There was no whale. There was no "giant" fish that swallowed him. A fish or sea
mammal stomach contents would disentigrate a human as part of digestion.
The Lord sends a “tempest” (mighty storm). Esoterically, this act starts Jonah’s
initiation process. At this point in the story it is important to remind you that most
of us are completely unaware that we consciously reside in our lower natures
Jonah, as well as all of us, remain in a state of ignorance about our true natures
until we are awakened.
Here is where the story really gets interesting because of all the important
symbolism. The first is the number 3. Jonah was in the belly of the whale for 3
days and 3 nights.
Similarly Jesus was in hell for 3 days and 3 nights after
the crucifixion.
You might even remember that the Apostle Paul was blinded
after meeting Christ (in a bright light) on the road to Damascus for 3 days. What’s
so important about 3 here? This recurring pattern in Biblical literature is symbolic
of the initiation process into higher conscious awareness.
Cetus is a constellation. Its name refers to Cetus, a sea monster in Greek
mythology, although it is often called ‘the whale’ today.
Cetus is located in
the region of the sky that contains other water-related constellations
such as Aquarius, Pisces
Cetus is also viewed as a misfortune or bad omen by sailors. Superstitious
sailors believed in a cetus as the bringer of a great storm or misfortune to the
ship that is lost cargo, pirates, or being swept off course.
In ancient literature the whale, or great fish, usually represented the earth and
man’s lower nature. In contrast to this, the sun represents the great light of man’s
higher consciousness nature.
So, Jonah in the belly of the great fish represents the dormant state and
darkness of the winter solstice (ignorance) that must be overcome if he is going
to transcend his lower nature. Remember, Jonah is thrown in the watery grave of
the sea, entombed by the great fish, and has the opportunity to rise the third day
with his born again, resurrected spiritual nature!

This is what happened to Jesus. Why do you think Jesus is supposed to have
been born at Christmas? Because this is the time of the winter solstice! And the
story of Jonah is a resurrection story of sorts just like the story of Jesus. Why do
you think Jesus himself quotes the story of Jonah as the only true “sign” to the

“…An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no
sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah: For as Jonah was three
days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days
and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:39-40).
Between the 21st and 24th of December the nights are the darkest and longest
of the entire year . . . and in 760BCE, the days of Jonah, the Winter Solstice
was known to ancient astrologers as the whale's belly. This is because during
those long nights there was one constellation that swallowed the sky.