This movie was made by Darren Aronofsky, also behind Pi and Requiem for a Dream. It continues his obsession with the themes of cabalism and the Tree of Life.
The film begins with a montage of images and a written narration giving the creation story of the universe from “the beginning.” It is the traditional Judeo-Christian story of Genesis, with a few additions and departures obviously gleaned from pseudepigripha, cabalistic writings, and other rabbinical traditions. It is implied that Seth was already alive before Cain killed Abel.
This goes along with my theory, expressed in Clock Shavings (as well as my first book, The Merovingian Mythos) that the story of Seth and the story of Cain, as presented in Genesis, is heavily doctored. I suggest that Seth’s story may have been inserted to mask the true history of Cain’s descendants, who may indeed have survived the Flood on board the Ark. I mention the similarity between the names of the two brothers’ descendants, which are actually identical in two cases (Lamech and Enoch).
Also, Noah’s wife, not mentioned in Genesis, is given in other texts (like The Book of Jubilees) as “Naamah,” the same name as the daughter of Cain’s descendant Lamech. The Cainite Naamah is the daughter of the Cainite Lamech. She was the sister of Tubal-Cain, credited as the inventor of metallurgy, and was herself said to be the mother of the art of divination. The Cainites of her generation invented music. Tubal-Cain created instruments to play, and Naamah taught the craft of singing. She purportedly sang beautiful songs to demons. She is also said to have taught reading to mankind.
The Cainite Naamah is said by cabalists to be a demoness: a daughter of Lilith, a mate with Samael (just like her mother), the mother of Asmodeus, and one of the “four queens of Hell.” There are traditions that she reincarnated several more times in the future by visiting men in their dreams as a succubus, copulating with them, which allowed her to reborn. The name “Naomi” is a form of “Naamah,” which means “gift” or “pleasant.” Some have suggested that her name might be related to that of the Sumerian mother goddess Inanna.
Furthermore one of Solomon’s wives was named Naamah. Of the hundreds of wives he had, she was one of his favorites, and the mother of his only son, Rehoboam. She was a princess of the Ammonites, descendants of the incestuous daughters of Lot.
In the film, it says that after Cain murdered Abel, he was “sheltered” by a “band of angels called the Watchers.” These are the fallen angels, whose breeding with human females produced giants who ravaged the Earth. In Genesis, this is the race that God wished to wipe out when he brought the Flood. However, none of that is mentioned in the film. Instead, the Deluge is blamed on the wickedness of men, in particular the children of Cain, who are represented as ruling the Earth with a “mighty” of environmentally unfriendly global civilization. Their society is shown wreaking havoc on the natural world, and being quite brutal to people.
The sons of Cain are also shown ruthlessly hunting down the line of Seth. In one of the first scenes, Noah is seen as a boy, with his father Lamech (the Sethite Lamech). Noah’s father shows him a snakeskin that glows with a strange yellow light. He tells him that it has been passed down in their family from Adam. The man wraps it around his hand and is about to touch his son’s finger with it when they get interrupted by Tubal-Cain, who slays Lamech right in front of the boy. Tubal-Cain then steals the snake skin, declaring:
“This relic belongs to the descendants of Cain now. The line of Seth ends here.”
People are shown mining a metal that looks like shining gold. It bursts into flame when hit with a rock. The substance is apparently called “Zohar.” This is a Hebrew word meaning “radiance.” It also happens to be the name of history’s most influential collection of cabalistic traditions. Most of the legends pertaining to the descendants of Cain and Seth, the fallen angels, the wives of Noah, the details of the Deluge, as well as biographies of the demons Lilith, Naamah and Asmodeus, come from The Zohar, from the thirteenth century.
Next, Noah is seen as an adult with his three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Water is dripping down from the sky. Noah expresses surprise. Apparently precipitation is rare there. Flowers instantly sprout there in the black earth where the water lands.
The scene is interrupted by a band of marauders. They are hunting and kill a dog-like creature covered with scales.
“Why did they kill it?” asks Ham.
“They eat them,” Shem replies.
“Why?” Ham asks.
Noah says, “They think it makes them stronger. They forget — strength comes from the creator.” They give the dog a funeral, burning it on a pyre. The smoke is seen wafting up to Heaven.
Noah has a dream. He is facing a mountain, the summit of which is obscured. Beneath his feet the ground is wet with a red liquid. When he awakes, he declares to his wife (whose name is spelled “Naameh” in the script) that the dream was telling him to go see Methuselah his grandfather. So Noah and his family set out to find the mysterious mountain where he lives.
A Watcher named Og helps them, going against the other Watchers. On the way, he tells them about how the “Angels were created on the second day, the same dayas the heavens.” They “watched over” Adam and Eve, he says, and when they fell, the Watchers came to Earth because they “pitied” mankind and wanted to help them. The angels are shown as fireballs coming down from the sky.
But then, says Og, the creator punished the angels for disobeying him when they came to Earth. They had been “light” before, but now their light became encrusted with mud and rocks, which, he said, “shackled” their “fiery glow.” Still, Og claims, they “taught mankind all we knew of Creation, making it possible for them to build a great civilization.” Then without explanation, Og says that people turned against the Watchers. They fought a war against them. “Only Methuselah” among the humans tried to protect them, according to Og. Men are shown hunting the watchers with flaming swords that cause explosions.
“With our help, they rose from the dust, and became great and mighty. But then they turned our gifts to violence… We were hunted, most of us killed… Those who lived were left imprisoned in these stonish houses, marooned on this barren land.…”
In reality, The Book of Enoch says that the Watchers were shackled in subterranean prisons beneath the Earth for their crimes, which including having sex with human women and teaching mankind arts that helped them establish civilization, but which were also used for wickedness. Both Genesis and Enoch state that the Flood was brought by God to exterminate their monstrous hybrid offspring. These events seem implicitly connected to the Fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, and the temptation from the Serpent. The two stories (the Flood and the Fall) seem to be two tellings of the same event, presented in code as separate consecutive vents along the same timeline. Noah scriptwriters Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel seem fully cognizant of these concepts, as I shall explain.
The Bible says that when they were cast from the Garden, Adam and Eve were cursed to live on land that was just barely arable, requiring ridiculous amounts of work to cultivate crops upon it. In the film, this seems to be what the Cainites are most bitter about. It causes them to curse the creator.
On their way to Methuselah’s mountain, right before making contact with Watcher Og, the Noah family picks up a stray: a girl left as the sole survivor of a village massacre, whom they happen to come across. Her name is Ila. She accompanies them on their journey, and they adopt her as one of their own.
Surrounded by barrenness, Methuselah’s mountain is covered in greenery. The summit is obscured by clouds. Anticipating their arrival, Methuselah greets Noah and his son Shem warmly. He puts Shem to sleep with a magic narcoleptic incense. Then Noah tells his grandfather about the inspired dreams he’s had regarding the impending Flood. They are drinking “tea” together. Noah has visions after drinking the tea about the forbidden fruit, the Garden and the serpent. Right before he leaves, Methuselah gives his grandson “a seed from the first Garden, from Eden.”
When he gets back to his family, Noah tells them how the Lord has instructed him to build an Ark to save breeding samples of all of the animals. “We’ve been chosen to save the innocent,” he says, referring to the beasts.
“Why are they innocent?” asks Ham
“Because they still live as they did in the Garden,” replies Ila.
After telling his family that they will build an ark, Noah plants the seed his grandfather gave him. In the place where he planted it, a fountain pops up out of the Earth and separates into five streams. This is analogous to the four rivers of Paradise (Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates), plus the initial source river (Naher). Trees starts popping up everywhere that these streams run. Soon they are surrounded by a forest. This is the wood Noah will use to build the Ark, with the help of some of the fallen angels.
Later, we see the Ark nearly completed. The children are older. Shem and Ila, now teenagers, appear to be boyfriend and girlfriend. However, Ila seems resistant to Shem’s sexual advances. We later learn that she was made “barren” by injuries she sustained as a child when her village was raided.
The animals begin to arrive. The birds are the first to come. They put the birds to sleep with the special sleeping incense.
However, the arrival of the birds brings unwanted visitors. Tubal-Cain, the king of the Earth’s civilization, arrives with an army. Noah tells him that a Flood is coming, and everyone will be killed. Tubal-Cain announces his intention to take the Ark by force, to save himself. When he sees that Watchers are protecting it, he vows to come back later with a stronger army. Tubal-Cain tells his generals to cut off food and other supplies to everyone in the population except for the army, so that all resources are devoted solely to preparing to storm Noah’s ark.
Meanwhile, Noah sneaks off in disguise to go to find wives for his boys. He enters a city where chaos reigns. People are fighting one another for meat, trading humans, stealing babies to eat, and raping girls. Over a gate, a lamb is tossed into a crowd and torn to pieces. Blood is everywhere. It quite resembles what one would imagine it’s like just inside the gates of Hell. Thus, Noah returns to the Ark empty-handed, declaring that his sons will remain unmarried, rather than choose girls from among that corrupt society.
Ham, defiant, refuses to accept this. He ventures off on his own to find a wife. He finds a girl named Na’el, and tries to bring her back with him. However, she gets her leg caught in an animal trap in the forest. Noah arrives and refuses to help her. He will not let her near the boat. As he is standing there arguing with Ham, Tubal-Cain’s army arrives and tramples her to death.
Meanwhile, in the forest, Methuselah is seen blinding pawing around on the ground. Ila discovers him there and asks what he’s doing. He says he’s looking for “berries” from the plant from Eden that he’d given Noah to plant years earlier. Methuselah gives Ila his “blessing” by touching her chest, which causes her to swoon, cry out in pain, and hallucinate. Then she runs away, runs into Shem, and immediately starts kissing him passionately. They have sex.
Back at the Ark, the Watchers have all chained themselves together in a ring, forming an defensive block to protect the boat. They fight off the Cainites as best they can, but they each get killed, one by one. As they do, their rock bodies explode, and they become a column of fire that shoots up into the sky. One of them announces that this means the Creator is forgiving them and accepting them back “home” to Heaven.
By this point, it has already been raining quite a lot. Flooding has begun. In space, you see the Earth completely covered in spiral-shaped storms. Methuselah finds his berry and eats it just as a giant wave comes and wipes him out. Noah and his family shut themselves up inside the Ark (now full of sleeping animals) and wait. Noah gathers them all around a fire for a chat. He says:
“Soon everything we knew will be gone. All that is left of creation will lie within these walls. Outside, just the waters of chaos again.” Then he retells the story of Creation, as scenes of this are shown to the viewer.
“And our world was born — our beautiful, fragile home. … And the ground put forth the growing things: a thick blanket of green stretching across all creation. And the waters, too, teemed with life. Now the whole world was full of living beings: everything that creeps, everything that crawls, and every beast that walks upon the ground. And it was good. It was all good. There was light, and air, and water, and soil, all cleaned and unspoiled. There were plants and fish, and fowl and beast, each after their own kind. All part of the greater whole. All in their place. And all was in balance. It was paradise. A jewel in the Creator’s palm.”
Then we see the trees in the midst of the Garden. Two are shown, entwined with each other. I presume these are the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, both mentioned in Genesis.
Adam and Eve are shown clothed in a skin of shining bright light. So too is the serpent, but he slithers out of his glowing skin. Adam goes to pick up the discarded skin. The forbidden fruit is shown pulsating as it hangs from the branch. It’s shaped like a heart, and you hear a heartbeat. Noah explains:
“But they ate from the forbidden fruit. Their innocence was extinguished. And so for ten generations since Adam, sin has walked within us.”
A montage of silhouetted men murdering each other is shown, and notably, they are from every era of history, including modern times. Clearly this is an editorial comment inserted by the film’s director. Then Noah explains what he has in store for his family:
“And now, it begins again. Air, water, earth, plant, fish, bird, and beast. Paradise returns. But this time – this time, there will be no men. If we were to enter the Garden again, it would only be to destroy it once more. No. The Creator has judges us. Mankind must end.”
He tell the kids in what order they are to die and be buried by each other. Japheth, he says, will be “the last man. And in time you will return to dust. Creation will be left alone, safe and beautiful.”
Nobody says anything, but it is clear from the looks on their faces that nobody else on board the Ark wants to join Noah’s “voluntary human extinction movement.” Ham in particular plots to alter their fate.
While checking on the animals, Ham runs into Tubal-Cain, who has sneaked on board the Ark. They make friends, and Ham tells him about his anger at his father for letting his girlfriend die in the forest. Then Tubal-Cain starts eating the animals. Ham objects:
“No, the beasts are precious! There’s only two of each. This is all for them.”
Tubal-Cain replies “Well, there’s only one of me,” and keeps eating. Then he criticizes Noah for saving animals instead of men, and gives Ham a speech about how man was made in God’s image to subdue the Earth and the beasts. He gives Ham a part of the animal to eat.
Elsewhere on the ship, we discover that Ila is pregnant with Shem’s child because of the “blessing” that Methuselah gave her. Noah vows to kill the baby if it is born a girl.
Disturbed even more by his father’s behavior, Ham goes back to Tubal-Cain (whose presence there he has kept secret from his family) and discusses his desire to neutralize Noah. Tubal-Cain suggests murder. He gives Ham, who is reluctant to kill, a pep talk:
“A man isn’t ruled by the Heavens. He’s ruled by his own will… Are you a man? Because if you’re a man, then you can kill.” Then he slaughters another beast right in front of him.
To save their unborn child, Shem and Ila build a raft and prepare to set off on their own. As they are about to leave, Shem says to Naameh, “Don’t be afraid, mother. We’ll see each other in the new world.” Noah tries to stop them. He sets fire to the raft. Just then, Ila goes into labor.
Ham, plotting in league with Tubal-Cain, has lain a trap for his father. He tells Noah to come quickly down below the deck, as he claims that the animals have spontaneously awoken and are eating each other. Noah follows him down there, but is attacked from behind by Tubal-Cain.
“The line of Cain!” he exclaims when he recognizes him.
Tubal-Cain replies, “I told you, I’m not afraid of miracles.” They continue to fight.
Meanwhile, Ila gives birth to twin daughters. Naameh tries to protect them while Shem chases down his father. But before he gets to him, in the midst of Noah’s fight with Tubal-Cain, the Ark makes an abrupt landing. The vessel shakes and water begins to pour in.
“The evils of mankind will not live in this new Eden,” Noah declares, glaring at Tubal-Cain as he goes in for the kill. Then Shem comes from behind and beats Noah with a rod, screaming “Leave us alone!”
Then, Tubal-Cain gets himself up and punches Shem to the ground, proclaiming “He’s mine!” With Noah on the ground, Tubal-Cain towers above him with a rock in his hand (like that which his ancestor Cain used to slay Noah’s ancestor Abel) and says:
“The Ark, the beasts, and all of your women are now mine. I will build a new world in my image.”
However, this is not to be, as Ham, realizing that Tubal-Cain is not his friend, comes up from behind and stabs him. “Now you are a man,” he tells Ham as he dies, and hands him the shiny snakeskin relic as the life passes out of his eyes.
Next, Noah tries to slay the granddaughters, but can’t bring himself to do it. Then the dove shows up with the olive branch.
The next thing we see is a mountain lush with greenery, just like Methuselah’s. Then we see a hand picking grapes. Noah gets drunk. We see him passed out naked. Ham discovers him. Then his other sons show up and cover him with a blanket. Ham, in disgust, drops the snakeskin relic and walks away.
We learn that Noah has been living by himself in a cave by himself because he feels that he failed his mission from God. But Ila, the “goddess of wisdom” in this film, comes to talk to him and convinces him that not killing his granddaughters was a good thing. She tells him to come back to be with the rest. Meanwhile, Ham has packed his things and left to live a nomadic life away from the others.
When he returns to his family, Noah passes on the snakeskin relic to Shem as his “birthright.” Noah tells his children to “be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth.” Then a rainbow appears in the sky. This ceremony appears to take the place in the film of the animal sacrifice that occurred in Genesis at this point in the story.
At the end of the film, the song “Mercy Is” by Patti Smith and the Kronos Quartet is played. The lyrics, which were also spoken at earlier points in the film (where it was used by the characters as a lullaby) are quite interesting:
“Mercy is as mercy does, wandering in the wild
The stars are eyes watching you, a breath upon a cloud
Two white doves, two white wings to carry you away
To a land in memory, a land in memory
The sky is high, the Earth is green, and cool beneath your feet
So swiftly now, beneath the bow, your father waits for thee
To wrap you in his healing arms as the night sky awaits
Two white doves, two white wings to carry you away
For mercy is the healing wind that whispers as you sleep
That whispers you to sleep”
Why do two white doves have only two wings between them? Why is “mercy” described as “wandering in the wild,” like Cain and the fallen angel Azazel were said to be?
I haven’t figured that out yet. However, I can tell you that there are many elements of the film that made me think that the scriptwriters, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, seem to be tapping into some of the same hidden information that I did in my seances with Cain and Baphomet, as discussed in my book Clock Shavings. In particular, these elements remind me of the story that Cain told me about the battle with his brother’s kingdom over the “throne of Eden” and possession of “the Ark.”
The Ark, in Cain’s story, was not just the boat that men used to escape the Flood. It is a larger concept, the “ONE BOX OF THINGS,” as I was once told. It already existed in Eden before the Fall. It was the treasure box that the war was fought over. It contained the greatest power in the world. With it, one could rule all, and make anything happen with its magical energies.
This war, he said, ultimately provoked the Deluge, caused the Fall of Eden, and led to Cain being imprisoned in the underworld. The battle, he says, was commemorated in the game of “Ageio,” which he says was the ancestor of modern chess. In Ageio, the “REAL POWER” is said to be in “THE SECOND SQUARE.” This is the term for the inner 36 squares of the board, the boundary of which is marked off by small crosses. This represents where the Ark is, and, I believe, the boundaries of Eden as well. You could think of the Ark as containing Eden within itself, including the Tree of Life. As I discuss in Clock Shavings (and relevant excerpts can be found here), scripture and tradition both tell us that Eden was sealed off after the Fall with a “flaming sword” and cherubim placed as guardians. I even discuss how this may be the same location as that of God’s throne, which is guarded by four cherubim.
In the film Noah, the Ark represents the same thing. This is why it was built near Methuselah’s mountain. Obviously, it is being implied in the movie that Methuselah, like his father Enoch, was initiated into the secrets of eternal life via the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden. In the Bible, God sealed off Eden to keep men from gaining access to the Tree of Life, lest they “live forever.” Enoch is the only figure said to have been granted this privilege, and he was also the first to be given foreknowledge of the Flood.
Methuselah’s mountain is shown in the movie to be green, whereas the land around it is barren. So it has been blessed with a miraculous fertility. Methuselah, as we know from scripture, was the man said to have lived the longest — 969 years! In the film, it is implicit that his longevity and the mountain’s fertility are due to his contact with the Tree of Life. Methuselah is said to have been the “only” human to have sided with the fallen angels during their war with the Cainites. We can assume that this has something to do with why he appears to have special knowledge and access to the Tree of Life.
It is a seed from this Tree that he gives Noah to plant. This is what makes the five rivers and the forest spring up miraculously from the ground. And the berries that come from it, which Methuselah discovers years later, are the fruit of life. When he eats one just before the wave of water hits him, we are left to wonder if the berry somehow saved his life. Certainly the power that allows him to give the barren Ila a “blessing” of fertility that brings forth her two daughters. Because of him, human life will continue in spite of Noah’s plans.
The fact that the “forbidden fruit” is shown to resemble a human heart, and even pulsates like one, reveals that the writers are aware of the secret of the food of the gods that gives them immortality. As I wrote in Clock Shavings, this involves the consumption of flesh and blood, particularly the latter, and particularly that of humans. As the Bible seems to suggest, mankind was forbidden to eat flesh of any sort until the Flood, although he was required to offer the flesh and blood of animals to the gods, as Abel did. After the Flood, Noah was told that he and his family could now eat meat, as long as they didn’t consume the blood. This was because blood contained rejuvenating “lifeforce” that God did not want mankind to have, as he wanted to restrict their lifespans, reserving the blood of sacrifice for himself instead.
The writers of this script appear to have a great deal of sympathy for the fallen angels. Their promiscuity with human women is not mentioned, and their “imprisonment” in Hell, in the bowels of the Earth, is presented instead as their “light” being “shackled” in rock bodies. Otherwise, their identity with the devils would be obvious. This way the audience, probably full of people who have the general idea that God brought the Flood to punish wicked humans, does not know the truth that even Genesis states: The Flood was brought about because of the activities of the fallen angels, breeding with humans and teaching them dangerous new skills.
Instead, the movie presents the idea that the fallen angels were key to saving humanity during the Flood. They brought Noah to Methuselah, they helped build the Ark, and then they helped destroy it. Also, where texts like The Book of Enoch say that the fallen angels will be kept in Hell “forever,” this movie shows them being forgiven and returning to heaven. When they form a chain surrounding the Ark to fight off the Cainites, it certainly brings to my mind the idea of Ageio, and forces trying to penetrate the “Second Square” where the Ark and Eden are, battling the cherubim guardians to get there.
Another piece of “hidden knowledge” that the screenwriters are promoting is the idea that the line of Cain survived on the Ark. There are many cabalistic traditions about this, most of them stating that Noah’s sons brought wives on board that were from this stock. In the film, it’s presented in the form of Tubal-Cain sneaking on board. The line of Cain is not shown directly to breed into Noah’s line, but then again, we are not told about Ila’s ancestry.
However, the influence of the cursed “seed of the serpent” (which, cabalists tell us, Cain was secretly from) is representing in the movie with the shining snakeskin relic. First it is stolen by the line of Cain, but then it is returned voluntarily to the line of Cain by Tubal-Cain, who hands it to Ham as he dies. This, after Tubal-Cain has been shown to be a very influential mentor to young Ham, teaching him how to be brave and daring. We can only assume that the valuable lessons he taught led to important developments after he died. With the use of the snakeskin symbol, and by placing Tubal-Cain temporarily on the Ark, I believe that the scriptwriters were communicating their acknowledgement of the hidden tradition of the survival of Cain’s line.
The part where Noah declares that outside of the Ark is nothing but “chaos” falls directly into line with my own speculation in Clock Shavings. In that book (and these relevant excerpts) I discuss my belief that the Ark was an alchemical vessel, outside of which the whole universe dissolved into chaos, literally. Nothing existed outside while they were inside. It was only when they exited the Ark that Creation began anew, spreading outward from the mount on which the Ark “landed.”
I don’t think the Ark physically went anywhere, but rather that it was built on the “Holy Mountain,” the top of which was the supernal Eden, that after the Fall became obscured and inaccessible to mankind. Methuselah’s mountain is implied in the film to be this place. The summit is invisible, and it is covered in greenery, like Eden. Plants from Eden are growing there. When the Ark lands, it is on a similar mountain, perhaps even the very same one.
Then statement that Tubal-Cain makes right before he tries to kill Noah, declaring “The Ark, the beasts, and all of your women are now mine,” is totally reminiscent to me of the key phrase “I reap all the wealth,” used in the game of Ageio, as explained to me on the Ouija board by Cain and all of the fallen kings of Eden (and as I reported in the book Clock Shavings). The “wealth” in the game is the Ark, containing all of the “Agei”: the lifeforce, the holy treasure.
In Ageio, the black side (Cain’s) always loses. So too in the movie were Tubal-Cain’s brave deeds unrewarded. He lost anyway. But Cain told us that it is important to “ACCEPT DEFEAT” in Ageio, because “WHEN YOU ACCEPT DEFEAT, REALITY CANNOT WIN.” In the film, Tubal-Cain is a good loser, and even gives Ham, his killer, a prize before he dies. He ensures that the sacred relic is passed on, even to his enemies, in spite of what they have done to him.
Tubal-Cain is a brilliant anti-hero in this movie. He is the ultimate of virility and boldness. While Noah wants to extinguish his own bloodline, Tubal-Cain relishes the idea of planting his seed into Noah’s discarded wife and adopted daughter. He wants to take up the responsibility that Noah shirks, to conquer the catastrophe, resisting even the will of God to “remake the world” in his “own image.”
To Freemasons, Tubal-Cain is a hero too, and a symbol of virility. They use his name as the password of a third-degree “Master” Mason, and emblematize him with a symbol that demonstrates his virility. It is a pun, showing “two balls” and a “cane.” This, they further reveal in their rituals, indicates the sexual organs of a man.
The other, obvious agenda in the film is anti-human. It takes the form of environmentalism. Mankind is presented as the plague that spoils God’s perfect natural creation. This has little to do with any scripture or tradition. However it is certainly a popular sentiment today. It may have been inspired in the minds of the writers by the fallen angels themselves, who hate men.