1 Kings Chapter 7
1 And Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
The number 13 is the number of the tarot card Death (Kabbalistically Delth 4). In other words, it was his life’s work constructing the temple (the gateway/door to the divine)
13. And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
This is the Hiram of the Masonic Tradition. Also know as “The Widows Son” in that tradition (also applied to Jesus Christ, Merlin, and Perceval)
14. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naph’tali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
Wisdom and Understanding are the two pillars of Joachim and Boaz and cunning is the Tree of Life/Knowledge.
15. For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.
The 18 cubits hight represent the 18 paths of the 4 elements. The two together equals 36, which is the 32 paths of the Tree of Life and the four elements from which they are created. Combined with the Roots of Knowledge, there are 72 (2×36, 4×18) paths, these are the 72 Names of God.
The 12 cubit distance between them (entrance/doorway to the temple) represent the seasons of the material world.
16. And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
Five was an important in the Numerological tradition. The shield of Solomon was a 5 pointed star (The Magician: man created out of the four elements, Ether). Together the two 5 cubits are 10, the number of Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.
17. and nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
The checker work still occurs in the Masonic Tradition, as it did in the inner sanctum of the Masonic Temple I was invited into. This is the Table of the Magician (also the Rosy Cross)
The Golden Candlestick was made of pure gold of “beaten work” with a central shaft ornamented with knobs, flowers, and bowls. There were six branches going out of its sides, three branches out from one side and three out from the other. All the branches, like the shaft, were ornamented with knobs, flowers, and bowls. The bowls were made after the fashion of almonds. On the top of the shaft, and on each one of the six branches, were lamps large enough to hold sufficient oil and cotton to burn all night. Exodus 26: 31-39; 37: 17-24.
18. And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
The pomegranates appear on the Tree of Life behind the High Priestess in the Raider-Waite illustration.
19. And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
20. And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
21. And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Joachim: 1 and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. 2
22. And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.