Recently in a discussion with a spiritual friend a mystery came up surrounding the parallel between the serpent and it’s rider in Genesis and the Whore of Babylon riding the Great Beast in Revelations.
My understanding from Zohar is that Samael (poison of God) is the rider of the serpent. This embodiment of the evil inclination is riding and controlling the serpent power, leading Adam and Eve into a lie and thus eating from the Tree prematurely and it becoming the Tree of Death. There are also two great beasts mentioned in Zohar and Torah – Behemoth (destruction) and Leviathan (impermanence). It seems that the Whore of Babylon is also a sort of serpent rider as she rides this great beast, taking in any unclean energy she can find.
I saw this quote in another part of the forum from, Tau Malachi:
In our unenlightened society and culture there is little understanding of the real power of thought and imagination, or of the speech and actions that flow from it – in fact, there is something of a perverse delight in negative thought and imagination, as the real power of the mind or soul-stream is not comprehended. This is an expression of the power of Amalek (or Yaldabaoth, the demiurge) – a downward and backward pull against the evolution to the Highest of Life; hence, the collective power of the bestial nature that has been called the “Great Beast,” consort of the “Whore of Babylon,” which is the personification of the misdirected desire-energy of collective humankind.
It seems that this serpent or desire energy that is not in line with the will of God has grown big and bloated with unenlightened desire. It almost seems like the whore who is associated with the unredeemed Lilith may be riding the beast, but it has quite a bit of control of its own since she is said to be “drunk on the blood” of the Saints.
This parallel of what starts humanity's movement into individuation with what is happening in the book of Revelation at the dawn of true humanity (the child of the Woman of Light), seems to be a great mystery that describes something of human desire going out of control and hindering our progress and yet somehow something that happens as part of the process.
I would love to hear more of this mystery. It seems that there is so much going on, but I have only scratched the surface. Tau Malachi, Elders, and companions, I am eager to see where this topic could go.