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Encyclopedia of Earth Myths: An Insider's A-Z Guide to Mythic People, Places, Objects, and Events Central to the Earth's Visionary Geography: How the Psychic Reality of Myths Illuminates Consciousness and the Earth
Richard Leviton

The created container for human individuality before separation into genders, one capable of bearing the highest spiritual principle called the Aleph within the blood and physical matter of the body.

Also known as Adam of Light, Adapa, First Man.

Description: Adam is well known to the world as the first male human being created by God in His image in the Garden of Eden, and mate to Eve, the first woman. He found his first wife, Lilith, too wild and feral to be a suitable mate. Adam's name is traditionally interpreted to mean red or ruddy.

Adam is credited with having named the creatures God created. Genesis recounts how Adam stood by passively while Eve got them expelled from Paradise by tempting him to eat the forbidden fruit, presumably a golden apple, from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

In the Gnostic scriptures, Adam is called Adam of Light, described as the luminous man of blood. One document, called the Apocryphon of John, says that 365 angels contributed to the creation of Adam, one making the spine, another the arteries, and so forth, so that Adam was a composite of this range of angelic input. Adam lived to age 930, fathering, with Eve, Cain and Abel; he was buried on Mount Hebron or possibly Golgotha, "the place of the skull" in Jerusalem. Judaism says that after death humans must go through the Cave of Machpelah, Adam's domain, as he was the first human to die, before reentering Eden.

Explanation: The biggest obstacle to understanding Adam is taking Genesis literally in fundamentalist terms. It is a complex symbolic narrative written in Qabalistic code, based on the Hebrew, or earlier Aramaic language.

There are three most important facts about Adam. First, Adam was not the first male, but rather the archetypal, pregenderized container into which the soul was placed, later differentiated into male and female aspects. Second, Adam must be interpreted in terms of Qabalistic code (called gematria) to make sense of the concept: It means the Aleph (A) immersed in the blood (DAM). Third, there were two Adams because humanity has been generated twice: The first Adam did in fact marry Lilith, one of the Edomites (see Kings of Edom) later removed or aborted from Creation; the second Adam was the Supreme Being's second, successful attempt to create a balanced human.

Lilith was Adam's first "wife" in the sense that "she" was the first attempt to blend or "marry" the physical-emotional aspects of being a human (the soul in matter, run amok ultimately) with the pure spiritual container, Adam.

In Hebrew, Aleph is the first letter of the 22-letter alphabet and is considered the container for the highest spiritual principle in existence. Blood, expressed as dam (you can see that to say that Adam means only red or ruddy misses the complexity of the matter), is the human physical body and all its molecular, organic, living processes. The intent with Adam was to enable the highest point of Spirit to survive and flourish within a material form. This is beyond self-aware consciousness; the Aleph is about God consciousness.

The name Adam also can be written as the number 1440. In Hebrew gematria, the letters each have a number equivalent; the final zero can be dropped or added with no distortion of the basic meaning. In this case, Adam refers to the 144,000 who will one day stand with the Lamb (Christ) on Mount Zion (in Revelation). These 144,000 individualized humans, or Adams, will earn their place beside the Christ (more precisely, in Christ consciousness) by virtue of spontaneously opening their Emeralds, the heart within the heart chakra. The Emerald, in myth, was the gift of the gods' fire that Prometheus gave to humanity.

The Aleph immersed in the blood of humanity is the starting point for this process, much as the Star of Bethlehem guided the Magi to the newborn Christ. In essence, the outer Star and the inner Aleph are identical (see Garuda). The Harmonic Convergence of August 1987 at which millions of people gathered at sacred sites was an early gathering and attunement of the 144,000 of Adam.

The Gnostic elaboration of the angelic contribution to the human makeup (Adam's body) means the macrocosm (galaxy and spiritual worlds) is copied in the microcosm (Adam and human being). This is the basis of the Hermetic axiom "As above, so below," and makes an alignment in consciousness with both possible.

Adam, as a being created by 365 angels, is templated on Earth in the form of a geomantic feature called a landscape zodiac (see White Cow). This is a hologram of the galaxy expressed as a flattened star map across the landscape. The culmination of the zodiac--that is, what you get when all the stars in it are illuminated, the inverse of the 365 angels who made Adam--is a cosmogonic figure variously called an Albion, Ymir, Pan-Ku, and Purusha. Adam is the inner Albion within each human accessed through its outer expression in the landscape zodiac.

See also: Albion, Emerald, Fall of Man, Garden of Eden, Garuda, Golden Apple, Harmonic Convergence, Kings of Edom, Prometheus, Puru-sha, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, White Cow, White Sow, Yggdrasil, Ymir.

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