Constructing the Cosmological Circle
- A message from Michael Schneider, a contemporary master of Sacred Geometry:
I'm pleased to announce the availability of the fifth volume of my
Constructing The Universe Activity Books titled
Constructing The Cosmological Circle
Symbol and Instrument for Universal Harmony
The Cosmological Circle is a geometric diagram that has appeared in the
arts, crafts, architecture, religion and literature of cultures around
the world, and is associated with their golden ages. Because it's the
visual representation of the harmony naturally inherent in the structure
of the numbers 1 through 12, it encodes the ideal patterns and
proportions toward which nature's forms strive. It has been used as a
symbol of universal harmony because it represents the complete order of
the universe and thus is a microcosm appearing in the designs of cosmic
temples and sacred spaces worldwide. It has served as an eternal
standard of reference, a pattern and instrument of statecraft for
"cosmologically ordered societies" seeking to attract for their citizens
happiness, blessings, justice and prosperity. Its proportions were used
as an intelligent model for organizing society, integrating weights and
measures with human dimensions, and for sanctifying the Earth with
sacred architecture. Its dimensions are described as the Heavenly City
described in The Book of Revelation, seen in the plan of the Buddhist
Brobodur temple, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, and described as Plato's ideal
city Magnesia. Its "squared circle" plan is also found in the sizes and
relationships among the Earth, Sun and Moon. No one invented it - it's
just the way that numbers naturally harmonize, providing the ideal
towards which nature strives and twelve-tribe societies, like the
zodiacal Delphic amphictyony, sought to resemble.
“A tradition which has been credited by many learned men over the centuries
is that the ancients encoded their knowledge of the world
in the dimensions of their sacred monuments.”
They used "... an esoteric code of number, harmony and proportion
which was supposed to reflect the perfectly structured mind of the Creator.
-- John Michell
Constructing the Cosmological Circle sets the context for the diagram
and then teaches how to construct it by the traditional geometric method
using a compass and straightedge. The book provides the background
necessary to appreciate its unfolding geometry, symbolism, and its
appearances in the many illustrations of art, architecture and
literature from around the world.
Artists and architects will want to see how this model of harmony has
been used in the past.
Readers interested in symbolism and philosophy will find a key to
understanding traditional wisdom teachings.
This book is based on the work of John Michell who has explored and
written about the New Jerusalem Diagram and Cosmological Circle for
nearly thirty five years. This book is based upon, and expands, our
co-teaching of this subject in New York and Glastonbury.
The book is organized in six sections:
From Chaos To Cosmos
Geometer's Heaven and Earth
Squaring The Circle
Construct the Cosmological Circle
The Number Canon
Please see http://www.constructingtheuniverse.com/Volume5.html
for the book’s Table of Contents.
The book is thoroughly illustrated and includes many interesting,
relevant quotations. It's printed double-sided, 115 pages.
The cost is only $18 plus shipping.
Order through http://www.constructingtheuniverse.com/Purchase.html