The Color Purple
Here's what occult researcher Manly P. Hall had to say about the color of the phoenix on pg. 176 of his book, The Phoenix:
The body of the Phoenix is one covered with glossy purple feathers, and the plumes in its tail are alternately blue and red.
Perhaps the exact hue of the phoenix is important because purple itself is special in some way. You might think that purple is just like any other color, but you would be wrong. Purple is not a "real" color at all, but an artifact of our way of perceiving light.
The Visible Light Spectrum
Light which is visible to the human eye exists as part of a greater electromagnetic spectrum of radiated energy. I know that might sound complicated, but it's actually pretty simple.
Energy travels around in waves of differing wavelengths (and field amplitudes, but that's not important to us). Humans have divided the total range of wavelengths into seven regions, and visible light is one of those regions (the others are radio, microwave, infrared, ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays).
Where does purple lie on this spectrum? It doesn't. Purple is called a non-spectral color because there is no wavelength of EM radiation that produces purple.
Purple is the combination of red and violet, but since those colors are from wavelengths of photons on opposite ends of the visible spectrum, the two never meet to produce in-between wavelengths that would give us purple.
If we were to wrap the above representation of the spectrum into a circle to produce a "color wheel," it would have a gap in it, like so:
But so what?
If, while reading this, you've already made the association between purple and royalty, you're at the head of the class. Purple has long been considered the color of royalty, and in some nations it was illegal for commoners to wear purple clothing. Not that many commoners could even afford it. The color-fast purple of Phoenicia was very labor-intensive to produce, and thus very expensive to purchase. For the most part, only wealthy nobles could afford the stuff.
Being clothed in purple, like the phoenix, meant that you were really something special. Not necessarily a good kind of special, though, as demonstrated in St. John's apocalypse:
I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. (Rev. 17:3-4)
The symbolism associated with this woman identifies her as Isthar (a.k.a. Inanna), or perhaps the daughter of Ishtar. She was the much-venerated sex-and-love goddess of ancient Mesopotamia, a central figure in the Mystery religion that came out of Babel. For more information about her cult and her link to the Beast, read chapter thirteen of Levaithan's Ruse. The point I'm making at the moment is this: purple is a color used by principalities of the satanic world system.
That doesn't mean that purple is evil. Quite the opposite. Purple represents seeing what is unseen.
Purple is a sacred (i.e., set-apart) color that the Enemy has co-opted. But it was YHVH Elohiym who created it, and uses it to communicate a spiritual truth.
Do you remember what colors YHVH instructed the Israelites to incorporate into the Holy Place in the Tabernacle? In case you've forgotten, here's the relevant verse:
Then you shall erect the tabernacle according to the plan for it that you were shown on the mountain. “And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it. (Exo. 26:30-31)
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, an alphabet that came from the Phoenicians. In fact, the Phoenician language was a Semitic language closely related to Hebrew. In the 22-letter Semitic alphabets, the first letter is aleph or alf, which is a pictograph of an ox head. It represents the providence and might of God. The last letter is taw or tav, which is a pictograph of a cross. It represents the covenant, which is why we still "sign on the X" when we autograph a legal document. By extension, the tav also represents the cross on which Messiah died for us.
Wow! Are you as blown away by this as I am? The Phoenician language is a spectrum of sound-markings whose first and last symbols represent the Son of God! If we were to compare this to the color wheel, it would look like this:
Does the above graphic remind you of anything? If you ignore the writing, it looks like an iris and pupil. (I didn't design it that way; it's just coincidental.) But the fact is that the world is visible to us because of light rays traveling through the circles of our pupils.
The timeless Elohiym spoke, and there was light (Gen. 1:3). Language came first, then light. And what is speech? Waves of sound. It's not very different at all from electromagnetic waves, at least on the non-quantum level.
The circle is the most perfect and holy shape not only because it is infinite, having no beginning or end, but because it is the basis for all other shapes and forms. The simplest polygon, a triangle, can be constructed from the intersection points of overlapping circles. Then all other shapes can be formed out of triangles and circles combined. Thus, the circle is the prime unit of sacred geometry. Would it not make sense for arrangement of the sacred (Semitic) alphabet to be circular, as is the rainbow around the throne of God (Rev. 4:3), and the celestial bodies, and the paths they travel, and the eyes with which we view them, and even the womb wherein those eyes are grown?
Allow me to go off on a quick tangent. When Adam and Eve sinned, not only were they exiled as punishment, but a separating "curtain" or "veil" was put into place between the material realm and the spiritual realm for the protection of all parties. (According to Revelation, that barrier will be removed at the unveiling of the Messiah on the Day of the Lord.) The blue/purple/red veil in front of the Holy of Holies served the same function as the veil between the heavens and the earth—it kept unsanctified mortal flesh from coming into contact with the fiery presence of Elohiym. The Levites guarded the Temple veil, but angels guard the veil between dimensions:
He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen. 3:24)
The Tail-Munching Serpent
I'm convinced that the ouroboros is Satan's way of calling himself the Beginning and the End. Even though the ouroboros has a beginning and end point, it is also eternal, for the end and beginning meet to create an infinite loop. Satan wants to be the Alpha and the Omega, the Aleph and the Tav. The phoenix is another way of saying the same thing, that Satan and his princes, the divine kings of the earth, will rise and rule eternally, for each end will lead to a new beginning.
It's not true. Scripture promises that Satan and his followers will all meet a permanent end in the Lake of Fire: "The devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Rev 20:10).
King Y'shua would never use the ouroboros as a symbol for himself (in part because he isn't serpentine like the seraphiym, but that's beside the point). In the ouroboros, the head consumes the tail. The first part eats the last. That's exactly the opposite of Heaven's way, where the first must serve the last. Y'shua said, "So the last will be first, and the first last" (Matt. 20:16). And, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all" (Mark 9:35). And that's exactly what Y'shua did during his First Advent.
Satan couldn't stomach the idea of lowering himself to serve mankind. In his economy, those who are at the head chomp on those at the tail. That's why he rebelled and slandered YHVH—the preeminent immortal wasn't about to serve a clump of clay like Adam.
Purple Snails and Puppy-Dog Tails
We know that the purple-producing murex snails really do live along the Mediterranean coast, so that part is not allegory. The characters, however, are not what they seem. Hercules was a demigod son of Zeus who is most likely equivalent to Orion. Among others, the authors of a website called Constellation Guide make that speculation:
Orion is often shown as facing the attack of a bull, yet there are no myths in Greek mythology telling any such tale. When describing the constellation, the Greek astronomer Ptolemy describes the hero with a club and lion’s pelt, both of which are usually associated with Heracles, but there is no evidence in mythology books of a direct relation between the constellation and Heracles. However, since Heracles, the most famous of Greek heroes, is represented by the much less conspicuous constellation Hercules, and since one of his tasks was to catch the Cretan bull, there are at least hints of a possible connection between the two.
Hercules and Orion both had a canine companion. Homer wrote that the hound of Orion was the dog-star called kunas, which we know as Sirius, brightest star in the constellation Canis Major. In the later Latin language, the word for dog is canis, and the phrase "of the dog star" (i.e., Sirisu) is canicularis. Also in Latin, a female dog is called canarius. This is etymologically similar to the Latin word for the Canaanites, Cananaei.
If you're familiar with Gospels, you may remember that Y'shua once compared a Canaanite woman to a dog. In Matthew 15:21–28, Messiah encounters a Canaanite woman while traveling near Tyre and Sidon (in Phoenicia). She begs him to cure her daughter, but he responds that it is not right to throw the children's bread to the pet dogs. Some people think that Y'shua was making a racial slur, but it wasn't that at all. The woman seeking help was from a land whose mascot was the canine, and she may very well have been the descendant of a man whose progeny were cursed to be the lowest of servants (Gen. 9:25).
Furthermore, there is the case of the infamous Queen Jezebel. She hailed from Phoenicia. She worshiped Beltis, another name for Ishtar. Like Ishtar, the whore of Babel, Jezebel taught both idolatry and sexual immorality (Rev. 2:20). At God's decree, that Phoenician queen fell to her death from a high window, and her mangled body was eaten by dogs in the street. If there is a connection between canines and Canaanites, then the manner of Jezebel's demise becomes incredibly apropos.
I propose that the descendants of Noah's cursed grandson, Canaan, were in ancient times known as the dog-people. I believe that the Canaanites were slaves of the mighty hunter, Nimrod, and probably slaves of his father, as well. Genesis 9:25 says that Canaan will be a slave to his brothers, specifically. Nimrod was a son of Cush, who was Canaan's brother. That is why, in the myths, Hercules and Orion have a pet dog.
There is little doubt that the constellation Orion represents Nimrod. The 7th-century Chronicon Paschale states that Nimrod was posthumously deified in the constellation of Orion, and that the Persians still call it Nimrod. Recently discovered Hungarian myths also equate Orion to Nimrod.
In Greek mythology, Orion was a handsome, giant demigod. In Muslim astronomy, Orion was known as Al-Jabbar, “The Giant.” The Egyptians called him Long-Strider because of his impressive height.
Egyptian Pyramid Text Utterance 477 reads, “You threw Osiris to the earth… when there came into being his name of Orion, long of leg and lengthy of stride, who presides over Upper Egypt.” This Utterance incontrovertibly links Orion to Osiris.
Osiris is a Greek word. The god's actual Egyptian name is Asr. In Leviathan's Ruse, I demonstrate that Osiris is the Egyptian version of Assur, god of Assyria, and that Assur is another name for Nimrod. Furthermore, it can be shown that the same Nimrod who established the first hubs of civilization in Mesopotamia also traveled along the Fertile Crescent and into Canaan, where he founded or helped build the first major cities, such as Byblos, Sidon, and Jericho. Some evidence suggests that Nimrod may have eventually made Canaan his primary residence.
It all boils down to this: the descendants of Canaan, who settled in the Levant, either discovered the purple dye of the murex, or became experts in its procurement and processing. Nimrod/Assur/Osiris, who was king over the Canaanites, probably lavished the precious dye on textiles made for his wife, Ishtar/Isis. Thus began the association of Phoenician purple with royalty.
Home of the Watchers
YHVH destroyed the Watchers for their traitorous deeds, but the knowledge which they had shared was not entirely lost in the Flood. According to the Book of Jubilees, a man named Kainam rediscovered at least some of their teachings, which had been deeply carved into rock before the Flood. What became of Kainam is unknown, but the Watcher's secrets evidently fell into the hands of Nimrod/Assur, who used them to become ultimate king over the entire ancient world. As the phoenix rises from death to return to its former glory, so the Mystery religion returned to life during the reign of Nimrod.