Noahs Ark Symbolism Introduction
The story of Noahs Ark is one of the most famous stories in the bible and possibly one of the least understood as it is taken in its literal context. In this article on Noah’s Ark Symbolism we will be discussing the symbology behind the Ark and the Flood and relating it to the states of consciousness which man has to pass through to find Enlightenment.
Traditional Version of Noahs Ark and The Flood
A summary of the traditional story of Noah’s Ark occurring in Genesis is given here & talks about a series of catastrophic events set in motion by God as a result to mans wickedness.
(iii) Noahs Ark Symbolism Spiritual Interpretation
Genesis 6 : 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Noah means ‘Rest or Peace’ which can be confirmed by the link Here. So by resting inside we align with the grace and the stillness of God. We need to rest from ourselves and the chaos of the mind.
We have this Noah energy in all of us and the only place to find it within is by stilling the mind through meditation or a similar practice.
This leads us to the MYTH of the Ark. This whole story is talking about a spiritual thing that happens and not a physical one.
Genesis 6 : 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
earth filled with violence = earth as represented by 5 planes of consciousness = man. So we are filled with violence inside of us and this results in conflict & wars
So we look at a further verse for the instruction :
Genesis 6 : 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Make an ark or safe haven BEFORE the floods come. In other words this is to be done at a time when we can before disaster hits. We must build our ark (inside of us) whilst the sun shines as when life throws its disasters (illness, major stresses ) it is very difficult to meditate and be still and concentrate on ones spirituality.
pitch it within & without = seal it from thought and the world. When thought stops meditation starts.
Genesis 6: 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
1 cubit = 18 inches
18 in Hebrew has the word CHAI associated with it which means LIFE
Revelation 13: 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
In the book of revelations the number of the beast was
3 score ( 60 ) +
= 666 = (6+6+6=18) 1+8= 9 (this is the lower aspect of life not the divine)
The very next sentence in the bible reads :
Revelation 14 : 1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads
144000 saved = 1 + 4 +4 = 9 = the higher aspect as the fathers name (holy spirit) was written on their foreheads. Again this refers to the divine initiation opening up the third eye:
A further example:
John 21 : 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
153 fish = 1 + 5 + 3 = 9.
Cast to the right side= right side of the brain = divine.
Back to Genesis now :
Genesis 6 : 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
a window thou finish it above = a window in the ceiling. When the storm of life comes we look on what we can see and panic. Having a window in the ceiling means we look up and have clear vision ABOVE us which is looking up into the divine in meditation through the third eye.
Genesis 6 : 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Here we have the representation of duality = 2 and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil
fowls = that which flies or the spiritual
cattle = our domestic part (daily living)
creeping things = our negative aspects
What this is saying is that we have to bring all of us into acceptance when we meditate. We cannot deny any part of us. In acceptance, transcendence can be found.
Genesis 7: 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
sevens = Aquarius = spiritual & divine aspect of your life.In the biblical zodiac diagram below we pass through the ages clockwise from the starting point VIRGO (Christ born from the Virgin Mary), the 7th sign is Aquarius:
The 7 chakras = the kundalini energy passes through.
Genesis 7 : 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
In diagram above 6 refers to the 6th sign from Virgo = Pisces and this sign is ruled by Neptune = God of Water = THE FLOOD.
Further reference to the spiritual significance of the number 6 is found here:
John 2: 6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
6 water pots into wine = wine is the divine that we are intoxicated on during meditation. The six ages are : Virgo, Leo , Cancer, Gemini, Taurus Aries and finally Pisces. This is why religious figures wear the fish hats although they might not realise why !
So looking at this number seven if we go to:
Genesis 7: 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
After the 7th chakra is reached and the kundalini rises the flood is upon us (flood of spiritual energy). Thats when the 7th day is known as the day of rest because its associated with the stillness of meditation beyond the 7th chakra.
We must be willing to sit and be still and let God do the rest.
Genesis 7: 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
4 fold nature of man = physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual.
Genesis 8: 4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
7th month on astrological diagram above rests in AQUARIUS and Aquarius represents the spiritual & this is what this verse is referring to.
So the conclusion to all this is that we have to go inside of the Ark which is inside of us in meditation and purge ourselves of the disaster which is the world.
Ararat = means ‘high ground’ or ‘sacred land’ which are the higher realms of consciousness within us.
Genesis 8 : 7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Raven = black which represents the negative thoughts that always seem to stay with us and are a part of our persona.
Genesis 8 : 8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
Genesis 8: 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
Dove = spirit. When we bathe in the white light of meditation the waters have abated from the earth and we are cleansed.
Genesis 9: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Noah celebrates being Gods chosen one by getting drunk the verse says but this is not literal ! Look at the next two verses:
Genesis 9 : 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
drunk = intoxicated on this new wine of spirituality which intoxicates us from seeing the world around us and its ‘so called’ reality.
being naked = you have uncovered yourself to God and are now naked in his presence. We have thrown off all our worldly garments. Religion & the system hold us no longer.
Ham means ‘warm,hot’ and in Egyptian it means BLACK . Black is that which means the ‘intellect’. White means ‘spirit’ . The reason that the intellect must be made to serve spirit is that it tries to destroy spirit, change it, wipe it out. That is the only reason that black must serve white it has NOTHING to do with RACE. Religion has misunderstood this spiritual point and this is where it has become something dangerous.
This is another example of when religion mixes with the daughters of men or when it mixes with the carnal side = we have something very dangerous.
Noahs Ark Symbolism Conclusion
The general principles of Noah’s Ark have been outlined and explained so we can now see Noah’s Ark as an aspect of ourselves which needs to be preserved and taken into meditation in order for us to progress through increasingly finer levels of awareness.