With this season of the festivals of light upon us (Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, Kwanzaa), I wanted to focus on the more joyful aspects of our lives. For that, I have been diving into passages about joy and singing in the bible.
Sometimes when I write these posts, they take me in directions I never thought to go. This post is one of them. The surprise direction I found is in the Psalm below:
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 105:2-3 KJV
The word used for sing, in this passage is shir which uses the root Hebrew letters shin, resh. (Remember, Hebrew is written from right to left.)
Here is the astonishing part: The Hebrew word sing has the same root letters as the names of both Asherah and Sara. I laid out the foundations of their names in more detail in a recent blogpost which you can read here
In the previous blogpost, I also wrote about shin, resh as not only the root of the names of these two divine women, but also as the root of the words umbilical cord, happy and blessed. As the image above shows, the letters in their ancient form are teeth (shin) followed by a human head (resh). The picture rebus displays teeth which break down the gestalt or the whole into digestible pieces which are then moved or expressed through the human head.
To make the word shir or sing from this root, a yud is added in the middle. Below is shir in its ancient form.
Notice how yud looks like an arm coming from above with a hand at the end. One of my favorite descriptions of it comes from Corinne Heline who calls it “the workman of the deity.” It represents an active principle of work that is being performed. What work? I believe that is made clear in a common image found in ancient Egypt. It makes sense to look to Egypt for the ancient roots of the Hebrew letters because that was the source. The Hebraic people came out of Egypt bringing with them, the ancient forms of their writing based on hieroglyphics. Note the ancient image of yud above and then compare it to the rays in the image which come from the sun and end as hands.
This begs the question what is the work that is being done by yud as the “worker of the deity” and by what deity? The Egyptian image shows us that the letter spans the space between the heavens and the earth. It can be interpreted as drawing energy/wisdom from the sun. Put more simply, the hands are the activity, the “doing,” of drawing the flame of heavenly spirit to existence here on earth. Since the sun provides the chemical catalysts for life to exist on our precious planet, we can say that the work being done is that of fertility and creation. Historically, that is the work done by goddesses such as Asherah who, as we know, was connected with the mysteries of fertility and childbirth.
I believe that is why a yud shows up inside the word for singing. Yud is surrounded by the root names of the Goddesses. Singing, in this case, is the workforce of the goddesses.
The process of singing, of the pulsation of our bodies especially in blessing and rejoicing, form a vibrational umbilical cord between us and the heavens. We can see its parallel in the image of Akhenaton where an actual connection is shown. When we are born from our mother’s womb, we are connected to our source by a physical umbilical cord. When we are here on earth, we are able to maintain that connection to our spiritual source (represented by the sun) with vibration (represented by the rays extending down).
When I think about all the associations of the biblical god, the first ones that come to mind tend to be along the lines of an angry white man (with a lot of facial hair). This concept is of the divine constantly sending down punishments for the “sins” of “his” people not following “his” (and I mean his) commandments.
Contrast that with the associations of Asherah and Sarah. Based solely on the root of their names, they are the divine forces that connect us to our source. Their essences are joyous singing along with being happy and blessed. This is a far more loving and nurturing vision of the divine.
With all this in mind, here is my translation of Psalm 105:2-3
Sing, vibrate, pluck strings, bang drums
Connect passionately with creative, sacred powers.
The blessing of mysteries’ vibrations
rejoicing along with the hearts of those who quest
 Heline, Corine, The Bible and The Tarot, DeVorss Publications, 1969; 79.
 I am using Rabbi Levy’s translation of YHVH as Mystery.
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.