinah, which means "resting" or "dwelling," was understood to be the feminine aspect of God and the way God manifests in the physical world, sometimes likened to God's face or wings.
The Shekinah is that part of God closest to the human, material world, and like the Jews (and all humankind), it wanders the world in exile from the Godhead. The Glory of Israel, her bridegroom, would periodically enter this marriage chamber and join his consort, the Shekinah, for the benefit of all Israel, its people and its lands. All of this glory was over the Stone.
In Jewish religious history the Even HaShetiyah was the site of three other crucial events. First, it was the altar upon which Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac at God's request.
Second, it was the site designated by God for King David to make reparations for his offense against the Lord in demonstrating his lack of trust by proposing to take a census of the Jews. God responded to this blasphemy by releasing a plague that killed seventy thousand Israelites, but at the last moment instructed the Angel of Death to spare Jerusalem; this Angel was standing by the threshing-place of Araunah the Jebusite on the summit of Mount Moriah. David was commanded to construct an altar at this precise spot as a commemoration. In so doing, David reaffirmed Abraham's original covenant between God and the Jews.
It is also reported that when King David prayed for Jerusalem to be spared from the plague, he saw angels ascending a golden ladder from the threshing floor into the sky, putting away their swords of death as they went. "From this, David understood that the summit of the hill was the point of access to heaven and the place where the Temple must be built.
The third had to do with the patriarch Jacob's famous pillow and dream. In preparation for sleeping at the Temple of Jerusalem (some versions say he slept at Luz, just outside Jerusalem), Jacob took twelve stones from the same altar upon which his father, Isaac, had lain bound as a sacrifice.
The twelve stones (representing the twelve tribes of Israel, not yet born) came together and formed a single stone, which Jacob then used as a pillow. In a magnificent dream, Jacob beheld the course of the world's history, including the future destruction of this temple, and he saw a ladder stretching from where he lay to the highest point in Heaven; angels were ascending and descending this heavenly ladder in a continuous procession.
Jacob, upon awaking, took the stone and set it up like a pillar and anointed it with oil he had received from Heaven. God sank this anointed stone so deep into the abyss that it could serve as the center of the Earth and the world's navel, to be known as the Even HaShetiyah. In other words, Jacob's "pillow" and the base of what is often called Jacob's Ladder, was the Foundation Stone. This site is also known as Bethel, "Gate or House of Heaven" or "House of the God El."
A similar night journey took place here sometime before 622. That traveler was the Muslim prophet, Muhammad. He was conveyed from near the Ka'aba in Mecca in Saudi Arabia to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on a celestial winged creature called al-Buraq (Lightning), which was a horse with the face of a woman and a peacock's tail.
From the Foundation Stone, Muhammad ascended the Ladder of Lights through the Seven Heavens, accompanied by innumerable angels and witnessed by many ascended prophets, most notably the Archangel Gabriel. Muhammad was brought before the Divine Presence as the experiential pinnacle of his journey and informed that men should recite prayers fifty times daily.
His remarkable mystical excursion is known as the al-Miraj, the "Ascent," or al-Isra, the "Night Journey." Though the Temple had once been the sublime meeting place between humans and divinity, since its sack by the Romans and its near dismemberment it had lain in ruins, both physical and spiritual, for centuries prior to Muhammad's reanimation of the site. The Foundation Stone is said to bear the imprint of Muhammad's footprint as he pushed off from the site, and that of the Archangel Gabriel, who put his foot down to restrain the Stone from following the prophet on his Night Journey.
Of course all Jerusalem has been considered holy for millennia, perhaps for as long as it has been occupied, which, archeology informs us, is at least five thousand years. It's a holy city with many names: from 1,200 to 1,000 B.C., it was Jebus, or ir hayebusi, the city of the Jebusites, a hilltop fortress captured by King David in the tenth century B.C. It was Tsiyon (Zion), a word that suggests an earthly paradise modeled after a heavenly archetype, perhaps the celestial Jerusalem.
The city was also Yir'eh-Shalem, which has a complex meaning. In the largest sense, the name connotes "the place where later God will show (yir'eh), or make known on earth, the fullness and perfection (shalem) of what is above.""' Jerusalem has been known as Yerushalem (a singular form), Yerushalayim (a plural form), Ruschalim (Egyptian), Urusalimmu (Assyrian), Hierosolyma (Greek), and Jerosolyma or Hierosalem (Christian).
Generally, the name is interpreted as meaning "foundation of peace," whose consonants (SHLM) mean perfect or whole (shalem) or peace (shalom). The earthly site where this peace is established is Yeru or Yir'eh (which was also one of Jerusalem's seventy names). The Hebrew root, yarah, means "to found," so shalem will be founded here.
An alternative or perhaps complementary interpretation of Yerushalayim says it was the cultic center of the Canaanite god Shalim, a deity referenced in Ugaritic mythology, which acknowledged two deities: Shahar, the god of the rising Sun, and Shalim, god of the setting Sun. What's interesting here is that these two names, Shahar and Shalim, also refer to the planet Venus, which is the Morning and Evening Star.
There's a controversial twist to this: anciently Venus was known as Phosphorus or Lucifer. This is either a metaphysical or an archeo-astronomical affiliation, but it suggests that at some level, Jerusalem is the Foundation of Venus or Lucifer, known to the Hebrews as Helel ben Sahar, Son of the Dawn, Lord of Light, the Shining One, Dawn Bringer, and Light Bringer.
According to Jewish sources, on the third day of Creation, Lucifer, God's chief archangel and cherub, "walked in Eden amid blazing jewels, his body a-fire" with the light of dozens of precious stones, all set in pure gold."' God had made Lucifer Guardian of All Nations. The Jewish sources say Lucifer aspired to enthrone himself on Saphon, the Mount of Assembly, for which ambition God cast him out of Heaven into the profound gloom of the Bottomless Pit in Sheol. As he fell from grace, Lucifer shone like lightning. The intriguing question is, if Jerusalem in some way is the Foundation of Lucifer, is it before or after he fell?
As mentioned, Solomon's Temple of Jerusalem was built from divine blueprints, transmitted to humanity by revelation. The plan was divinely revealed, and many think that the plan was the archetype of a Celestial City, the original, heavenly Jerusalem. The Temple was the "instrument of a mystical, priestly science," a cosmic temple, heavenly city, eternal standard, and world image, says John Michell, a well-regarded authority on ancient mysteries.
The numbers, measures, and harmonies of the revealed plan as given to King David, Solomon's father, reflected the ideal order of the macrocosm, says Michell. In that plan is the "key to forgotten knowledge, to the blueprint by which the universe was made, to the lost canon of number, measure, and music," used by the Egyptians and other ancient civilizations. In other words, the architectural details of the Temple of Jerusalem themselves are the revelation, regardless of whether the physical temple is ever rebuilt, Michell says."'
MYSTICS AND TOURISTS
When Graham Hancock, author of The Sign and the Seal and investigator of ancient mysteries, first visited the Dome of the Rock, he was not overwhelmed by the building, though he was impressed. What caught his breath was the Stone.
He felt attracted "by some powerful magnetic force," and felt his attention being "tugged down again towards the very centre" of the monument, to the "huge tawny rock" that was flat in places, jagged in others. "Rough-textured and asymmetrical, it jutted out above the bedrock of Mount Moriah as solid and unshakeable as the earth itself." He felt the "immense antiquity" of the Stone flow through the pores of his fingers as he contemplated this "strange and wonderful stone.""'
Dome; Grail Castle; Lucifer Binding Site.
DOME: The dome over the Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the entire city corresponds to Aldebaran, the alpha star and eye of the bull Taurus. The Foundation Stone within the Dome of the Rock is the center of this dome. Aldebaran, the thirteenth brightest star in our galaxy, is a first magnitude star located sixty-eight light years from Earth, forty times larger than our Sun and 125 times more luminous. It's usually described as rosy or pale reddish-orange in color, a quality the Hindu astronomers noted in their name, Rohini, which means "the Red One" or "the Red Deer." In Hindu star myths, Rohini is the female antelope, the daughter of the male antelope, Prajapati, the Lord of Generation (the constellation Orion).
Its name, from the Arabic Al Dabaran, means "the Follower," or "Bright One of the Follower," a reference to how its appearance in the sky follows just after the rising of the Pleiades or perhaps the Hyades, both in Taurus; it also sets immediately following the setting of these two star clusters. To the Mesopotamian astronomers, Aldebaran was one of the four royal stars, or "Watchers," along with Antares in Scorpio, Regulus in Leo, and Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus (the Southern Fish). The Babylonians knew it as Ikuu, "the Leading Star of Stars," the Akkadians as Gisda, "the Furrow of Heaven."
Appropriately, with respect to the attributions of the Flood, tehom, and the cosmic waters to the Foundation Stone, in various cultures Aldebaran was associated with the gods of the rain and the Earth's fertility. An interesting astronomical aspect of Aldebaran is that it is one of the few first-magnitude stars that are eclipsed regularly by our Moon, sometimes, as happened in 1978, every month for a year. It would be a useful study to correlate the schedule of occultations by the Moon of Aldebaran with political events in Jerusalem to see if the astronomical events coincide with earthly happenings.
GRAIL CASTLE: To understand what is meant by the statement that the Even HaShetiyah was set over the tehom to keep the waters of chaos from inundating the land, you need to reverse the relationships. The physical stone, which is part of the rock outcropping of Mount Moriah, is not the issue or the important player in this activity; it marks the spot.
The Foundation Stone does not keep the subterranean waters below the Temple Mount from rising up and flooding Jerusalem; rather, the Stone, which is an astral device, is the "plug" on the cosmic bathtub upstairs in the higher worlds. It is the realm of the ether, the primordial "waters" of creation, in which water is an esoteric code word for ether and primeval creative substance or matrix, for a level of undifferentiated consciousness-surely chaos to us.
The Temple Mount on Mount Moriah is the equivalent of Mount Ararat, the legendary resting place for Noah's Ark after the Deluge. There are in fact 144 such resting points for the Ark, for the resting place, the "Mount Ararat," is the staging ground for the ascent into the Grail Castle which is the same as the Ark. There the Ark floats, high above us, in the exalted dimensions, floating safely on the top of the Flood waters released in the interregnums between vast periods of creation and destruction Days and Years of Brahma, in the Vedic time system.
The Ark, or Grail Castle, is the repository of all the information from the previous epochs of cosmic existence; the extent of this knowledge is almost unfathomable, almost incomprehensible, almost unattainable-except it isn't. The attainment of this inestimable, mind-dilating knowledge is the goal of the Grail Quest; it is the riches in the Celestial City of Lord Kubera of the North; it is the diverse contents of Noah's Ark; it is the cosmic wisdom of the Fish that towed the boat of Matsya-avatara to the northern mountain as the Flood subsided.
The real Foundation Stone is the regulator for the flow from above to below of the cosmic waters, which when they flow, inundate human consciousness with the living, consciousness energizing wetness of the spiritual worlds. You could say that this Stone regulates how much deep cosmic memory and awareness can enter the human continuum at a given time without driving people mad.
Too much transcendental knowledge is like chaos; it can be a deadly poison. But when the land has gone dry with an intellectualism and atheistic materialism, when it has become the Wasteland, as periodically happens, then it's appropriate to let a little water moisten the land.
One master of this water-world was King Solomon, who, with his wife, fashioned the Ship of Time, using wood from the original Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. Solomon placed King David's sword (the one he claimed from giant Goliath after he slew him) on the Ship of Time, which was an Ark, or repository, outside of space-time, to arrive, much later in planetary history, at the Celtic King Arthur's Camalate in England to be used by the Christed Knight, Sir Galahad."'
The connections will not be clear yet, but this is about the alpha and omega of the Temple of Jerusalem, the original Jerusalem temple in that holy city in the planet's early days, and the New Jerusalem to come at Glastonbury in England. King David's "sword" is the knowledge of how to activate and use the Jerusalem temple; this knowledge was obtained from the giant Goliath, who is a symbol for the Elohim, the angelic family whose members were the consummate masters of the geomantic temple and conservators of its mysteries.
MYSTERIES OF THE EMERALD: As Jacob and Muhammad discovered, the Stone is also the launching pad for a remarkable Miraj into the higher spiritual worlds. The Stone itself-the real Even HaShetiyah-is the ladder into the higher worlds.
It is the emerald, the true foundation and Foundation Stone of Jerusalem. It is the green stone brought by the angels from Heaven to Earth, the Stone by which the Phoenix is burned to ashes and restored to life, the stone that is "forever incorruptible" and whose "essence is most pure," known as the Grail, as Wolfram von Eschenbach wrote.
The emerald is the Heart within the heart chakra, an esoteric dimension between the outer and inner aspects of this chakra. It is a six-sided double-terminated green stone standing vertically on one of its terminations; seen from the bottom up it is also a green cube. The entire Earth energy matrix is bounded by this emerald; it exists within every human; and it is one of the jewels from the crown of the Lord of Light. It is the essence of the Jerusalem temple as an archetype of the consummate heavenly city, the divine ideal.
In practical terms, the emerald as a subtle light form sits magnificently upon the physical Foundation Stone within the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount. Its size is irrelevant and flexible; it is easier to interact with if you allow yourself to see it as perhaps the size of a skyscraper. That way it is easier to enter, which you may do through any of its six fluidic, permeable walls.
There are other geomantic emeralds like this around the planet, but this one is special because its location is special. Only two places on Earth have the right combination of geomantic elements that allow this emerald (meaning, this emerald's special functions) to operate as intended. Only two places are designated for this seed to sprout: the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Tor in Glastonbury England. These are the Old Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem, both based on what we might call the once and future archetype of Jerusalem.
Here I mean not the physical Israeli city, nor the architectural details of the First and Second Temple of Jerusalem, but the celestial original for
this temple, from the light pattern library from which our reality is created. The existence of the two physical Temples of Jerusalem for a time embodied and grounded this heavenly ideal, enabling it to function in the material world, and that was centrally important for the Earth.
Here is one reason why. The planet's twelve Vibrating Stones all lead here, to the Jerusalem temple archetype grounded at Temple Mount. Each stone grounds one of the Oroboros Lines that encircle the planet; each stone is coordinated with the celestial Jerusalem as overlaid on the Earth at the Temple Mount. There is one stone per one-twelfth division of the planet's surface, each of which is a Pentagon. To each Pentagon was assigned one of the twelve tribes of Israel; this was not a diaspora, but rather a code, a metaphor, for energies and holders of those energies assigned to each of the Earth's pentagons.
If you were standing by one of the stones-at Delphi in Greece or in Glastonbury-you could follow its energy connections and find yourself in the original Temple of Jerusalem. That temple, and its archetype, had twelve gates: the twelve Vibrating Stones are also twelve gates, and lead into the archetype of the Temple of Jerusalem, which for a time was coincident with the two physical Temples.
In practical geomantic terms, this meant that the twelve Oroboros Lines and the twelve zodiacal energies they represented were grounded at the Foundation Stone. Insofar as the twelve lines comprise twelve out of the fifteen prime energy lines that are the armature of the Earth's energy matrix, this central grounding point was potentially pivotal for the health, welfare, and destiny of the planet. A paradise on Earth-or something less exalted and uplifting-could be created or sustained from here.
The myths are true in saying the world was created from this Foundation Stone, with all things spreading out from this point. Energetically the Earth is inside the emerald, the original Foundation Stone. Every aspect of the planet's complex geomantic structure is subsumed in this single planet-sized emerald; everything that comprises the Earth's geomythic matrix comes out of the emerald, and returns to it.
When the Temple of Jerusalem is physically grounded on the Earth, things are in the process of returning to their source within the emerald; everything that spread out from the Foundation Stone at the beginning of creation is now magnetically being recalled to its point of origin. Seen over vast stretches of Earth time, it is like a shape turning itself inside out, over and over, cycling in on itself like a torus, Jerusalem manifest, then unmanifest, then manifest again."'
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT. What about the Ineffable Name of God inscribed on the Foundation Stone and the Ark of the Covenant, which resided in the Holy of Holies (the Devir, a perfect cube of twenty cubits), said to be over the Stone? Jewish belief says that the location of the Ark "marks the exact center of the world, or God's footstool.
The Ark is understood to have been a container, a portable rectangular box or wooden chest lined with gold with long parallel handles, measuring about four feet long, two feet high, and two feet wide. It held the tablets of the Ten Commandments, both the shattered first version and the intact second one, as well as Aaron's magical rod and a small quantity of manna (a miraculous angelic food).
At the time he received the Commandments while on Mount Sinai, Moses received instructions from God to construct the Ark of the Covenant to house the tablets. In many respects, Solomon built the Temple of Jerusalem to house the Ark.
The Ark was the holiest of objects, said to possess extraordinary magical powers capable of protecting the Jews from danger. Biblical references–the Old Testament has two hundred–indicate that the Ark blazed with fire and lightning, emitted sparks, produced tumors or severe burns, could stop rivers, blast armies, destroy cities, and level mountains. It issued a moaning sound and was capable of rising off the ground and rushing at the enemies of the Jews in battle. God was said to descend and sit in the miniature Mercy Seat atop the Ark.
The Ark of the Covenant is one of the mysteries of the Earth, and it is presumptuous to speculate as to its true nature. However, it was a device that had to do with a combination of sound and energy, and there was only one Ark.
We can try approaching the matter sideways, as it were, through metaphor. The Ark was the voice of magic, the Word, the Ineffable Name uttered, all the living letters of the Hebrew alphabet spoken correctly, at once, the electric current that turned the system on. The system was the Earth grid, its armature of Oroboros Lines, its multiple linked emeralds-the "modem."
It could make twelve Oroboros Lines into a single twelve-stringed instrument, played from here at the Foundation Stone. It could make all the elements of the Earth's energy matrix cohere, turn inside out, and become part of the Temple of Jerusalem. It was perhaps like a recording of the Word that was in the beginning, all the sacred syllables and sounds in perfect pronunciation-a magic wand of sound. When this sound touched the Even HaShetiyah, it animated the Earth's spiritual body and remarkable things happened and were possible.
When it was "on," it made not just the Temple but the entire Earth the Morning and Evening Star, the Foundation of Venus-Heaven on Earth realized, the celestial Jerusalem Temple fully manifest in matter.
The downside was misuse, as J. R. R. Tolkien said of another unique magical device in The Lord of the Rings, "One ring to rule them ... and in the darkness bind them." The Earth had witnessed such a misuse, a malfeasance remembered in Grail myth as the Dolorous Stroke by which the Fisher King had misused the Sword of David (the Elohim's celestial codes for operating the system), wounded himself, and precipitated the Wasteland, The plug was put back in securely to block the flow of the tehom into the human world. Access to the Grail Castle was curtailed, and its reality eventually disbelieved, forgotten.
INIMICAL ENERGIES AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT- We should not be surprised to find a fair concentration of what we could label dark and negative energies marshaled at the Temple Mount to block or distort access.
Two giant astral beings are locked in mortal battle atop the Mount, swords clashing, wounds gaping; they are primitive beings of a male valence, and all they do is fight, striving to kill each other. This energy permeates Jerusalem. Numerous alien ships high above the city quarantine the Mount in a ring of beams broadcast like laser shafts.
These energies help maintain the energies and functions of several circles of reptilian beings and giant astral snakes that surround the Mount, facing outwards into Jerusalem, discouraging access, keeping the energies combative, fragmented, bent on isolation and conflict. Behind them and also facing away from the Mount is another circle of large demonic control beings; their function too is to dissuade the fainthearted, to inflame those on the edge, to confuse or scare the rest, to keep the Mount and Stone from being used again as intended.
The dome directly over the Mount and encompassing all of Jerusalem is damaged. Part of its crown is severed, like a yarmulke riding the side of the head by the ears instead of the occiput. The two cords linking the dome to the master dome at Avebury are damaged; one of them is not "hooked up" at all. The damages mean that Jerusalem through its dome is not receiving the beneficial cosmic energies of both Sirius and Canopus through Avebury as they are meant to; this allows other inimical energies to exert the predominant influence.
The dome can be repaired, but it requires human assistance in conjunction with the angelic realm, and such repair could only be undertaken if the spiritual worlds judged it appropriate or karmically possible. (For information about another damaged dome, see Clingman's Dome, Tennessee.)
LUCIFER BINDING SITE: Coincident with the decommissioning of the Jerusalem Temple was the binding of Lucifer, Lord of Light, under the Foundation Stone. The Foundation of Venus, the Jerusalem new, old, and archetypal, is his light realm.
Elsewhere in Christendom, the tendency was to bury Lucifer under the granite weight of a massive Gothic cathedral, such as at Lincoln in England. For Jerusalem as the city to be healed, Lucifer, its foundation, will have to be unbound, and for the New Jerusalem to manifest on the planet, the Lord of Light will have to be restored to his pre-Fall position as God's chief archangel.
This is not meant to be a definitive listing of the geomantic features of Jerusalem, for it has many others. Notable among these is one of the Earth's twelve Crowns of the Ancient of Days at Golgotha, the Hill of Skulls, and an eighteen-mile wide Landscape Zodiac on the periphery of the Old City.
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