I have spoken before on the blog about the Elements or "The Gifts." It is a topic favored by me. I feel inclined to share a few more things tonight.
In studying the elements, a progression exists which circles from South to East to West to North and possibly repeats. The elements are, in the same order: Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and the gifts are Seventy rods of Gold, Twelve pounds of Frankincense, Three pounds of Myrrh, and One Body (Adam or Christ, depending on which time through the cycle you are referring, the Alpha or the Omega)
The four words are: Light, Life, Love, and Law.
North. The Garden of Eden. Adam's Body. It is said in some old texts that the Law, or the study of the Torah was said to be man's sole original focus. Adam and Eve kept the Commandments of Jehovah until Eve partook of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
South. Light. The golden rods shone forth light, which provided a way to see in the Cave of Treasures (see Apocalypse of Adam), and was the only gift taken from outside of the Garden.
East. Life, (or plural: Lives). The mortal existence, temporal needs, and life were represented by the prayers offered daily to God from the burning of sweet smelling incense upon the altar.
West. Love. The gift of Myrrh. Death. Sacrifice. Giving life to save another.
North (again). Law. Through the law, Christ becomes as Adam was in the Garden. The return to the exalted estate of paradise. The resurrection.
We have four interesting words here. Light, Lives, Love, Law.
I am not normally one to prescribe to Bible-code or linguistic coincidences, but this was very striking to me, and so I thought I would share. I do believe it is possible for God to create beautiful things through a long passage of time, and if Hebrew and English intermingle somehow here to achieve a more beautiful thing, then so be it. This could, however, be nonsense:
The "L" is the same shape as the Hebrew letter Gimel, which sounds like the word "Camel" and actually represents the "foot", to walk, to travel, and in modern calligraphic Hebrew it is drawn to look like the foot of a Camel. It is the contact point of Man and Earth, to tread upon the Ground. In Masonic symbology, it is the Architect's Square, representing the four corners of the earth.
In English, the letter "L" which has retained the shape of the Hebrew Gimel, differs in that it has transformed to now sound like the Hebrew letter "El". The Hebrew letter/word "El" means "God," from whence is derived Elohim, The Gods, or The Judges. The Hebrew letter/word "Vav" was used to represent the hooks of silver which fastened the curtain (yeriah) to the posts, thus enclosing the Old Testament Tabernacle. The sound Vav matches in English the letter "V" which is the Masonic Compasses, used to circumscribe around a point, to create circles. It can be said to represent the Heavens being opened to man, God reaching down to man.
If the Garden of Eden (or the Temple) is presumed to be the contact point between Heaven and Earth, the place where El and Vav meet, it is amazing to find that LIVES, LOVE, and LAW are all the same hebrew letters El and Vav (for W is equivalent to V in Hebrew, they could both have been pronunciations of Vav) LiVE LoVE LaW. LV LV LV. Whereas LIGHT is either El Tet or El Tav (someone with more Hebrew knowledge may be able to help me discern which). Tet is a letter that represents both Good and Evil. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is what separated Adam from returning to the Garden. In primitive Hebrew alef-bet, the Tet is actually formed by blending the Vav and Zayin characters together and appears as either a snake coiled in a basket, or a man bowing to a crowned man wielding a sword. Tav is a stamp or a seal. Tav makes an impression on the Ancient of Days. The secret of the power that links worlds and generations together.
So we have LT, the one outside the garden.
Followed by LV, LV, LV. Life, Love, and Law. El Vav. Square and Compass. Urim and Thummim. Lux et Veritas. Light and Truth. Light and Knowledge.
These four words describe God, or the perfected Man. Light, being innate within us, is quite possibly what we are composed of, and is cultivated to become stronger. It is the first step, (remember, the Foot, the Camel) on our Journey into Enlightenment. Adding to this innate, eternal light, we receive the Breath of Life. It is a gift, and we must respect it. The power to Give Life is one of the attributes that makes a God, or a Man, special. These first two attributes are given to us freely. The next two must be developed within us by our own choice. They are Love and Law, perfectly equivalent to the holy principles of Mercy and Justice.
We start here with Light. Casual, every day, out in the world, walking upon the ground. Everybody has it. We become clothed with the other three as we begin to journey through the courtyard of the Temple, having Incense offered (prayer and supplications to Deity) and approaching the Holy Place and the Sanctom Sanctorum or Holy of Holies to worship God through emulation.
And once we attain all this, we will have returned to Paradise, which all men must pass through before they reach their final abode, and there we will start with Law, the highest of all, and after receiving it finally, we will be required of necessity to set it aside in order to progress further.
In the Spirit of Light and Revelation, it is my hope that this information has been of some benefit to you.