From: Bunny Batzri
Subject: Roses and the face of God.
Our next question comes from LI QIN ZHOU out of Eildon, who asks:
"What do you think of when I say the word 'roses'?"
Simple question, simple answer: when I hear the word 'rose', I think of God.
All right, simple question, complex answer. Get your notepads, kids, because it's going to be a long and bumpy screed from here. I'll do my best to backtrack whenever things start getting muddy, and Roger has promised to clonk me with a pillow if I make any leaps of logic that aren't comprehensible from the outside. Still, if this leaves you with more questions that you started off with, feel free to either ask me for further details or get out there and start researching on your own.
In the Kabbalah, the rose is the proof of the existence of God within creation, both as an echo of God's own glory and as a representation of creation itself. The true rose, of which there is only one, replicated endlessly throughout the span of time, has thirteen petals, each with twenty-four perfect angles, representing the thirteen aspects of God's creation and the twenty-four unchanging truths of God's law. Without this rose to act as the definition of all things, the world would forget itself -- not destruction, but chaos, the dissolution of God's plan for reality. Risk the rose and you risk everything. (I realize that what I'm saying here treads close to certain elements of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' series. The iconic image of the rose which protects and is reality, however, has been around for centuries. So Mr. King can cope.)
The Kabbalah also acknowledges the existence of the 'perfect rose', which differs from the true rose in its number of petals -- seven times four and twenty -- although not in its number of angles per petal, which is always twenty-four. The number of thorns on a perfect rose, if counted, will always come to a multiple of thirteen. It should be noted that each rose bush which bears a perfect rose will bear in multiples of thirteen, only one of which will be perfect; all the others will be normal roses, with the customary number of petals and thorns, although the twenty-four angled petals will remain the same. Cuttings taken from a bush which has borne a perfect rose are supposedly hardier than any others, more likely to take root and grow. According to Kabbalistic lore, one perfect rose blooms somewhere in the world every week; that's why they have seven sets of twenty-four petals, one set for each day of the week they represent. At the end of that week, the rose will die, and another will bloom in its place.
Some scholars have taken the concept of the perfect rose one step further, and claim that -- even as God created the heavens and the earth in seven days -- the world is destroyed and created anew every seven days, and thus each perfect rose represents not a stretch of time, but an entire world, flawless and fleeting. This theory claims that perfect roses are wholly unique in some way, and that each perfect rose that blooms has some character or attribute which sets it apart from every rose that has ever been or will ever be, since the beginning of time. By this way of looking at things, every time a perfect rose blooms, a new world begins, one in which roses are black, or gray, or blue, or disappear when the sun touches them; and when that perfect rose dies, the world dies with it, and no rose of that type is ever seen again. The new world begins without pause or prompting, and another perfect rose blooms somewhere in the world.
The word 'roses' makes me think of God, because no world with true and perfect roses can arise by accident; no creation built on flawless fractal lines, where a single petal can reflect an entire lifetime, can come about entirely by mistake. See also 'Bunny pays far too much attention during her theoretical Gematria lessons'.
Hope this answers what you were asking.
C'mon, SOMEONE had to say it!