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How the World Is Made: The Story of Creation according to Sacred Geometry

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"Understanding the role of sacred geometry in cosmology and human affairs"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

EarthRites.org
“. . . a brilliant way to introduce the mathematically inclined youth to Sacred Geometry.”
From the Publisher
" . . . a ravishing book. . . . John [Michell] was the most contented man I ever knew, and a wise philosopher to boot . . ."

". . . a beautifully illustrated geometry primer with philosophical commentary. . . . Michell's finest prose—cool, succinct, and rational . . . a time-capsule of ancient wisdom that will eventually find it's way to those ready to receive it. . . . attractive and accessible . . . eventually some future Pythagoras will pick it up and gasp in wonder . . ."

". . . looks at how these patterns underlie our whole world since ancient times. . . . a fascinating book."

"His [John Michell] approach serves both as a reconnection with the sacred and as a corrective to the present state of alienation throughout the world."

"Readers interested in sacred geometry or in Michell's eclectic body of writings will likely be attracted to this book. . . . may also want to recommend it to those studying numerology."

"This is a delightful book: clear, witty, beautiful, and illuminating. It is well worth buying for yourself—and for your friends."

"Those willing to follow along on this enchanted path will find themselves filled with wonder, and a new way of seeing the world."

“. . . a brilliant way to introduce the mathematically inclined youth to Sacred Geometry.”

Prediction Magazine online
". . . looks at how these patterns underlie our whole world since ancient times. . . . a fascinating book."
May 2011 EarthRites.org
“. . . a brilliant way to introduce the mathematically inclined youth to Sacred Geometry.”
Dec 2009 Prediction Magazine online
". . . looks at how these patterns underlie our whole world since ancient times. . . . a fascinating book."
Janine DePaulo
"Readers interested in sacred geometry or in Michell's eclectic body of writings will likely be attracted to this book. . . . may also want to recommend it to those studying numerology."
Robert Simmons
"Those willing to follow along on this enchanted path will find themselves filled with wonder, and a new way of seeing the world."
Rupert Sheldrake
"This is a delightful book: clear, witty, beautiful, and illuminating. It is well worth buying for yourself—and for your friends."
Richard D. Wright
"His [John Michell] approach serves both as a reconnection with the sacred and as a corrective to the present state of alienation throughout the world."
Steve Marshall
". . . a beautifully illustrated geometry primer with philosophical commentary. . . . Michell's finest prose—cool, succinct, and rational . . . a time-capsule of ancient wisdom that will eventually find it's way to those ready to receive it. . . . attractive and accessible . . . eventually some future Pythagoras will pick it up and gasp in wonder . . ."
Candida Lycett Green
" . . . a ravishing book. . . . John [Michell] was the most contented man I ever knew, and a wise philosopher to boot . . ."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594773242
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 715,582
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Michell (1933-2009), educated at Eton and Cambridge, was the pioneer researcher and specialist in the field of ancient, traditional science. He is the author of more than 40 books that have profoundly influenced modern thinking, including The Dimensions of Paradise, The New View over Atlantis, and The Sacred Center. Allan Brown is an illustrator who specializes in sacred geometrical figures. He lives in Brighton.

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Chapter 1 How the World Began
And Why and Why Worry?

Genesis and the Great Geometer

Developing naturally along with the first stages in geometry is a cosmogony or story of how the world was made. It starts with a creator, the Great Geometer, whose benevolence caused him to undertake the work. He was equipped with a ruler and compass by which can be constructed the primary figures of plane geometry, those that correspond to the first twelve numbers (with the exceptions of the mysterious Seven and Nine and the unsubstantial Eleven). The universe was formed in the most perfect of all shapes, the sphere, represented in two dimensions by the circle. The story is that the Creator, from his position at the center, revolved the shaft of his compass, corresponding to the world pole, and swung a circle that includes everything.

A simple version of the geometer’s creation myth is in Genesis, chapter 1, where the Creator’s work is described in six stages—or seven including his Sabbath day of rest. A parallel account is given in Plato’s Timaeus, written in the fourth century BC, which has been called a commentary on Genesis with added geometrical details. There are, however, doubts about the prior antiquity of Genesis, and it may be that the Timaeus was the original version and the biblical account followed. In any case, both were derived from the same source, from the scientifically grounded, numerically structured description of the universe that was adopted by successive religions and cultures throughout the ancient world. The story that goes with it is a geometric allegory. It was never meant to be taken too literally; but since we evidently need a creation myth, it might as well be the best one. That was Plato’s reasoning in Timaeus where he accepted the traditional account as “the most likely story.”

The Number of the Universe

The universe was made spherical because that is the most perfect shape, and it was also given the perfect number. As the only created entity that is totally self-sufficient, it is the natural symbol of One. But it also has another number, that of the sacred power or principle to which it is dedicated. The practice in religious architecture was to express the dedication of a temple through the area of its ground plan. The universe was dedicated to the traditional Twelve Gods of the cosmos, each represented by one of the first twelve numbers.

The most interesting part of the universal diagram—and the main subject of this book—is its central part, the circle of radius 5040. The number 5040 stands above all others as the characteristic symbol of the traditional canon of number and proportion. This numerical code was the source and basic standard of all the arts, sciences, and institutions of ancient civilizations that were founded upon cosmological principles to reflect the order of the heavens.

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Table of Contents

The Hand and the Computer: A Note on the Illustrations

Pt. 1 The Geometric Creation

1 How the World Began, and Why, and Why Worry? 2

2 The Number 5040: Key to the World Plan 20

3 The Circle, the Square, and the Meaning of Pi 36

4 Initiation, and the Vision of Heavenly Order 62

Pt. 2 The Physical Creation

5 The Dodecad: A Summary of the Numbers One to Twelve 86

6 The One and Only: Symbol of the Universe 87

7 The Geometry of Two: Duality and the World of Paradox 88

8 The Geometry of Three: The Vesica Piscis and Material Creation 90

9 Four and the Square: Reason, Stability, Order 109

10 Six and the Hexagon: The Perfect Number 119

11 Eight and the Octagon: For Peace and Justice 124

12 The Majestic Twelve: The Number of Universal Order and Harmony 150

Pt. 3 The Creation of Life

13 Five and Ten: Numbers of Life and Growth 166

Pt. 4 The World Soul

14 The Holy Seven: Symbol of the World Soul 212

15 Geometry and Love: Approaching the Climax 232

Pt. 5 Atlantis

16 A Geometer's Nightmare: Plato's Pentagonal Allegory 240

About the Author 264

Index 269

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