WHENCE THE LION IN LEONTES ET AL.?
A vast number of the nomenclaturic problems of the Shakespeare plays are solved in light of the First Folio as allegory, the dual theme of which is the malignity of the Puritan tyranny, and the healing, through the ministry of Sir Francis Bacon and the esoteric tradition, of the young Will Shakspere of a catastrophic Purtanism-induced breakdown, as I have shown in Ugly Dick and the Goddess of Complete Being.
One of these problems is that of the origin of the ‘lion’ in the names Leontes, Postumus Leonatus, Leonato, et al. I show at some length in my book that the lion bears always in FF the symbolic value of the Puritan ego, which will have to be extirpated for the ego to be born anew into wisdom and self-knowledge. The reference for this was almost certainly the story of the lion torn to pieces by Samson on his way to a tryst with the Philistine girl in Judges 14:
And after some days, returning to take her, he went aside to see the carcass of the lion, and, behold, there was a swarm of bees in the mouth of the lion and a honeycomb. And when he had taken it in his hands, he went on eating: and coming to his father and mother, he gave them of it, and they ate. But he would not tell them, that he had taken the honey from the body of the lion.
Bacon referred to this in a petition to the House of Lords (cited by Ignatius Donnelly in The Great Cryptogram Vol. 2):
… if any of you will do posterity good, if out of the carcass of a dead and rotten lion, there may be honey gathered for the use of future times.
Fascinatingly, this Biblical story may refer to a far more ancient event, as described by Zecharia Sitchin in his book The 12th Planet, in which he produces really solid evidence that the Biblical deluge which wiped out civilization on earth was a colossal flood caused by the gravitational effect of the close passage to the earth of the tenth planet (twelfth body) of the solar system, with a period of 3,600 years. This occurred during the Age of the Lion, 10,860 B.C. – 8,700 B.C., when the sun rose at the spring equinox in that constellation. Sitchin shows that Genesis and Psalms are full of references to this event.
May the story in Judges not also refer to this catastrophe? The death of the lion would then refer to the passing of that age; the honey in its mouth, the wisdom to be gleaned from the deluge for the benefit of future ages, perhaps to do with the construction of the ‘twin pillars of Enoch’ (one of which was almost certainly the pyramids of Giza), on which were preserved from fire and water the wisdom of the ancients.
Not being an expert on esoteric history I’ll go no further; but this scenario seems highly plausible to say the least. Was Bacon aware of it? Certainly, the inundation of the deluge would correspond beautifully to the flooding of the ego by the libido, so long repressed by the Puritan world-view, which precipitated the breakdown of Shakspere’s eighteenth year, and drove him from Stratford to the metropolis in search of healing and a new life. Bacon had no doubts as to the allegoric nature of so much myth and fable, as evidenced by his book The Wisdom of the Ancients. Perhaps the real significance of this Biblical story was handed down in the rituals of the 33 degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, into which he was formally received by King James in 1603, but with which he had almost certainly been familiar at least since his sojourn in Europe as a young man. The 33 degrees were assiduously destroyed for political reasons by the English in the 18th century, but reconstructed in part by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, as described in their book The Second Messiah. I show in Ugly Dick their colossal immanence in FF.
Food for thought!