I’m dying to work on the 7D but things just aren’t working out! It’s ok though, I am coming to terms with the ssssslllllllooooooooowwwwwwwww nature of this process.
The last time I worked on it, oh sometime last week, I came across an anomaly. I was working on the 7 coins and the symbols to put on them when it occurred to me, hey! what about Adam and Eve (as symbols, of course)? Now, the Hebrew spelling for Eve is Heh Vav Heh, which is just a Yod short of the tetragrammaton, the 4 letter name of God. The conflict for me comes from the 3 letters being ones I would associate with Air, Water and Earth. BUT the 3 prime elements would be Fire, Air, Water and earth is made from a combination of those – so how do you get a proper trinity without Fire? Drove me wild!
I went into a frenzy of Kabbalah, Hebrew and numerology and actually came up with some really cool stuff and some interesting ideas which brought me back to the planets and elements and, gosh, all kinds of stuff.
But then I came to my senses and asked myself what the hell I was doing? I was allowing myself to get all distracted by these details. What do all of these things have in common? They all, no matter how occult, or secret, or obscure or profound or complicated, resemble important natural phenomenon. Nature. The things that are important to us as humans, our mother and father, children, food and drink, safety, the sun and moon and the movement of the stars, the earth and sea, wind and fire, our movement about and control over or lack thereof, our environment.
In many ways I think all of these symbols of mysticism are exactly like math, they are abstractions of very real things but when you take out the….organicness and familiarity of them, it is easier to see them in a non biased way and see how they interact and relate. And I think the subconscious doesn’t distinguish much, if t all, between real and symbol – so it is a way to examine the awesomeness of life and the universe in a very small microcosmic way, safely, on a piece of paper.
And so I remembered what was really important, an put down the pencil, and looked out the window at the real thing.
P.S. Did you notice there was a decent size eartquake in CA the other day? I can think of nothing better to illustrate the idea of 7 of Disks than moving earth, an earthquake. It happened very near my old stomping grounds. I actually rented an apartment in that city once though changed my mind at the last minute. Its within a few miles of where I grew up, though. My home! I have to admit, I miss it. Never will go back there though for a multitude of reasons, but I do miss it.