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posted by TempusDei: “ . . fresh research . . this cup can be linked back to Bishop of Worcester . . Cathedral in the 1550's . . a link going back to the Third Crusade has been established . . King John the brother of Richard the Lionheart was buried in the Cathedral . . the cup is a green alabaster Roman scent jar dating back to the first century or earlier . . it contains soil from the Holy Land [the cup] may be a relic of the Third Crusade and King Richard . . whether [a] Biblical relic or not, this little cup has a lot of history to it and 25% of its 2000 year old history can be traced, which is more than can be said for many other grails out there. [Edited by Don W]
The Holy Grail
Figuarum Aegyptiorum Secretarum, 18th century.
The Holy Grail, symbol of the feminine sexual organs, contains the Waters of life (Sexual Energy). Standing upon this water are the man and the woman, who use their staves (the Kundalini) to control the waters. The waters must be kept smooth and calm and absolutely pure, free from any defect or disturbance, for not a drop must be spilled.
From the tranquil and crystalline waters rises a column of stone, a symbol of the spinal column. The waters are the Foundation, which is Hebrew is Yesod, the Ninth Sephirah of the Kabbalah, and related directly to the sexual organs.
Upon the column are entwined the two serpents of the Caduceus, Ida and Pingala, known in Christianity as Adam and Eve.
Atop the column, supported by the work of the man and woman below, is the Innermost Spirit, our own Inner Divine Father and Mother, the Being. Unto the Innermost is given all glory and power, thus as the man and woman work to perfect themselves, the Innermost is given Initiations, Powers, titles, grades, etc. This is why the Innermost is crowned and carries the Magic Wand and the Caduceus.
Surrounding all of this are Elohim who rule over the planets, whose force and influence direct and guide the couple in their Alchemical Work. All of the Gods carry within the force of the Cosmic Christ, whose symbol is the Sun; that is why all the wands, staves and sexual organs are covered by the Sun.
Compare this painting with the widely known symbol of the Shiva linga.
This ancient symbol illustrates the divine creative power of man and woman in union, as symbolized in the profound mythology of Shiva.
posted by TempusDei: “This is not the grail that was used in the last supper, that was entirely different, and as said probably of clay or wood . . the Deval Grail is not something from the Last Supper, but an unguent jar that was used to contain oils and spices for anointing . . someone during the crusades thought it was, and venerated it as a Holy Relic. There are probably a few real grails out there . . Maybe this is one of them. We'll never know, unless someone finds a Tardis. [Edited by Don W]
Tamahu, you are quite correct. But this is a tangible artifact that found me. The spiritual meaning of the grail has not been lost on me. But, the symbolism of the grail could itself have evolved from an historical object, just like the cross.
Truth is, we shall never know. And that's annoying