Saturday, April 16, 2005

Name Magic

Dear Internet Diary,

Commandment Three:
The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn.

This is from Exodus 34, from the original Ten Commandments. Basically, it commands us, all of us, to have our Kosher Thanksgiving (The Feast of the Unleavened Bread, in the Month of Abib). And, of course, God doesn't change His mind. I cannot imagine why His Holy Finger would inscibe those words on the tablet, and then forget to put them on the next one.

The Third Commandment we generally bow down before and worship (Exodus 20) is thus:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

This is clearly the origin of the American amendement one. The origin of this commandment is in the Occult. The Swedenborgian library says,
The [ancient] Jews were convinced of the power and holiness of certain names. The prophets, too, performed miracles in the sacred name of Jehovah. The Lord, when on earth, allowed His disciples to control demons and do works of healing in His name - thus proving its holiness.

The ancient Jews were probably influenced by other religions that made names significant, such as the ancient Egyptians. They believed that by simply uttering the name of a spirit could call it into existence. Indeed, the beginning of a magician's spell was "peret herou," meaning "That which comes forth at the voice." In Exodus 3, Moses said,
The Elohim of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And Elohim said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM (I will be what I will to be).

Moses the Egyptian knew that names had power. And as long as we judge words as "bad" or "good" and ban them from public utterance, the words will have great power. Goddamnit.

But thanks for listening, diary.

1 comment:

breakerslion said...

Quoting a character in one of Robert Heinlein's stories regarding the concept of offensive language: "If you know what the word means, how can you possibly be offended? If you don't know what it means, how can you possibly be offended?"