Adam through Seth - Genealogy II
Preface - Revised: April 2020
While the descendancy of Adam Through Cain describes the All-Consciousness evolving through the corporeal vehicle of Fallen Adam, unaware of the indwelling Spirit and short on morals and conscience, Genealogy II, then, outlines his opposite. It is far more detailed than the former. This is deliberate. The original intent of what has become known as Holy Scripture was never so concerned about the Life in this world. It details the origins and structure of spiritual realms and outlines in coded prose how Fallen Adam may return his Source. The Pentateuch and related books in the Old Testament suggest teachings that target our inner, spiritual life, and formulates methods by which we, with conscious participation, may return to the realm for which we have secretly yearned since The Fall. It speaks to those of us soul-weary with this plane of name and form, this Valley of Tears. The sacred, esoteric teachings of all cultures proffer similar objectives. The Bible, as we have come to know it currently, is a compilation of such lessons presented in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition, also understood as The Western Tradition. However, the core lessons parallel most esoterica from around the world.
Focusing on the genealogy of Adam through Seth’s lineage in Genesis, Chapter 5, one odd feature is immediately presented. Most of the individual characters are described by three full verses. There are two exceptions, for which those personifications involve four verses. The three verses for each of the others appear as cookie-cutter or cut-n-pastes. They are identical save for the names and supposed ages ‘plugged-in’ for each verse. Again, this is deliberate. It begs specific attention to those ‘names’ and ‘ages’ for their numbers.
It cannot be stressed enough that number is one very important and poignant tool in the hidden science of Qabalah. Wherever we encounter naked numbers in Scripture they are glaring clues for the Literal Qabalist. Bare numbers are even more relevant than the hidden numbers within names of people and places, which also beg careful scrutiny. The use of bare number is definitive in this genealogy of Adam through Seth’s line in Genesis 5, and again in Genesis 11:10 with the descendancy of Shem’s line. The numbers erroneously misconstrued as ages and longevity of these fictitious descendant characters (roots and branches) in the drama have nothing to do with actual persons living protracted lifespans. The ages, unrealistically high, might work in the narrative for some, but the numbers attributed these characters add hidden information for the alert Literal Qabalist. No age numbers were attached to any of the descendants of Cain. This was also deliberate. Esoterically that descendancy describes the gradual development of self-consciousness in a physical body. The numbers within those names were enough to describe that evolution which is still in the making; just look around.
The many authorized versions of Biblical interpretations comment endlessly concerning the ‘ages’. Unceasing arguments drone on pointlessly over whether the Creator’s decree in Genesis 6:3 is the absolute where human lifespan is concerned, verses the contradictory ages enumerated in Seth’s and Shem’s descendants. None of the commentaries considered any possibility of Qabalistic implications. And, to add to the confusion, inexplicably some of the age numbers do not match up against those age numbers assigned to the same characters in the Septuagint.
Genesis 6:3 records: “Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive [the verb differs in various versions] with man forever, because he also is flesh, nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’”
Deuteronomy 34:7 also records: “Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.” Now, if ever there was a patriarch that deserved to live for 900+ years, I should think it would have been Moses.
However, one hundred and twenty (120) has other implications when considered Qabalistically. For one, it is deemed the ‘natural age of Enlightened Man,’ according to Qabalah. Why is this? It is the Theosophical Extension of 15. This is the number of יה, Jah, one Divine Name attributed to Chokmah, Wisdom, the second sphere on the Tree of Life. The Enlightened Man is indeed Wise, but this does not necessarily mean that if an individual could attain such longevity that he has automatically achieved Wisdom. Whenever the Bible speaks of Wisdom, Chokmah, it means that high level of consciousness that enables us to be participants and administrators, co-creators, in the heavenly order; so teach erudite Qabalists. True Wisdom may come at any physical age since it comes from within by the sole Grace of the Creator only when the lower consciousness is sufficiently prepared. This could occur in one lifespan or through a line of accrued physical lives.
Another tenet of advanced Qabalists is that Hebrew letter-name Samekh (ס), spelled out is סמך (SMK) totaling 120. This letter is attached to the 25th Path on the Tree, connecting the 6th Sphere, Tiphareth, with the 9th Sphere, Yesod. This path, Qabalists teach, represents the purging and perfection of personality to become a pure and holy temple for the One Spirit. This action is performed by the One True Ego within all humanity. It is the completion of The Great Work given by Grace, solely from the Christ Consciousness, pictorially represented by the Temperance Tarot Key. When it was written of Moses, having reach 120 years, it meant that he had achieved reunion with the Christ Consciousness, Who is the beginning, middle and end of The Great Work of Alchemy.
In our world there are a few individuals currently living over a hundred years old. They are not ‘administrators of the heavenly order’. Photographs of those who have attained 100+ do not appear to relish the accomplishment. It is speculated that more souls could attain that age, and older yet in the future, if collectively we could just intelligently choose better selections of light, water, air and food. It was written of Moses that upon his transition “his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.” This meant that the ‘vital force,’ his חיה, chaiah, was strong due to the re-channeled reproductive force through sexual continence, which the normal human squanders rather matter-of-factually. The ‘vital-force’ is rooted in Chokmah. Here is a perfect example of how an accomplished Qabalist would approach Biblical ‘ages’.
"This number  is contrasted in the scripture with the seventy years of the ordinary span of life, mentioned by the Psalmist. The difference between 120 and 70 is 50, so that we may say the magical age of 120 years is attained by adding 50 to the 70 years of ordinary human experience. The number 50 and 70 are, of course, symbolic. 50 is the number of the letter Nun, symbol of the occult power, which, when sublimated, leads to illumination. 70 is the number of the letter Ayin, whose name means: 1. the human eye, as organ of vision; and 2. "outward appearances", or the superficial aspect of things...now 120 is the theosophical extension, or secret number, of 15 – the sum of the numbers from 1 to 15 inclusive. In relation to the 15th key, therefore, it represents the full expression, or complete manifestation, of the power represented by the devil. So long as we are outsiders, what stands in our way looks like the devil. But when we overcome our terrors, Key 15 represents the great magical agent, the astral light, truly called Lucifer, the son of the morning. This is our adversary, because it is the immediate cause of the manifold appearances which delude the ignorant. But when we strengthen our vision with force borrowed from the eagle, we are able to see through those very same illusion, and then we are no longer deluded by them." – Paul Case: True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order (Part I: The Rosicrucian Allegory) p.110. – PDF From the Internet.
The 'age' numbers assigned the following players in Seth’s descendancy will be investigated employing the “use of the Qabalists,” as Paracelsus had advised, but perhaps not in as much detail as Mr. Case’s above. It begins with another look at Adam, the root of the branch named Seth.