What is the foundation stone?
The eben shetiyah is the Hebrew name for the foundation stone in the Hebrew wisdom tradition. It is the place where the heavens-shamayim and the Earth-haaretz meets in our physical world. It is also a key to our new epoch/world and the true shape of the cosmos. In Europe it was known as the "axis mundi" or world navel and in ancient America it has been called the Sipapu by the Pueblo peoples. The simple language of astrology in it’s ancient Hebraic and Ptolemaic form provides an opening to understanding what the eben shetiyah is about and why it is important to us today. A big part of the ancient astrology that is missing so to speak from modern astrology is the dimension of soul-nephesh and how this interfaces with time-shanah and space-olam. This has been replaced in a sense by archetypal “energies” and patterns built from Jungian depth psychology where the psyche/mind has taken the place of the reality of the ocean of soul. The realm of soul is actually a whole and primary dimensionality along with space and time whereas in the new modern view it has been replaced by the psyche/mind which is viewed as only a byproduct of biological animal evolution and a secondary development out of time/space. This displacement of soul with psyche and the schism of worldview created by a misunderstanding how the ancient scientists and thinkers understood the geocentric model has made for a great mix up of the ancient truths about the shape of our awesome creation. A further mix up has been the personality based modern astrology that uses archetypal patterns related to the Greco-roman mythology and their gods which in most cases does not incorporate the true essential qualities of the planetary spheres. We must remember that in the ancient Hebraic worldview the planetary spheres were really understood as spherical onion like layers with the Earth at the center. The physical planets were only localized condensations of these planetary heavens. The Sepher Yetzirah gives us the true qualities of the planetary spheres and this is a big opening in a truer understanding of the “map” or bigger topography of the cosmos.
We may repair the worldview schism by using the basic “map” given to us in the Hebrew primer of the wisdom tradition called the “Sepher yetzirah” and the basics of Ptolemaic astrology along with what astronomy has revealed to us through recent historical discoveries. To simplify all the elements so this post is not too long the book tells us that the number values THREE/SEVEN/TWELVE are a critical pattern that corresponds to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet as well as elements in astrology. In traditional astrology these are the THREE- Triplicities of cardinality, fixicity, and mutability. The SEVEN- are the five visible planetary spheres and the sun and moon. The TWELVE- are the zodiacal signs which are the frame of reference of the wheel created by the Earth’s tilt and revolution about the sun. The secret to how this basic frame of reference reveals where the foundation stone is and the Source of it all, is in the three recently discovered non-naked eye planets – Uranus/Neptune/Pluto.
What we may learn from the aboriginal understanding of the cosmos is that the sky is only a projection of the of what the Earth holds. The key to this is in the THREE ways that the Earth moves- rotation/revolution/precession. These THREE connect us to the THREE triplicities in traditional astrology, the three “mother elements” in the Hebrew wisdom and the THREE outer planets discovered since the use of the telescope. The THREE realms of the creation – soul-nephesh, time-shanah, and space-olam are mentioned in the Sepher Yetzirah. These are directly connected to the three movements of the Earth globe. These three ways that the Earth turns have been a great secret in the mystery because the processional wheel is so slow that it took multi-generational records of astronomical observations to understand it.
This brings us back to what is the Foundation Stone of the physical creation? – where the heavens and the Earth meets. This sacred pace called “Makom” by the mekubalim/kabbalists was at one time in the land of ancient Judea for the Hebrew people at the site of the first holy temple and it has occurred at other places for different peoples around the Earth. It is not only in one place and geography is not the only determining factor. We will continue this for the next post. To really get the gist of this a person must understand the above ideas well.