Michell, 666, Etc.
- Before the topic of John Michell fades away, I thought I'd add my
$0.02. Like some others here I was quite influenced by Michell's
writings, initially View Over Atlantis but, later on, also City of
Revelation. I was very interested to see the comments on Michell
regarding his lapses in scholarship, and plan to check this out in
more detail. Since this opinion is echoed basically all around here
I feel that it must be true to some extent. This resonates with my
own take on Michell's work: I have a great deal of respect for View
and City, and feel they can add greatly to any person's knowledge of
sacred geometry, gematria, etc. But at the same time my feeling is
that you can't use Michell as a centerpiece for such study--only as a
guide to inner truths. In saying this, I feel it makes a very good
guide nonetheless. I don't have as much of a problem with the non-
scholarly (and, by association, pro-intuitive) approach taken in this
body of work. Intuition can get us to important places much faster
than rational means any ol' day. To say that Michell's work is
unimportant because its base is non-scholarly appears to present a
bias attitude toward the present scientific method of analysis, which
I feel has definite limits.
Some additional comments on his research re the number 666. This
number has fascinated a great many people, including me. For various
reasons, mainly attached to the famous phrase in the Book of
Revelation, it seems to have become a type of touchstone for the
good/evil question in regards to gematria, and has surfaced, again,
all the religious dogma attached to any type of polarized argument
like this. Here's my basic take: 666 is the sum of numbers in the
6x6 Magic Square of the Sun. I understand that there's no proof
this square was known before the Renaissance, but, like someone else
mentioned here, my hunch is that St. John probably knew about it,
although the connection can't yet be proven to my knowledge (if I
am understanding this correctly, Michell assumes a Biblical knowledge
of the Mg. Square of the Sun and other 3-9 primary magic squares in
View and City?) It doesn't really matter in a way, because,
taking a somewhat Jungian approach here, the archetype that the Magic
Square of the Sun creates and, at the same time, is a part of,
already existed in the "non-time" of what he calls the collective
unconscious (but is known by many other names). Exploration of
"non-time" or "trans-time" is where intuition serves us much better
than scientific methods for the most part, and this is an area where
Michell excelled. If one sees Michell as more intuitive-based mystic
than scientist, then I don't think his material can harm in any
real way. I agree with him that 666 should properly be perceived as
a neutral number, beyond the pull/push of moral bias. The number is
coded in Revelation but is not exclusive to this passage, even within
The Bible (witness another reference in the Book of Solomon).
Instead, it is a part of something larger, and, I think, this is what
people mainly react to when encountering this number: its
uncapturable, archetypal nature. Like Michell, I believe it to be a
solar number, with all the attached psychic luggage. And also like
this author, I believe all people possessed by this number must be
balanced by an opposite force before any inner truth can be found.
This imbalance may also be applied to all those fascinated by
its "evil" nature.
I plan to keep monitoring this unique forum to see what else comes
up. I'm very, very interested in gematria, magic squares,
ancient landscape formations, crop circles, and other related topics.
Like Michell, I personally believe there "was" probably an
ancient "science" based more on intuition than the linear,
rational science we currently depend on as whole -- but only traces
of this "science" exist in present culture.
- baker b--
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