Sometimes I’m asked where I get my inspirations for verses to explore. In this case it was from the God Squad’s Rabbi Marc Gellman who discussed Psalm 93 in a recent column. In his analysis, he used Psalm 93 to wax poetic about how powerful god is outside of nature. In fact, he declared that the worship of nature is idolatry because it only points toward God but can’t completely match God’s majesty. Ahem and Excuse me! With my ire raised, I had to go and look at the Hebrew from my own Mystic Pagan perspective. Rabbi Gelman looks at these verses and his take-away is that “God is more powerful than even the most powerful storm.” Ahem and Excuse me again!
After delving into the Hebrew words, I see a whole other side to this powerful Psalm. I see the “power of God” [as he would say] or the “beauty of the divine [as I would say],” is that most awesome ability to midwife creation and birth. In other words, to make love manifest. I see in Psalm 93, an esoteric poem bursting with motion that begins by creating a place (Earth) for life to exist. This poem is filled with sound vibrations, thunderous surf, the movement of water and descriptions of thresholds. As the motion unfolds, one is invited to participate in the energies [powers] of the divine pouring out through these threshold gateways.
Below are two translations: the KJV (King James Version); and then my own MPV (Mystic Pagan Version). I want to note how much fun this Psalm has been to translate. I have loved playing with all the allegories of seeds and the constant movement that is the dance of creation. I love the concept of seeds as the root (pun intended) of life here on Earth.
At the end of this post, I have included notes about key words to better understand the basis of my translations. If you remember from my past posts, I translate YHVH or LORD as Being.Vibration.
If anyone wants a deeper dive in how I came to this translation, feel free to contact me at /arteagle5ATaol.com/.
The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength,
wherewith he hath girded himself:
the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
uniting the divine and the earthly in generative vigor adorned by skin and stars.
The abundant flow of seeds is set in perpetual cyclic motion.
Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
Vibration.Being floweth into the space of time
allowing time-laden seed.beings eternal blessings in their boundless cycles
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.
The seed.beings of light dance oh Vibration.being,
the seed.beings of light roar thunder,
the seed.beings of light sparkle on the crests of the waters.
The LORD on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea.
Vibration.Being bringeth forth roaring sound,
infusing the waters that gush forth through the thresholds.
Midwifing creation from heaven, midwifing creation from earth,
midwifing creation from heaven/earth.
Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house,
O LORD, for ever.
Witness of faith, holiness of indwelling,
Vibration.Being of time blending with timelessness.
The KJV word for “strength” is oz. Fabre d’Olivet uses this wonderfully descriptive phrase; “generative vigor.”
The word for “established” is kun. Benner refers to the root of kun as the “opening of a seed.” I call it “blessing of the seeds.” I adore this concept of seeds being the foundation of the establishment of the Earth.
The word for “world” is tebel which can also mean abundance, fertility, spirituality, the human soul. This layered meanings of tebel give wonderful descriptions of the type of world that is being created.
The root of the word used for “throne,” kisaka, also has such meanings of emigrating or changing the place. It has a sense of movement to it.
There are two words that refer to time, making time a prominent theme of this passage that describes flowing movement amidst points of time.
Nasah, the word meaning “have lifted up” is related to the word for gift. d’Olivet describes its meaning as vacillation and that which imitates the movement of waters.
Nahar, the word for “floods” also means stream but can mean seed beginning, light, radiance. It is a wonderful description of the kind of “flow” that is being lifted up or gifted.
To me the concept “voice” is reminiscent of the beginning of Genesis when Elohim speaks as the unfolding of creation.
Waves are interesting as they operate in places of thresholds, the meeting of land and water where the two meet and interact.
As it so often occurs, noise sets up the vibration that solidifies into the manifestation of life. The noise is associated with water or mayim, the great mysterious mother waters.
The word for “many” is just too wonderful. It is rab or rabbim and here is its Semitic Ancient form:
Notice the progression of letters. The head about to move through the labyrinth or the goddess’s birth canal and into the waters of mem (mayim), the mother waters.
“Waves” is the word mishbar. Notice this word also contains the same 3 letters of rabbim, resh (head), beit (labyrinth), and mem (waters). No surprise then that mishbar also means birth canal. The root is related to grains on the threshing floor and the bursting “out the seeds from the hulls.”
The word for holy is quodesh which I discussed in my last blog post. It also means prostitute, certainly another way to “burst out seeds.”
Janet Maika’i Rudolph. “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE QUEST.” I have walked the spirit path for over 25 years traveling to sacred sites around the world including Israel to do an Ulpan (Hebrew language studies while working on a Kibbutz), Eleusis and Delphi in Greece, Avebury and Glastonbury in England, Brodgar in Scotland, Machu Picchu in Peru, Teotihuacan in Mexico, and Giza in Egypt. Within these travels, I have participated in numerous shamanic rites and rituals, attended a mystery school based on the ancient Greek model, and studied with shamans around the world. I am twice initiated. The first as a shaman practitioner of a pathway known as Divine Humanity. The second ordination in 2016 was as an Alaka’i (a Hawaiian spiritual guide with Aloha International). I have written three books: When Moses Was a Shaman, When Eve Was a Goddess, (now available in Spanish, Cuando Eva era una Diosa), and One Gods. In Ardor and Adventure, Janet.now available in Spanish. Cuando Eva era una Diosa