Many times ones who are ignorant or suspicious of Rastafari will ask me how I can justify drug use or use the Bible to justify ‘drug use’. They tell me that cannabis is a narcotic, that when one consumes it one is communing with spirits and demons and it is unclean. First off, I want to expand on what a narcotic is exactly. A narcotic is a substance that induces sleep:
Narcotic (n.) late 14c., from Old French narcotique (early 14c.), noun use of adjective, and directly from Medieval Latin narcoticum, from Greek narkotikon, neuter of narkotikos “making stiff or numb,” from narkotos, verbal adjective of narcoun “to benumb, make unconscious,” from narke “numbness, deadness, stupor, cramp” (also “the electric ray”), perhaps from PIE root *(s)nerq- “to turn, twist.” Sense of “any illegal drug” first recorded 1926, American English. Related: Narcotics
Narcosis (n.) 1690s, “state of unconsciousness caused by a narcotic,” Modern Latin, from Greek narkosis, from narkoun “to benumb”
Kaneh Bosm does not numb the consciousness – on the contrary, it activates it. Why most people appear ‘slow’ in that state is because their turning their attentions inwards, instead of outwards. The brain capacity is the same, the CPU of their psychic computer is just redirected to internal realities (the same thing happens with my laptop when I’m running many programs at one time). There are drugs which DO numb the faculties, and they are called narcotics rightly.
Hypnotic (adj.) 1620s, “inducing sleep,” originally used of drugs, from French hypnotique (16c.) “inclined to sleep, soporific,” from Late Latin hypnoticus, from Greek hypnotikos “inclined to sleep, putting to sleep, sleepy,” from hypnoun “put to sleep,” from hypnos “sleep” (see somnolence). Modern sense of “pertaining to an induced trance” first recorded in English 1843, along with hypnotist, hypnotize, both coined by Dr. James Braid. Related: Hypnotical; hypnotically.
Narcissus (n.) type of bulbous flowering plant, 1540s, from Latin narcissus, from Greek narkissos “the narcissus,” perhaps from a pre-Greek Aegean word, but associated with Greek narke “numbness” (see narcotic) because of the sedative effect of the alkaloids in the plant.
Pride is opium – it numbs your psyche. When Israel became Narcissists- they feel into a spiritual coma!
Jerusalem is called here ‘Ariel’ which means ‘Lion of God’ and ‘hearth of God’ or the altar where sacrifices are burned!
Isaiah 29:1 – “Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city [where] David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.” Sacrifices here is ‘Chag’ meaning ‘a festival’ from the root ‘Chagag’ meaning ‘a dance, festivals’
Ariel, the fire hearth of the Kaneh Bosm, is now reeling as a drunkard (see def. 3 above). It comes to InI mind that opiate users reel also. Narcotics make people reel – alcohol is a narcotic. This is both substance and doctrine that dulls the psyche and closes the mind’s inner eye. The tabernacle is numbed/hypnotized. Narcotics destroy psychoactive subliminal experience and should be avoided by priests (Lev 10:9-10). Isaiah continues to pronounce judgment on Jerusalem for abandoning her true divination in favour of pagan hypnotism and narcolepsy (29:10) For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered… Isaiah above is criticizing Israel for forgetting Jah and His true psychoactive faith.
Ariel the Little Mermaid (below) and the altar of incense
Note the symbolism of the cup to her left hand side. They place their illustrations with scientific precision. This is deliberate placing of a cup (chalice) and a pipe. Rastafari have called herbs pipes ‘chalice’ for decades. Ariel (the altar) is smoking a pipe – an object she comes in contact with many times in this film, like here:
This seagull first introduces Ariel to human artefacts and ‘drug paraphernalia’ – like a drug dealer. Check the practicus-like sign he’s making though, he ain’t your usual street corner crack dispenser.
This movie is basically ancient Egyptian Isis mysteries loaded onto a Danish fairytale. This also from the Encyclopedia of World Mythology (1975): “[For the Isis Mysteries] there was an entire vocabulary of religious symbols; the life of man was a pilgrimage or a sea journey; the sinful world was the sea; the religion of Isis was the ship and the haven; and Isis herself the ship and sail… the cult community itself was called Ecclesia, like the Greek general assembly and later the Christian Chruch.” Under the Sea? Ariel in this film is seeking subliminal experience – she wants to become elevated, to emerge from under the sea and enter the human world (low degrees to high degrees). Here’s a scene where she’s instructed on how to sublime permanently:
That burning heart looks very familiar….
Lest you think I’m full of hot air, check out more of the film’s poignant depictions of the herb pipe:
The kaneh bosm pipe symbolism is also evident on the left (above) as the gull smokes “sea weed” in the pipe. Add this to the fact the crab character in this film is a Jamaican musician, InI sight more and more Rastafari iconography implanted in Egyptian media. They know; they are just trying to see if we will figure it out or not.
Ariel (1382 in the Wyclif Bible), a word taken untranslated from the Vulgate, from Greek ariel (Sept.), from Hebrew ariel; in later Bibles, translated as “altar.” Gesenius would here translate “fire-hearth of God,” after Arab. arr; elsewhere in O.T. the same word occurs as a man’s name, and appellation of Jerusalem, where it is taken as = “lion of God.”) Ariel in T. Heywood and Milton is the name of an angel, in Shakespeare of “an Ayrie spirit“; in Astron. of one of the satellites of Uranus. [OED]
Take note: Shakespere named his ‘Ayrie Spirits’ after Ariel the Altar of sacrifice. The Ayrie spirits in The Tempest were air spirits – of the breath! Are you feeling Irie/Ayrie/Ariel???
Ariel is the name of a species of gazelle found in the Middle East, 1832, from Arabic aryil, variant of ayyil “a stag.”
Again, another Ariel definition: The lion of God. (1.) One of the chief men sent by Ezra to procure Levites for the sanctuary (Ezra 8:16). (2.) A symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isa. 29:1, 2, 7) as “victorious under God,” and in Ezek. 43:15, 16, for the altar (marg., Heb. ‘ariel) of burnt offerings, the secret of Israel’s lion-like strength.
Symbolism is supposed to contain a vast amount of information within a small icon – like a shortcut on a computer desktop that opens a larger file inthe mind. Even more, a computer (mind) is useless without the operating system to function through (culture). Smoking herb itself is not a useful thing spiritually unless one contains all the required overstanding (knowledge – not dead information but the true and full experience of ‘knowing’) to operate the technology. The ancient priest-nation (The Divine Nation) of Israel had the software they needed to use the hardware. They also had their hi-tech tech-help to fix glitches: the Levites.
Mishkaneh Bosm Part 4. coming soon….