Wednesday, October 8, 2014

If the Shoe Fits, Wear it


Let's go on an epic journey of earthly proportions to a promised land and into the world of fairy tales.  If the shoe fits, wear it!  The Little Glass Slipper (Cinderella) is the shoe I'm talking about here.  

There is a passage from The Way of Kabbalah by Z’ev Ben Shimon Halevi that sets the stage for our adventure.
“Stories of glimpses into the promised land abound in world folklore although often in a watered down and distorted form… The tale of Cinderella is another version of natural man’s encounter with the upper worlds and gives a detailed account of the powers and worlds involved. Cinderella, the rightful heiress (or soul) of her father’s house, is made to live in the kitchen (the body) while her stepmother’s (ego’s) ugly daughters (personas) usurp her place. However, with the aid of her fairy godmother (teacher), a pumpkin (the vegetable soul) and some mice (the animal soul) are transformed into a coach and horses (Ezekiel’s Merkabah or chariot) which will convey Cinderella to the ball (the next world). Her rags are changed into a fabulous gown (she shifts from the natural to the supernatural). In this state of Grace she is raised from Asiyyah up into Yezirah, where she meets the prince (spirit of Beriah). After various difficulties with the claims of the ego and the personas, the soul and the spirit are united in marriage, much to the pleasure of the king (Adam Kadmon of Azilut).” 
The passage speaks not to a new concept but a timeless tale of raising the consciousness to that place somewhere over the rainbow. You'll discover where the shoe (the little glass slipper) fits on the Tree of Life first.  Secondly, how do you discover if this particular tale fits your path?  What is your calling? Stories abound with analogies to the process of transformation throughout history and cultures.  However, if you're not familiar with this particular fairy tale, here's an overview from Wikipedia.

Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper (FrenchCendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de VerreItalianCenerentolaGerman:Aschenputtel), is a European folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression in Histoires ou contes du temps passé published by Charles Perrault in 1697,[1] and by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales.
Although both the story's title and the character's name change in different languages, in English-language folklore "Cinderella" is the archetypal name. The word "Cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of "Cinderella" continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.
The Aarne–Thompson system classifies Cinderella as "the persecuted heroine". The story of Rhodopis about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt is considered the earliest known variant of the "Cinderella" story and many variants are known throughout the world.
Plot:
Once upon a time, there was a widower who married a proud and haughty woman as his second wife. She had two daughters, who were equally vain and selfish. By his first wife, he'd had a beautiful young daughter, a girl of unparalleled goodness and sweet temper. The stepmother and her daughters forced the first daughter into servitude, where she was made to work day and night doing menial chores. After the girl's chores were done for the day, she would retire to the barren and cold room given to her, and would curl up near the fireplace in an effort to stay warm. She would often arise covered in cinders, giving rise to the mocking nickname "Cinderella". Cinderella bore the abuse patiently and dared not tell her father, since his wife controlled him entirely.
One day, the Prince invited all the young ladies in the land to a ball, planning to choose a wife from amongst them. The two step sisters gleefully planned their wardrobes for the ball, and taunted Cinderella by telling her that maids were not invited to the ball.
As the sisters departed to the ball, Cinderella cried in despair. Her Fairy Godmother magically appeared and immediately began to transform Cinderella from house servant to the young lady she was by birth, all in the effort to get Cinderella to the ball. She turned a pumpkin into a golden carriage, mice into horses, a rat into a coachman, and lizards into footmen. She then turned Cinderella's rags into a beautiful jewelled gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers. The Godmother told her to enjoy the ball, but warned that she had to return before midnight, when the spells would be broken.
At the ball, the entire court was entranced by Cinderella, especially the Prince. At this first ball, Cinderella remembers to leave before midnight. Back home, Cinderella graciously thanked her Godmother. She then greeted the stepsisters, who had not recognized her earlier and talked of nothing but the beautiful girl at the ball.
Another ball was held the next evening, and Cinderella again attended with her Godmother's help. The Prince had become even more infatuated, and Cinderella in turn became so enchanted by him she lost track of time and left only at the final stroke of midnight, losing one of her glass slippers on the steps of the palace in her haste. The Prince chased her, but outside the palace, the guards saw only a simple country girl leave. The Prince pocketed the slipper and vows to find and marry the girl to whom it belonged. Meanwhile, Cinderella kept the other slipper, which did not disappear when the spell was broken.
The Prince tried the slipper on all the women in the kingdom. When the Prince arrives at Cinderella's villa, the stepsisters tried in vain to win over the prince. Cinderella asked if she might try, while the stepsisters taunted her. Naturally, the slipper fitted perfectly, and Cinderella produced the other slipper for good measure. The stepsisters both pleaded for forgiveness, and Cinderella agreed to let bygones be bygones. 

Did you happen to notice that the glass slipper was an important plot element in this story?  

Since The Way of Kaballah did not elaborate on the missing glass slipper and the prince in search of the owner of the slipper, we're going to drill down a bit deeper.  Let's start with the diagram of the Tree of Life as shown below.  At the bottom of the diagram, in the tenth position, is Malkhut, which relates to the glass slipper in our fairy tale.  Beneath the diagram is a definition of Malkhut from Wikipedia.           

Malkuth or Malchut ("kingdom"; ملكوت ;מלכות), or Shekhinah, is the tenth of the sephirot in the Kabbalistic  Tree of Life. It sits at the bottom of the Tree, below Yesod. This sephirah has as a symbol the Bride which relates to the sphere of Tipheret, symbolized by the Bridegroom.
Unlike the other nine sephirot, it is an attribute of God which does not emanate from God directly. Rather it emanates from God's creation—when that creation reflects and evinces God's glory from within itself.
Malkuth means Kingdom. It is associated with the realm of matter/earth and relates to the physical world, the planets, and the solar system. It is important not to think of this sephirah as merely "unspiritual," for even though it is the emanation furthest from the divine source, it is still on the Tree of Life. As the receiving sphere of all the other Sephirot above it, Malkuth gives tangible form to the other emanations. It is the negative node of an electrical circuit. The divine energy comes down and finds its expression in this plane, and our purpose as human beings is to bring that energy back around the circuit again and up the Tree.  (Grounding)
Some occultists have also likened Malkuth to a cosmic filter, which lies above the world of the Qliphoth, or the Tree of Death, the world of chaos which is constructed from the imbalance of the original sephirot in the Tree of Life. For this reason, it is associated with the feet and anus of the human body, the feet connecting the body to Earth, and the anus being the body's "filter" through which waste is excreted, just as Malkuth excretes unbalanced energy into the Qliphoth. Another way to understand this is that when one is sitting, as in a meditative state, it is the anus that makes physical contact with the Earth, whereas when one is standing or walking, it is the feet that come in contact with the Earth or Malkuth.

The highlighted aspects include "the sephirah has as a symbol the Bride, it is associated with the realm of matter/earth, and the feet connecting the body to Earth."  What is not included are other various symbols used to describe Shekhinah such as female, Moon, or rainbow.  As stated in The Essential Kabbalah by Daniel C. Matt, "In Kaballah, Shekhinah becomes a full-fledged She: daughter of Binah (the Divine Mother), the bride of Tif'eret, the feminine half of God."  "...these figures of speech should not be taken literally; they are organic symbols of a spiritual reality beyond normal comprehension." 

It is important to note there are only two unions on the Tree of Life.  The upper union between Hokhmah and Binah, called the man and women, king and queen, father and mother, and the lower union between Tiferet and Malkhut called prince and princess, or bride and bridegroom.  The essence of "As above, so below, as within, so without" applies here.  

Now, it's not hard to figure why a woman would obsess over shoes, or why the fairly tale Cinderella uses a glass slipper as a plot device.  The reason I asked the question what's your calling is that the word "calling" will assist in the process of discovery. Lynyrd Skynyrd expresses the heart of the matter (if the shoe fits, wear it) in the song What's Your Name - Little Girl.      

However, I'm going to show you how to find the path of destiny in numerology, which is derived from your name.  I'll give an example using my name to demonstrate the process.  The number value will then be placed on the tree as shown below.

"The biblical books of Ezekiel, Enoch, and IV Ezra contain mystical revelations of hidden knowledge, including speculation about the mystical import of numbers and letters."  

Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker are the source for the above passage and for discovering my path of destiny.


"Your personal numbers are determined by the numbers in your birth date (life lesson) and the letters in your name you are given at birth (and the names by which you are called) to arrive at the numerical vibration of names; each letter in the alphabet is given a number value."  The alphabet contains 26 letters and requires reducing the double digits to one number.  For example, the number 12 is then written as 12/3.  Master numbers such as 11, 22, 33, and 44 are not reduced when determining the total value.

Betsy 2+5+2+1+7 = 17/8     Ann 1+5+5 = 11      Malone 4+1+3+6+5+5 = 24/6

8 + 11 + 6  =  25/7 are my path of destiny numbers, which does not fit for Malkhut but is placed at Netsah.                  

Use the double-digit number if you want a more in-depth look at the path of destiny as shown in the Synthesis of Numerology, Astrology, and the Tarot below.


Dwelling on the spiritual side of life is my true calling.  Life is happier when you are on the right path. I'm currently working on the way to assist others in finding their personal fairy tale using a synthesis of elements.  More to come...    

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