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As a creature of the waters, the Crab is used in astrological omens to predict the coming floods. The fundamentals of the scheme are expressed in binary form:
‘If the stars of the Crab scintillate: high floods will come’.
‘If the stars of the Crab are faint: high floods will not come’.
This basic scheme is developed further in the Great Star List where the front stars of the Crab specifically represent the waters of the Tigris, and its rear stars are used to foretell the water levels of the Euphrates.
The association of the Crab with rivers is so strong that the following omen is understood to refer to the Crab even though it isn’t explicitly mentioned: ‘If the moon is surrounded by a river there will be great floods and cloudbursts’ – the Crab stands in the halo of the moon.
Once upon a time, a tree, a huluppu, a tree --It had been planted on the bank of the Euphrates, It was watered by the Euphrates --
The violence of the South Wind plucked up its roots ,tore away its crown, the Euphrates carried it off on its waters.
The woman, roving about in fear at the word of An, roving about in fear at the word of Enlil, took the tree in her hand, brought it to Uruk: "I shall bring it to pure Inanna's fruitful garden
The woman tended the tree with her hand, placed it by her foot, Inanna tended the tree with her hand, placed it by her foot,
Inanna and the Huluppu tree
At that time, it was planted, a tree, a single tree, by the banks of the Great River,
Enki, the Father, did plant the Huluppu-tree,
The God of Wisdom, he planted it by the banks of the Euphrates,
Before he set sail, before the Father departed for the underworld.
The tree was nurtured by the waters of the Euphrates
the very waters that carried Enki to the sea
Small windstones were tossed against him;
Large hailstones were hurled up against him;
Like onrushing turtles,
They charged the keel of Enki's boat.
The whirling South Wind arose and blew upon the tree,
Pulling at its roots and ripping at its branches,
Until the waters of the Euphrates carried it away.
And Lilith smashed her home and bore the tree into the city,
Into the sacred city of Uruk, she carried it.
From the trunk of the tree the sons of Uruk carved a shining throne for Inanna,
From the trunk of the tree, the daughters of Uruk carved a luscious bed for Her;
From the roots of the tree Inanna fashioned a pukka for her brother,
From the crown of the tree she fashioned a mikku for Enki, the Wise Father;
And Ninshubur, was her faithful companion, closer than a sister.
The twinning process was understood as the basis for physical rebirth, that the future self will be reborn as an exact copy of the former
there is also the diametric opposition of the point of entry into the underworld at Gemini and the point of emergence at Scorpio
In the beginning verses of Book XV, Krishna teaches his friend Arjuna the understanding of the Tree of the Universe or the Tree of Samsara. Samsara is this relative universe with its endless cycles of births and deaths.
This Tree of the Universe (Samsara) is said to be noisy ‘constantly reverberating with the tumultuous sounds that arise from the cacophony of all human activity. Its trunk is formed by ‘the various subtle bodies of living beings.'
When Souls are weary of enjoying the experiences provided by transmigration through a myriad of births and deaths, they must learn to discern the Real from the effects of guna-maya and cut down this Tree.
Krishna’s Asvattha Tree, the Tree of the Universe or Samsara, is none other than the World Tree, the Axis Mundi known in every metaphysical understanding through the ages around the planet. The brilliant metaphysical writer Rene Guenon says that Krishna’s upside-down Ashvattha tree refers to the primordial traditions symbolized by the sacred oak for the Celts, the lime tree for Germans, and the ash for Scandinavians (Man & His Becoming According to Vedanta).
Abhinavagupta states that it is the ‘deep-grown roots’ of the Tree of Samsara that must be cut, the roots which have been produced by ‘both good and bad action’ by limited human consciousness.
Gilgamesh listened to the word of his companion, he took the axe in his hand, he drew the sword from his belt, and
he struck Humbaba with a thrust of the sword to the neck, and Enkidu his comrade struck the second blow. At the third
blow Humbaba fell.
Then there followed confusion for this was the guardian of the forest whom they had felled to the ground. For as far as two leagues the cedars shivered when Enkidu felled the watcher of the forest, he at whose voice Hermon and Lebanon used to tremble. Now the mountains were moved and all the hills, for the guardian of the forest was killed. They attacked the cedars, the seven splendours of Humbaba were extinguished. So they pressed on into the forest bearing the sword of eight talents.
They uncovered the sacred dwellings of the Anunnaki and while Gilgamesh felled the first of the trees of the forest Enkidu cleared their roots as far as the banks of Euphrates. They set Humbaba before the gods, before Enlil; they kissed the ground and dropped the shroud and set the head before him. When he saw the head of Humbaba, Enlil raged at them. ‘Why did you do this thing?
And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.