SOLOMON AND SHEBA
Question: what is the universal meaning of Sheba?
Answer: From the country of Ethiopia,Sheba, Yemen, (The Sabians) or Saba. The (Empress) Queen of Sheba came to prove Solomon with hard questions (I Kings 10:1). Sheba pertains to “Maat”, wholeness or fullness on this plane of existence (a return to an original state, rest, repose, equilibrium, reintegration, restoration, balance).
Question: does Sheba represent the female principle?
Answer: The Empress (Queen) of Sheba represents the natural or Netert aspect of self, the Auset self, or the ruling intuitive intelligence of the whole consciousness pertaining to that part of being which has to do with nature. (symbolic of the crescent moon.)
Sheba symbolic of the moon
Solomon symbolic of the sun or star
The ruling intuitive intellect (Queen Sheba) journeys to meet the Soul of man (King Solomon). Solomon meets the Queen of Sheba, and in meeting and entertaining the Queen of Sheba had to give intuitive wisdom to his body consciousness, something that it had not possessed before.
Sheba meets Solomon
Question: what is the body consciousness?
Answer: The body consciousness is the subconscious mind in its work in the body; repairing, renewing, and conducting the functions of the body in harmony and health if right ideas are given to it, or disintegrating the organism and producing inharmonious action of the functions if untrue thoughts are sown in the mind. Solomon, in the wisdom of Spirit, comes in touch with his natural intuitive being, the Queen of Sheba.
When the illumination from Spirit is first received we are for a time so absorbed in it and in its revelations that we are almost wholly unconscious of our body; but a thought is formed in us that presides over that domain called the body substance.
Question: what is body substance?
Answer: body substance is your earthly body in natural form which is still subject to the physical laws that operate in natural substance. Its outer aspect is termed carnal or flesh, blood and bone, but the real substance is mental. When we have been illuminated by spirit the body will come to us in its “true light” and ask for our higher wisdom; it will bring to us many presents, or valuable substance.
The Empress-Queen of Sheba came bearing gifts, and to test Solomon with hard questions; she revealed to him all that was in her heart. There is a questioning nature in the natural side of being, symbolic of the Queen of Sheba or the ruling intuitive intellect. Sheba already holds the answers to “matter or the origin of material things”, but it is the origin of spirit and spiritual phenomena that she seeks.
Question: does Sheba represent the serpent in the Garden of Eden that questioned Adam and Eve?
Answer: no, the Queen of Sheba doesn’t represent the serpent in the Garden of Eden, and in fact she was trying to elevate to levels of higher consciousness by questioning Solomon or the Soul. You are referring to sense consciousness which is symbolic of the “Serpent in the Garden of Eden”. Remember the Serpent as a symbol represents many concepts in the ancient world.
In the Garden of Eden story the Serpent represents the reptilian brain in man which is a lower part of the brain.The Serpent or Sense Consciousness is also known as desire, sensation, or the activity of material or outer life which is apart from the source of life. When the life is lifted to the realization that it is spirit, it becomes healing, as seen in the allegorical story of Moses’ lifting up the Serpent in the wilderness.
Numbers 21-9 – And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Question: what does woman represent Genesis Chapter 3 of the bible?
Answer: “Woman” represents love or feeling in the individual consciousness and symbolizes the soul. Sense Consciousness (The Serpent) or Desire for sensation or activity in the external first tempts the soul, the center of feeling and emotion. The temptation of sense is at first very subtle, entering the consciousness to stir up doubt and slyly asking the question “Why not?”
The serpent is slyly suggesting to the soul that it indulge in the pleasures of sense and that the experience will result in a deeper understanding of God and His laws. The individual can always find arguments that to his own mind justify indulgence. This tendency may be described as sensation beguiling man from his Garden of Eden consciousness.
Question: what does Adam and Eves being naked represents in the bible?
Answer:(Lust-Sex) (Seed) (root chakra) When man depletes his seed through sense consciousness the whole nervous system is depleted and loses its capacity to contact the higher life current and supermind of wisdom. When man is in this “groundstate” he is ashamed,“naked,” and the heavenly ecstasy of fleshly vibration is now an embarassment, and man is embarassed (bare assed) (and the serpent crawls on its “belly,” eating “dust” all the days of its life.This act if continuous cuts off the life of man’s future spiritual seed.
(The true source of love is from spirit – physically – mentally – emotionally, but the true source of lust is from fallen sense consciousness)
Question:can you explain the meaning of Genesis 3:15-19?
Answer: okay, Genesis 3:15-19 says: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
The seed of the woman is from God; it is the spiritual life which is nurtured, and developed by man.
The seed of the serpent is fallen sense consciousness, and there is enmity between spiritual life and fallen sense consciousness.
The “seed” that bruised the head of the serpent is Iyesus Kristos (Perfected – Spiritual man). But these verses were written long before the time of Iyesus, which proves that they must refer to certain principles that are universal and built into creation. The “heel” represents the activity of the will in the body. When one is willful the tendency is to force the heel into the ground, or to keep sense balanced and in order.
Auset – Heru Mary – Iyesus Kristos – Spiritual seed in man
Mary- Meri Auset, the mother of Iyesus represents the soul that magnifies the Lord daily in the Temple and through its devotions prepares itself for the higher life. She signifies the divine motherhood of love, and intuition.
Iyesus, the perfected-man manifestation, is conceived as a “clean birth” in the intuitive or soul nature, and is molded in its substance. This coming of the Christ Body into activity is the result of an exalted idea (Kristos) sown in the mind and matured by the soul (Mary). The soul is devout and expectant. It has “faith” in the Miraculous as a possibility of all potentail. Mary expected the birth (At the Kheper Chakra), of the Messiah (Savior of the unilluminated self), according to the promise of the Holy Spirit. She was overshadowed by that “high idea”; it formed in her mind, and took hold in the outer consciousness, and the birth of the “spiritual seed manifested as the birth of Karast-Kristos- (Christ consciousness)
THE REPTILLIAN BRAIN
There is implanted in the reptilian part of the brain or the substance side of our consciousness a degree of intelligence, but it is not the source of wisdom; and it is not the righteous guide for man. This is illustrated in the Garden of Eden allegory by the serpent, symbolic of the sensuous intelligence that pervades nature.
Adam (cognitive man) and Eve – Hawwa (feelings) = the primal elemental forces of Being
Question: is the intuitive intelligence related to the sense consciousness?
Answer: yes, they both reside on the natural plane, but the “serpent” of the Garden of Eden is sense consciousness. It may also be called desire, and sensation, or the activity of life in an external expression, apart from the Source of life. Sense consciousness is subject to the ruling intuitive intelligence in nature. (Don’t confuse the faculty with the symbol, because the serpent has many symbolic meanings)
Man’s body consciousness comes in contact with sense consciousness (desires, sensations, and physical, sexual stimulating expression) this is symbolized by the sexual relationship between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
From The Kebra Negast and other sources regarding the physical relationship between Solomon and Sheba
“And he visited her and was gratified, and she visited him and was gratified… And she marvelled in her heart (Ab) and was utterly astonished in her mind (sia), and she recognized how wise he was in innerstanding, and pleasant in graciousness, and commanding in stature. And she observed the subtlety of his voice, and the discreet utterances of his lips, and that he gave his commands with dignity, and that his replies were made quietly and with the fear of The Most High.”
Both King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba had the utmost admiration and respect for each other. The Kebra Negast reports her saying to him: “O how greatly have pleased me thy answering, and the sweetness of thy voice, and the beauty of thy going, and the graciousness of thy words. Thy voice maketh the heart to rejoice…and giveth goodwill to the lips, and strength to the gait. I look upon thee and I see that thy wisdom is inexhaustible, and that it is like a lamp in the darkness, and like a pomegranate in the garden, and like a pearl in the sea, and like the Morning Star among the stars, and like the light of the moon in the mist, and like a glorious dawn and sunrise in the heavens.”
And King Solomon answered and said unto her, “Wisdom and understanding spring from thee thyself. As for me, I only possess them in the measure in which the God of Israel hath given them to me because I asked and entreated them from Him. And thou, although thou dost not know the God of Israel, thou hast this wisdom which thou hast made to grow in thine heart.”…And moreover, Solomon marvelled concerning the Queen, for she was vigorous in strength, and beautiful of form, and undefiled in virginity; and she had reigned for six years in her own country, and notwithstanding her gracious attraction and her splendid form, had preserved her body pure.”
Solomon and Sheba were lovers according to the text, and Sheba did lose her virginity to the King. The Bible does not say so directly However, the Hebrew verb bw’, which means “to come”, is used to describe Sheba’s approach to Solomon; this particular word also means coitus, and in the Old Testament refers to entering a house for the purpose of sexual relations. The Hebrew phrase bw’ plus ‘elayik (who have come to you) may also be translated as “who have entered you.” The Hebrew word “yada” means to have intercourse, a verb know (Late Hebrew id., Aramaic יְדַע ; Phoenician ידע; Ethiopic II. I. indicate, announce, narrate; Assyrian idû, know, COT Gloss; Sabean ידע
The statement that “King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, or whatsoever she asked” (Josephus’ explains, “For there was nothing that she desired which he denied her” might also imply that he not only fulfilled her intellectual and material passions; he also fulfilled her sexual passion. (See metaphysical explanation)
In the literal interpretation both Ethiopian and Arabian accounts explicitly refer to sexual relations between Solomon and Sheba. The Kebra Negast describes that “he pondered in his heart, `A woman of such splendid beauty hath come to me from the ends of the earth! What do I know? Will God give me seed in her?'” He desired her, and she likewise may have desired him, but because she sought to retain her virginity in order to reign as queen, she refused him. After six months together, when Sheba contemplated leaving, he begged her to stay, and asked her to marry him. But she declined, because she was already the Queen of a vast kingdom, and she was committed to her own people, and unwilling to be a wife to a polygamous man, from a chauvinistic society. But King Solomon was not ready to given in that easily, so he tricked her into choosing to give herself to him sexually.
An Arabic account tells us: “And Solomon loved women passionately, and… when her visits to him multiplied, he longed for her greatly and entreated her to yield herself to him. But she would not surrender herself to him, and she said unto him, `I came to thee a maiden, a virgin; shall I go back despoiled of my virginity, and suffer disgrace in my kingdom?’
And Solomon said unto her, “I will only take thee to myself in lawful marriage – I am the King, and thou shalt be the Queen…Strike a covenant with me that I am only to take thee to wife of thine own free will – this shall be the condition between us: when thou shalt come to me by night as I am lying on the cushions of my bed, thou shalt become my wife.” And behold she struck this covenant with him, determining within herself that she would preserve her virginity from him.”
He then arranged an elaborate dinner for the Queen, beautifying his tent with purple drapes, the finest carpets, marble and precious stones, and he burnt the most alluring and sensuous incense in all of the land. “Follow me now and seat thyself in my splendour in the tent,'” he told her, “and I will complete thy instruction, for thou have loved wisdom, and she shall dwell with thee until thine end and for ever.” When she agreed, he rejoiced. He prepared meats which would make her thirsty, fish cooked with pepper, and drinks containing vinegar. Then they dined and conversed until late in the night, when he suggested that she sleep there near him, rather than return to her apartment.
The Kebra Negast describes an agreement which Solomon made with Sheba (Unlike the Arabic text, Solomon promises not to approach her sexually unless she approaches him first).
Here, he swears that he will not “take her by force” as long as she does not “take anything” of his: “And she said unto him, `Swear to me by thy God, the God of Israel, that thou wilt not take me by force. For if I, who according to the law of men am maiden, be seduced, I should travel on my journey back in sorrow, and affliction and tribulation. And Solomon answered and said unto her, `I swear unto thee that I will not take thee by force, but thou must swear unto me that thou wilt not take by force anything that is in my house.’ And the Queen laughed and said unto him, `Being a wise man, why dost thou speak as a fool? Shall I steal anything, or shall I carry out of the house of the King that which the King hath not given me? Do not imagine that I have come hither through love of riches. Moreover, my own kingdom is as wealthy as thine, and there is nothing which I wish for that I lack. Assuredly I have only come in quest of thy wisdom.’… And she said unto him, `Swear to me that thou wilt not take me by force thy, and I on my part will swear not to take by force thy possessions’; and he swore to her and made her swear.”
In both accounts, Sheba slept in Solomon’s tent, and awakened in the middle of the night thirsty and craving water, but only able to find water in a jar by Solomon’s bed. Solomon had, of course, asked his servants to hide all other sources of water. believing him to be asleep, she reached across his bed for water, but he opened his eyes, seized her hand and said:
“`Why hast thou broken the oath that thou hast sworn that thou wouldn’t take by force anything that is in my house?’ And she answered and said unto him in fear, `Is the oath broken by my drinking water?Be free from thy oath, only let me drink water.’ And he permitted her to drink water, and after she had drunk water…they slept together”
The story of Solomon and Sheba from Al-Quran
When Islam was founded in the seventh century AD, there was considerable Jewish influence in Arabia. Many Old Testament stories and their Jewish elaborations were incorporated into the Qur’an.
Solomon (Sulaiman) is portrayed in the Qur’an as not only a great and wealthy king with power over birds, (spirits), animals (nature), and jinn (forces of nature), but also a prophet of God. Believing that the Queen of Sheba worshipped the sun (Aten) along side God (Allah), he wrote to her, calling her to come to him ‘in humble submission’ (Qur’an Sura 27:31). The Queen responded with a letter and gifts and set off to visit Solomon in his crystal palace.
This drawing depicts the hoopoe bird (Hu-Tehuti-Djehuti) messenger of God.
Tehuti-Djehuti (Thoth, Hermes, Gabriel, Apollo, Mercury, messenger of God)
The Queen of Sheba (Bilqis) and the hoopoe, Solomon’s messenger, a drawing
Safavid dynasty, about AD 1590-1600
From Qazvin, Iran
This drawing depicts the moment when the hoopoe bird (symbolic of Tehuti-Djehuti) delivers the letter from Solomon to the Queen of Sheba, or Bilqis as she is known in the Muslim world. Bilqis is shown reclining beside a stream, gazing at the hoopoe perched on the tree stump at the right, with the rolled letter in its beak. Clothed in a remarkable robe, covered in a ‘waq-waq’ design, and here the artist infers that Bilqis’ is a “serpent” and resembles the stream next to her.
According to the Qur’an, once the Queen reached Jerusalem, Solomon welcomed her in a courtyard with a glass floor. This was an elaborate plan to trick her into showing her legs, for according to interpreters of the Qur’an; Solomon feared that the Queen was a female devil, having been convinced by his jinn that under her clothes she was concealing the hooves of a donkey. The glass was so smooth it looked like water and the Queen lifted her skirts to avoid getting her hem wet, revealing a pair of beautiful legs. The Qur’an reports that the Queen exclaimed ‘My Lord! Surely I have been unjust to myself, and I submit with Sulaiman to Allah, the Lord of the worlds’ (Sura 27:44).
Question: what did the Queen of Sheba learn from Solomon?
Answer: The Queen of Sheba or the Ruling Intuitive Intellect in us learns that matter has no real substance; it is the result of an unreal state of consciousness and it passes away when the real source of divine consciousness is revealed. The Queen of Sheba learned that all matter will disappear when man enters into the real substance of being. Within the temporal forms of flesh we find the real life and an eternal body.
Question: in the story of Solomon and Sheba, what does the camels and the spices represent?
Answer: the camels represent the sacred inner life that we once lived as spiritual beings, and the spices represent the eternal body that the Queen brought to Solomon (the soul of man).
Question: was the Queen of Sheba happy with the answers that she received from Solomon?
Answer: yes she was, because she was now able to realize the spiritual substance idea and perceive the Truth of Spirit. She could see the importance of spiritualizing the body consciousness by declaring it for the wisdom of The Most High.
Question: what is the most important message in this story?
Answer: the most important message in this story is, whenever a question is presented to us about the character of matter, and the many points pertaining to the overcoming of physical death, we may know that the Queen of Sheba has come and is seeking to prove our spiritual wisdom with some of her “hard questions.”
Question: what does our Soul or Solomon learn about himself from the meeting with Sheba?
Answer: Solomon (wisdom-the soul of man), recognizes that Sheba (the body consciousness – ruler of intuitive intellect) is his own (wife) or his own un-illuminated being, which needs the light. Therefore nothing is withheld, but every questioning of the Queen of Sheba, the power that rules over this part of being, is fully answered.
Question: so am I correct in saying Solomon represents the spiritual knowledge of God, and Sheba represents the natural, material part of man?
Answer: yes, Solomon represents the spiritual law, and Sheba represents natural forces in our being.
Question: why did Solomon give gifts back to Makeda the Queen of Sheba?
Answer: when our natural forces in our being (Sheba) express the desire to learn the way of spirit, and are willing to pay the price for it, the desire and the willingness are in themselves admired to the fullest; and gifts (spiritual gifts) are returned with abundant increase. This law is set forth in II Chronicles 9:12: “And King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all her desire (spiritual knowledge), whatsoever she asked, besides that which she had brought unto the king.” (Body consciousness)
Question: metaphysically what did the Queen of Sheba take back to Ethiopia from King Solomon?
Answer: the queen of Sheba (ruler over the natural plane) was able to take back to her kingdom that which only the King can give to her (being her other half), and that is the knowledge that there is a higher innerstanding or a brighter light that, when laid hold of by the body consciousness, will transmute and lift that consciousness to eternal spiritual substance. This is taking off the multicoloured coat of mortality, and putting on the gleaming white robe of immortality. For the Queen of Sheba or those standing on the natural plane, this is where the process begins. It starts with seeking.
THE BIBLICAL SOURCE
Pharaoh Amenhotep III – Amāna-Ḥātpa III, and Queen Tiye source of the biblical Solomon and Sheba
Question: was Queen Tiye the source of the legend of the Queen of Sheba?
Answer: yes, if you do your own research and look in the right places you will find that Queen Tiye was the source of the Queen of Sheba legend. She was (Solomon) Amenhotep III’s wife. Tiye was a great Queen, and was the Queen of Nubia/Ethiopia and Yemen, as well as the Queen of Kemet throughout her lifetime. Queen Tiye was very wise and independent woman, and travelled extensively. Her returns to the capital from foreign lands would have been considered a grand affair, as described in the Kebra Negast, Bible and Koran.
Question: what does the name Sheba mean?
Answer: the name Sheba means “seven” in Hebrew. Seven is the number of Tehuti or Djehuty and the 18th Dynasty was the dynasty of the Kings of Djehuty. The Bible describes their covenant at the well of Beer-sheba, meaning “well of the seven” or “well of the oath.” It is a treaty between the shepherd-king Abraham and Abimelech, the king of the Philistines (cf. Gen. 26:1). Abraham gave seven lambs to Abimelech (Father kings-rulers) as a witness that he had dug the well (Genesis 21:28). (Refer to Melchizedek)
The title “Queen of Sheba” refers to the Melech-Maliks, rulers of Thoth or Tehuti,” which Queen Tiye was of that empire.
The Kemetian Neter Thoth, Djehuty or Tehuti, Hermes, Apollo, Mercury, Michael/Gabriel
In the Bible, Solomon himself is said to have been the son of Bath-Sheba (“daughter of Sheba,” i.e. the daughter of one of the Thutmose’s / Djehuty’s)
Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty
Thutmose I (Thoth-mos I) Djehuty King – Thutmose II – Thutmose III -Thutmose IV
In the Bible and in the Talmud, Moses marries the Queen of Ethiopia.
Numbers 12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman
In the reign of Amenhotep III, the Queen of Ethiopia was Queen Tiye. After the death of Amenhotep III, she remained the queen of Ethiopia/Kemet under the reign of Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten-Moses).