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Thursday, 08. May 2008
Charles Gilchrist: Sacred Geometry
This Gilchrist Mandala combines geometric and representational symbolism. This is a classical Mandala in the sense that it emphasizes the four directions and the squared circle. The major geometric element is a Solar Cross with four rays at each of the cardinal directions. This form is an ancient icon appearing all over the world. The Solar Cross is a tremendously powerful meditational archetype.
Journey To The Sacred Mountain
In this Mandala we look through the Solar Cross. The outer corners the Mandala make abstracted reference to the four elements, Earth and Fire below, Water and Air above. These abstracted outer sections blend into a stylized landscape inspired by the Reo Grand gorge located in northern New Mexico.
This Mandala was created in 1992, requiring hundreds of hours of open-eyed meditation.
Through his own studies, spanning three decades, Gilchrist discovered the classical concepts of open-eyed meditation and began to create Mandalas as a path to self-discovery. This led him to create hundreds of fine art Mandalas over the past 25 years.
Charles Gilchrist: Sacred Geometry
Charles Gilchrist: Introduction to Sacred Geometry:
More clips at his YouTube Channel.
Thursday, 01. May 2008
The Pasteboard Masquerade
The Tarot first appeared in northern Italy, during the birth of Europe’s cultural revolution. Those original decks were probably designed between 1420 and 1440, although the earliest extant cards date from later in the 1400s.
This Italian game eventually made its way throughout Europe, and countries such as France, Spain, and Germany soon became major cardmaking centers themselves. This spread and popularity resulted in a variety of different Tarot decks. But because there are few surviving early decks, and because the cards themselves were neither named nor numbered until several decades after their invention, it is uncertain which pattern represents the original sequence of allegories.
Exploring the Alphabetic Tarot
The Tarot has entertained card lovers for centuries. Yet while its symbolic content has been traced to a variety of influences—such as social hierarchy, the Virtues, Biblical and classical allusions, astrology and perhaps even alchemy—these do not explain why the Tarot’s designers settled upon these specific images, or why they arranged these images in a particular sequence. Could the trumps also have been influenced by the Hebrew alphabet, as esotericists have long claimed?
Essays on the Tarot
The Tarot Art Nouveau was painted by the Italian artist Antonella Castelli. It was published in 1998 by Lo Scarabeo, and is now distributed by U.S.Games Systems with a booklet translated into english. There is a separate deck called the Art Nouveau Tarot by Matt Myers, but it is less representative of art nouveau and shows the additional influence of stained glass design. In contrast, this deck by Castelli is deeply art nouveau, reminiscent of the work by Alphonse Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. This style became immensely popular at the turn of the last century. In Italy it is known as Liberty, and in Germany as Jugendstil (young style).
Reviews of decks
An interpretation of the linguistic symbolism found in the Marseilles and Dellarocca Tarots. And a theory that at least some versions the of the Tarot may be a lexicon of the Hebrew alphabet: The Pasteboard Masquerade.
Amusements with a pack of tarot cards by Mark Filipas.
Very worthwhile site!
Thursday, 17. April 2008
Hans Kayser & Pythagorean Harmonics
Perhaps this is the real theory of everything!
"If there were nothing else in the world but the twelve well-tempered tones, we would still have to believe in a wise creator who had built the world on a great plan. And if there is something that lets us at least suspect this plan, it is the melody of these twelve tones." -- J.M. Hauer
The term "harmony of the spheres" comes from Plato, who as we know was influenced by the Pythagoreans, and who applies it in the great final narrative of his Republic. There he describes, in a mythological manner, the heavenly order of the planets (including the sun and moon) and adds that on each of the planetary circles, a siren sits, each one singing a tone, and "the eight together form one harmony." We have no details on this, since this section is an encrypted secret text that has so far only been partly interpreted.
The Man's Constitution and the World's Constitution. (Part 1)
In the 1920s Hans Kayser, a German scientist, developed a theory of world harmonics based upon the Lambdoma, also called 'The Pythagorean Table'. He found that the principles of harmonious structure in nature and the fundamentals of harmonics were essentially the same. Kayser called himself and others who adhered to this philosophy 'harmonicists'. He devoted much of his life to restoring to the sciences, knowledge of the importance of harmonics. He believed that through understanding the connection between music and mathematics, it would be possible to create an understanding of the relationship between tone and numbers. Thus qualities (tonal sensations) could be derived from quantities (numbers) and quantities could be derived through qualities. In his book Akroasis (from the Greek word for 'hearing'), he wrote:
"With the discovery of the relation between pitch and string length, which could be established numerically, western science was born. Qualities (tones) were derived from quantities (string or wave lengths) in an exact way."
Kayser believed that this knowledge of harmonics had become lost and had created a major schism between science and the spirit. He hoped that a true understanding of this relationship would create a bridge between the matter and soul.
An absolutely wonderful site: The Science of Harmonics: Hans Kayser
(1891 - 1964) - 20th Century Pythagorean Master.
Hans Kayser Translation Project - Textbook of Harmonics by Hans Kayser.
The Power of Harmonics by Thomas Váczy Hightower.
Friday, 28. March 2008
The African Labyrinth
Wednesday, 26. March 2008
Nature’s Word | Musings on Sacred Geometry
Tuesday, 11. March 2008
Labyrinthe - Labyrinths
Labyrinthe - die Gebilde aus magischen Linien - haben eine lange Geschichte.
100 Labyrinthe von Eichfelder (German)
Guter Vortrag, tolle Bilder und sehr schön gestaltet.
In einem Labyrinth kann man sich nicht verlaufen, wie im Irrgarten, weil der Weg keine Abzweigungen und Kreuzungen hat, sondern auf gewundene Weise zum Mittelpunkt führt. Der Weg ist verschlungen und lang, wechselt ständig die Richtung, führt oft am Ziel vorbei, ist aber eindeutig, führt sicher in die Mitte und wieder heraus ... Der Weg im Labyrinth kann Zeichen des Lebens sein.
Hier erfahren Sie, was ein Labyrinth ist, können virtuelle Labyrinthe gehen und wirkliche Labyrinthe sehen: mymaze = Geheimnis Labyrinth von Erwin Reissmann (German version)
Unten auf der Seite mit "Home" oder dem Zurück-Button kommen Sie wieder auf diese Übersicht
Diese Seite befasst sich mit begehbaren Labyrinthen: Labyrinthe in Deutschland von Silke Wolf und Werner Kaufmann (German)
Und hier sind sie in Oesterreich: Labyrinthe in Österreich von Ilse M. Seifried (German)
Schade. Die Seite für die Labyrinthe in der Schweiz finde ich dermassen schlecht, dass sie hier nicht aufgeführt wird.
Labyrinths are a potent symbol in many cultures, and have been for thousands of years. When Theseus killed the Minotaur he defeated the beast at the heart of darkness - and created a myth that is still vibrant and evolving. Roman mosaics often depicted labyrinths as fortified cities, while in medieval Europe they symbolised the one true path to Christian salvation. They have been used as ceremonial pathways, protective sigils, traps for unwelcome spirits and for games and dancing. Puzzle mazes have been exercising our feet and entertaining our minds for hundreds of years - and have become a symbol of confusion.
Labyrinthos - Labyrinth Resource Centre by Jeff & Kimberly Saward (English)
The Labyrinth Society is a gigantic website with very much content and pictures - also how to built one. (English)
Don't miss it.
mymaze = Mystery Labyrinth by Erwin Reissmann (English version)
Press "Home" below the site or the Back-Button in your browser to come back to the overall view.
Well the sad news is that the Labyrinth at Labyrinth Springs no longer exists as a physical creation. It does however still exist as an energy form and continues to enhance the area to this day.
The Labyrinth of Labyrinth Springs by Martin Rusholme (English)
One of the most famous labyrinths, for example, consisted chiefly of a vast and complicated series of rooms and columns. In fact, we shall find it convenient to leave the question of the definition of the words, and also that of their origin, until we have examined the various examples that exist or are known to have existed.
Mazes and Labyrinths by W.H. Matthews  by Sacred Texts. (English)
Wednesday, 30. January 2008
These circular windows, often found in medieval churches and Gothic architecture, are generally ornamented with stained glass and stone tracery laid out in round, radiating, shaft patterns. Since the pattern often resembles a rose with radiating petals, the term 'rose window' is often misattributed to the flower; in fact, the 17th century name likely stems from the Old French word roué, meaning wheel. What role did the crusaders play in the spread of this decorative window style?
Colored window in the church "Himmelfahrtskirche" Dresden-Leuben, Germany (1901)
What is the meaning behind a rose window? Many contemporary authors wax on about Jungian psychology and the rose window as a mandala, which represents the "expression of human aspiration towards wholeness and coherence." [2, p.10] Mandalas have existed in Eastern religion and philosophy for centuries, and in modern thinking, the medieval rose window serves much the same purpose. The rose window operates on many levels: spiritual, meditative, and emotional. Abbot Suger's observations underscore how deep an emotional and spiritual chord is struck by the play of light that passes through the glass. The instructional aspect of rose windows is plainly visible by the subjects chosen for display in each petal--the medieval calendar year, the virtues and vices, the saints, etc.
In much the same way the center of Eastern mandalas depict the "godhead" or divine aspect of the world, so do rose windows. Typically Christ or the Virgin and Christ are found in the central rosette of most windows. In eastern philosophy, there are many paths to reach the divine, and these are represented by "gates" at the cardinal points of the mandala. By the same token, saints depicted in the petals of a rose window can be seen as intermediaries (or paths) to Christ.
Simply following the tracery with the eye and taking in the patterns found in a rose window can put one into a very calm or meditative mood. Meditation is very much like and is be very conducive to prayer. Although placing one into a meditative or prayerful state may not have been a direct intent of the rose window, it is certainly a benefit!
-- The Rose Window by THL Eldred Ælfwald
Wagon Wheel Rose Windows of the Medieval Norman Cathedrals of Puglia
The Rose Window
Painton Cowen's website, with many good images of rose windows.
Tips & Tricks to Gothic Geometry - How to design a rose window.
Geometry of the North Rose Window of Chartres Cathedral by Michael S. Schneider.
See also The West Rose Window of The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine in New York City and The Rose Window of Grace Cathedral San Francisco.
Wagon Wheel Rose Windows of the Medieval Norman Cathedrals of Puglia
Great photos by Adrian Fletcher.
See also The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres.
More History, Style and Reginal Examples at Wiki.
North Rose Stained Glass Window at Chartres Cathedral, France
a 'free' art, developed from 'feelings' and 'sentiment',
but it is an art strictly tied by and developed from the laws of geometry."
-- Fredrik Macody Lund
Saturday, 05. January 2008
Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils
A historical and graphical basis of the sigils can be found in various archetypal alphabets, notably those related to ancient Hebrew scripts and the extant "secret" alphabets that are derived from them.
It falls into two main parts, first the Lexicon proper with its 1500 subject-entries and pictographs in alphabetical order, and second an index of sigils for their identification by counting strokes (1-5) and recognizing curvings and additional circles. (from the review by Walter Pagel)
Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils by Fred Gettings.
Viking Pr, 1981 | 410 pages | PDF | 29,7 MB
Sunday, 04. November 2007
Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah
This 75-minute film is a rich tapestry of sacred sex symbolism from around the world, including the Kabbala, Western Europeans alchemy symbols, Tantra, Mayan carvings, Tibetan Buddhism, and various Christian gospels. It is inspiring to see the parallels between these traditions, even if they have been interpreted radically differently over the years.
The film is very hard to describe or summarize. A few technical qualms aside, I found that this documentary was very well done. The topic was treated with the utmost respect, the narration was accessible and tantalizing, and the logical use of so many excerpts, citations, and beautiful works of art from across the globe made every moment a pleasurable and highly informative learning experience.
One symbol traced throughout the film is the theme of the serpent, or double serpent. We learn that the double serpent represents the sexual energy or kundalini of male and female rising in synergistic exchange. The serpent, or sexual energy, can either be raised to reconnect us with the Divine, or used to pursue physical gratification.
The film also distinguishes between three types of tantra: black, gray and white. It explains that black tantra emphasizes orgasmic release, thus leading to cravings and suffering. Gray tantra teaches that some orgasms are appropriate, which puts one on a slippery slope toward black tantra. White tantra, on the other hand, teaches the value of consistently channeling the sexual energy upward where it facilitates union with the Divine. White tantra is the "secret gate to Eden".
'Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden - Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah' was produced by Glorian Publishing (formerly known as Thelema Press) in 2006.
For those of you not familiar with Thelema Press, it is an organization devoted to sharing the teachings of Samael Aun Weor (see below).
Glorian is a non-profit organization translating and publishing the Gnostic books of Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez (March 6, 1917 - December 24, 1977), born in Bogotá, Colombia. He took the spiritual name "Samael Aun Weor", and also referred to himself as "Kalki Avatar". From an early age, he was interested in the occult. He referred to his teachings as the synthesis of all religions, cultures and mysteries. Therefore his writings cite teachings contained within Buddhism, Hinduism, Rosicrucianism, Christianity, Islam (Sufi), Kabbalah, Theosophy, Aztec, Mayan and ancient Egyptian tradition constituting the base of his contemporary Gnosticism.
There are numerous websites in many languages devoted to Samael Aun Weor’s teachings. One is Gnostic Teachings by Glorian features lectures, online courses, discussion forums and more. Glorian has also Gnostic Radio, free audio lectures and podcasts.
Thursday, 20. September 2007
The Symbolism Of The Tarot
This book is for anyone looking for a new view of the tarot. It deals with a very occultist point of view, and while there are literally an infinite number of ways to look at the tarot, this book shows you a whole new way. The book states it in a way that I never could, so I'll quote you a passage to let it speak for itself:
"As soon as I perceived the Sun, I understood that It, Itself, is the expression of the Fiery Word and the sign of the Emperor.
P.D. Ouspensky was born in Russia in 1878, and was an enormously influential figure in early 20th Century Mysticism and Occultism. He was a student of Gurdjieff,and his experiments in Higher Consciousness influence his highly esoteric writings. This book on Tarot illuminates the symbolism of the tarot in the Light of a Mystic Journey.
Ouspensky's book on the Tarot has remained practically unknown since its initial publication in Russia in 1913.
22 cards from the Waite set, described by Ouspensky, have been reproduced in full color.
The Symbolism Of The Tarot by P.D. Ouspensky
PDF | Year 1913 | 60 pages | 1.67 MB
So there is always something hidden in symbolism, that can be interpreted one or another way around. It is up to interpreter, who has the knowledge and experience to understand this symbolism. Not for every mortal, but interesting to read.
Gurdjieff Studies: Ouspensky on Gurdjieff
The Ouspensky Foundation
Monday, 03. September 2007
The Mantra Om - Symbol of Primordial Vibration
The Mantra Om - Symbol of Primordial Vibration
by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati.
Interesting presentation of interpretations about the significance of the OM chant in various cultures and religions.
Wednesday, 16. May 2007
The Green Man
His face stares down at us from the roofs , pillars and doorways of our great cathedrals and churches, he appears on second century Roman columns in Turkey and in Jain temples in Rajasthan.
The Mystery of the Green Man by Mike Harding.
Many good pictures, including Asian examples
However, the mighty questions of who, what and why - the search for a meaning behind the symbol - have no answer yet.
The Green Man - Variations on a theme by Ruth Wylie.
Tuesday, 08. May 2007
About Sacred Geometry
Wednesday, 25. April 2007
The Pointer of the Aztec Calendar
The four square-like spaces contain the glyphs for a) Nahui Ocelot (4 Tiger); b) Nahui Ehecatl (4 Wind); c) Nahui Quiahuitl (4 Rain); and d) Nahui Atl or Atonatiuh (4 Water). Above Tonatiuh is a double lunar-solar ray (e).
There is much debate about the significance of the elements in the pointer of the Aztec Calendar, as there is regarding almost all of the elements of the calendar itself. This brief essay is not concerned, however, with the specific interpretation of the elements within the pointer of the calendar; a subject which will be discussed in subsequent essays. Rather, we shall examine the design of the pointer and its possible relationship to the concentric ring that contains the day glyphs.
The Pointer of the Aztec Calendar by Charles William Johnson.
See also this animation, just simply fascinating. I had read of the conjecture on this theory but the animation brings it up to a new level: Paleoanimation of the Pakal Ancient Astronaut Sculpture of the Maya at Palenque.
More animations at Paleoanimation.
And: The Aztec Calendar - A Study of the Five Central Points.
Wednesday, 18. April 2007
This video presents theories about the meaning of a symbol on a Mayan temple at Tulum near Cancun. I believe this symbol and temple relate to Mayan observations of the stars, others have suggested the temple is an ancient lighthouse, or a sacrificial center, even that the symbol is related to Dan Brown's story the DaVinci Code!
Images and story available at the website: Mayan Mystery.