Red & Blue in Solomon's Temple

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Red & Blue for Boaz and Jachin In Theosophy
In Theosophy some of the symbols
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for Boaz and Jachin have been painted red and violet-blue
su!!estin! a representation of the red " blue blood#
$enerally the red J-pillar is arisin! from the sea and the violet-blue %& to be more precise the violet
border color of the rainbow' B-pillar from the soil#
(po)alyptisches *ie!el 4+ painted by ,lara -ettich accordin! to -udolf *teiner.s ideas/ *tutt!art 1011
1icence ,reative ,ommons 23amensnennun!/ 4eiter!abe unter !leichen Bedin!un!en5#
Boaz is )nown as the pillar of stren!th or severity and represents the *un# Jachin is )nown as the
pillar of beauty or mildness and represents the 6oon# Boaz and Jachin are built into the architecture
of all masonic lod!es#
1 (pocalyptic seal %1011' and Jachin and Boas and
(dam 7admon in center of Jachin and Boaz# (ndro!yne of male and female/ as above so below#
Fig. 1: Apocalyptic Seal
In the website The Three Pillars of 6asonry
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I found some of the antipodal definitions for the
pillars/ which also meets the conditions for the *ephirot9
First pillar Second pillar Third pillar
(broken central pillar)
Boaz %or Betah
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;' - <==> Jachin - Ιαχουμ
%meanin! Yah establishes)
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%veiled' *un
?eavens %topped with a !lobe
representin! the heavens'
@arth %topped with a !lobe
representin! the earth'
*un
*tren!th @stablishment ?armony %balance'
Aoric %stren!th' ,orinthian %beauty' Ionic pillar %master'
6ale Bemale $od
Birth %silver pillar' Aeath %blac) pillar' Ceiled %path of )nowled!e'
%?i!h Driestess in Tarot'
Ciolet- blue
%outer rainbow.s border'
-ed %crimson E scarlet'
%inner rainbow.s border'
Durple as a miFture of blue
and red %or the sun.s yellow'
Cowel%s'9 I/ Y Cowel%s'9 G/ Cowel%s'9 (/ @/ !/ H/ I
Brom other studies I added the vowel symbolism to the table#
*ometimes the attributes are miFed up and reverse polarity such as9
The pillar of Jachim represents the solar/ masculine/ active/ positive/ eFpansive principle
of li!ht+ the pillar of Boaz represents the lunar/ female/ passive/ ne!ative/ containin!
principle of dar)ness#
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*amples for symbolic polarity are found in a video clip9 6ystery *chool 1esson 89 1aw of Dolarity
The attributes of colors represent antipodes/ which in theosophy define Jachin as red and Boaz as
blue# ?owever there are other definitions which su!!est to assi!n the male warriors and emperors to
red colors
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The color symbols also may be found in the Bible# The most important color symbol in Jewish
reli!ion may have been te)helet blue#
Durple and scarlet however dominate in LThe Parallel LivesL by Dlutarch# In fact purple always
seems to have been the ultimate royal respectively imperial symbol#
8 The Three Pillars of 6asonry - Boynton 6asonic 1od!e
: The *ecret of *olomon.s Dillars9 Jachin and Boaz
4 The *ecret of *olomon.s Dillars9 Jachin and Boaz
J Jachin and Boaz
K LThe Parallel LivesL by Dlutarch# - %& *ymbolism of Durple and *carlet in $ree) and -oman *ocieties'
Uniting Male & Female
The 1Kth century *efad 7abbalistic -enaissance ennacted the prayer before performin! 6itzvot
Jewish observances/ unitin! Tiferet-Beauty/ central principle in the male emotions %Meir (npin' with
6al)uth-7in!ship/ the feminine *hechinah
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LBor the sa)e of the union of the ?oly Ine Blessed be ?e/ and ?is *he)hinah/ to unite
the name N-? with C-? in a perfect union/ in the name of all IsraelL
The tas) of man is restorin! union %Nichud' to the 6ale and Bemale Aivine manifestations# 4ithin
the Tetra!rammaton %N?C?'/ the first two letters N-? si!nify the ,oncealed 4orldEGpper Gnity
with $od/ and the latter two C-? si!nify the ,reated 4orldE1ower Gnity
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# This formula reveals the
concept of the male " female antipodes#
This concept of bipolarity is common in -oman and $ree) reli!ion as well# The vowels have been
used to symbolize the pillars/ which had to prevent a collapse of the s)y
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If available in these namin! conventions the pillars always had to be represented by the sacred
vowels# ?owever the Jewish alphabet does not easily reveal its vowels# @specially the name Boaz
cannot be simply replaced by a vowel#
?ebrew reli!ion used the pillars J and B for the antipodal symbols# In -oman concepts the I and G
%& IG-piter' and in $ree) concepts @
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and G %resultin! in the s)y-!od Meus' have been used#
In the traditional form/ vowels are indicated by the wea) consonants (leph %א'/ ?e %ה'/ Cav %ו'/ or
Nodh %י' se"#in$ as #o%el le&&e"s/ or matres lectionis
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# This idea has been introduced in all
principal civilizations
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In a similar way the @uropean vowels (-@-I-I-G in the ancient -oman alphabet served as a
symbolic device for the ?absbur! emperor Brederic) III %141J0:'/ who habitually si!ned
buildin!s such as Bur! 4iener 3eustadt or $raz ,athedral as well as his tableware and other
objects with the vowel seQuence/ which just was another vowel acronym of the ?oly 3ame
N?C?
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The vowels %which symbolized eternity' also played an important role in desi!nin! the most
important
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of all words/ which %eFcept the divine name N?C?/ IG-piter/ etc# of course' is the e!o-
pronoun
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/ which consists of the vowels (/ @/ I/ I/ G/ but also H
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/ N
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/ etc#
7 *ephirot
O Meir (npin
0 The 4orld.s Dillar in the 4ords
1P The @-Inscription at the Imphalos
11 ?ebrewRalphabetSCowels
18 The *acred Cowels in Dronouns notes " In the *ymbolism of the Cowels (-@-I-I-G
1: The (#@#I#I#G-device of Brederic) III
14 (ccordin! to 6orris *wadesh %Cowels for @ternity'
1J The ,reation of 4est-@uropean Dronouns
1K H for Hternity - ( 4orld made of 4ords " T %The ,reation 1e!end encoded in a word/ @tymolo!y for ATy/ Tiw
and T %5IU'
17 The N had been introduced as a vowel in between I and G %The N-Droceedin!s %The N-7ey to the @n!lish @!o-
Dronouns'
Trinity
Brom the triad-concept %of two antipodes and a shared union symbol' it should be clear that we are
usin! a trinity symbol of pillar " vowel symbols# (lthou!h the divine name tended to eFpand to
seven vowels
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it ori!inally seemed to have been restricted to three elements %I/ (/ G respectively in
?ebrew N/ ?/ C'#
The Booz and Jachim pillars
Iri!inally from 18:P up to 1K44 the Booz and Jachin
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pillars had been installed at the entrance hall
of the 4Vrzbur! 7ilian-cathedral# They had been desi!ned around 18:P as eQuivalents to the
Jerusalem temple/ which accordin! to the le!end had been created by ?iram of Tyre#
Both pillars had been inscribed with their names Booz and Iachim respectively
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# The ori!inal red
paint may be observed at several locations# Ither colors are very scarce or missin!#
The Iachim node-column has been eQuipped with a sin!ular more complicated O-strin!sE4 level
)not/ whereas the Booz pillar uses a 4-strin!sEtwo dual level )nots#
The traces of red paint are clearly visible at the )nots of the Iachim pillar in the 4Vrzbur! 7ilian-
cathedral
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own photograph
1O The ?ermetic ,odeF II " In the *ymbolism of the Cowels "5The 6ystery of the *even CowelsU %1001' Joscelyn
$odwin
10 Jachin has been eFplained in $en 4K/1P+ Boas in -ut 8-4#
8P Jachin and Boas Bibelwissenschaft#de %$erman'
81 *ymbolism in the 4Vrzbur! @piscopal -esidence
2: e! traces at the "achi# no!e$
col%#n in &'r(b%rg)12*+)
Exodus !"#
.6oreover/ thou shalt ma)e the tabernacle with ten curtains/ of fine twisted linen and
blue and purple and scarlet/ with cherubim of cunnin! wor) shalt thou ma)e them#.
This trio of colors/ .blue/ purple and scarlet./ is thus listed to!ether some :P times in the Bible# They
are in the 7in! JamesW Cersion of 1K11/ translatin! the ori!inal ?ebrew terms# Te)helet has become
.blue.+ (r!aman .purple.+ and Tolaat *hani .scarlet.#
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Red & Blue in $olomon%s Temple
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There was a two-leaved door between it and the ?oly Dlace overlaid with !old %8 ,hr# 4988'+ also a
veil of te)helet %blue'/ purple/ and crimson and fine linen %8 ,hr# :914+ compare @Fodus 8K9::'#
The color scheme of the veil was symbolic# Blue represented the heavens/ while red or crimson
represented the earth# Durple/ a combination of the two colors/ represents a meetin! of the heavens
and the earth#
The blue s)y may have symbolized the male and the red earth the female element#
*ource %detail'9 the fourth *eal9 Jachin and Boas by ,lara -ettich
88 Durple Ayein! in the (ncient 6editerranean 4orld - Te,helet
8: *olomons Temple 99 Brisbane Free#asons
Fig. *: The seals o- a bl%e #ale pillar )s,y) an!
a re! -e#ale pillar )earth)
Red & Blue in 'raeco(Roman culture
I investi!ated the color symbolism in $raeco--oman culture by analyzin! LThe Parallel LivesL by
Dlutarch for Quotations of purple and scarlet/ which seem to be the most prominent symbolic colors
in $raeco--oman culture
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The use of blue is not recorded in LThe Parallel LivesL althou!h others record purple and blue as a
state monopoly9
,aesar and (u!ustus restricted the use of the dyes to !overnin! classes# 3ero %d# KO ,@'
issued a decree that !ave the emperor eFclusive ri!ht to wear purple or blue !arments#
Gnder ,onstantius %::7-:K8' the restrictions were slac)ly enforced# In :O:/ an edict by
$ratian/ Calentinian/ and Theodosius deemed the manufacture of hi!her Quality purple
and blue a state monopoly#
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3ot a word is bein! said to the crimson andEor scarlet colors#
*ince Dlutarch wrote around 1PP (#A# he can hardly be considered a primary source for the earliest
be!innin!s# (t the same time/ he appears to have been very careful in his research/ and may be the
best source now eFtant for early eras#
Brom the earliest eras of -oman history %the 1ife of -omulus' the leader wore purple9 a scarlet
tunic and a to!a bordered with purple# @ven children did wear a robe bordered with purple#
(s a remar)able fact The life of Julius ,aesar does not contain any reference to purple# If Dlutarch
had searched for any divine attribute to honor ,aesar he would have been able to invent some
purple robe for the divine emperor#
( !reat number of colorin! codes for purple and scarlet/ but none for blue could be detected in the
historical records of Dlutarch# Durple seems to be the imperial and divine symbol/ such as the purple
vestment of the !oddess Aemeter# *carlet may have been a male symbol for warriors#
7in!s and !enerals ma)e their appearance in a purple robe/ but the )in!s wear a royal diadem and a
purple robe# In a battle the )in! and the !enerals wear scarlet coats# The usual si!nal of impendin!
battle was the display of a scarlet tunic %probably as a male symbol for a male warrior'#
84 *ymbolism of Durple and *carlet in $ree) and -oman *ocieties
8J The *cience of Te,helet
Te)helet
In ?ebrew tradition te)helet %blue' seems to have been the most important of the three basic color
symbols blue/ purple and red9
*pea) to the children of Israel/ and bid them ma)e frin!es in the corners of their !arments
throu!hout their !enerations/ puttin! upon the frin!e of each corner a thread of blue# (nd it
shall be unto you for a frin!e/ that you may loo) upon it and remember all the
commandments of the 1ord/ and do them+
Brom the start/ the colored !arments were !reatly revered/ as can be attested to by a 6inoan
priestess fi!urine dated 1KPP B,@ which has what appear to be dar) blue decorations on her attire#
The dyes were rare and valuable/ and wool colored with them was worth up to 8P times its wei!ht
in !old# These precious dyes were reserved for royalty+ they colored the robes of the )in!s and
princes of 6edia/ Babylon/ @!ypt/ $reece/ and -ome/ and to wear them was to identify with
nobility#
The eleventh century Biblical commentator/ -ashi/ eFplains how loo)in! at the frin!es reminds one
of all $odXs commandments# That which is to remind us of $odXs commandments is not the tsitsit/
but rather the thread of blue/ the te)helet
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*tran!e as it may seem blue has been banned from -oman ,atholic litur!y
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/ which su!!ests it
should be considered as a female symbol#
*amentation for Tyre
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The biblical teFt 1amentation for Tyre eFactly describes what has been important those days in
antiQuity# The list also includes the state of the art/ includin! materials/ soldiers/ payments and
special Quality descriptions#
In my study to identify the reli!ious symbolism I especially searched for the color specifications#
The only colors which %in analo!y to e#!# @Fodus 8J94 and 8 ,hronicles :914' had been specified in
1amentation for Tyre are white/ Blue/ Durple and -ed#
Medie,al color sym-ols
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(ntipodal
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red and blue symbols had been applied in architecture and artwor)
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Cowels had been intended and desi!ned to stabilize society in analo!y to the N " B-pillars of
*olomon.s temple# The N-vowel had been desi!ned as an andro!ynous symbol
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-ed " blue have been used in 4idu)ind.s Tomb and in the tombs for the first BritishE@n!lish royal
families in Bontevraud
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8K The *cience of Te,helet
87 1itur!ical %and -oyal' ,olours
8O 1amentation for Tyre
80 Blue and -ed in 6edieval $arments " Blue and -ed in 3otitia Ai!nitatum
:P *ymbolism in (ntipodal ,olors
:1 -ed and Blue in (rchitecture and (rtw### " 7eystones to -eli!ious (rchitecture " *ymbolism in the $arden of
Aeli!ht
:8 *ocial Initiation and *tabilisation
:: Blue and -ed in 6edieval $arments " The ?ermetic ,odeF II - Bipolar 6onotheism
Flags
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,hec)in! triad structures in fla!s we mi!ht easily identify the most prominent color symbols red/
blue and the yellow central sun in 17OJ9 The fla!.s desi!n in red/ blue and yellow by Brancisco de
6iranda %for ,olombia/Cenezuela and @cuador'/ which obviously had been inspired by J#4#
$oethe#
6iranda.s and $oethe.s color combination clearly corresponds to the triad of three pillars blue
5?eavensU %Boaz'/ red 5@arthU %Jachin' and the yellow/ 5veiledU 5*unU#
0onclusion
In Theosophy some of the symbols
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for Boaz and Jachin have been painted red and violet-blue
su!!estin! a representation of the red " blue blood#
$enerally the red J-pillar is arisin! from the sea and the violet-blue %& to be more precise the violet
border color of the rainbow' B-pillar from the soil# Boaz is )nown as the pillar of stren!th or
severity and represents the *un# Jachin is )nown as the pillar of beauty or mildness and represents
the 6oon# Boaz and Jachin are built into the architecture of all masonic lod!es#
Brom the triad-concept %of two antipodes and a shared union symbol' it should be clear that we are
usin! a trinity symbol of three pillar " three vowel symbols# (lthou!h in the course of time the
divine name tended to eFpand to seven vowels
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it ori!inally seemed to have been restricted to three
elements %I/ (/ G respectively in ?ebrew N/ ?/ C'#
Intrinsically all fla!s usin! red and blue %plus a third symbol such as white or a virtually veiled
spare place' seem to be usin! these symbolic pillars from ancient eras/ in which the people must
have been scared to death that they would be smashed by a fallin! s)y and needed protection by real
pillars or their vocal or colored representations#
Contents
-ed " Blue for Boaz and Jachin In Theosophy##############################################################################1
Gnitin! 6ale " Bemale###################################################################################################################:
Trinity##############################################################################################################################################4
The Booz and Jachim pillars############################################################################################################4
@Fodus 8K91#####################################################################################################################################J
-ed " Blue in *olomon.s Temple####################################################################################################J
-ed " Blue in $raeco--oman culture#############################################################################################K
Te)helet############################################################################################################################################7
1amentation for Tyre#######################################################################################################################7
6edieval color symbols###################################################################################################################7
Bla!s#################################################################################################################################################O
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:4 @tymolo!y for Bla!s " 6emories of (r!entina/ ,olumbia and Cenezuela
:J (pocalyptic seal %1011' and Jachin and Boas and
(dam 7admon in center of Jachin and Boaz# (ndro!yne of male and female/ as above so below#
:K The ?ermetic ,odeF II " In the *ymbolism of the Cowels "5The 6ystery of the *even CowelsU %1001' Joscelyn
$odwin