Noahh and his sons: Shem, Hham and Japeth
Noaah: Noun-Hhayt: 50-8: existential life - archetypal unconscious/undifferentiated consciousness/energy.
Recap: In Genesis 1, Elohim creates the outer light of physical structures and sets in motion the evolutionary process. In Genesis 2 , YHWH-Elohim create the inner light of consciousness and embody it in Adam, who they put in a garden and tell not to eat of a certain tree. Adam falls asleep and YHWH-Elohim extract Esha, woman from him. In Genesis 3 , the serpent seduces Esha, upon whom no injunction was ever placed, who eats of the Tree of Knowledge and passes the earthly fire to Adam; then YHWH-Elohim tells them it's time to be born into the temporal. Iysch and Esha remain behind, their schematas safeguarded in the most dangerous place in the world, while Adam and Hheva (as Adam calls her as they are leaving) begin their developmental journey in existence. In Genesis 4, Hheva is mentioned for the second and last time in the entire Hebrew Bible, and YHWH is mentioned for the first time, alone, without Elohim, when Eve says "I have acquired a man who is A to Z YHWH." The conditioned existence of Hhevel (acquired from nobody) disintegrates in the face of Qaheen, Cain, unconditioned cosmic consciousness, and Hheva brings forth her third son, Set, who will populate the earth. In Genesis 5 , the antediluvian generations are enumerated, seven generations through Cain, and ten generations through Set, ending in Noahh.
Genesis 5:30-31 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred-ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
In Genesis 6, the Sons of Elohim took the daughters of men as wives, and there were giants in the earth in those days, and much wickedness. Elohim becomes dissatified with His Creation, and decides to destroy it, telling Noahh to build a giant boat and preserve samples of every species. In Genesis 7 , Noahh fills the Ark and the deluge lasts one hundred and fifty days. In Genesis 8 , the waters recede and Elohim tells Noahh to leave the Ark and YHWH decides within Himself to refrain from cursing the earth and smiting mankind in the future, because "the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth" (might have noticed that before). In Genesis 9 , Noaah and his sons replenish the earth and Elohim establishes his first covenent with mankind, signed with a rainbow, and promises not to do that again. It is a new Creation. Noah marries his fire to the earth's, and produces wine. His evolutionary purpose over (he must be approached backwards so as not to face the past) and degraded in consciousness (drunk), he passes the evolutionary baton to Shem, and curses the fourth son of Hham, blessed Canaan. In Genesis 10 , the world is repopulated by the descendents of Shem, Hham and Japeth who divide into Nations and a new Cycle begins, with the descendents of Shem carrying the seed of Elohim. The Book will continue for forty more Chapters, through the Abraham Cycle, ending with Joseph, carrier of the Seed of Light, dying in Egypt.
The problem, as always, is to leave infantile conceptions of these stories behind, and find their true significance, first in the "equations" of their primary characters and associated symbols, and then in their context in the psychospiritual development of mankind. We are entranced by myths we learned in kindergarten, and either go crazy trying to literally believe them, or leave them behind in some compartment of our minds. Where do you stop believing? And more importantly, when are you going to understand the archetypes and their developmental stages within yourself, where they always were?
See Ten Themes. (g) and (j) are especially important as dynamics in the whole myth. Can we think intelligently about our own myths and symbols? Noahh is a symbol for the preservation and transmission of consciousness across a cataclysm, and his name means exactly that: existential life -- unstructured consciousness (his "Adamic," undeveloped quality), designed for one evolutionary purpose: to carry human consciousness forward with all its potentials in an undeveloped state.
Genesis 5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Noahh's son's are born before the deluge. Noahh carries cosmically significant life with him to the next world.
Instead of thinking in terms of ancient history, for which where is little or no historical evidence for anything in the Old or New Testaments, we need to get used to thinking in terms of the psycho-developmental or psycho-historical significance of their characters and symbols. This is equivalent, of course, to finding their energies within ourselves.
Everything in Genesis "happens" on an archetypal level. The myth will begin to engage with history a little farther down the line, in Exodus and later. The figures and symbols of the first nine chapters of Genesis are pure archetypes, in contrast to the "categories of symbols" that begin after the deluge in Chapter 10. The myth of Noahh is the end of a cycle, a transitional symbol carrying the Elohimic seed of human consciousness and knowledge of a prior world, which will eventually fall into Abraham's hands, as the myth takes root in Canaan.
Before considering the psychodynamic action of Genesis 9, we need to take a closer look at the core equations of the names themselves and their formative meanings. Noah and his sons are all simple formulations of basic energies, two letter names with the exception of Japeth, who is really no exception.
Noah: Noun-Hayt: 50-8: life-in-existence -- unstructured consciousness: carrier of unevolved potentials for human consciousness.
Shem: Sheen-Mem: 300-40: Cosmic Movement/Breath-of-God -- biosphere: name (of God).
Hham: Hayt-Mem: 8-40: unstructured/unconscious potentials -- biosphere: Hham, number 2, is part of the fallen (no longer capable of evolution) energies of Noahh. He is the second son (see Isaac) and his fourth son Canaan (the territory where the descendents of Shem will dwell) gets Noahh's "curse."
Japeth: Yod-Pay-Tav: 10-80-400: existence -- actual potentials -- cosmic resistance. Elohim "enlarges" Japeth as shown with material (400) potentials (80) in existence (10). Japeth's two letters are Pay-Tav/80-400, the same as Hham's 8-40, but a level down, and in existence (Yod/10). The enlargement in the material is a symbol of the opposite in the psychological, and Japeth's name is all undeveloped material potentials.
Japeth will "dwell in the tents of Shem" (see below) which means that Shem will absorb all human potentials. We can see that the transmission Noahh-Hham results in Noun-Hayt-Mem, 50-8-40, which remains at the same undeveloped level as Noahh. Noahh-Shem, however, is Noun-Hayt-Sheen (-Mem), our good friend Nahash, signifying the descent of the transmission through Hheva: hence, "YHWH is the Eloh of Shem." This means that the seed of human psychological evolution has been passed down, through the Deluge, to Shem, eponymous ancestor of the Semites.
Genesis 9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
Genesis 9:20-27 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken ; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said , Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
If we believe this confused story, we have internalized a psychotic father who punishes innocent family members for his own exhibitionism and alcoholism. Perhaps because it is so familiar that we nod our heads and move on. Or else this is another reason not to believe anything God says. Either way, we miss the significance of the archetypes in our own psychological evolution.
As usual, the devil is in the details, which we probably stopped paying attention to when we exercised our previous options. Remember, Genesis 9 is a new Genesis; the going out from the Ark repeats the action of Adam and Hheva leaving Eden. Here we have another psychogenesis as the evolutionary potentials for the development of conscious (the Hayt of Noahh) are passed down through a genetic choke-point. Having emerged into a new world, Noahh's mission is accomplished, and human life must re-enter the evolutionary process. Noahh becomes a "husbandman" and drinks the blood (wine) of the earth and desublimates.
Noahh is naked and reveals his true nature (Noun) as unevolved potentials (Hayt). It is time for his sons (the next generation/evolutionary stage) to carry those potentials forward and develop them.
Getting back to the details, you probably didn't notice what God did in the passages above. He named the sons as Shem, Hham and Japeth. Then He told us that Japeth is very large materially (youngest in maturity), and then He told us that the younger (Qatan: Qof-Tayt-Noun: youngest, smaller, insignificant) son was the one who saw Noahh naked. Hham, named number 2, though youngest, is actually placed second in evolution. That leaves Shem, whose Eloh is YHWH, as the carrier of the Seed of Light into the next world.
Almost like He did that on purpose to make us think about it.
Genesis 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Ararat, "the curse reversed: precipitation of curse."
Google doesn't seem to know what that means, though it does indicate ambivalence and seems to point toward Ararat being related to Arawr. Raysh is a world or cosmic container. Both words have two of them. In Ararat, Aleph-Raysh-Raysh-Tav, they live between Aleph and Tav, the Beginning and the End, the Spiritual and the Material. Ararat is the symbolic "peak" where the spiritual and material worlds meet and intersect. All life will descend from this "point" as the world is repopulated after the Deluge.
Arawr is spelled Aleph-Raysh-Waw-Raysh, light with an extra Raysh. It is this "curse" that Noahh lays on the fourth son of Hham, Canaan, where the sons of Sem will symbolically dwell. Since the "curse" is kind of non-specific, we might wonder what is really going on, unless we fell asleep in a story that didn't make any sense a long time ago. We have to look past the myth into its psychological structure and encoded elements. The idea of a cursing deity is the end of rational thought, but we can go beyond this hallucinatory end and into the actual meaning of the word/equation. Look again: Arawr is 1-200-6-200. The two worlds are not next to each other, but copulatively (Waw) related as material and spiritual containers for Aleph, infinite, intemporal consciousness: 1-(200-6-200). As might be expected as a presumed utterance of God, there are no existential-level (times 10) letters in curse, it is all archetypal and cosmic (1-9, 100-900).
So for the curse to come into existence and, you know, actually have an effect in space-time, its Aleph/1/Intemporal must become Yod/10/Existence, and the twin cosmic containers, Raysh/200/World (the spiritual and the material) become alive (Hay/5). YHWH is His Curse.