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✡ Tu B’Shebat-(טו בשבט‎)-“New Year of the Trees” ✡

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations, continues to be your companion in the unveiling of the Scripture mysteries & we build upon the knowledge acquired ourselves, as well as, others.  But, here we acknowledge the observance, “hebraically” of the significance of what is known as Tu B’Shebat-טו בשבט.

hebrew calendar - winter (Yamim Noraim) Holy Days.

So, really…what is Tu B’Shebat?…..or what does it symbolize?….Tu B’Shebat, is firstly the contemporary/modern Jewish way of saying, “the Fifteenth of Shebat”.(Shebatשבט, being the eleventh month on the Hebrew Calendar, which is Lunar)

Tu B’Shebat, has been observed by Jewish/Hebraic cultures in the actions of planting fruit, fruit trees, etc.  Seeing as how the Hebraic peoples response in observance with reflection and action; we also see a connection in the timing knowing that the Hebraic Calendar is Lunar.(or centered around the Earth’s Moon)  By Gregorian calculation, which is the calendar used in Western Civilizations(ie. Rome, Western Christendom etc.), the observance of Tu B’Shebat would have to have some correspondence with areas conducive for the act of laying or planting seed.  During May, June, and July, the northern hemisphere is exposed to more direct sunlight because the hemisphere faces the sun. The same is true of the southern hemisphere in November, December, and January.  It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky, or to endure longer stay periods, during the summer months in the northern hemisphere which increases the radiation of the Sun. However, due a seasonal lag, June, July, and August are the hottest months (Summer months) in the northern hemisphere and December, January, and February are the hottest months in the southern hemisphere.  So the observance of Tu B’Shebat has been used and is now being used as an ecological for agricultural peoples.

 

Kabbalisitc teachings, coming from the Medieval Rabbinic periods, also used a seder for an observance of Tu B’Shebat; Fruits and trees of the Land of Israel provided symbolic meaning for the observance.  Keeping themselves intertwined with Mishnaic teachings, which were based off of Biblical/Torah teachings.

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit.”

– [Leviticus 19:23-25]

Tu B’Shebat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing.  The age of a tree planted, is determined from a Hebraic perspective by the day of this observance.  A tree gains a year by the passing of another Tu B’Shebat.  (depending on the date the planter may have sown seed) The institution of Tu B’Shebat is not found in the Torah, but the application of it is in [Lev. 19: 23-25].

modern chasidic Tu B'Shebat plate: dried fruit, almonds,.....

modern CH’asidic Tu B’Shebat seder plate: dried fruit, almonds,…..

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So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)?” part 5

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you again, to Ras Tafari Renaissance for yet another installment, of the Ras Tafari and Freemasonry explanations.  I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee) thank all of you, who have supported the works here & your attention and feedback is certainly appreciated.

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Going forward with the fifth portion of this subject, we continue in coming to an understanding that Ras Tafari may seemingly, have its small inklings of a relationship, or so to speak with modern Freemasonry; but, there are clearly distinctions which position each, at opposite poles.  We will examine these aspects in building on the previous posts.

 So, in the fourth edition of understanding the complexity of the supposed close proximity in ideology between: Ras Tafari and Freemasonry, we now have even more firm grounds to either confirm or deny this conception.

Even with the obvious, difference between Speculative and Operative masonry; also, the lines drawn between “mainstream” and Prince Hall Freemasonry; Ras Tafari Renaissance is ready & willing to present each and every one of you with more factual information, as well as evidence that Freemasonry has no place in Ras Tafari.

Though, Ras Tafari Renaissance makes this statement with no apology, unwavering; it is known that challenges will arise because of things like this that ignite argument and confusion: …..

H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England

H.I.M. Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I in Knight of the Garter regalia in England ; [pic1]

One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda...

One of the Most Disrespectful slanders of His Imperial Majesty: never having valid proof, ALL word-of-mouth propoganda…  ; [pic2]

Equating H.I.M.'s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic)

Equating H.I.M.‘s style & grace to unusual ( or foreign: covertly Freemasonic or simply unoriginal)  ; [pic3]

Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations

Even the sheer association with well-known Freemasons, brought about unwarranted accusations  ; [pic4]

Ras Tafari Renaissance, would show you more of the images, which have been misinterpreted, misunderstood, & used as propaganda to plant the seeds of deception about the King of Kings of Ethiopia, but, we would rather deal with the slander, out right lies, and elementary; “isms” and “schisms” of the untaught & wicked minds of this type of counterintelligence, with what has been found as evidence to present others to seek & find, for themselves.

Ras Tafari Renaissance will further present a case on the “speculative” propagating suspicion of the last Emperor of Imperial Ethiopia, Haile Sellassie I’s possible involvement in any Freemasonic order or Lodge.  But, let us examine this further, shall we?….

Now, the first image (from the above images of the Emperor of Ethiopia) shows Haile Sellassie I, in the decorative apparel of what is known as Order of The Garter.  Now, the aforementioned, noble order has been mistakenly taken for as having a connection to Freemasonic origin.  Unfortunately, for those who hold to this claim, come up short whereas; there stands no “Order Of The Garter,” in any Freemasonic organizational degree, or any other solid information that presents such.  (from what has been gathered about the orders of Freemasonry; there was a listing placed in the 3rd installment of this series)

Now, for further confirmation of the dissidence of the Order Of The Garter having no ties to Freemasonry directly; for starters the orders that came to become the orders of Freemasonry, weren’t the only orders of chivalry from medieval times for one thing.

The order was founded by Edward III, in 1348 , its patron saint is Saint George and it is the highest order of chivalry/most senior, that exists in England. (Its was also founded in a Christian kingdom)  

order of the garter symbol

Now, it should be noticed that Æthiopia, is also a Christian kingdom, in which the patron saint also is Saint George.  But, let us examine how and possibly why Haile Sellassie I, could’ve found himself being apart of this order.  Well, for one thing the Order Of The Garter made selections (post- creation), from those chosen personally by the British monarch, at the given time, to active public officers who contributed significantly, in a particular way, to national life or who had conducted or were conducting service, in favor of the Sovereign(England).  To make it plain, Haile Sellassie I was well-respected to a  certain extent among the British.(later Britannia, showed a dissidence between time periods, especially toward the Imperial Ethiopian monarchy)

To the second image, where Emperor Haile Sellassie I, is taking a picture with his signature hand gesture and an awful, unproven accusation of , (which many Ras Tafari have interpreted as the “sign of the Trinity“; others have given interpretations of H.I.M.’s usage of this symbolic gesture as the Hand-sign of Practicus; which would give credit to Hermeticism, Occultism, or Mysticism. (ie. the Golden Dawn, Freemasonry, etc.)  But, it can be said, for the record, that the exact meaning of the hand gesture that H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I, seen forming, in many images, is still a topic of discussion.  One thing for certain is that, it more than likely, can be put forth as a working hypothesis; that this hand gesture was only known in fullness, by Haile Sellassie I, himself.  Though continuous study, research, and theoretical presentation raise thought provoking questions and quests seeking sufficiency in bringing some sort of answers to a matter, such as this.

One thing Ras Tafari Renaissance, has found quite peculiar is the connection between many researchers bringing the hand gesture Haile Sellassie I, into a mystic, esoteric, or occult category.  One comparison that may of you are sure to find is that this symbol has been brought up, in the same breathe as that of the Kaballah, from the mystic extent of Judaism.

example of Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah "Tree of Life" (diagram)

example of;) Jewish Mysticism, Kaballah “Tree of Life” (diagram)

The word Kaballahקַבָּלָה , in Hebrew comes to an English meaning of “receiving/tradition.”  Now, there should be some obvious questions as to why this is being mentioned here but, here’s where things begin to open new doors to understanding.  Because, in the language of Amharic, there’s a word with similar meaning and phonetics(sound); the word Qebeleቀበለ, has the meaning of “receiving,” also brought to the English language, also.

Q'ebele

(RRR-; cites LOJ Society Inc., for presenting such eloquent & well-documented studies on the relationship of the of the Jewish Kaballah, having roots in an Ethiopic interpretation) (RRR-, would also like to commend A.A. Rashid, for his impeccable research into the mysticism of the Kaballah)

Q'ebele-to recieve

Ras Tafari Renaissance, again presents the case that with the Amharic language being the mother tongue of Emperor Haile Sellassie I, and the obvious connection, Linguistically between Hebrew-Amharic words for “receive”; in the words: Qebele(Amharic) & Kaballah(Hebrew), should it be such a surprise that Haile Sellassie I, would have a very in-depth wisdom in what is known as mysticism of today?  (*challenge for researchers)

qebele-kaballah

…elaboration on pics-, three(3) and four(4), along with part 6, to come…