The pomegranate (Latin, pomum granatus, “seeded apple”) was first cultivated by the ancient Phoenicians, who used the jewel-like fruit as both food and medicine. The many seeds made the fruit an obvious emblem of fertility, and by association, love and marriage. The pomegranate is associated with a number of goddesses, including Astarte, Cybele, Hera, and especially Persephone, whose ingestion of just one of the fruit’s seeds (a probable allusion to pregnancy) made her an eternal prisoner of Hades.

Pomegranates were also sacred to the ancient Israelite, who adorned temples and religious implements with its likeness. The tops of the pillars (Jachim and Boaz) of the Temple of Solomon were decorated with pomegranates, as were the hems opf the robes of the High priests. Here, the pomegranate stood for wisdom. The fruit is said to contain 613 seeds, the number of mitzvot (laws) in the Torah.

The pomegranate’s popularity carried over into Christian art, where it variously symbolizes the church (many seeds in one skin), or the passion and resurrection of Christ and of believers (especially when portrayed open or burst).

There is some evidence in ancient art to suggest that both the crown and the globus cruciger are derived from depictions of the pomegranate.

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Lou December 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

rectification, read Yus, YUD, and Leonidas fought the battle of Sparta.

Lou December 22, 2011 at 7:50 am

the pomegranate is a symbol of mens fertility, the balls with the sperms. The sperms, Gods people, or the people of Israel, often also called jews, because they come out of Yud, the 10th letter of the hebrew Alphabet. Yus is a symbol of the ens seminis, the exit of the male penis, the door to rebirth. Yus is symbolizing Yudas, the man that hangs himself after betraying Jesus, thus the Penis that falls in hanging or resting position after he made his job. We call that as well a Pharisae, since he plays false game. He is the hunchback of Notre-Dame or the Hunchback that betrayed Leonidas in the Uterusbattle of Troy. He serves to nothing because he cannot stand his man. Yud is the silver cover you find on the cornerstone of the Kaaba in Mekka. The Kaaba is a symbol of the 2 stones, the black concealed headstone, woman’s uterus and the chief corner stone, the mens Penis. This is why pomegranates are on the two pillars who symbolize positive and negative, our androgenous being, male and female, good and bad, Kain and Habel, Khain being mens penis and Habel womans vagina. All is based on androgenous being in us, the 2 snakes, male as testosteron, Adam, and female as estrogen, Eva. In other cults they have other names, in Kabbalah, Ob and On, in Vedas Ida and Pingala, in Isla El-Lat and AL-Uza, and so on. So, all this setrams and there symbols can be used for good and for bad, for heaven and hell, and thus they are seen on both pillars. It is easy to locate those streams in Bible since all you have to do is find names that contain Ob and ON, Simeon, Jakob, Job, Sinon, Zebulon, and similars. Samael Ben Sabbathai, e.g. Lou, Rabbi of Kabbalah.

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