Who is Eve (cont'd)
Revised: February 2020
Eve – well, chavah – is ‘the man’s’ sub-conscious half. Therefore, she also represents our sub-conscious half, the ‘shadow’ side of us collectively. She is also our ‘adversary, opponent’ in that, left unchecked, she mesmerizes and seduces self-consciousness (the man) away from attention and concentration by ‘desiring, wanting’ more sensation which can never be appeased. Rebis, the ‘two-thing’ within us must be reunited and act as One. Nevertheless, she is also amenable to suggestions from the self-conscious level. Sub-consciousness can be ‘reigned in’ by discipline and loving suggestions from self-consciousness.
What has been most regrettable history for the women around our world is that the men of so many cultures, by believing in the literal story of creation, the Garden, Adam’s and Eve’s Fall et al, punish the fair sex unrelentingly out of shear ignorance, stupidity and meanness. God only knows how long this will continue. It is a fair psychological assessment to say that any man who inflicts any abuse whatsoever against the feminine half are actually punishing themselves, their own sub-conscious half, personified incarnate.
Moreover, regarding Eve, is temurah of חוה, chavah. By exchanging letters using temurah, what appear are new letters, ס פ צ. These total 230, the number within נציב מלח, n’tziyv melach, ‘pillar of salt,’ from Genesis 19:26. And this harks back to some very intricate Qabalah and Alchemy. This is a great part of what most genuine esoteric literature teaches to accomplish.
Qabalistically, the Three Principles of the Divine Essence (Ain Suph Aur) are Kether, Chokmah and Binah, composing the Triune One-God. The three in Hinduism are Satttvaguna, Rajasguna and Tamasguna, while the Alchemists labeled them Mercury, Sulfur and Salt respectively. All these, stepped down to the level of human consciousness, the modern psychological sciences name super-consciousness (Kether, Sattvaguna, Mercury), self-consciousness (Chokmah, Rajasguna, Sulfur) and sub-consciousness (Binah, Tamasguna, Salt). Salt, our sub-conscious mental activity, is considered ‘arresting, cohesive’ in that the sub-conscious, when left to its own proclivities, will always revert back to what is habit-forming, familiar and comfortable. She must be gently guided from such tendencies if we are to progress with anything in our lives. Her natural tendency within is to prevent or arrest us from moving forward out of fear or from anything unfamiliar and/or imagined threatening.
In the Genesis 19:26 story of Lot’s wife, she turned into a ‘pillar of salt,’ because she gazed back at the conflagration in Sodom and Gomorrah. The Qabalistic message was that there is no turning back to the past where spiritual or even natural evolution is concerned. If self-consciousness, in this case Lot himself, gave into the habit-forming practices of the sub-conscious, personified as Lot’s wife, it would arrest, maybe even kill, the evolutionary path to wholeness and self-completion. Instead of returning to the Father and Home within, Lot (self-consciousness) would revert to the old, familiar habit patterns of the subconscious dictated to by a desirous, sensation-seeking ego.
In the story with Eve (chavah, sub-consciousness), the opposing adversary to Adam (self-consciousness), the two (rebis) separated from oneness, and ‘fell’ out from the spiritual state. They were given ‘garments of skin’ and evolved into the physical plane in conformance with the Creator’s desirous Intent by way of all the natural laws we have come to understand through the physical and anthropological sciences. None of this was ever intended as an ‘evil’ toward women to be punished or ostracized in any manner by male dominated cultures. This is a creation story designed to explain how the physical world and all therein came into being. The Plenitude Spelling, representing the fullest expression of חוה, chavah, is חית-וו-הה, summing to 440 and equals the word תם, tam, meaning ‘perfect, unblemished, completion, end.’ Seasoned students of Qabalah will recognize the relevance of the two-lettered תם, tam, as being the Central Point within the Cube of Space, so important a symbol in Qabalah and Hermetic Alchemy. The creation process ‘ends perfectly’ with the appearance of woman.
In conclusion, regarding Adam and Eve as self-consciousness and sub-consciousness personified, a Qabalist might ponder the two names together as one אדם-חוה, Adam-Chavah. The names would sum to 64 by Hebrew gematria. A Hebrew noun, אנחה, anchah, meaning ‘sigh, groan, deep breathing, exhalation,’ sums to 64 and adequately describes that involuntary action of a deep breath followed by exhaling audibly with an utterance caused from stress, disappointment or exasperation. Have we all not done this occasionally when the burden of life became frustrating? The Adam-Eve within us pining for return to some Eden? Yet the strife of finding our way back continues to motivate us in all the directions we see around us. Seeking to find that Eden 'out there' somewhere is now described by the Qabalah sage in the continuing narrative of Adam through Cain’s descendancy.