Edna Miriam Lister

Every Bible verse has a psychological, metaphysical, scientific, philosophical and mystical interpretation. Each letter has twenty-two different meanings and significations. Reading the Bible as a history of humanity is only a first step. It is filled with allegories, and taken as a whole, serves as a metaphor for the experiences of all Living Souls.

Every ancient civilization has left remnants of their culture in the "high places" where they worshiped. Yet even with these tantalizing hints of our history, no single document tells us the whole story. For instance, where did Cain get his wife? Adam knew, as did Abraham, that they were not alone on earth, other peoples existed. As descended Creator gods, they sent their sons, Cain and Isaac, to find wives in Nod, the land of the Children of Men.

The plagues, described in Exodus, tell the story of the soul’s travail and unfoldment while passing once around the Zodiacal Wheel in twelve incarnations. The Land of Egypt, metaphorically represents everything in the human body below the diaphragm, organs, nerves and systems. The Promised Land symbolizes everything between the diaphragm and the shoulder blades. The Garden of Eden includes the head, everything from the collar bones to the crown.

The Children of Israel carried a bit of everything they had learned on earth from the beginning, and had taints of every kind, due to their heterogenous background. Egypt was familiar, a home to them. They had consorted with the Egyptians for generations, lost their rituals, worshiped idols and pagan gods, and eaten ritually unclean food. Three different phases of enslavement of Imagination, Thinking and Desire enmeshed them, and they had soul taints.

Moses told them they had to leave Egypt to worship and serve the One God in the wilderness, which represents coming to terms with self. Many among them must have doubted, wondering why they had to leave Egypt. They must have entered the wilderness in rebellion against Moses. How they must have complained!

It took Moses forty days to get the tribes out of Egypt, but it took wandering forty years in the wilderness to get Egypt out of Israel! The elders of the tribes, who had lived under Egyptian rule, were all dead by the time the Israelites reached the Promised Land.

God sent the plagues to teach both the Egyptians and the Israelites. Through a careful analysis, we can discover what Laws Egypt disobeyed to cause the plagues. Israel had to witness the plagues to "see" and understand who God is!

The plagues showed Egypt and Israel that God is God. The Lord deliberately hardened Pharaoh’s heart before each plague and multiplied His signs and wonders because He wanted to make sure the Israelites would go with Moses, and that Egypt would know He was God. They had to "see" the need for and to accept soul discipline. The tribes would have turned back, if they had anything to return to, so God showed them how He could care for them.

Before the plagues (Exodus 7:1-13), God ordered Moses to have Aaron challenge the priests of Egypt by casting down his rod, which became a serpent. The Egyptian sorcerers and magicians did the same with their enchantments, but God caused Aaron’s rod to swallow their serpents. The serpent is a symbol of Wisdom. God performed this wonder to demonstrate how the Wisdom of the One God of Israel would absorb the lesser wisdom of other religions.

 

The First Plague: Water Changed to Blood

And the Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river’s bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand. And you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, "Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness": but indeed, until now you would not hear. Thus says the Lord, "By this you shall know that I am the Lord. Behold, I will strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood. And the fish that are in the river shall die, the river shall stink, and the Egyptians will loathe to drink the water of the river." ’ Then the Lord spoke to Moses, "Say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod, and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they may become blood. And there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in buckets of wood, and in pitchers of stone.’ "
Exodus 7:14-19

Blood represents regeneration and the fire element of life. Blood is the soul’s vehicle or sheath, which is why "the life is in the blood." The first plague transformed the water of the Nile, Egypt’s streams and pools into blood, which represents degeneration, the soul’s regression from health, as in anemia, leukemia, or other blood ailments.

Metaphysically, three types of blood platelets (in the desire body) represent our phases of the Living Soul: Square, representing subsoul, triangular for egoic soul, and round platelets for Oversoul. Each platelet is composed of soul substance, and has a "brain" to record our thoughts, emotions and desires, every negative. The platelets regulate our emotions, thoughts and desires. Pure blood platelets ensure health. Impure platelets cause illness and disease. At death, we transform our platelets and take their records with us. Thus, the blood reflects a "picture" of the individual, and records his progress.

The first three houses in the 1st Wheel of Ezekiel (Aries, Taurus and Gemini) represent the "Land of Egypt" in man, the abdominal cavity. The second triad of houses (Cancer, Leo and Virgo) represents the "Promised Land," the thoracic cavity, from the diaphragm to the collar bones. The wheel’s upper hemisphere represents the "Garden of Eden," or "Paradise." We endure through Egypt (the sensory world) to reach the Promised Land (Divine Love).

The first plague is in Aries, the House of the Hidden Manna and the Holy Spirit. The Degree is the Neophyte, whose vow is to make the body a fit dwelling for the soul.

The corresponding church, mentioned in Revelation 2:1-7, is Ephesus, which left its first love, of God, and fell from grace. It rules the sacrum chakra, the seat of Creative Fire at the base of the spine. The Creative Fire runs along the pole of Spirit, the spinal column (called the "pole of Paracelsus"), from the sacrum to the crown chakra.

The Egyptians had forgotten the mysteries of the soul’s immortality, which Isis and Osiris had taught them. They had allowed their religion to degenerate into a "cult of death." Many Israelites had forgotten the One God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel and Egypt both were worshiping false gods.

Misuse of the Creative Fire caused the first plague. Turning water into blood symbolizes the degradation of purity, cutting off the Power of the Holy Spirit from the sacrum chakra. Both Egypt and Israel had cut off the etheric currents and the Holy Spirit. They worshiped idols, had fallen from their "high place" and shut the crown chakra, called the "first love."

The plague’s purpose was to teach Egypt and Israel to look up, to listen and become clean, to pay attention to their Neophyte Vows and physical regeneration. Egypt had to let the Holy Spirit in, and return to their original belief in the immortality of the soul. Israel had to accept the law given through Moses, become one again with the God of their forefathers and leave the fleshpots of Egypt. Israel must again surrender and accept, to turn again to God fully and move up to Paradise.

The Egyptian magicians could also convert water to blood, so God again hardened Pharaoh’s heart. His priests could not, however, reconvert the blood into water, and the Egyptian people were forced to dig for water for seven days.

 

The Second Plague: Frogs

And the Lord spoke to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve Me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all your territory with frogs. So the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into your house, into your bedroom, on your bed, into the houses of your servants, on your people, into your ovens, and into your kneading bowls. And the frogs shall come up on you, on your people, and on all your servants.’" Then the Lord spoke to Moses, "Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.’" And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.
Exodus 8:1-7

Frogs belong to the water element. Symbolically they represent the emotional life and "human nature." Emotional abnormalities manifest as dropsy, diabetes, swelling, edema and glandular problems.

Frogs from the Nile infested the Egyptians’ homes, bedrooms, beds, ovens and kneading bowls. The mystical interpretation of the bedroom and bed describes the physical misuse of the Creative Fire, which influenced the whole Egyptian environment. They used kneading bowls and ovens to make bread, which represent the process of Assimilation. Bread symbolizes Spiritual Substance, which Egypt misused emotionally. Overeating causes an upset (swelling, the frog’s nature) at the stomach center (the navel chakra) and results in no Assimilation, no body perfection.

The second plague (Exodus 8:1-15) takes place in Taurus and the church of Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11), where people said one thing and lived in the opposite manner. The Spirit told Smyrna to fear nothing worldly, but to ascend higher in consciousness. If they were faithful for the ten days they were cast in prison, they would receive the crown of life, which represents the Creative Fire, ascending from imprisonment at the sacrum, to the splenic chakra.

Taurus is the House of Fertility for Israel. To Egypt it represented the Nile inundation that fertilized their fields.

The Disciple Degree is under Taurus, and the vow is to Surrender to become the servant of all Power. When we enslave the Creative Fire to the outer senses, it cannot "water" the chakras, and we are infertile.

God compelled Egypt to awaken and free the Creative Fire to become the Flame of God. He advised Israel to live as Children of God, to Accept and Surrender to the One God, to return to their Father’s house.

Taurus rules the neck. Swelling in the neck represents a frog’s nature. Pharaoh swelled with pride and stubbornness, so even this plague did not convince Egypt.

The Egyptian magicians also could conjure frogs, though they were unable to dismiss them. Pharaoh begged Moses to ask God to rid them of the plague. When God caused the frogs to die, Pharaoh again hardened his heart.

 

The Third Plague: Lice

So the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, "Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout the land of Egypt.’" And they did so. For Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. Now the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God." But Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.
Exodus 8:16-19

The dust of the land became lice and afflicted man and beast in this plague, which represents stability and the earth element, the heavy, rich earth of Egypt. Lice represent all lesser negative thoughts that upset emotions and bring fear and doubt. Stability is not stagnation, but looking up, not up and down, not blowing hot then cold. The lice upset stagnant emotions.

The lice plague is under Gemini the Adept, who vows to be selfless in releasing Power, not using Power. The church is Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-17), called the seat of Satan. The navel chakra, the seat of intellectual self-will is the seat of Satan. At Pergamos they worshiped false gods and ate food sacrificed to idols, which defiled Mosaic Law. To repent, we eat of the hidden manna, to open the pineal and to receive the white stone and open the Illumination faculty.

Gemini is the Division of the Twins, positive and negative, hot and cold. It is the House of Faith for Israel and the House of Control for Egypt, the Adept in the Land of Egypt.

We are still in the Land of Egypt here, but it takes burning Desire to repent to enter the Promised Land. Lice made Israel desire to ascend from adeptship in Egypt. This plague showed Egypt the limits of control and adeptship, and awakened the Unconquerable Faith of Israel, governed by stability, not hot or cold, up or down.

The Egyptian magicians could imitate the first two plagues but they couldn’t duplicate this one. The Gemara, a commentary on Hebrew Law in the Talmud, states that "the Egyptians, as magicians, could not produce lice because they were unable to produce by imitation anything smaller than a barley corn."

Moses and Aaron began at the bottom with the miracle of small lice and ascended in the Power God gave them. They were, of course, letting God use them for His Honor and Glory, whereas the Egyptian magicians used the lowest form of adeptship. They could not initiate a miracle, but could only use illusion to imitate what they saw.

Adepts draw from the Psychic Plane records just above earth and imitate the reflections of what true initiates do in the Heavenly Realms above the planes. A reflection does nothing, but a miracle is an act of creation. Even the magicians said, "This is the finger of God," yet God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.

 

The Fourth Plague: Swarms of Flies

And the Lord said to Moses, "Rise early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh as he comes out to the water. Then say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand. And in that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there, in order that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the land. And I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be.’" And the Lord did so. Thick swarms of flies came into the house of Pharaoh, into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt. The land was corrupted because of the swarm of flies.
Exodus 8:20-24

The fourth plague (Exodus 8:20-32) was a swarm of flies. Winged insects represent the air element, and they symbolize doubts and thoughts of fear. Wrong thinking created the flies, not emotions.

The fourth plague covers Cancer, Leo and Virgo in the Wheel of Ezekiel, signs which representing the stomach, heart and lungs. Israel had ascended to the Promised Land of the heart chakra, to live by "I AM" consciousness.

Cancer is the House of Choice and it rules the stomach. Leo is the House of Honor, the fifth house of freedom to release the past, and it rules the heart. Virgo is the House of the Bread of Life, and represents the lungs and the Inspiration faculty.

We must synchronize the function of heart and lungs to have perfect balance in the stomach. We say, "I have butterflies in my stomach." Butterflies have wings. The previous plague of lice had upset their stagnant emotions, but this one caused even Pharaoh to have second thoughts!

The Mystic Degree covers these three divisions and the vow is to maintain a shining Golden Silence, undisturbed by vagrant thoughts.

The church of Thyatira covers these houses (Revelation 2:18-29). Thyatira listened to the teachings of Jezebel, the false prophetess of Baal, and ate foods sacrificed to idols. The adultery they committed symbolizes the misuse of Creative Fire.

The Spirit promises the morning star to the Israelite who overcomes. The morning star represents the Oversoul Star, which releases the Rays of Wisdom and Love, balanced as Compassion. A strong Star of Destiny governs us when our Oversoul descends to rule the physical body.

Israel was to learn to choose to be obedient. Egypt continued in false doctrine and misuse and received what their works had earned. This plague was to teach Egypt and Pharaoh to overcome stubbornness in their heart.

God ordered Moses to tell Aaron to stretch his rod to commence the first three plagues. This time God ordered Moses simply to announce the time and the nature of the plague to Pharaoh.

Israel dwelt in the district of Goshen. God severed that land from the swarms of flies, so they did not afflict Israel. Pharaoh said he would let the people go for three days if only the swarms of flies would end. When the plague ended, he of course hardened his heart.

 

The Fifth Plague: Pestilence on Cattle

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go in to Pharaoh, and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, behold, the hand of the Lord will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep – a very severe pestilence. And the Lord will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.’" Then the Lord appointed a set time, saying, "Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land." So the Lord did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of the livestock of the children of Israel not one died.
Exodus 9:1-6

This plague, which some scholars have theorized was probably anthrax, represents the lower animal nature and all overindulgence of self. For instance, irritation and impatience manifests in idle words, since this is under the throat chakra. Overindulgence in idle words causes a reaction of the Law of Force from the world, family and friends.

After the third plague, Israel had ascended to a state of grace. Egypt still lived in an unregenerate state, and wanted slaves to do their bidding. This plague’s lesson is on the 18th Yetzirah Path of Life, the balance of inner and outer. It is the bloodstained Path of Spiritual Blindness that results in death in the material world. The plague killed all the livestock of Egypt, but God protected Israel’s livestock with a wall of Light. The death of their livestock represents Egypt living on the lower pole. The 18th Path, on the lowest pole, explodes the atoms, releases lifesparks and destroys form. Israel, whose livestock were unharmed, was living by the higher mental and soul faculties.

The fifth plague is in the upper hemisphere of the Wheel of Ezekiel, under Libra, the House of Law. The Law is the Word of the Lord, spoken by the Logos (the Word). The terms, "Lord" and "Law" are synonymous. As we enter the Garden of Eden, we learn the first true freedom, which comes through illumination from above. The Master vows to be responsible for all about him.

God was teaching Egypt to learn obedience to Divine Law, while he taught Israel the powerful effects of disobedience – the plague destroyed all Egypt’s livestock. Disobedience can destroy the value of the food we eat. When food upsets the digestion, look for disobedience. Israel was learning to return to the Logos, the Word of the One God, the Law.

This plague covers the church of Sardis, where some were physically alive, but spiritually dead (Revelation 3:1-6). Israel was learning to be watchful, to strengthen their faith. "Be watchful" advises Israel to be ready to move instantly. Here we strengthen what remains, yet is ready to die of malnutrition caused by idle words. Worthy ones walk in white raiment when they attain purity of speech. Egypt was learning purity of purpose instead of treachery.

 

The Sixth Plague: Boils

So the Lord said to Moses and to Aaron, "Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh. And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt." Then they took ashes from the furnace and stood before Pharaoh, and Moses scattered them toward heaven. And they caused boils that break out in sores on man and beast. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians and on all the Egyptians.
Exodus 9:8-11

God ordered Moses and Aaron to throw ashes into the air in Pharaoh’s sight. The falling ashes caused a plague of boils on man and beast. Ashes represent dross, burned from the lower or "human nature." Ashes also symbolize our last regrets, and sorrow about giving up pride and self. When we lift our ashes of self in surrender, and let them blow away as smoke, we have no more frustrations or sorrow.

The Egyptian magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils. Boils represent hidden emotional frustrations that cause impurities in the bloodstream. The action of boils cleanses the blood and the emotions. Boils represent a physical, bodily revolution, the casting out of impurities, and this affliction was supposed to "boil" out impurities.

The church of Revelation (Sardis), the Degree (the Master), and the chakra (the throat) remains the same as under Libra. Yet this plague is under the sign of Scorpio, the sign of death, the Division of Transformation.

The initiate seeking Mastery under Libra tends to "notice" other people’s lack of responsibility. When practicing Mastery under Scorpio, we begin to understand that by being responsible for what comes to us in life, we assume more responsibility, thus growing in Mastery.

Scorpio is also called the House of the Altar of Resurrection. Israel was to build their altar and remember that the Lord is One God. Egypt was to cleanse itself of corruption, which leads to death, and Pharaoh had to burn away his stubborn pride.

 

Seventh Plague: Hail

And Moses stretched out his rod toward heaven; and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire darted to the ground. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very heavy that there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail struck throughout the whole land of Egypt, all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail struck every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.
Exodus 9:23-26

The plagues were ten miracles God performed through Moses. In Exodus 9:23-35 God ordered Moses to stretch his rod toward Heaven and He sent thunder, hail and fire to run along the ground. Thunder, hail and fire represent crystallized imagination, emotions and thinking, in that order. Hail is frozen water and symbolizes emotion crystallized into prejudices and opinions that produce paralysis. Thinking is fire that burns and churns crystallized emotions. The low pole of crystallized imagination creates thundering, destructive pictures.

Hail is under Sagittarius, the House of Ascension and Conquering to Ascend. Sagittarius is a fire sign. We must heat, melt and absorb all crystallization. For Egypt and Israel both, this represents the need to awaken Love and Compassion. The hail told Israel to dissolve its hatred of Egypt. No matter what sign we were born in, we conquer in Sagittarius.

Only in Israel’s land of Goshen was there no hail. Goshen means "place of rest." Here the temptation is to rest on promises instead of ascending. Pharaoh represents the subconscious mind, which promises repeatedly to let go. Pharaoh began to fear the God of Israel. Here the mortal, subconscious mind begins to recognize its errors – Pharaoh began to promise to let Israel go.

Hail is under the Priest Degree and the brow chakra. The Priest gathers all good from past experience and then forges ahead. The brow chakra rules "seeing." Knowing what destruction the previous plagues caused, Pharaoh still refused to learn from the experience and "see" what he must do.

The hail and fire ruined the flax and barley crops that were ready for harvest. Destruction of the flax and barley represents Egypt reaping the whirlwind of self.

Wheat and rye represent Israel’s "crops" grown in accord with Law and Divine Will. The wheat and rye were immature and were not ruined. The lesson for Egypt was to fear the One God of Israel, the only way to make them let go. Israel, with its immature crops, was not yet prepared to leave.

This plague relates to the church of Philadelphia ("brotherly love"), which the Spirit told to "hold fast and let no man take your crown." This is under the Priest, who vows to remain pure in heart, mind and purpose. The Initiation is to stand fast in the hour of temptation.

God was teaching Egypt to let go of self. He was telling Israel to stand, know and love. Love is the only ingredient that makes us strong enough to hold onto our crown. We combine the seventh plague with the sixth church, or seven plus six equals thirteen, the number of the Via Christa.

 

Eighth Plague: Locusts

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land – all that the hail has left." So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind on the land all that day, and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt. They were very severe; previously there had been no such locusts as they, nor shall be such after them. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every herb of the land, all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there remained nothing green on the trees, or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of Egypt.
Exodus 10:12-15

The plague of locusts was pure destruction to Egypt. God warned Pharaoh in advance that the locusts would eat everything left after the plague of hail. Winged locusts represent the servants of the Almighty who think high thoughts and surrender the lower mind in order to ascend. First, hail must burn away opinions and prejudice, then we release all remaining doubts and fears. God sent locusts to cleanse Egypt, the subconscious mind, of doubts and fears.

Pharaoh wanted to hang on and "try" to win. He brought the next two plagues on himself. Locusts represent the clinging, tenacious hold of the subconscious mind over the soul. They represent earth, although they have wings. Locusts eat everything until the earth is barren and dry as a bone.

Israel entered a period of purification under this plague. Pharaoh drove Moses and Aaron from his presence. They were preparing for their sojourn in the wilderness.

This plague is under Capricorn, the House of the Father and an earth sign. It is the Gate of the soul’s descent though the House of the Father to reach the House of the Mother of Earth in Cancer. An east wind brought the locusts and a west wind took them away. East represents resurrection and west represents ascension. Capricorn represents Israel’s victory through resurrection and ascension. Egypt tried to gain victory through force.

The church is Laodicea, where the Spirit cautions soul to buy gold tried in the fire. The pituitary gland is gold, and the pineal is silver. When Illumination strikes, it fills the pituitary and purifies the emotional life. This is the subsoul, ascending from Egypt through the Promised Land to dwell in the Garden of Eden.

The trail from Libra through Capricorn is arduous, and filled with stumbling-blocks. We can weep and wait in Sagittarius, but the Fathers place us on a platform of Light so we can stand, fight and struggle. We can never fall all the way back once we pass through the Fires of Sagittarius.

This is the Christos Degree, whose vow is complete surrender of all self. The great conflict between subsoul and Oversoul rages in Capricorn but we reach a point where we cannot breathe without more truth. Here we become zealous and have illumination: As we open the thousand-petaled lotus at the crown chakra, Light shines through the brow chakra to illumine the path.

 

Ninth Plague: Darkness for Three Days

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Exodus 10:21-23

The darkness (Exodus 10:21-29) was so thick that it could be felt. For three days Egypt could not move, yet Israel had light in their dwellings. Three is the number of perfected personal expression. Three days is the time it takes to cleanse the subconscious mind and ascend to God. Egypt had to learn to let go, so for them this was the Surrender of self-will and full Acceptance of Unconquerable Faith.

This meant a complete spiritual awakening for Israel, to light their dwellings. We are living through this plague in the world now. We have light in our dwelling, yet darkness is without.

Darkness is under the Aquarius Division and the air element. Air (Aquarius is an air sign) represents the Mind of God as us.

Aquarius is the House of Vision, which represents the true opening of the mystical "third eye." Israel was living now by pure Vision. Egypt had to learn the lesson of blindness of self, and Israel had to learn of their full protection.

Pharaoh said that he would let Israel go under the threat of the seventh, eighth and ninth plagues, then changed his mind. Israel still loved Egypt’s materiality, yet they wanted to return to God. The Law that governs this is "no man can serve two masters." We cannot serve both God and self.

This is the "I want, I try" stage. Pharaoh wanted the herds and flocks of Israel. Aquarius represents the Lamb in Heaven, as Aries is the Lamb on earth. No church of Revelation relates to the ninth or tenth plague because they represent worship of God alone.

Moses did not appear again before Pharaoh after Pharaoh threatened him. He no longer needed Aaron or his rod either. He just stretched forth his hand to bring the darkness. God ordered Moses to command Aaron to raise the rod so that He might impel the Children of Israel to let Moses and Aaron lead them.

 

Tenth Plague: Death of the Firstborn

"So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger, or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread." Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two door posts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two door posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever. It shall come to pass, when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households’." So the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the children of Israel went away and did so, just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Exodus 12:17-30

Before each plague, Moses received the Law and told Aaron what to do. When it came to the death of the firstborn, Moses and Aaron stepped aside, for only the Father could perform this plague.

The firstborn represents the soul’s true preferences, such as possession of persons and things. Egypt’s firstborn represents their desire for using Power as self-will and creating force. The destructive, selfish use of Power leaves the egoic soul in bondage to the subsoul, then conflict rages between subsoul and Oversoul. This is the true meaning of Israel held in bondage in the Land of Egypt. By this time, Israel preferred loyalty to God and letting Power use them over using self-will as force.

Before the death of the firstborn, God told Israel to borrow gold and silver from their neighbors; Egypt was glad to give them anything to get rid of them. This represents Transmutation of base metals into gold, raising the Creative Fire from the base of the spine in the Land of Egypt to the Higher Creative Center in the Garden of Eden, the head. God stripped Egypt of possession of persons and things because of disobedience; Israel received only its fair share for conquering under Law.

The tenth plague is under Pisces, the House of Revelation and Permeation. Here Light so permeates us that every atom dances. This is the House of Heaven, and we are living through it today as we open the parathalamus glands for "seeing" and "hearing." Polishing the virtues and praying with fervent praise opens the parathalamus glands. Egypt had to be blinded with grief to let go of their possessions, but they were too blinded to see Heavenly Realms.

We learn to release the other fellow from bondage to self-will, to love more, to love enough but not to possess. This is the point Paul reached when he "kicked against the pricks." We are too busy picking up our precious pearls of experience to kick against what life presents.

Israel could see that freedom lay ahead, but they still faced forty years of wandering the wilderness of self to become purified of their taints. The path Home is long, and we must be single-minded in our climb.

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