Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Rimmon" - Pomegranate - Symbol of the Goddess

See my prior post regarding the discovery of a carved ivory pomegranate at the Temple in Jerusalem.

From "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Legends," Barbara G. Walker:

Rimmon, "pomegranate," was a biblical name of the Goddess's genital shrine (2 Kings 5:18) from rim, "to give birth."(1) The pomegranate with its red juice and many seeds was a prime symbol of uterine fertility. Therefore pomegranates were eaten by souls in the underworld to bring about rebirth. Hellenic mythographers said both Kore and Eurydice were detained in the underworld because they ate pomegranate seeds there. Nana, virgin mother of the savior Attis, conceived him by eating either a pomegranate seed or an almond, another yonic symbol.

The Bible says the pillars of Solomon's temple were ornamented with the female-genital symbols of lilies and pomegrantates. (1 Kings 7:18-20). Solomon himself impersonated the phallic god Baal-Rimmon, "Lord of the Pomegranate," when he was united with his divine bride, the mysterious Shulamite, and drank the juice of her pomegranate (Song of Solomon 8:2).

Argive Hera was worshipped as Our Lady With the Pomegranate at Capaccio Vecchio near Paestum, formerly a Sybarite colony called Poseidonia. In ancient times the people laid at the Goddess's feet offerings of little boats filled with flowers, as she sat enthroned with her cild on one arm, a pomegranate in her other hand, inviting contemplation of the miracle of her bringing forth life. About the 12th century A.D. the people of Paestum built her a new shrine, to which pilgrimages are made to this day. There sits Our Lady With the Pomegranate still, enthroned with her child on one arm, a pomegranate in her other hand.(2) The people lay at her feet offerings of little boats filled with flowers.

Hera was Mother Earth, and the suit of pentacles in the Tarot pack represented the earth element. Therefore it is not surprising to find this suit transformed in some medieval packs into a Suit of Pomegranates, the fruit always opened in an oval orifice to show its most red interior.(3)

(1) Graves, W.G., 410.
(2) J.H. Smith, D.C.P., 244.
(3) Cavendish, T., 155, 170.
Interesting scriptures cited by Walker. All of the scriptures quoted here are from "The Book", by Tyndale Publishers, which is a reprint of the 1988 edition of "The Living Bible." In other words, it is a modern-English paraphrase that translates from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

2 Kings 5:18. A bit of background, this relates to the account of the Syrian general Naaman, who was stricken with leprosy. Naaman's wife was served by a young slave girl - a Hebrew - who said that her God could cure Naaman if he sought out the God's prophet. In due course, Naaman meets with God's prophet, Elisha, who effects a cure of the leprosy. Afterwards, Naaman begs forgiveness for future sins to be committed against the God who cured him of his leprosy - the God of Elisha: 2 Kings 5:18: "However, may the Lord pardon me this one thing - when my maste the king goes into the temple of the god Rimmon to worship there and leans on my arm, may the Lord pardon me when I bow too."

Elisha says, in verse 19: "All right."

Now if that ain't an interesting exchange, I'll eat my black wool beret! What? Jehovah God forgives a sin before hand - and that sin the WORST POSSIBLE SIN - worshipping in a PAGAN TEMPLE? Oh my!

Notice also the reference to the "god" Rimmon. Well, I guess the guys would have to call the pomegranate after a male, wouldn't they, since the sacred scrolls of the Torah itself are flanked on the right hand side by a scuplture of a pomegranante! I mean, they would never in a million years confess that the symbol was actually female!

1 Kings 7:18-20. Background: talking about the plans of Israelite King Solomon in the construction of the First Temple:

"At the tops of the pillars he (Hiram, the worker in bronze from Tyre who, according to the biblical account, was "half-Jewish" because his mother, a widow, was of the tribe of Naphtali) made two lily-shaped capitals from molten bronze, each 7 1/2 feet high. The upper part of each capital wa shaped like a lily, six feet high. Each capital was decorated with seven sets of bronze, chain-designed lattices and four hundred pomegranates in wo rows. Hiram set these pillars at the entrance of the Temple. The one on the south was named the Jachin Pillar, and the one on the north, the Boaz Pillar."

Well, I guess Hiram wasn't so Jewish after-all. Or the biblical re-writers were trying to pull a fast one on us! Lilies and pomegranates have long been associated with the goddess - there isn't any way around that!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Tlaoc, rain diety of Mazatl trecena
(3)in the Tonalamatl, reigning deity
the Nomad Deer age, 45k bce-10k bce,
which paralleled Orchard=(x)o/r)ch/cotl
(N)=xocotl(N)=shuck fruit/tree culture.
Pentacles are indeed the earth sign
in the Tonalamatl calendar, being
direction south, Huitzlampa, the spiney
side, the corn/grain quadrant,
and in 52 card/eca(r)tl(N/2 Tona) deck/Tecpatl(N/day 18 Tona),
the diamond suite of 13,
matching the Tonalamatl trecena/13 out of sequence, represents a grain, others are,
spades/swords/North wind quadrant,
where the Bitch=Hecate=Grave's White
Goddess as North=color white.
woman's side/Ciuatlampa(N):
ua/owns r/timalli(N)=pus, such as
maggots, rimmon being a vermifuge,
rim(H)=giving birth to a human worm/
i have pomegranates in my garden.
in winter their husks hang on the
bushes like dry flesh months after
a bitter battle, dried skins of the
seasons casualty/causality.
=Supperating Mts. first sherbet was
from Rimmon(H)=pome-rimmon.
s/z/tzol-petla(N)=throw slush.
the androgynous nature of word=
parallel confirmer for,
tentli ca(N)=/edged/lipped being=tentli/Athena,
by the lips of Zeus.
ah, the Basque/Japonica parallel
i spoke of, renga(J)/renglón(sp)=
line/margin. what bricks are all
about, line/sides.

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