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At the heart of symbolism

The flag(s) of Israel

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Flag of Israel Presidential standard

The colours of the flag(s)

As the least substantial colour in nature, blue is mainly perceived as translucency in the void of the sky. It is the purest colour apart from the total void of matt white. White is apparently void of colour, but rich in the manifestation potentialities as it contains all the colours of the visible light spectrum. It is the void from which existence arises and to which it is returning. For more details, consult the rainbow colours.

Blue and white suggest a distance from manifested things and a flight of the liberated soul towards God. It is not by chance that blue and white are often related to spirituality and have been chosen to enhance the Israeli flag(s).

The seal of Solomon

The seal is resulting from the intersection of two reversed triangles forming a six-branched star. The two interlaced triangles constitute a perfect representation of the analogy between what is up and what is down, Heaven and Earth, the divine and the human worlds. The two blue bands on the flag stand for both worlds.

The seal of Solomon is based on the number six, which represents the union of the divine and human worlds as well as the world creation. The creation idea was seemingly originally Jewish and taken over by Christians and Muslims.

God created the world out of nothing, i.e. nothing outside Him. As the One, the Unity, He is the Principle which contains all the manifestation and non-manifestation possibilities within Himself. According to the Genesis, the creation occurred in six days and ended up with a seventh, a so-called resting day (“Sabbath”). The last is not really a resting day outside the creation, but rather its final crowning consisting in a return to the undifferentiated Principle, which gave birth to the manifested world.

The simple Chrisme inside the seal of SolomonIt follows that the seal of Solomon would not be complete without a seventh point representing the Pole from which everything is coming out and to which everything is going back. Now, if we join two by two the opposite vertexes of the seal, we obtain a new drawing called a simple Chrisme, where all lines meet at one point (For more details, see the cross). This point corresponds to the invisible Centre of the seal standing just at the centre of each triangle. It is the point where both triangles and worlds rejoin and unify into God. It is equivalent to the mountain summit 1 reached by the being who has realized the union of Heaven and Earth as Abraham, Jesus or Mohammed.

Contrary to many assertions, the seal of Solomon has a strong spiritual and religious meaning. It depicts the close relationship between Heaven and Earth, their essential union to achieve the Alliance between God and human beings, a goal which lies at the heart of the divine creation.

The menorah

Seven-branched candelabrumA similar meaning to the preceding one, endows the symbol appearing on the Presidential standard as well as on official documents and public buildings. It represents the seven-branched candelabrum or menorah, which stood imposingly in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.

The number 7 rules the world(s) representation, not only within the Jewish tradition, but also Christian and Muslim ones. For more details, see the septenarius.

Among various interpretations, the menorah is said to represent the seven planet system where the Sun occupies the Centre. The circular movement of the planets around the motionless Centre should remind us of the usual relationship between the immutable Principle and the periphery in constant movement.

The number 7 (= 1 + 6) firstly refers to the Unity, the Principle, the Centre. The Centre is the place of the true Salem (Peace) from which Jerusalem is an image on Earth. It is the mysterious stay of Melki-Tsedeq (King of Justice, i.e. harmony and balance within the Cosmic World) who transmitted the tradition to Abraham. As the representative of outer Justice and inner Peace, Melki-Tsedeq is the King of the World. And it is only up to human beings to let Jerusalem reflect Melki-Tsedeq's attributes on Earth.

Bibliography

  • René Guénon:
  • “Symbols of Sacred Science”, Sophia Perennis Publisher 2004;
  • Particularly, chapter 50 on the analogy symbols.
  • “Studies in Freemasonry and Compagnonnage”, Book 2. Sophia Perennis Publisher;
  • Notably, the chapter on Chrisme and Heart in ancient corporative marks
  • “The King of the World”, Sophia Perennis Publisher;
  • In particular, chapter 6 on Melki-Tsedeq.

1 back The simple Chrisme is also a schematic representation of the heraldic bird formed by the lines linking the head and the tail (I) as well as the crossed ends of the wings and the feet (X). Therefore, it also symbolizes, as in the Muslim tradition, the bird standing at the mountain summit and representing the Centre. For more details, see the Simurg.

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