“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana, in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.”-John 2:1
Jewish mysticism has a practice called gematria- interpreting the meaning of scriptures based on numerical values. It’s a very complex Kabbalistic idea I won’t even attempt to capture here because it’s that deep. However, any time you see numbers you can guarantee there is a mystical aspect involved. When it comes to the Wedding at Cana we can find the answer in Exodus:
“In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.”-Exodus 19:1
To stand at the foot of Sinai in the wilderness carries a very profound mystical meaning. Along the Pillar of Balance there are Temples at each sphere of energy that relate to our inner being. Personally, my wilderness- roughly in the pit of my lower abdomen- has a lone tree that grows from the base of my spine with a mountain range in the distance that forms a sort of double helix up to Tiferet- my Heart of the Rose Temple. The spiral of mountains continue upwards to where the mountain range ends with a Temple at the peak nestled in the clouds. This Temple atop the mountain is where I receive Divine revelation from El Shaddai- ‘Most High God’ or ‘Lord of the Mountain’ to the Canaanites. This is Johns way of telling us we are in the lower energy centers- those associated with the earthly planes. This is where John recommends we begin our ascent.
“No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.”-John 3:13
This brings us to the Mother of Jesus being mentioned. Note, he never calls her by her name. Why? Is He not talking about His earthly mother but rather Ru’ahh HakoDesh- the Divine Feminine? Mmm… that’s speculative at best but we do see Her direct His steps all the same. The Wedding of Cana being a Biblical telling of the Union of opposites the Heart- Jesus- would listen to Maternal Wisdom. There would be a level of reverence going both ways. This signifies that the Holy Spirit is present at the start of our spiritual journey.
“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”-John 2:3-5
Notice Mother Mary isn’t asking. She brings up the fact they’re out of wine and Yeshua tries to give Her the old “not my problem” line. She didn’t even entertain His consideration. She turned straight to the servants and tells them to do whatever Yeshua tells them to. Their language is really casual so you can see exactly what type of affectionate relationship they had.
I think people forget Yeshua was human too. He knew love. He had brothers and sisters. He was here forging friendships and sharing wisdom in a very familiar pattern like so many in His era. Messianic preachers were common then.
Qumran’s mysticism has been well published and documented since the Dead Sea Codices were translated, We were given so much to take in and then they unearthed another gem in that era from Nag Hammadhi. We can now actually just read exactly what the gnostics had to say for ourselves. We can compare it to the Essenes. Jump in a few circles and learn a whole new outlook because it broadens your spectrum… And So the mystical journey goes…
The Son- which represents our conscious awareness- would take direction from the Mother- Divine Understanding. The soul directs the steps of the One with a listening heart.
BUT… WHAT DOES WINE REPRESENT?
Wine is Spirit taking physical form. Consciousness born into the blood is glorified in the flesh. When we don’t sense Spirit within the flesh/blood or within the waters of our souls we’re sleeping in the dark. We haven’t been awakened to our Spiritual connection yet. Water is our ever present subconscious. So, putting it in layman’s terms-spirit is our objective consciousness which serves as the vehicle for water- our subjective consciousness. The whole process that follows is a means of transforming our bodies into the living Temples that we are meant to be because our souls come from the Divine.
His hour coming means his great work is about to begin: Passion, Death, Resurrection, Ascension. Christ came here to be a living example of Divine grace and mercy. Everything those mystery schools of Kemet and Greece used metaphor to describe materialized in Christ. God did it. It’s all that we take up our crosses and follow Him. We do so by developing the Twelve disciplines. We quiet our carnal desires in order to ascend through the Temples within.
“Now there were six stone jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings.”-John 2:6
Those six stone jars represent the first six days of creation. We know who was delightful in the eyes of the Unknowable One during that time. This Divine Feminine Energy unfolding from the River in Eden separated on the third day. Earth finally had the space to be a home to life. The World Soul of Sophia has been kept alive over the centuries by those who sense the watery soul wanting to float into the ocean. All of that wonderful tradition that sings of a union we know goes right back to the Prophets.
“And I will place my wind/spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes.”-Ezekiel 36:27
This is the Spirit of God arising within us. This Spirit will cause you to walk in the prescribed path. Christ alludes to this later where he says “the wind blows where it will, so it is of everyone begotten of the Spirit.(John 3:8)” Why do you think John the Baptist urges us to make straight the path of the Lord. We are servants of the Divine meant to share grace and love with one and all. All we have to do is align.
Plenty of meditations have come out of the symbolism of the six jars. We can line up our lower six chakras and receive an infilling of living waters into our crowns. I’ve used it in the past with great success, however, Christ is the light not the living water. The light shows you the living waters within.
It’s not kundalini Christ is displaying. It’s similar in some ways but it’s an in-folding of aspects inside and outside of us in relation to the breath of God. The 6 ceremonial jars are a microcosm of the 6 days of creation.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, ‘Draw some out now and take them to the head waiter.’”
Medieval Alchemists actually painted circular diagrams of the 6 days to use them like mandalas. Mentally picturing each day and holding the picture in your mind is a great meditation. Those maternal waters of the subconscious get filled to the brim.
Yeshua directs the servants to take some to the headwaiter. This gets tricky to describe without sounding contrite or vague so bear with me. On the 6th Day all of the elements came to be and animal life is born, humankind steps into physical form. We all come from the water and are filled to the brim with the unfolding of the six days of creation. It’s in and of everything there is. God Is.
The servants draw out some and take it to the headwaiter. The headwaiter is the best among the servants. He is the one who ensures the bride and grooms are taken care of along with their guests. They direct the other servants to ensure everyone s needs are met. They’re Tzaddik (צדיק) “one who does what is correct.” Think back to Biggie Smalls because we’re talking about the M.C.- Master of Ceremonies. The best among servants taste the wine first. Blessed are those who Hunger. What happens next is amazing.
So they took it. And when the head waiter tasted the water had become wine, without knowing where it came from, the head waiter called to the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, and inferior one; but you have kept a good wine till now.’
The second the waiter tastes it the water becomes wine. The water is transformed in his being. Not into box wine either. He calls to the Bridegroom, ‘Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, and inferior one; but you have kept a good wine till now.’ Living water is transformed into the best wine in the house. The Soul becomes aware of higher consciousness. We are now seeing humankind step into relationship with water and spirit.
Most people don’t continue to feed what’s good for everyone in a celebration. They pass of inferior wines when they people are drunk. This wine was even better. If we take Yeshua’s direction our lives start getting better and better.
When we allow Christ into our being He transforms our souls. He pours into all of those broken places we hide and fills us with Divine grace and love. By practicing spiritual disciplines we are creating the space needed to become vessels of Christ. As he cleanses away all the mental blocks our souls begin to develop. We become more intuitive and learn to balance our hearts and heads. This is a difficult process but luckily it’s one we don’t have to walk alone. Christ is telling us he will hold our hands as we take the journey within.
“Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.”
Many people would stop there. They would accept this Earthly Union at the place of reeds and forget all about the 7th jar and assume that’s where the story ends. That’s because we don’t see the 7th jar mentioned again until Yeshua is in Samaria.
“A Prophet is not known by his own people.”
But… That’s a topic for another day.
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