Anna May’s depiction of Queen Sheba is so prolific because of how many layers she encoded into this one corner of the painting. We have the clear imagery of the Divine Feminine- as explained in the post on Solomon, Hiram, & Sheba– directing the inward and outward path of the mystic evident in the blue energy emanating from Her being. And yet… the artist still painted a veil directly behind Queen Sheba.
Most people tend to overlook the green tablet in Her hand or mislabel it the Grail Stone. While it would make sense to conclude that it is a grail stone I’d like you to consider who Steiner viewed both Solomon and Hiram to be; archetypes of Christ. If only there were another mystic messenger with a strong connection to Freemasons and Rosicrucian’s. One of a more Hermetic persuasion? Possibly the Thrice-Great Hermes. Now, if only he were associated with a green tablet. Oh yeah. The Emerald Tablet of Thoth fits the bill precisely.
Why Adrian Anderson didn’t include that in his work is beyond me. Anyways…
So, here we have the image of this Queen of the Sabaeans who traveled from the south to meet the wise King of the North in the book of Kings right. Of course, this is a story told globally- The Husband and Wife in the Bedchamber of Taoism, Shakti and Shiva of Hinduism, The Chymical Wedding etc. etc. However, most of us tend to think of the union of opposites being our feminine and masculine energies. Yes. But…
King Solomon represents the meditative discipline and Hiram Abiff represents directly working to make the world a better place right. This Queen is clearly mediating between the two. That’s why I brought up the Emerald Tablet. Mystic after mystic has meditated on the writing found on said tablet. Each has studied it line for line doing intense inner- spiritual- work in the process. All of those people who have done the work have made huge contributions to the developing soul of humanity. I mean. think of what Newton accomplished by applying the principle he translated to his scientific research.
Couple the Emerald Tablet being present with the Headdress Queen Sheba is wearing. Amidst the geometrical symbols adorning her head we find a literal Jewel in the Lotus. Om mani padme hum– The Jewel is in the Lotus. None of this is accidental imagery. Esoteric Christianity has never denied its roots in Ancient Eastern Mysticism or denied the role that the Kemetic Philosophy played in King Solomons development. We know entire sections of Proverbs 22 mirror the Instruction of Amenemope. Sons of Jacob headed east into India and Eastern vedics depict Christ travelling there and teaching centuries later. In fact, everyone outside of certain circles of Evangelicals are all too aware of the interconnectedness of these global religions. It’s old hat.
We can all accept that every culture has some variation of the Divine Feminine but that’s not what interests me here. She is standing inside The Holy of Holies. She is actually within the Temple connecting the esoteric- Solomon with the exoteric- Hiram. This is very typical symbolism for the alchemists of old, hence the Emerald Tablet in Her hand. Wisdom has always been the Eternal Light of God found within our being. As it states in Wisdom:
“For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.”-Wisdom 7:26-28
These archetypes of Christ were no different than any of us. They weren’t cooler than you. They simply grasped a Divine Truth. Beyond the realm of our senses, in that place we can only find within, there is nothing that separates us from God. Eckhart was fond of saying “God is at home, it is us who have gone out for a walk.” All any of this means is the Kingdom of Heaven is within you. The interior life awaits discovery from anyone who will put in the time and dedication to simply look within. Then all of those really mysterious lessons just start to make sense. We see how our thoughts and deeds have a much greater impact than we previously thought. We begin to see how we constantly shape the world around us. Then the words of Christ start to make perfect sense:
“God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”-John 4:24
At the center of all the ancient mysteries there lies one truth. That truth is within you and all the living things around you. There is only one Logos, one reason for everything throughout the cosmos, which is the same for all. Out of this one meaning comes all the symbols, beliefs, and ideas we find in our collective conscience, or mercury, and nothing is a complete and independent expression of it. as they say in the East- prattitayasamutpada– everything leans. the visible world of the senses is a myth. A tale half true and half false which embodies logos, the truth of which is ne. One never ending cycle that lives and dies into itself constantly.
Allow me to giftwrap the ancient mysteries and leave you with a quote by Heraclitus:
“Wisdom is one only: it is willing and unwilling to be called by the name of (zen- life) which is Zeus-God. I searched myself for it is open to all men who know themselves to be wise. But they will not find Wisdom by running to the ends of the Earth and trusting their own eyes and ears, which are bad witnesses to me, if they have not the souls to understand Her language. Nature loves to hide Herself in plain sight. She hints of one meaning under many forms which deludes the senses of fools.”-Heraclitus (Fragments)
Fair thee well friends.