The story of Noah’s Ark is well-known throughout the world as a story of how man was deemed to be wicked enough to deserve near-total annihilation by God. A clean slate if you will. Apparently, Noah and his seven companions are the only ones worthy enough to receive redemption. A giant boat, many animals and trillions upon trillions of gallons of water later, humanity has officially hit the reset button. Wow, visually, emotionally and psychologically that is quite the story. But have we been looking at this literally when we should have been looking at it spiritually? Yes, yes indeed.
Eastern, allegorical symbolism is rampant in the Bible, and since we are told not to be ministers of the letter (reading it like actual history or literally), and that these texts need to be spiritually discerned, let’s help humanity evolve from the last two thousand years of ignorance and instead turn to the practice of love, compassion and the acceptance of all people, just like Jesus taught us to do when he said in John 4: 7-8, “7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
It is a sad truth that a majority of the fundamental, evangelical church-goers have forgotten the message of their savior in order to remain a part of the religious and political herd that have taken away the key of knowledge. Simply falling in line out of false allegiance, fear and ignorance. If only they knew that the only one capable of saving them is not a third-party savior, but themselves.
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
How can you look at that passage any other way than going within yourself, which is meditation? The lawyers (religious leaders who were experts in the Mosaic Law) were hindering the common people from understanding the spiritual meaning of sacred texts, which say that the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17-21).
To fully understand the hidden meanings in the text you need to understand how the information was coded. Proverbs 1-6 says that wisdom is understanding the dark sayings.
What is a dark saying? We all know the saying “He let the cat out of the bag.” It has nothing to do with a cat or a bag but we all know that it means a secret was revealed earlier than it was supposed to be. That is what a dark saying is. The Bible speaks the same way.
I would highly recommend using a reference guide like Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth to assist in finding the hidden meanings behind the scriptural narrative.
With all of that being said, let’s look at the story of Noah’s Ark with new eyes, ready to see that these ancient stories are really just about you and your journey here and now to understand who and what you really are. A method of evolving from the physical/carnal side of life to the realization of our Higher Self that forever yearns to reunite with God. Let’s return the key of knowledge to the rightful heirs.
Let us begin…
The Babylonians possessed the pre-Noah (700 BCE) ancient Atrahasis Epic (1635 BCE) and Gilgamesh Epic (2700 BCE) flood traditions, which would have been familiar to the Jews. The Noah story is much newer but has many of the same elements. It’s not a monumental stretch to see how this story was simply carried forward through time with some modifications.
The name Noah means ‘rest.’ Rest from what? Rest from the chaos of your life; the constant obligations, deadlines, appointments, crying children, you name it. You need to rest from it.
Genesis 6 (KJV)
6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
Earth is symbolic of the lower mind, and daughters are symbolic of your emotional nature. Men (all people) were dwelling in their emotional nature.
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
The divine principles of the mind (sons of God) are intercoursing with the desires of the emotions (daughters of men). This is religion. Your divine aspects are interfered with or disrupted by your emotional nature. Religion, especially fundamentalist versions, leads you to believe that emotions are spirit, but that is not the case. Spirit is absolute nothingness that can only be accomplished by rising above your emotional nature in meditation.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
The 120 years referenced above can be interpreted in two ways. As you can see, the number 12 is obviously there, which is perfection. A completed path to a realization and merging with your Higher Self. There is also the number 3 (1+2+0=3) which is symbolic of a major transformational shift (Jonah in the whale 3 days, Jesus in the tomb for 3 days, etc.). Pretty simple and straightforward to see that process in our spiritual evolution. You are transformed (born again) when you attain the realization of and merge with your Higher Self or Christ Consciousness.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Giants symbolize the early vehicles of human life of which individuality is only beginning to emerge. Nothing to be spiritually discerned there.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
So, the creator made a mistake and decided that mass genocide was the only answer?! Sorry, not buying it; and who would want to worship that kind of God anyway? You have to start to see by now that none of this is meant to be taken literally, but that it is trying to convey something to us on a much deeper spiritual level.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Gaskell’s defines Noah’s Ark as “A symbol of the causal-body as a means for the preservation of the individuality and the qualities of the soul, while lower conditions of growth are swept away.” Once you get past the fancy wordage, it simply means a fortified mind that can withstand the storms of life.
The meaning of “gopher wood” has been widely debated, but I came across a scribal-error theory here that seems like the most likely definition being pitched or sealed wood.
Since the ark is a symbol of the mind, ‘pitch it’ means to seal it up. Fortify and strengthen the mind, or to take no thought, thoughtless meditation.
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.
Scholars agree that the most commonly identified measurement of a cubit is 18 inches. The number 18 in Hebrew is identified by the word ‘chai’, which means ‘life’. When the numbers are added together we have the number 9 once again, which symbolizes human consciousness in mysticism. The length is 300 cubits (300×18=5400, 5400 added together is 9). The breadth is 50 cubits (50×18=900, 900 added together is 9). The height is 30 cubits (30×18=540, 540 added together is 9). The ark of life and consciousness.
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.
The window in the ceiling, measuring a cubit, is symbolic of when the storm is raging the only place where you will find comfort is to look up. In other words, elevating or raising your consciousness in meditation.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
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.
The number 2 is duality, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, positive and negative aspects, etc. The first animals brought in are fowls, which are symbolic of your spiritual nature. The second animals are cattle, your domestic nature. I have to go here and there and have many things to do. The third kind of animals are the creeping things, which, of course, are symbolic of your lower emotional nature; greed, lust, envy, etc. All of you, the good and the bad, must enter the ark!
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Genesis 7 (KJV)
1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
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.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
Religious leaders rarely talk about the clean beasts and fowls taken in by sevens. Seven is divine intervention, the seventh sign of the Zodiac, which is Aquarius, of which is symbolic of spiritual perfection; and the seven main chakras or energy centers of the body. Pure, virgin consciousness.
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
The number 40 can be looked at in several ways, depending on who you get your information from. It is found many times throughout the Bible from Jesus, Noah, the Children of Israel, Moses, Solomon and Jonah, so to take it literally would appear to be foolishness. Joshua Tilghman from Spirit of the Scripture describes it this way: “It represents the testing and trial of your physical life as a whole.” If looking at it from a numerological perspective, the number 4 is symbolic of your four-fold nature: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual; or simply all of you.
From an astrotheological perspective, we get the following:
The number “40” symbolically and allegorically relates to the interval of the Sun in between the Equinoxes, and the Sun’s tangible effect upon the climate of our planet during that time frame. The Biblical writers may use weeks, hours, years or days, depending on the context of the fable to make it work out, but in there it is. This interval is always associated with some kind of struggle, deprivation, trial or test. The reason for the struggle is because of the difficulty the Sun has in vanquishing the cold of the winter. After six months of being below the equator, the Sun is now in position, when it reaches the Vernal Equinox on March 21st (still in Aries), to restore warmth and moisture to the northern regions. But the victory of the warmth over the cold is not immediate. But rather a tug of war, back and forth, between the forces of light (warmth, salvation, reward and blessings) and darkness (cold, tempting devil, Satan). But after forty days (May Day) you can rest assured that the frost won’t ruin your crops. The Sun is now victorious and free from the tempting, tugging devil of winter. It’s all about the delay of the effect of the Sun once a new Equinox or Solstice has been crossed.
Credit: Malik Jabbar, author of “The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth”
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
Look at the numerology of 600. The numbers total the number six when added together. Six relates to the Age of Pisces, the sixth sign of the Zodiac. Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune, which is water, which is the flood. Nobody was 600 years old. You can also see this represented when Jesus, in John 2-6, was brought six empty water pots. The six empty water pots are the six ages that have already gone by, all the way through Pisces. Now we enter Aquarius, which is spiritual perfection, and are drunk on the wine of the new age. Hence the water turning into wine.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
Here we have the number seven again. This means that now you can rest, just be still and raise your consciousness in meditation all the way to the seventh chakra.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
600+2+17=619, 6+1+9=16, 1+6=7 Divine intervention (or completion) with the rain stopping.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
It’s interesting that Noah along with seven companions (Noah’s wife, his three sons and their wives) were the only humans on board the ark. We can also look at this as Noah (you) and the seven chakras (companions), especially when the ark is the mind.
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Fifteen cubits (15×18=270, 2+7=9) equates to consciousness. Mountains are symbolic of higher states of consciousness.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
150 days is just the number 6 when added together. 6 is the Age of Pisces. The waters prevailed, meaning that Aquarius has not been entered yet.
Genesis 8 (KJV)
1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
Strong’s Concordance entry #780 is Ararat, meaning ‘the curse reversed.’ That definition seems to fall in line with the completion of a process that has given mankind a new lease on life. Another definition is sacred land. This has nothing to do with a literal boat ending up on a literal mountaintop.
5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
This is the number eleven, which is telling you that perfection, twelve, is about to be reached.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Sending forth a raven means that this is your pessimistic nature. ‘This is never going to work, I’m going to die up here on this mountain’, etc.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
Noah is finally starting to send out peace, which the dove symbolizes. He is starting to believe that God will keep His promise.
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
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.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
The storm was used to lift you up and put you on the mountaintop and when the storm abated and you set your foot out on the dry ground all of that mental garbage that had been trying to destroy you is under your feet. You didn’t have to do anything, you didn’t have to join anybody, you didn’t have to go anywhere, you didn’t have to spend any money. All that was required was for you to be still and stay inside that ark until the storm was over.
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 9 (KJV)
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Clouds are symbolic of consciousness on the higher mental plane, and the rainbow can be viewed as a representation of the colors of the seven chakras (they are the exact same colors anyway) or a spiritual bridge to your higher self.
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
For the etymology of the names Shem, Ham & Japheth per Abarim-Publications, see the following: “Noah’s sons represent the three major categories of human mentality. Shem stands for the mindset that allows a worldview irrespective of the self. In Japheth, mankind develops a so-called theory of mind, which is an acknowledgment and appreciation of other people’s perspectives. And Ham represents the mind prior to the development of a theory of mind, which in human individuals would end at about one year of age.”
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
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.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Noah celebrates being God’s chosen person by getting snockered and taking his clothes off. They all do that. I don’t know why they celebrate by getting naked and getting drunk in the stories of the Bible, but get drunk they do.
He was drunk, he was naked, he was laying out on the floor and his son Ham came in and his son Ham says ‘Okay, pop, come on. What is this?’ ‘Hey, the old man is drunk and doesn’t have any clothes on.’ well it says that got him in a lot of trouble.
Genesis chapter 9 and verse 21 ‘and he drank of the wine he was drunk and he was uncovered within his tent.’ Ham came in and saw this, then his other two sons came in and they backed in. They don’t want to look at dad so they come back in with a blanket and cover dad. The three sons symbolize your lower emotional nature trying to make you submit once again like you have done throughout your life. Noah says ‘Not this time, and never again.’
Okay, Noah didn’t get drunk. What it’s talking about is you are becoming intoxicated on this new wine, this new way of viewing “reality” and how you are playing your part in it. Being naked means you have uncovered yourself to God. You’ve taken off all of the guilt, all of the fear, all of the hurt, all of the anger. You’ve taken off all of the things which have been clothing you all of your life. You threw them on a heap and you embrace that which was is the bridegroom for this great intercourse of love and universal spiritual life. So now this stuff means nothing to you, religion means nothing to you, the system means nothing to you. All of these hurts and bondages that you’ve been through, you don’t want to see them anymore. You stagger around you can’t see them and you are naked which means all of that which has clothed you in fear and guilt you have ripped it off and you come into that chamber and embrace that which is the God within you.
Mark H. Stone, “The Cubit: A History and Measurement Commentary,” Journal of Anthropology, vol. 2014, Article ID 489757, 11 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/489757.