Aquila wrote: ↑Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:56 pmIt seems that archetypes or symbols that are often looked as merely positive and inspiring, include some kind of hidden difficult aspects that are easily overlooked. I think it relates with the general problemacy of monotheism as well; one aspect or cultural interpretation of god is so overwhelmingly strong and strictly dogmatic that its actual darker aspects have to be placed upon one or more scapegoats.
It was almost comical how my daily Zohar readings started to give me repeating eagle symbolism when we discussed our above change of thoughts. And interestingly enough, those places were once again almost purely positive. Did you know that for Jews, it is Moses who is the Eagle, and this comes from his uof niting the Right and the Left Hand Paths (i.e. the Sephirothic paths of Mercy and Judgement)?
For me personally the New Testament is more interesting than the old one, and Aquila or Eagle is similarly the sign of John the Apostle, after whom I have been named. Similar to Moses, in John's symbolism there are always two sides coming together (starting from the fact that there are two Johns in the gospels, the Apostle and the Baptist, and then John and his brother, &c.). John the Apostle is known simultaneously as Boanerges or "son of thunder" because he was so strict in his judgments, and yet "the apostle of love." Johannite Christianity is basically its hidden, esoterical aspect, that brings together the mysteries of love and knowledge. From the Jewish viewpoint, Mercy and Judgment.