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Spiritual concepts

Intelligences and their synonyms

One of the perhaps hugely confusing aspects about the spiritual plane is that different spiritual systems have named each Intelligence in the Intelligence Hierarchy differently.

There are actually only a limited number of higher Intelligences in the spirit world, but they have hundreds of names.  There are thousands and thousands of lower Intelligences simply because each one has to correspond with a species or a sub-system of the universe, but at higher levels – the realms of very very high functionality, there are not that many. 

There are not male and female Intelligences, they are, as it were, dual sexed [though this is meaningless in this context], but in order to name the Intelligences they were often given a male and a female persona and name which make it even more confusing.  It is worth noting that the Greeks, Hindus, Babylonians, Egyptians, Australian Aborigines, Siberians all have or had ‘gods’ and were quite right when they said that powerful beings that were the ‘gods’ of each species or ‘class’ or ‘entity’ created the universe.

There were.

The problem with saying this is that the spiritual realm became for them a morass of Spirit Entities with no clear pattern of correspondences.  Which is why the Jews said ‘Enough – there is only one God’– and made things a lot simpler [though perhaps less comprehensive] for people.

It is worth emphasising I think that the physical planets were named after the Intelligences. We are still naming stars and planets, moons and suns with the names of mythological characters, so the process continues.  We have to think of each 'planet' name as a storage level rather than as a physical form.....

Alphonse Toussenel – L’Esprit des Betes
Analogy had proclaimed the telescopic planets before the invention of the telescope, and the planet Leverrier [now Neptune] before the birth of the astronomer

Many people trying to explain this refer to these symbolic planets as ‘spheres’ rather than planets because it makes it clear there is a difference. I supposed we could imagine them to be like  computer packages which group the functions.

In the 1600s Angelo Berardi attempted to draw up a table showing the synonyms.  He  used the work of the Kabbalists as well as Francesco Giorgi and produced a synthesis of others' work.  The following was the result [I have added some extras using Cirlot and Wikipedia].  I have no idea whether it is right or wrong, but it should help to show the problems faced when dealing with this area.  There are only one set of  Intelligences shared by us all, but they have a lot of names!

Table one correspondences

Planet  name

Esoteric

 

Jewish Sephirot

Christian

Chaldeans

Sumerian

Greeks

Romans

Hindu

Primum mobile

Crown

Kether

Seraphim

 

 

 

Ketu [south lunar node]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rahu [north lunar node

Firmament

Wisdom

Chokmah

Cherubim

 

 

 

 

Saturn

Intelligence

Binah

Thrones

Ninib?

Cronos

Saturn

Shani

Jupiter

Mercy

Chesed

Dominions

Iškur / Adad

Zeus

Jupiter

Brhaspati *

Mars

Fortitude

Gevurah

Virtues

Ninurta?

Ares

Mars

Mangala

Sun

Beauty

Tiphereth

Powers

Shamash

Apollo

Helios

Surya

Venus

Eternal victory

Netzach

Principalities

Ishtar

Aphrodite

Venus

Shukra

Mercury

Glory

Hod

Archangels

Enki/Nabu

Hermes

Mercury

Budha

Moon

Foundation

Yesod

Angels

Sin

Artemis

Diana

Chandra

[5 levels]

Kingdom

Malkuth

Blessed souls

 

 

 

 

Ceres

 

 

 

 

Demeter

Ceres

Shakti

Uranus

 

 

 

 

Uranos

Caelus

Vasuki

Neptune

 

 

 

 

Poseidon

Neptune

Varuna

Pluto

 

 

 

 Nergal

Hades

Pluto

Kubera

* Although Berardi favours Brhaspati, most of the evidence seems to point to Indra as being the more obvious choice for this correspondence, as he is a god of thunder as is Zeus and the Nordic god Thor [not shown]

One of the abiding expressions we use even today is that of ‘being in seventh heaven’.  So where is seventh heaven?  The seven heavens correspond to the planets, Saturn being the seventh heaven and the Moon being the first heaven.  The different nomenclature was used within Judeo, Islamic and Christian cosmology to avoid the use of the Greek names – which were regarded as being ‘pagan’.  The levels are, however, identical. 

Apart from this known naming, the following tables may be incorrect for which I apologise, but no sources seem to agree on the correspondences here

Table two correspondences

Planetary system

Alchemical metal

Colour

Bird

Musical system

No

Elements

-

 

 

Parhypate meson

 

Moon

Silver

Silver  or white

Owl

 

Lichanos Meson

1st heaven

Mercury

Mercury

Purple

Storm petrol

Mese

2nd heaven

Venus

Copper

[or bronze]

Green

Dove or swan

Trite synemmenon

3rd heaven

Sun

Gold

Gold or yellow

Pea cock

Trite diezeugmenon

4th heaven

Mars

Iron

Red

Falcon

Paranete diezeugmenon

5th heaven

Jupiter

Tin

Azure blue

Eagle

Nete diezeugmenon

6th heaven

Saturn

Lead

Sable or black

Crow or raven

Trite hyperbolaion

7th heaven

Firmament

-

 

 

Paranete hyperbolaion

 

Primum mobile

-

 

 

Nete hyperbolaion

 

According to Jewish teachings in the Talmud, the names of the seven heavens are as shown below:

  1. Vilon (וילון), also Isaiah 40:22
  2. Raki'a (רקיע), also Genesis. 1:17
  3. Shehaqim (שחקים), also Psalm. 78:23
  4. Zebul (זבול), also Isaiah 63:15, I Kings, 8:13
  5. Ma'on (מעון), also Deuteronomy. 26:15, Psalm. 42:9
  6. Machon (מכון), also 1 Kings 7:30, Deuteronomy. 28:12)
  7. Araboth (ערבות), The seventh Heaven

 The name of the seven heavens in Islam, derived from a Hadith from Ali,  are as shown below. 

  1. Rafi' (رفیع) the least heaven (سماء الدنیا)
  2. Qaydum (قیدوم)
  3. Marum (ماروم)
  4. Arfalun (أرفلون‏)
  5. Hay'oun (هيعون‏)
  6. Arous (عروس)
  7. Ajma' (عجماء)

For the ext table, there is again no agreement on these names, one source can contradict other sources, so it may be better to view the names as a list of synonymous names.

Table four correspondences

Planetary system

Jewel

 Norse

 Indo European

 Hebrew letter

Feudal rank

Names

Elements

Jasper

 

 

 

Peasant

 

Moon

Sapphire

 Moon

 

 Gimmel

Citizen

Sadai, Elhai, Adinia, Melec

Mercury

Agate

 Woden

 

 Beth

Knight

Ihvh Zevaoth

Venus

Emerald

 Freya

 

 Daleth

Baron

Elohim Zervaoth

Sun

Onyx

 Sun

 

 Resh

Viscount

Ihvh

Mars

Carnelian

 TIW or TYW [Tue]

 

 Peh

Earl

Elohim

Jupiter

Chrysolate

Thor

 Dyaus

 Kaph

Marquis

El

Saturn

Beryl

 Saturn

 

 Tau

Duke

Hihvh

Firmament

Topaz

 

 

 

King

Sem mephoras

Primum mobile

Chrysopase

 

 

 

Emperor

Ehieh asher ehieh

 

Revelation 21:1

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel.  The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the 5th onyx, the 6th carnelian, the 7th chrysolate, the 8th beryl, the 9th topaz, the 10th chrysoprase, the 11th jainth, the 12th amethyst.

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