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Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:19 "And she made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head: and his strength went from him."

For the biblical text, seeth Judges 13-16.

"Samson, the Jewish hero, fell in love with Delilah. She was bribed by the Philistines, and discovered that his strength came from his hair which had never been cut. While he was asleep it was cut, Samson was drained of his strength and the Philistines were able to capture him. Old Testament (Judges 16: 17-20). Rubens depicts a candlelit interior; the Philistines wait at the door, one of their number cuts Samson's hair, while an elderly woman provides extra light. In a niche behind is a statue of the goddess of love, Venus, with Cupid - a reference to the cause of Samson's fate."
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"Hebrew version of the sun god called Shams-On in Arabia, Shamash in Babylon, identical with Egypt's Ra-Harakhti and Greece's Heracles. Samson's lion-killing, pillar-carrying, and other feats were copied from the Labors of Heracles, signifying the sun's progress through the zodiac. Samson's "mill" was the same as Omphale's wheel, to which Heracles was bound. His loss of hair meant the cutting of the sun god's rays, in the season when he became weak.

As Heracles was controlled by Omphale, and Ra was "made weak" by Isis, so Samson was deprived of his strength in due season by Delilah, "She Who Makes Weak." Another interpretation of her name was Lily of the Yoni, that is, the female principle that deprived the phallic god of strength by drawing his "rays" or energy into herself. Hair-cutting was a common mythic symbol of castration, since phallic power was suppose to reside in a man's hair, according to ancient eastern beliefs. The castrating priestess Delilah was a Semitic copy of Heracle's deadly consort Deianira, the instrument of his destruction. Blinding, also, meant putting out the "phallic eye."

- The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker (888)

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"The "boundary between light and darkness" is, naturally, the horizon, and the trembling "pillars of heaven" are the same held up by Samson, the "bright sun."

- Christ Conspiracy (133)

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"In the end, the Hercules/ Samson myths are astrotheological, with the pillars representing solar symbols:"

- Suns of God (109)

Samson and Delilah (1949) Movie


http://www.ronaldecker.com/Samson.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delilah

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Here is another take on the story from Ernest Busenbark:

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"[...] Samson started from Gaza at midnight and did not sleep until morning, which is a lunar characteristic (12). His death occurred under the pillars which supported a banquet hall in Gaza where a feast was being held in honor of the fish god, Dagon. According to Sir William Drummond, Gaza signifies a goat, the zodiacal sign of the Capricorn. (13)
As the Samson story is given in the book of Judges, he is accompanied on his adventures by 30 companions; he slays 30 men at Ascalon and takes from them 30 changes of clothing, the repeated use of 30 coinciding with the 30 days of the solar month.
When Delilah asks Samson the source of his strength, he tells her that if he is bound with 7 new bow strings, his strenth will depart although, when she so binds him, he breaks the strings with ease. Then Delilah binds him with 7 new ropes which also fail to hold him. Next, Samson confesses to her that if his 7 locks of hair are shorn, all of his strength will surely vanish. The story does not speak of an indefinite number of locks; there are 7, no more, no less. Similar stories which tell of the sun being bound by ropes or being retarded in its course are to be found in many lands.
If the story of Samson is read merely as a simple narrative it appears preposterous for it cannot be imagined that Samson would deliver himself into the hands of an intruiguing enemy female and tell her how he could be rendered defenseless. It acquires meaning and significance only when considered as a lunar-solar myth. The 7 bow strings then represent the first 7 days of the new moon when it is increasing in vigor and power. Next, the 7 ropes are broken, making in all 14 bindings which fail to hold him. The number 14 indicates the number of days which bring both the moon and Samson to the peak of their power. When the moon is full, the powers of Light have overcome the power of Darkness, the 'Philistines'.
But, as soon as the moon passes the full, the dark forces renew the attack and this time are successful because the moon begins to become emaciated and lose strength in the 7 days of the moon's third quarter, symbolized by Samson's loss of the 7 locks of hair.
In the final period, the fourth quarter, the powers of Darkness are in control and the moon is deprived of its light. In like manner, Samson, deprived of his strength, is seized by his enemies who bind him, put out his eyes, and thrust him into a dungeon. But, knowing that the moon will rise again to renew the contest, the authors of the legend, in order to maintain a consistent parallel, inform us that Samson's hai immediately began to grow again, intimating that he would soon be ready to renew the battle.[...]"


source: "Symbols, Sex, and the Stars" by Ernest Busenbark

Personally I don't think that Samson represents the moon, but I think that Busenbark is right when he says that the number 7 is the key of the astronomical allegory.

We can suppose that:
1st week of december: 7 new bow strings (the zodiac sign that the sun goes through before entering Capricorn is Sagittarius... and the Sun passes trought the bow of the archer)
2nd week of december: 7 new ropes (the sun passes trought the rope of the bow in this period)
3rd week of december: 7 locks of hair (7*3 = 21 december - winter solstice... and the passage of the Bible where they take him is numbered Judges 16:21 too.. and the sun passes trought the hairs of the archer)
4th week of december: Samson is called from the prison (no number is given here, but notice that this happens in Judges 16:25... christmas, when the sun rises again!)
End of december: In Judges 16:30 Samson brings down the temple, and the old year (the cycle of the sun) ends.

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wow! great research and interpretation :)

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In Kabbalistic Astrology page 109/110 you'll find some interesting info
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"The Hebrew word for Samson is SMSWNf, and in it we can recognize the root SMS meaning "Sun." Literally, the name means "belonging to the Sun." The Hebrew word for Delilah is almost identical to its English transliteration DLYLH. It is a compound word, ... DLY, a "water pitcher." LH, is "hers." But DLY is also the Hebrew word for the Constellation Aquarius."

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page 61-2 he says: "Samson's strength was in his hair, a typical Leo preoccupation. The statement that Samson was a typical Leo male is amply documented, both in Astrology and in the Bible."

Or in Arrows of Light from the Egyptian Tarot
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"In Judges 16: 5 we find that Delilah was offered 1100 pieces of silver, for finding the secret of Samson's strength and betraying him into the hands of the Philistines. Silver is sacred to the Moon or No. 20. Delilah is the Moon aspect of Virgo. No. 20 is the Second Power of 11, and the number therefore indicates the Mystery of a Woman's influence over man."

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New blog: Have archaeologists found evidence of the Israelite hero Samson?

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 Post subject: Re: Samson and Delilah
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Freethinkaluva22 wrote:


*Facepalm* Yet another example of how comparative studies would prevent jumping to hasty conclusions.

I'm just a layman, and the first thing that came to mind when I saw that was the following motif, which predates the 11th century BCE (and thus Samson and the artifact in the article) by around a millenium or more. It is the Mesopotamian hero Enkidu, with long hair, and slaying a lion:

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Here Enkidu slaying the lion is accompanied by his buddy Gilgamesh slaying the bull. The contrast between bull and lion is another recurring motif, and appears to symbolize the sun and moon, the bull with its horns resembling a crescent moon, and the lion with its mane resembling the rays that surround the sun.

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