Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Spiritual and Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms

I am very happy to announce the publication of a massive spiritual commentary on the Psalms, entitled The Spiritual and Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms:

You can find it here on Amazon: The Spiritual and Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms.

So what is here is a massive amount of research, on everything (and more) that one would want to know on the spiritual symbolism of the Psalms.  To summarize:
  • It is a complete commentary on each Psalm, which gathers and collates relevant passages from Emanuel Swedenborg on the spiritual sense of the Psalms. These are scattered across over 39 volumes, so its now presented here for ease of study. If Swedenborg didnt quote the passage, a similar passage was included that had the same Hebrew word (e.g., the spiritual meaning of the word "happy").
  • It is a new translation closer to the literal sense of the original Hebrew, but still in the same style as the KJV to retain familiarity with general readers. Every mistranslation is hyperlinked to its Hebrew definition, so that it can be easily compared to any other translation. It is thus a fully documented list of common mistranslations in the Bible for the Psalms. A long time ago someone had a clairvoyant dream about this work, you can read about it here (from 2014): A Clairvoyant Dream of a New Translation of the Psalms
  • Footnotes cover some important points of research from other Biblical scholars, as well as comments on the main differences between the Masoretic and Greek Septuagint.
  • Each Psalm is restored to its original poetic structure. The verse structure is corrected to show the parallelism in Hebrew poetry, which was first noted by Emanuel Swedenborg in advance of Robert Lowth. However this goes beyond the parallelism in each verse, it shows the stanza and substanza structure for each Psalm.
  • It includes original research on the numerical structure of each Psalm. I stumbled across research, scattered here and there, that the stanzas of each Psalm were sometimes based on a particular word count. This is examined in more detail, and very elegant and beautiful numerical patterns emerge in the Psalms which explains its overall structure. Biblical scholars have been looking for this since the 19th century. Up until now the order of the Psalms has been deemed to be "haphazard" or "random." To prove this was not the case, a systematic numerical analysis was done for each Psalm. The numerical system is not abtract or irrelevant, it is directly applicable and useful to the interpretation of each Psalm (and no, this is not gematria, its based on the Masoretic practice of counting words, letters and verses).
Again, others would have clairvoyant dreams as I was going through this numerical analysis, which honestly caused a large delay in publication. Initially I had no idea if it was going to go anywhere. What I initially thought was a "fluke" or a "coincidence" is now shown systematically to be part of the intentional design of the Psalms, both on an individual level as well as its overall structure. For the clairvoyant dreams on this matter, see A Clairvoyant Dream of the Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms and More Clairvoyant Dreams of the Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms

As to what got me started on this, a while ago I discovered that there was a missing verse for the Hebrew letter nun in Psalm 145, an acrostic Psalm which supposedly is supposed to have a verse for every Hebrew letter. This verse is missing in the Hebrew Masoretic but is present in both the Greek Septuagint and the Dead Sea scrolls. This led to doubts about the accuracy of the Masoretic text, and so I did a full comparison was made between the Masoretic and the Septuagint for the Psalms - the main differences are fully noted in the translation footnotes. What I can now say for certain: the Hebrew Masoretic is correct, the missing verse for the letter nun is by design.  As to what design is that, well that is the complicated part. It took me a while and I figured it out, it is both weird and elegant. Or as others would say, there is a method to the madness.

I soon realized the translation work would not be enough - general readers would not know why it was important to distinguish each Hebrew word with a distinct word in English. This is important because each Hebrew word, unknown to most modern translators, has a distinct spiritual meaning. Word order is also important. Thus the translations that opt for "dynamic equivalence" do an injustice to the original Hebrew. Many things are lost in modern translations. So, it was deemed necessary to add a spiritual commentary, collated from passages from over 30 different volumes of the theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg. In Heavenly Arcana (aka Arcana Coelestia, or "Heavenly Secrets"). Just as Heavenly Arcana gave a detailed spiritual commentary for Genesis and Exodus, this work provides the same for the Psalms. There were other attempts at this before, but they were incomplete or severely out of date. If I saw a passage that Swedenborg did not quote from, I would take the Hebrew word and find a quote of another passage that contained that Hebrew word. So this work fills in all the gaps. The last volume will contain a spiritual index of word meanings for all the major words mentioned in the Psalms.

As for the numerical structure, what does it have to do with the Psalms? It has to do with how numbers pervade all of creation, and that numbers play a role in the harmonies of the octave scale in music.  It is also is related to the ancient mystery school of Pythagorus, and an ancient concept known as the "Music of the Spheres," or the "Harmonies of the Spheres" -

It was specifically associated by Pythagorus with the orbits of the planets:

This was an unexpected surprise, after endless counting the verses and words of the Hebrew Psalms. Which indicates that the knowledge of the school of Pythagorus was much more ancient. Even the Greek philosophers admitted they borrowed their knowledge from Egypt, and even Swedenborg confirms this:
"I have been instructed that the men of the Most Ancient Church, which was before the flood, were of a genius so heavenly that they spoke with the angels of heaven, and that they were able to speak with them by correspondences. From this the state of their wisdom became such that whatever they saw on earth they thought of it not only naturally, but also spiritually at the same time; thus also conjointly with the angels of heaven. Furthermore, I have been informed that Enoch, of whom mention is made in Genesis (v. 21-24), with his associates, collected correspondences from the lips of those people, and transmitted the knowledge of them to posterity; in consequence of which the science of correspondences was not only known but also cultivated in many kingdoms of Asia, especially in the land of Canaan, Egypt, Assyria, Chaldea, Syria, Arabia, Tyre, Sidon, and Nineveh, and was thence carried into Greece; but there it was turned into fabulous tales, as may be evident from the writings of the most ancient authors there." (True Christian Religion, n. 202)
I did not include this quote in the book, so its only here for those who happen to stumble across this blog. As an aside, Enoch does appear in the numerical structure of the Psalms. How so? Well that's the complicated part, but the evidence is there. Perhaps I will blog later about this, but for now I need to finish up the remaining volumes.

As I was preparing the cover of the book, the same day another person I know had a clairvoyant dream about preparing a book cover for a book project.  The cover was first painted blue, then red, then a bit of orange, and then she decided to put a big splash of yellow in the center (see the book cover above, which this person had not seen before). Moreover, she said this book project was divided into 5 sections. And the Psalms happens to be divided into 5 smaller books. The odd feature about the dream is that she thought the yellow was a circle of fire, and on the front cover there was one dog and on the back cover there were two dogs. That has been the puzzling part of the dream, the only thing I can think of for now is perhaps its related to the dog star Sirius (one can see one bright star in the upper right corner). And it just so happens, there are TWO dog constellations, Canis Major (Sirius) and Canis Minor (Procyon):

Which is interesting, as the star Sirius played a major role in the ancient religion of Egypt. Not only that, but the cycle of Sirius determined the time of the flooding of the Nile. And notice the woman in the book cover is standing in water. I also have a few books on ancient Egypt which mention how the arrangement of the Pyramids and the nile river was designed to "reflect" the above constellations, especially the belt of Orion (e.g., The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids, by Robert Bauval). And this person has no knowledge of this. This may be related to the symbolism of one of the Psalms discussed in this work, at least that is my speculation. If true it is interesting indeed.

The Psalms were meant to be sung to music, and music elevates the soul to higher states.  One can see this in the following song, Fear not this Night:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Clairvoyant Dreams of the Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms

As stated earlier, I have been going through my translation and commentary of the Psalms, validating the translation with the numerical counts of words in the original Hebrew.  I have been finding that the Masoretic text is very accurate, and the immediate benefit of word counts is one can determine if the text is accurate. I have found a number of occasions where a supposed "mistake" in the original Hebrew was actually not a mistake, but was done intentionally in order to arrive at a certain number count. There have been a few scholarly studies on this, including Cantos and Strophes by Van der Lugt, and Numerical Secrets of the Bible by Casper Labuschagne (see his web site at Casper Labuschagne's Homepage). Another scholar who has done good work on this is Duane Christensen. It is in reality an ignored area of study due to a number of "numerological quacks," not to mention the Jewish Kabbalists.

The one thing that got me started on this project in the first place is Psalm 145, which is missing a bicolon for the letter nun. This missing verse is found in the Septuagint, the Dead Sea scrolls, and one Hebrew manuscript outside of the Masoretic. I originally thought the Masoretic had dropped this verse, which led me to compare the translation of the Masoretic with the Septuagint (LXX) for the Psalms. I have found, after analyzing the word count of Psalm 145, that the additional verse for the letter nun found in the LXX and Dead Sea Scrolls is a spurious addition to the text. It completely ruins the pattern, which is obvious when one understand the underlying numerical pattern. Just like Psalm 9, 10, 25 and 34, the absence of an acrostic verse is intentional. I can now explain these acrostic Psalms, and why certain letters are missing. For that reason I had to withdraw an earlier article on Psalm 145, it needs to be rewritten due to this new research. In the translation I withdrew some LXX variants that I now know are also invalid. I am debating whether to include this numerical research in the translation and commentary of the Psalms, or if this should be separated into another work.

In the meantime, there have been more clairvoyant dreams about this numerical research into scripture (see the previous post A Clairvoyant Dream of the Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms).  I thought these were rather funny and curious - they occur independently, when I happen to ask about other people's dreams. So in one dream, this woman is shopping for bread. She is in the store and cannot read the prices of the bread. I then walk into the store, and then I explain - "That loaf of bread is $1.49.  The other loaf of bread is $1.69.  And that one over there is more expensive, it is $5.99." The person who had the dream had no idea what it meant.  To me it was immediately obvious. The loaves of bread represent the word of God which gives eternal life:
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:4)
Here is another:
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)

In the spiritual sense, bread represents love, and water or wine represents truth. Those who read the Word, and follow it, immediately open their inward soul to receive a Divine influx of love and truth. This is the bread of eternal life.

So, what about the prices of bread in the dream? One was $1.49, another $1.69, and another was $5.99. Completely independent of the person who had the dream, I had been explaining the meaning of the numbers of Psalm 12:6:
The speech of Jehovah is pure speech: as silver refined in a furnace of earth, purified seven times (Ps. 12:6)
Psalm 12 is an interesting and simple study in numerical research. It is composed of two stanzas of 4 bicolons (or verses, but verse numbers were added later so I prefer bicolons). Each stanza is exactly 37 words.  But where things get interesting is Psalm 12:6. It is the sixth bicolon of Psalm 12, after which comes the seventh bicolon. The total word count of the Psalm up to the sixth bicolon, or verse 6, is exactly 49 words. The number 49, of course, is 7 x 7. I was explaining this exact passage to someone else, and the next day someone completely independent of this conversation had the dream. The price $1.49 = 149 cents = 100 + 49.  And in the number research, I was seeing that large numbers over 100 would be decomposed into smaller numbers, using 100 as one of the sums.

So that explains the number 149. What about 169?  Well that was simple, the night before I did a numerical study on Psalm 69. As for the number 599, that I am not sure, but there were a number of instances where I took note of the number 59 but that was earlier in my research.


So that was one dream, here is another, and this one just about blew me away.  Another person approached me and said she had a dream of me where I was at a table, typing on my laptop. Underneath the laptop there was a circular platform, and there was a circle of 11 pillars. On top of the 11 pillars was my laptop. I then told her in the dream: "Count the pillars." She counted them, and there was eleven. I thought that was a curious dream, initially I thought she was mistaken. I asked are you sure they were not twelve?  No, she was certain, it was 11 pillars.

At the time, I was about to do a word count on Psalm 75. I then looked, and lo and behold, here was the passage of the Psalm I was about to study:
The earth and all who dwell in her are dissolved, I balance the pillars of it (Ps. 75:3)
In the spiritual sense, the "earth" is not planet earth, but whenever the earth is mentioned in scripture in the majority of cases it represents the church as to truth.  The "pillars," in the spiritual sense, are the lower natural truths derived from scripture that support the church, for the church is built on doctrine. Pillars ascend upward, for within the lower natural truths there are higher spiritual truths hidden within them. This is the hidden reason why in the ancient world many temples were built with pillars, for back then everything was representative of spiritual things.

So I looked at Psalm 75, I did not find any reference to 11 pillars.

However, as I did the word counts based on the stanzas, an interesting pattern emerged:

The first stanza of Psalm 75 are the first 3 verses. The total word count of the first 3 verses in the original Hebrew is 22. And of course, 22 = 2 x 11.

The next stanza of Psalm 75 is verses 4-6. The total word count of verses 4-6 in the original Hebrew is 22, and 22 = 2 x 11.

In the next Psalm, Psalm 76, there are three stanzas that have a word count of 22.

The word "pillar" is mentioned one other time in the Psalms: Psalm 99.  And of course, 99 = 9 x 11.

And that just took me by complete surprise. The person had the dream before I even did the analysis of Psalm 75. Some may call it "coincidence" or "synchronicity," but in reality there is a spiritual world which affects us in our daily lives. What Swedenborg discovered, when he was in a state of waking visions, that reading scripture, especially in the original Hebrew, opens the mind to direct communication with angelic realms.

I decided to do a bit of research, to see if there was any temple that had 11 pillars. Indeed, there is one where it appears in a temple site in Bolivia, and it is known as Tiwanaku.  There is a wall of 11 pillars, and it is used to count by fives to divide the year into 20 half months of 18 days in what is known as the Tiwanaku soli-lunar calendar.  Here is a graphic on how the wall of 11 pillars works:

Which is interesting, even though it is a flat wall the graphic shows a circle of how the sun moves throughout the year.  For a complete explanation of the calendar, see the site, Tiwanaku Soli Lunar Calendar. For some "odd" reason, back then in Bolivia the kingdom used the Egyptian royal cubit. You won't find that information in your history books.

So what does this calendar have to do with Psalm 75? Not much, the Hebrew calendar is different. However, the arrangement of the 11 pillars is an easy method to count by fives.  And of course Psalm 75 is a multiple of 5, and it happens to be the middle Psalm of 150 Psalms.

One last point here, in the original dream, my laptop was on top of 11 pillars. Psalm 75 is composed of sections of 22 words.  It is easy to see here: the Hebrew alphabet of course has 22 letters, and this is why my laptop was seen on top of 11 pillars. And I was busy counting Hebrew words. Its boring, but when one makes discoveries like this it is rather nice - there are several aspects of the Psalms that I can explain why they were structured in the way they are. I have seen several more interesting items come up like this, but it take me away from the research just to blog about them. I did ask the person was she aware that the Hebrew alphabet had 22 letters, and she did not. So someone, somewhere, knew what I was going to discover in Psalm 75 before I even analyzed it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Clairvoyant Dream of the Numerical Symbolism of the Psalms

I have completed the first phase of a massive translation and commentary on the Psalms, which I initially discussed earlier in which someone had a clairvoyant dream about the corrections I had been making in the translation (see A Clairvoyant Dream of a New Translation of the Psalms).  It documents every mistranslation, and not only that, it restores the lost poetic structure of the Psalms.  It includes commentary on just about every single Psalm gathered from the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, to explain its spiritual sense. So it was complete for every Psalm, except for Psalm 119.  Psalm 119 has defied interpretation, even for computer analysis, and to most it is just an endless repetition of the same phrase, over and over again.

So there things stood. However, I noticed an odd numerical symbolism for the number 119, which I discussed earlier (see The Bow of Brass and the Numerical Symbolism of Psalm 119). I have now determined conclusively that this numerical symbolism is not accidental, it is intentional, In fact it pervades all the Psalms.  Hints of this can be seen here and there - for example, the eight terms of the law that are repeated in Psalm 119 are all found together in Psalm 19, and of course 119 = 100 + 19. Psalm 119 is the longest acrostic Psalm, and we also have Psalms 9 and 10 which were split from a single Psalm. Some scholars, including the Greek Septuagint, prefer to merge Psalm 9 and 10 into one. But this is a mistake, the division was intentional.  9 + 10 = 19, and 19 + 100 = 119. So, something is afoot here, and it involves numbers.

So as Psalm 119 sticks out like a sore thumb, I decided to dig a bit to see what other researchers have done.  I decided to start with Psalms 9 and 10, which form an imperfect acrostic and seemed easier to  handle. I found this interesting poetic analysis, in which they dive into several details, but one thing the researchers discovered is that different stanzas (or strophes, as some prefer) have balanced word counts. For those who want to take a look, see it here: EVIL AND THE DISRUPTION OF ORDER: A STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF THE ACROSTICS IN THE FIRST BOOK OF PSALMS.  However skim through it, its overwhelming, and unfortunately while some insights are given about word counts the authors make some errors.  One researcher who seems to have gathered a lot of data on the numerical structure of the Psalms is Pieter van der Lugt, who has written no less than 3 volumes on the Psalms discussing their poetic structure (see Cantos and Strophes in Biblical Hebrew Poetry).  It is three volumes, and just about inaccessible as can be to the general public: each volume is over $200.

Fortunately, I know the methods that are used, and I have started to incorporate that into the poetic analysis of each Psalm in the translation and commentary. The numerical analysis has turned insightful in many cases. I can explain oddball features and sometimes what scholars called "mistakes" which are not "mistakes." Sometimes I corrected what I had in the Psalms; at other times I saw mistakes these researchers have done.  So I was going through each Psalm fixing the poetic structure, doing the numerical analysis, and then I saw a pattern that I thought was a fluke.  I put it in the "interesting" box and continued. Then it popped again. And again. Not only was I able to fix the poetic structure, but in several cases I could determine which text was the accurate one among the variants. I was absolutely stunned. One or two Psalms is a coincidence. But after having gone through over half of them, I can say now there are very detailed numerical patterns.  And I am not talking about gematria (which is probably invalid) nor creating silly crossword puzzles. It has to do with word counts and letters counts. A hidden symbolism in scripture was opening up. And the authors were very clever in hiding it. And then I had that Eureka moment, where I went through a huge Psalm and validated the theory.

It was when I had that "Eureka" moment, someone had a clairvoyant dream about me. They saw me in my office, and some very old spider webs were removed. A very hard to find spider was also taken away.  This was very similar to a dream concerning a spider which represented a Biblical mistranslation  (see A Clairvoyant Dream of a New Translation of the Psalms).  Now, some very old knowledge was being uncovered. I then explained to the person who had the dream what it meant - that day or two before I had just discovered I numerical pattern.  There was also another dream, in which I was traveling, and injury was removed from my foot by a Jewish doctor.  They asked for his "phone number" repeatedly.  But he would not give it. That was obvious - I had uncovered some numerical symbolism in scripture. But this was something the Jewish scribes had kept secret, who of course back then were also known as "doctors" of scripture. Removing an injury in the foot? That was precognitive, around this time I caught an illness which effected my feet. But in the spiritual sense, feet represent the external, and in this case I am dealing with the external representation of scripture. Some errors are being removed. It is at the literal level, the lowest natural, which is represented by numbers. But when one sees the symbolism of the numbers, it then gets elevated into the spiritual interpretation.

So that is where I am at, but unfortunately counting words in the Hebrew text takes time, and if one is off by one word the pattern disappears.  The Masoretic it turns out is over 99% accurate. So the blog unfortunately has to take a backseat. I am finding the reason why every jot and tittle of scripture is important, and how the Jews were able to preserve it. In the meantime one can read this post: Spiritual Meaning of Numbers, or Numerology.

So expect in the future a publication on the spiritual commentary on the Psalms, which will include this numerical analysis, and will open up a new chapter in Biblical research. Or at least bring obscure research that has been collecting dust to the general public.