Monday, June 22, 2009

The Term `Zelator`

The word Zelator is most correctly derived from the ancient Greek word for zealot: zelotes, which means emulator, zealous admirer or follower. Zealotry or the zealots were a first century Jewish cult mentioned by Josephus as one of the four sects of his time, the main sects of course being the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes.

The original Hebrew term for this radical group was Kanai, or Kanaim for plural. A Kanai was known as one who is zealous on behalf of god, and numerates to 161. Also adding to 161 is Adam Illah, the heavenly man. Meanwhile the plural form of Kanaim sums 201, as does RA, or the Egyptian god Re.

In the Talmud, the Zealots were called the Biryonim, meaning the boorish or wild. To this day the Biryonim are remembered and condemned for their aggression and unwillingness to compromise, even to save the survivors of a then-besieged Jerusalem. Militant and martial, the Zealots advocated violence against the Romans and their Sadducee collaborators, and they were later blamed by the remaining Jewish sects for the demise of Judaism and the destruction of the second temple. Biryonim numerates to 322, as does the term Ibrim, or Hebrews, suggesting that the Zelotes may have been in touch with the ever-present rooted spirit of freedom and rebellion in the Hebrew peoples.

To Golden Dawn occultists, Zelator has a symbolic meaning. Amongst us, the term Zelator "may be said to refer to the ancient Egyptian Zaruator, signifying searcher of Athor, goddess of nature; but others assign to it the meaning of the zealous student whose first duty was to blow the athanor or fire which heated the crucible
of the alchemist."

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