What a magical Five day! I was rereading the Da Vinci Code, and came to the chapter where the identity of the lost Grail is revealed – it is the Divine Feminine, represented by Mary Magdalene – and Apples… and the number 5…
I am also at the very point in my abridging of The Girl and the Guardian (Volume I of Apples of Aeden) where Korman the Guardian is captured and reunited with the Lady in the thorns, from where they will join in secret synergy and guide the land of Aeden, overrun by the Thornmen, back to the Balance.
It is also happens to be the day our son goes out with a girl – this being unusual news, and he being a broke musician Raewyn sent him $30. I thought no make it $55.50 – a luckier number I hope! So i sent $25.50. total $55.50 🙂
It ALSO happens to be International Women’s Day, as I just found out when I went online to write this.
This all got me thinking about my recent and ongoing research into the conspiracies of our culture in preparation for volume – you guessed it – FIVE, of the series Apples of Aeden (apples being of course extremely significant re the Goddess, since they contain a five-pointed star or pentacle in their core (from Kore the Goddess!). I had heard (in a Christian conspiracy YouTube video I think it was) that 555 is the most sacred number for the Wiccans – well that’s ok by me, but also that Hitler was obsessed with the number 555 – his Nazi party number was 555 (he was actually no. 55 but in their early days they put a 5 in front of their membership numbers to inflate them). UGH! This would make 5 and 55 AND 555 pretty evil, wouldn’t it?
But think of what the Nazis did with the revered ancient sun symbol – subverted it into the most potent symbol of evil that it is perhaps forever tainted. So perhaps this is another example of the subversion and perversion of something good and sacred in the service of evil?
Intentionally and synchronistically my Apples of Aeden epic has been quite saturated with the numbers 5 and 555. The naming was via a dream in which a lady (Lady!) said Thank you for publishing My book, and I was looking at its cover, and though (as happens in dreams) I couldn’t read the title, in my head I heard the words ‘The Apples of Eden’. I was envied the lady her good title. She said goodbye, and I awoke (in my virulently anti-goddess brother-in-law’s house as it happens! a great irony from Her!) – and I remembered the title, and thought, ‘Wait, that lady in my dream was Barbara, an artist and gardener, not a writer! I can use the title!’ My brother co-creator of the epic and I had argued and tossed title ideas about for hours days before this, and given up in defeat. Not once did this title occur to us. But my friend and muse for the writing, Ian, had said, ‘I think you will get the title in a dream.’ I had laughed at this… When we returned to Kaiwaka, we went into Cafe Eutopia (of the Five Domes and the central goddess fountain!) and there was Ian, having just called in, bearing a paper bag with a present for me. Inside were two candles in the form of red APPLES. Yes, incredible! But true, by the Lady!
So I also changed the Isle of Aeden to have FIVE arms like a starfish, (and on each arm a mountain with five peaks, plus on mountain with five peaks in the middle of the island).
And added a bit more about the life-giving apples of Aeden (already in the books). When I had made these changes and printed a ‘final’ (yeah right) edition of volume one (The Girl and the Guardian – free as an ebook here https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/243499) I took it to the post office to weigh, to see what postage would cost. I grinned when I saw the readout: 555 grams. 🙂
More recently, when my good brother and co-creator of the epic whisked us away to Europe with him, the scheduled departure time was – you guessed it – 5:55 PM. This is most significant now in hindsight because that trip inspired the new vision for Volume FIVE – it will be very much about Europe, the suppressed Goddess, and the return of the Balance to Earth.
Back to Hitler and the Christian conspiracy theorists. I googled 555 and Hitler to learn more. I verified that his party number WAS 555. Then I looked up the bible-numerology take on 5 and 555. It seems that 5 can be linked to Death in the Bible. This worried me a bit as a former Christian! So 5 three times is death death and more death, they reckon…
However, for me the three is the triple Goddess, sacred and not evil at all. Today I realized that the Christian has good reason to associate 5 with death for mythological reasons too: in the Hebrew version of the Goddess’s bestowing of the Fruit of Life from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, with Her serpent of wisdom, has been turned into an account of the Fall, which led to universal DEATH – and though the Bible doesn’t say so the fruit in question has traditionally been known as the APPLE – inside of which is the PENTACLE, the five seed-cavities in a star formation (cut an apples across the core and see what I mean – it’s beautiful). So Five = Apple = Death. Sinister isn’t it? IF you buy the Bible version of events. If you see the Genesis account as a ‘dexterous’ ploy to disempower women for all time, then the truth would be the reverse: 5 = Apple = Life. And of course the pentacle/pentagram aka the five-pointed star, is FULL of the ratio PHI – the ‘Golden Ratio’, in almost all of nature writ large, and small…. From the spirals of the galaxies to the sunflower to the proportions of the human body to… IE, it means LIFE!
The number of people (mainly? women) the official Western Church has tortured and killed to enforce their version of events and the Masculine Divine is variously estimated, but the Inquisition alone must put it in the millions. ( Their Mary Mother of God is an emasculated virgin substitute for, and subversion of, the triple Mother) What a lot hangs from that apple tree! Which version is true? They can’t both be, can they? It is a fearful thing to go against two millenia of conditioning and consensus (and one’s own former beliefs) to say that the Bible version, not the suppressed ‘Pagan’ one, is the evil subversion, but I think I must side with the Goddess and the Balance, against both the Christians and the Nazis. (How ironic that such a jackbooted, violent, truth-suppressing, male-worshipping abomination as Nazism should have had as its leader a man whose number was FIVE FIVE FIVE!)
Happy International Women’s Day!