Sunday, November 11, 2007
Pillar of Fire
The Song of Songs is also a greeting to the Sun. The Beloved is described in glowing terms, like the pillar of the sun. “My lover is radiant and ruddy. His head of purest gold”. We might recall the famous psalm 19: “High above, he pitched a tent for the sun, who comes out of his pavilion like a bridegroom, exulting like a hero to run his race.
He has his rising on the edge of heaven, the end of his course is its furthest edge, and nothing can escape his heat.”
The lover is like the radiant sun that descends into the oceans. It is also like the pillar of fire that led the Israelite people through the Red Sea. Here we have the symbolism of fire related to water. The flame rises up, whereas the waters flow down, seeking the lowest place.