Monday, August 8, 2016

The Purple Connection, Part II: The history and gematria of color

God of industry and trade, Mercury and sun god Phoebes, ogle intently and
cajole America into the business of capitalism. 
In Part I of this article, I discussed how the Greek god Hermes was the figurehead of a religion that was dedicated in large part to protecting the trade secrets of the ancient dye making industry.

I also showed through gematria and numerology how the early histories of Brazil and America relate to the symbolism of this religion, which might be termed,  maritime masonry.

The most prized of all ancient dyes was Tyrian purple, which was made at great expense, from the murex sea snail.

 According to the, it took over 12,000 snails to produce 1.4 grams of dye!

The costly dye was the ultimate symbol of power, which helps to explain why purple has been associated with royalty, wealth and luxury. Justinian made it a law that only the Byzantine emperors could wear Tyrian purple, which shows how much they exploited its symbolism for themselves. This idea of the color purple's power to exclude and exalt can still be found in the gematria of modern English. 

Purple in English Ordinal = 88 (16+21+18+16+12+5)
Purple in English Reduction = 34 (7+3+9+7+3+5)

"The haves" in English Ordinal = 88 (20+8+5+0+8+1+22+5+19)
"The haves" in English Reduction = 34 (2+8+5+0+8+1+4+5+1)

Authority in English Ordinal = 137 (1+21+20+8+15+18+9+20+25)
Authority in English Reduction = 47 (1+3+2+8+6+9+9+2+7)

"The have-nots" in English Ordinal = 137 (20+8+5   8+1+22+5+14+15+20+19)
"The have-nots" in the English Reduction system equals 47 (2+8+5   8+1+4+5+5+6+2+1)

The number 137 is interesting because it the 33rd prime number. When we think of prime numbers, we think of indivisibility because a prime number can they only be divided by itself  and one. That gives them a certain power that other numbers in "the multitude" do not possess. The number 33 is widely known as the mark of masonry itself. 

Prime in English Reduction = 34 (7+9+9+4+5)
Prime number in English Ordinal = 134 (16+18+9+13+5   14+21+13+2+5+18)

The power of Tyrian purple dye was hypnotic. It was the traders most prized product. 

It's not easy being purple! 
Purple in English Reduction = 34 (7+3+9+7+3+5)
Dye in English Ordinal = 34 (4+25+5)
Product in English Reduction = 34 (7+9+6+4+3+3+2)

The land that comprised ancient Phoenicia is now the coast of Lebanon, which was part of the land of Canaan
Canaan in English Ordinal = 34 (3+1+14+1+1+14)

The English word hypnosis comes from the Greek god of sleep Hypnos, which also reduces to 34
Hypnos in English Reduction =  34 (8+7+7+5+6+1) 

Although, purple's 34 sum in reduced gematria, and dye's 34 sum added up the full way may not be an exact match, this relationship is important in this way. 34 + 34 = 68. That's the gematria for Hermes, the god of focus for this religion.

 Hermes in English Ordinal = 68 (8+5+18+13+5+19)

The way the gematria comes through with these key words and phrases show us new levels of association between the seen and the hidden. Tyrian purple has much to tell us. However, the story goes even deeper.

The myth of the phoenix is derived from the purplish color of
the Kermes "worm" that burns brightly as it dies. The ashes of
the phoenix comes from the tiny cocoons that cover the insects
when they die. When the young emerge in the spring, the cycle
begins anew. The discovery of color in the ancient art of dye
 making has had a profound influence on  mythology and religion.
Since Tyrian purple was so astronomically expensive, only those at the very tip of the power pyramid could afford it. Fortunately for the times, I suppose, there was an alternative for the large swath of petty kings, lesser nobility and the well-to-do in the ancient world. It was this part of the market that shows the true origins of the Caduceus, the fabled wand of Hermes.

I'm linking the article that helped me in this inquiry, here.  Before the Phoenicians learned to produce Tyrian purple, they already held the secrets of another slightly less expensive, yet still very fine crimson to plum tinted dye. This dye came from the worm-like insects known as Kermes.

The Kermes bugs are natural parasites of the Kermes oak, a small evergreen that now grows all around the Mediterranean, primarily because the Phoenicians planted it wherever they founded their colonies. Since the Kermes looked like worms, they were worms, because the Phoenicians and Greeks classified animals based on appearance. By analogy, worms and snakes were considered to be different versions of the same creature, the serpent.

The caduceus is associated with Hermes and his Roman counterpart, Mercury. The article linked above shows that Kermes and Hermes are actually two versions of the same word. In Aramaic and ancient Hebrew, k, h and kh are phonetically interchangeable. The differences passed into Greek and to us as two different words, Kermes for the "worms" and Hermes for the god.

The rich crimson hues of the Kermes insect can be seen even when the bugs
are still alive. The word crimson is derived from the Kermes "worm," for the
this shade of reddish purple. That'a gonna make a good batch of dye!
This gives us the key to another level of symbolism. The caduceus with its intertwined serpents is a tribute to the power of the purple dyes produced by the commercial empires of Phoenicia, Greece and Rome.

This also partly explains why Zeus and Jupiter, the Greek and Roman names for the king of the gods has always been associated with the color purple and the oak tree.

The gematria shows how deep it all goes.

Purple in English Ordinal = 88 (16+21+18+16+12+5)
Worms in English Ordinal = 88 (23+15+18+13+19)

The relationship between purple and the serpent continues in reduced gematria.

Purple in English Reduction = 34 (7+3+9+7+3+5)
Serpent in the English Reduction = 34 (1+5+9+7+5+5+2)

Hermes in  English Reduction system = 32 (8+5+9+4+5+1
Caduceus in English Reduction with -s reduction = 32 (3+1+4+3+3+5+3+10)
Power in English Reduction = 32 (7+6+5+5+9

Caduceus in English Ordinal = 77 (3+1+4+21+3+5+21+19)
Power  in the English Ordinal system equals 77 (16+15+23+5+18)

In ancient Byzantium, the emperors also claimed the sole right to use purple ink in their written communication as yet another way to impose their authority and rank. In effect, anyone caught with the forbidden ink would have been put to death.

Purple in English Reduction = 34 (7+3+9+7+3+5)
The Kermes oak
Ink in English Ordinal =  34 (9+14+11)

Part III is coming soon