Do what Thou Will shall be the Whole of the Law
Today we will get through the first half of Genesis. Already we have seen how the Bible and the Occult are linked together within the first 20 chapters of Genesis. Now we will be look at 21-25.
These passages are pretty cut and dry passages, so there will not be a lot going on. I’ll try to make it as interesting as possible, though it can be tough.
There is one chapter I am excited to talk about today, though, and that is Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Divine. I love controversial passages like this, and today we will be going over that, and seeing how it applies to the Occult and to psychology as well.
As always, I want to make it clear that I use the New American Bible, Revised Edition. I will leave a link here for you to be able to get your own! I like it because it is a superb Catholic translation, and it has all we need in it to review all the Bible (Catholics and Orthodox have a few extra books in their Bibles that Protestants do not have).
Also, I want to point out something else, as I realize it is confusing some people. Just because I say something is a myth, it does not mean that event did not happen. Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t, or maybe it did but not in the way it was recorded. When it’s turned to a myth, it becomes part of the Collective Unconscious, and is immortalized within that. They are stories used to help explain human soul and personality.
With that out of the way, let’s look at what these chapters have to tell us!
Wild Man gets a Promise- Genesis 21
At the start of this chapter we see that Sarah, who laughed at the idea of the Divine saying she would have a child, ends up with a child! The promise that was made to her was delivered. This would lead to the next forefather of the Jewish people, Isaac.
Isaac seemed to be a boy would was kind and loving, and played with his half brother all the time. You will remember that Ishmael, the half brother, was the one that was to be a wild man, and have many nations come from his offspring. He is also the one that Muhammad claimed to have been a descendant from.
Sarah did not like Isaac playing with a servant’s child and ordered Abraham to release them into the desert. Abraham, reluctant, did so because the Divine had told him it would be okay.
In the desert, Hagar felt like her and Ismael would die, as they ran out of water. She faced him away from her so that she would not have to see something like this happen to her son. When the boy cried, though, the Divine heard him and told Hagar to not be afraid. He opened her eyes, so that she would see a well of water that was nearby.
This myth was probably primarily told to explain the beginning of a larger nation that would come at odds with Israel. However, within it we can see some occult ideas, mainly the fact that the Divine comes down to tell Hagar that it will be okay, and causes her to see a well of water.
This Divine figure is seen as an angel to the ancient writers, and could refer to her Holy Guardian Angel, or some Divine Angel, which has been projected from her Higher Self.
Notice that this happens after the child is heard crying, which would cause great distress from the mother. To me it makes sense that the Unconscious would project an Angel to help her, because she does not want her child feeling like this.
There is not much more on Ismael, so if you are curious about him and what some religious traditions say about him click here. There are plenty of resources to read up on.
A Son Sacrificed- Genesis 22
Here is the story many of us as kids, may have had nightmares on. This is where Abraham is commanded by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.
Abraham actually listens to the Divine here, and leads his boy up to be Sacrificed on an altar. To many this seems like a cruel thing to do, and I would have to agree.
However, I think there may be a deeper story here. Isaac is almost seen as a figure of Christ, whom we will be discussing further down the road. Christ was lead and actually sacrificed on a Cross, as the perfect symbol of humanity.
So in some cosmic sort of way, the innocence of Isaac stands for the ideal self of humanity. Isaac can also be seen as the Trickster Archetype in this story because he was very naive. He followed his father, who was giving the signs of him being the sacrifice, but did not listen to those signs.
So, I do not think Abraham is the central role here, I actually think it is Isaac. The Divine did promise Abraham many descendants, but It had already promised him that before. These descendants would also be descendants of Isaac, since Isaac was the seed which would bring forth those descendants. So in a sense, this promise was made to Isaac too!
Sarah Dies- Genesis 23
This chapter goes through what happened when Sarah died. Abraham is naturally depressed over this matter, as is his son Isaac, who we will be getting to in the next few chapters.
Abraham, having a lot of money, ends up buying a cave for two, with the land, for 400 shekels, which would equate to a little over 100 USD today. That was a decent amount of money back in the ancient times.
He buried his wife there, and he along with his family and the nation mourned the death of Sarah.
Again, there is not much here that needs to be said. I believe this myth is to help explain where Abraham and his wife lay to rest so the ancient Jewish people would revere the spot.
I’ve actually seen the supposed place of this cave, and it is beautiful. I’ve never been in though. I attached a video so that you can get a good look at the Tomb through it.
Isaac’s Wife- Genesis 24
In this chapter we see Abraham getting his servant to promise him to find Isaac a wife who is from his own house, and not from the Canaanites. The servant, who was a man of faith, put a test in place that would let him know that the Divine had led him to the right woman.
This woman would be Rebekah. He was pleased to have found her, and he met with her family would agree that she could go with him to marry Isaac.
However, when the servant was about to leave, the family said she must stay a little longer. The servant said he must go now, and so they let Rebekah choose. Rebekah chose to go with the servant at that time.
On her way there she saw Isaac coming to meet them and Isaac saw her on the back of a camel. They were attracted to each other at that moment in time, further proving that she was the one, and then they were married.
I think this story shows two things. One, it shows the importance of testing things, even if they come from the Divine. It is important to know what you are doing is indeed what your Holy Guardian Angel is telling you to do in the Great Work, and what your Higher Self is called to do.
This story also shows the importance of the Lovers Archetype, which is exemplified in the Lover Tarot card. We see a sort of love story between Isaac and Rebekah, kind of like what we would see in a romantic comedy, when two people see each other, and fall in love almost instantly.
These kinds of stories come from deep within our Collective Unconscious, and this myth goes to show how long it has been going on.
The Death of Abraham, rights are sold- Genesis 25
In the last chapter we will be looking at today, we see that Abraham ends up dying, and both his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, were there to mourn his death as they buried him next to Sarah in the cave.
We then see that Isaac, who now has a wife that has helped him get over the lose of his mother, and his father, has had two children, Esau and Jacob.
Esau is what it means to have a manly persona, coming out with hair all over him, and that hair being red. Jacob was holding Esau foot coming out, which is a way of saying they were rivals from birth.
Then we end up finding out that one parent preferred one child and the other preferred the other child. This would create further rivalry between them.
So what happens? One day, Esau came home hungry. In his impulsive behaviors, he sold his firstborn right to Jacob for some food.
I feel this story is setting the stage for all the things that happen afterward. The Hebrew people wanted a legit reason on why it was Jacob who was one of the forefathers, and not Esau, and they wanted it to be a reason that would put Jacob in a better light.
We will see in later chapters, that this is not going to be the last time Jacob tricks Esau. In fact, Jacob, right now, would be a great figure for the Trickster Archetype, who late becomes a hero!
A New Story Begins
So now the story will be focused in on Isaac and Jacob, and then Joseph, for the rest of Genesis. I hope that you have gotten something from the series so far and learned of a new way of looking at the Bible!
Remember, I do this series every Wednesday and Sunday so be sure to come back next Sunday for the Genesis 26-30.!
If you have any questions, or comments, or complaints, please leave them down in the comment section! I love reading them, and will get back as soon as possible!
Love is the Law, Love under Will