Do what Thou Will shall be the whole of the Law,
So far we have seen how the Creation Myth relates to theBible and the Occult and even Psychology. We also saw how the first family myth and flood myth relates to Archetypes and magick rituals. Today we will be going over the Father of the Hebrew Nation, Abram (who later becomes Abraham).
Abraham actually takes up a good portion of Genesis. He is a central figure within it, and the myths surrounding him are vital to the Hebrew people.
In these five chapters we will also be looking at the tower of Babel, and how the Divine caused humanity to use different languages because of the tower they were building.
Again, as always, I want to stress the fact that I am using the New Revised American Bible. It is a Catholic Translation that I have found to be a very good one.
With all that out of the way let’s get into the Bible and the Occult!
Tower of Babel- Genesis 11
To start things off, we see in this myth that all the people were of one language. They wanted to build a tower to the Heavens and become one with the Divine.
The Divine, descending upon the Earth, saw that this was happening and so He cast upon the human race, a variety of different languages.
I cannot say for sure that there is any specific Occult knowledge in this passage. If there is I am unaware of it. I feel this myth was created to help explain why there are so many languages. For more information on the Tower of Babel here is a link! There is no way I could cover everything about it in one post!
I suppose one way to look at it from an Occult standpoint is the fact that the Divine descended upon the Earth. He does not stay within the Heavens like traditional Christianity thinks. He is actively comes down and participates with His creation.
From a psychological standpoint we can see the Trickster Archetype, and how foolish mankind must have been to babble around in different languages. This, of course, sets the stage for a Hero figure, and that is Abram.
This passage begins the introduction of Abram, and it speaks of how he had no children, which will play an important part in later passages.
The Hero was first the Trickster- Genesis 12
Abram seemed to be in direct contact with the Divine. He could hear and speak to Them as if there were right in front of him. This is a common theme throughout the Old Testament and I have a theory as to why that is.
In the Occult we believe that we can come in contact with Holy Guardian Angel. This is not an easy process, and it can take years to happen. I believe that the Holy Guardian Angel is a part of our Collective Unconscious that manifest Itself into reality once we have unleashed it.
Of course, in the Ancient Hebrew times, there were no thoughts on the Collective Unconscious and reaching a state of Divinehood by unleashing it. Instead, they did what they felt was best, and that was to worship the Divine.
We meet Abram pretty late into his lifespan. This helps lead to the idea that he was indeed in contact with His Holy Guardian Angel, as this does not often happen in younger years.
Abram was seen as a person who was in contact with God often, and was blessed by Him. However, even in his piety and in his connection with his Angel, Abram made some mistakes in his later life.
When he moved to Egypt because of a famine, he lied to the Pharaoh, and had them believing his wife was in fact his sister. He did this out of fear. That is something we need to learn from actually. When we are in contact with our Holy Guardian Angel, and we are doing our Will, fear need not hold us back.
It did Abram, though. Because of this the Pharaoh and his household became cursed. Pharaoh, after he had already given Abram food and gold, summoned Abram and told him and his household to leave Egypt. This is an example of the Trickster Archetype because Abram lied and tricked the Pharaoh, and this caused chaos throughout the land.
Here is one of my favorite videos on the Trickster Archetype, if you are interested! It helps explain a little on why it makes sense that Abram was both the Trickster and the Hero Archetype.
Family Depart- Genesis 13
The next section of Genesis goes over how Abram and Lot (his nephew) departed ways because they could not both be in the same land. Abram did not want the two to fight each other, as their herdsmen were already doing so.
Abram let Lot pick where he would like to go, and Abram would go the opposite way. Lot, being selfish, saw the beautiful land of Sodom and went that way. Abram went the opposite.
This myth sets the stage for some major things to happen later on. For now it is important to note that the Divine blessed Abram, and even though Abram was given the lesser of the lands, he in fact will have the greater.
So I’m not sure that there is much more to know from this passage. It is merely one that is a backstory for another.
The First War and Melchizedek- Genesis 14
And here is where the backstory comes into play. Nations rose up to fight one another, and Sodom was taken over and plundered by other nations. These people took Lot and his family.
Someone had escaped from these captors, and told Abram about what happened. Abram, having the Divine on his side, became the Hero of the Myth, and saved Lot and his family, and taking down the nations that had attacked Sodom.
Lot, because of his base desires, is now seen as the Trickster who was captured, leading way to a transformation into another Archetype. Abram was celebrated here for his courage and actions, which are signs of the Hero Archetype.
This is not the most important part of the Myth though, or at least I don’t think it is. The more important part is what happens during this celebration. A Priest named Melchizedek celebrates with them by bringing forth Wine and Bread. This becomes an important aspect in the Christian Cult that would spring up some 2000 years late.
His offering would become a symbol of the Eucharist which the Christian people used, but it can also point to the Eucharist in which the Gnostic partake of too. It represents a sort of victory over the enemy.
It is important to know that symbols are an essential part of human life. I believe that symbols are part of our deepest consciousness, and they put into visuals, what we could not explain otherwise with mere words.
A Promise made, in the Dark Night of the Soul- Genesis 15
Abram was promised again, at the beginning of this chapter, that he would be the father of a great nation. To the Hebrew people, knowing this was extremely important.
Abram did not believe what he was told, but the Divine reassured him. Once we come in contact with our Holy Guardian Angel, that is something we can rest assure on as well, that we can trust what it tells us.
We see, though, that even after leaving a sacrifice for the Divine, Abram was overcome with dread and fear. This could be the equivalent of what the Catholics would call a dark night of the soul. Essentially, Abram was full of doubt and fear that was holding him back from doing his Will. Because this is part of a myth, it typically would not last as long as what an actual dark night would, but it lets the readers know that it does happen.
There is a lot to take in on these chapters, and some rich ideologies going on within them. I hope that I was able to open your mind a little on the possibilities that lie within this book. It is not as cut and dry as some may think it to be, and it has a much more profound meaning than what is just written.
If you like this series the next one will be over Genesis 16-20, and that will be on Sunday! Also if you like learning about the Tarot, I am doing a series on that every Monday and Friday! Tomorrow I will have a post up about the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram, and another post that will do a review!
If you have any questions, comments, complaints, concerns, or anything, as always, please leave them below in the comment section! I try to make sure to keep up with everything everyone post and I will get back with you!
Love is the Law, Love under Will