Do what Thou Will shall be the whole of the Law
Hi everyone and welcome to another post about the Bible and the Occult! Today we will be going through another five chapters in Genesis!
In these chapters I believe there is some rich Occult ideology, especially when it comes to dreams. There is more deceit again, but this time it will be from Isaac, the son of the Abraham. Surprisingly, it will be the same kind of deceit too!
These five chapters deal with the next patriarch of the Jewish people, Isaac, and the next one Jacob. We have been through a lot over Abraham, and after these five chapters, we will slowly begin looking at Joseph, though he is not considered one of the three major patriarchs.
So we are beginning to see the end of the tale of the Fathers of the Jewish people. Strangely enough, there are three of them, and three is a Holy number. Man is three, body, soul and spirit.
Before we begin, I want to point out my usual disclaimer, and that is that I will be using the New American Standard Revised Edition of the Bible. It is a superb edition and I highly recommend it.
Alright, with that out of the way let’s look at these passages!
The Trickster Returns, Genesis 26
Well, the story will sound familiar! Isaac lies to the people of the nation he has entered, telling them his wife is actually his sister. You will remember his father did the same thing with Sarah, fearing he would be killed because she was so beautiful.
Well, it worked out as good as it worked out for his dad, which is not at all. It’s very interesting, this family. These patriarchs seem to have a Trickster Archetype within them.
There is constant deceit.that comes up. This will not be the last time we see deception, and indeed it will happen again in the next few chapters!
This is a classic example of the Trickster, though, because it is focused on tricking others into believing something for the purpose of an effect, in this case, to neutralize a perceived threat.
However, the kingdom finds out about this deception and confronts Isaac. All ends up being okay, but it goes to show that the deception was not needed.
Isaac was actually guided there by the Divine, and it’s possible that it could have been his Holy Guardian Angel. If this is so, it could also show that we should not ignore our Higher Self, the Holy Guardian Angel.
Another Deceit- Jacob takes All, Genesis 27
Now the story starts to shift toward Jacob, the third and final Patriarch of the Israelites. We see here that he ends up deceiving his brother Esau, yet again, and takes Esau blessing that Isaac was supposed to give him.
This naturally upsets Esau, who grew infuriated with his actions. Isaac also gives him a blessing, letting him know that he would not always be under Jacob.
Rebekah, Jacob’s mom, urges him to go live with his uncle Laban while Esau calms down, and tells Isaac that she wants Jacob to not get a wife where they live now.
Basically, this is a story that exemplifies how deceptive the family is, yet will become the family of the Israelite nation. It is an odd story for sure, but it is one that shows how the Trickster archetype can become the hero archetype.
Jacob’s Ladder- Genesis 28
Jacob leaves his home and heads toward, what is modern day Syria to find a wife. On his way there he has a dream, and a ladder is going into heaven, where angels are ascending and descending. At the top of the ladder is the Divine, who lets Jacob know He is always there to protect him.
There is much symbolism in this text. One thing that has been understood by this later is its alchemy and the Kabbalah connection. The Ladder is the power of alchemy.
This is actually a topic one could make a whole book over, so I will leave it at the fact that the Ladder and the dream in general, is a metaphor for how one is to become part of the Divine.
I feel like the Divine talking to him was his Holy Guardian Angel. If this is the case, it also is a slight metaphor on reaching out to one’s Holy Guardian Angel.
Trickster Tricked and three sevens- Genesis 29
Jacob makes it to his destination, and there he sees Rachel, whom he realized he loved very much. So in order to marry her, he agrees to work for the family for seven years.
Then he was deceived into marrying Leah instead. Leah was an uglier sister to Rachel, or so Jacob felt. He confronted Laban, the father, about this deception and Laban gave an excuse and said if he works for seven more days he can also marry Rachel.
He did and he married Rachel as well. He then stayed another seven years with the family.
I found this passage to be kind of poetic justice for what Jacob did to Esau. However, more than that, it also helps to explain the 12 tribes of Israel, as we see Leah having kids out of jealousy. Those babies names are the names of some tribes of Israel.
Also, notice that there are three sevens in the passage. This denotes a perfection in the stay that Jacob had, fulfilling his goal of finding a suitable wife.
If you would like to learn more about the Trickster Archetype, check out this link! You will notice a lot of stories have a Trickster Archetype in them.
More Kids and a Magick Ritual- Genesis 30
Out of jealousy we see that Rachel and Leah are competing for Jacob’s love by having more and more kids. These kids are all the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, so this myth has explained the names of the twelve tribes.
This is not the only point of this chapter though. I want to point out a very strange part. Jacob actually does a very complex ritual that determines which stock is his and which will be Laban’s.
This is the first time we see a complex ritual, that could actually be considered a primitive occult ritual! I thought that was pretty interesting honestly.
The Patriarchs Chapters
Thank you all for reading all that! I hope you found it interesting. These past few posts have been over the patriarchs of Israel. Later we will see how the name Israel will come about, and what each tribe stands for.
I know there is a lot going on in these chapters, and there is a lot more to come so come back this Wednesday for more because I do this series every Sunday and Wednesday! Also, be sure to pick up your Catholic Answers Bible!
If you have questions or comments please leave them below! I love hearing from you guys!
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