Any thoughts before I jump in?
Any thoughts before I jump in?
I once read, or heard, I can't really remember, that the checkerboard when on floor, like checkered floor, represents a site to perform rituals, because it is believed that it represents some sort of a gate to the other world, or a different dimension.
Wanted to share this so someone who knows about it well explain it, obviously for both of us
To me the checkerboard represents free will, and with that points to the magician (who as far as I think historically too, had a kind of relationship with royalty). You have the freedom of choice (within the laws) to move within the framework (laws of nature) to create, choose, manifest, etc. If you have the knowledge of how to operate something, as a mundane example some electronic device, or say a computer program, you can get it to do what you intend within it's operable boundaries, which again is according to how much you know about it. That is like directing your will to create the reality for better or worse (black and white polarity) and it's up to you to choose according to the broad spectrum allowed through your free will .
The Meaning of Life is to Eat the Apple - Me
Wisdom comes from asking questions
Nothing really matters, love is all we need. - Madonna
I predict the weather will be unpredictable this year - Sylvia Browne
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind - Gandhi
If it doesn't make sense, it's usually not true. - Judge Judy
Your choices are your destiny, so yes your acts wlll align you with dark or light in this alchemical symbolism.
The immediate ancestor of chess, chaturanga was played on a board whose checkerboard pattern symbolized fate, and whose pieces represented infantry, cavalry, archers, and elephants. The Byzantines and Arabs introduced the Normans to the game during the eleventh century, and by the mid-thirteenth century there were chess books in Italy and Castile. The European game was of course revised to suit local conditions. The Indian vizier, for example, was a weak piece, but in the European game this became the most powerful piece on the board, and the only female -- the queen.
Chessboard – According to A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe by Michael S. Schneider, the ancient game of chess is a cosmological model in the form of a board game in which the opposing forces of the universe are brought to a more personal level. The 64 alternating black and white squares represent the world’s polarities and the choices that we must make between dark and light, good and evil.
An alternate perspective on this is that we are the white light reflecting back into the primadoral black abyss.
I always understood it (black and white, black and white checkerboard) to symbolize justice.
I do not see any justice symbols, yes balance maybe. Interesting to where that could come in as I see no scales, or maat.
What do you think of the symbols listed above, do any fit for you, Blank Rune?
I meant to say about water, it is often referred to as a gateway or astral body, hence the checkerboard and water
The black and white checkerboard floor that are found in all Masonic lodges represents the diversity of creation. But it is also reminiscent of the beauceant, the banner of the Knights Templar, who have so often been associated with Freemasonry.
The twin pillars erected in Solomon'sTemple symbolize the masculine, and feminism principles of the universe. Legend says that these pillars, Jachin and Boaz, were hollow and were filled with writings containing all the knowledge of mankind. Twin pillars were also used in Egyptian temples, and an Egyptian legend speaks of knowledge carved on two pillars, one of stone and one of metal.
Comparing Tarot symbolism to chess pieces...
The King - Kings of all suites, The Emperor, The Magician.
The Queen - Queens of all suits, The Empress, High Priestess.
The Bishop - The Hierophant, The Hermit, The Hanged Man
The Horse - Knights of all suits, The Chariot
The Rook - The Tower, The Lovers, Justice, The Moon, The Devil.
The Pawn - Pages of all suites, The Fool.
it is the patterned tile of the temple of malkuth, doubled on the astral, as there is a tree in each sphere
the earth malkuth is ruled by saturn in part with jupiter and venus
the path from earth to astral moon is the world universe ruled by saturn, saturn is binah
binah is about restriction and release, time and space, sorrow an joy represent the black and white, dark and light mother death and life
the moon is cyclical, one book says the challenge is to dance on both joyfully to remain a constant to no longer be at the restriction time and space
also your mind keeps you restricted, astral projection or death is how you leave time and space, loosen those restrictions.
As I have said in a previous post the checkerboard is an assortment of cubes, the cube being earth. Associated with Ishtar. Suppoed to show the tao, or beauty in creation and is part of the knights templar beauceant symbol. With the eight pointed 4 point star, for four directions, elements, 8 original beings (Nommo), compass point, back to naval maritime law.
As well as the checker being cicilization brought by Nommo: Checkerboard used in agriculture, facades of village structures. It is the first degree masonic symbol/earth/malkuth.
This one has two pentagrams=decagram, 10 earth, as well as above and below macro to microcosm with the upside down one, ascending, and spirit descending.
Several masonic boards were cut to decorate their groves or druidic nemeton. Checkmate! endgame.... they have a plan for earth. There is a story circulating that when george bush's father was playing with him as a child he said, "let eveyone else play checkers, I will teach you to play chess better than everyone else, we will rule the world".
Wiccans typically travel into or from earth into the other elemental realms through a tree door or cave, this is entering from the lower realms to travel to the highest.
Cretan sarcophagus from the Late Minoan period. The top central portion represents the Snake Goddess, a symbol of Life energy. The checkerboard pattern, an ancient symbol of water, originated in the Paleolithic period. Centuries ago all life was thought to come from water.
This is intersting as the queen mother was water, fertility, and snakes, would be yod, the male aspect. The design on top looks like a yoni or female gentilaia. AS well the mother was earth (princess).
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