In the times of the ancient Egyptians (and many other ancient civilisation for that matter) there was a heavy emphasis on subjects that are not created, but discovered. To give you an example of created subjects- the english language was created as an agreed upon way to simplify communication and share ideas. Science- while very accurate in many cases, deals a lot in theory and/or opinion.
When you look at numbers on the other hand, they are an absolute truth, 1 thing will always be one thing and 10 things will always be ten things, regardless of the agreed upon words that contain them. The golden ratio- the ratio derived from the fibonacci sequence will remain a factor in the natural world and the sequence is absolute in its truth. Taking away human error, maths will always produce the same results, regardless of who is doing it, so when you find a magical sequence no one else knows about you are merely discovering it, not creating it.
Science and language contain elements of this too, but as a complete art- numbers are far more predictable than any other subject, and also in different ways work as a blueprint for our existence. Given this it would be understandable why the ancients committed the best part of their teachings to quadrivium, which is the study of numbers in many different forms-
Arithmetic (Sacred Numbers)- The study of numbers
Sacred Geometry- The study of numbers in space
Music (Harmony)- The study of numbers in time
Astrology- The study of numbers in space and time
For this article I will cover Arithmetic and Sacred Geometry:
Arithmetic (Sacred Numbers)
All numbers are scared and hold their place in the grander scheme of things, however some numbers pop up more than others and some numbers will be more significant from one person to the next.
This starts with the basic counting of 0 to 9, as once you can do this you have the building blocks for all whole number mathematics. Although numbers are infinite they are also as simple as 0 to 9, as there are no numbers which cannot be made up from these numbers.
Once you start to break down these numbers you can see they are all interrelated in different ways. A few simple examples
2 is 1+1 and 1×1
3 creates nine when multiplied by itself
4 is 2+2 and 2×2
After a while you start to see patterns and rules, for example- without 1 there would be no other numbers. Some numbers can’t be equally split and others can (odd and even). Then there are sequences- such as binary which is found by doubling numbers-
Or fibonacci which can be found by starting with 0 and 1- and adding the previous numbers in the sequence together to find the next number in the sequence
Numbers can also be turned into words, concepts and metaphors- for example 1 would be self, 2 a couple, 3 a family there are many other ways to express these numbers but this is just a simple example.
The more you play with the codes and sequences the more you can see a correlation with the external world and creation which is what we will take a look at now.
Sacred geometry is the taking of numbers and turning them into a tangible real world thing, although we are not actually turning the numbers into something tangible as much as we are discovering that the tangible thing has number/s embedded within its existence.
The most simple example of geometry in the real world is 1 is a line, 2 is 2 lines, then at three it gets interesting as we make a triangle, 4 is a square and so on.
Another example- 1 is a circle, 2 is 2 circles, but it gets interesting when you overlap the 2 circles as you get a shape called the vesica pisces (Below).
This then unfolds into 2 equilateral triangles, an oval and an array of beautiful geometric shapes.
Which can go even further and get more and more complex.
Within this shape there are many metaphors and ideas about creation including
- The union of a God and Goddess to create a child (God)
- Jesus is often symbolised using the vesica pisces
- Female empowerment as it resembles the vagina
- The birth of the seed of life (more on that in a moment)
- Vision as it looks like an eye
This is just the start of what can then be turned into 3, 4, 5 or more overlapping circles, which can all be laid out in different sequence to create different patterns and meanings.
One central circle surrounded by six makes the perfect geometric pattern of the seed of life. In a religious context this is thought to represent 6 days of creating, with one of rest.
Within this we have many shapes, notably the hexagon which arrives from connecting the central point of the outer circles. Although there are 7 circles, 6 is the dominant number here, which is a metaphor for a creator. Below are many other shapes, born out of the simple circle.
This is just scratching the surface of sacred geometry, but given that this subject is a tangible form of numbers and numbers are infinite, we could literally go on forever and never cover it all. It is an infinite subject.
The last 2 sections of quadrivium are Music and Astrology or numbers in time and numbers in space and time. Both subjects hold the same at their core as sacred geometry- that numbers are in everything, and specific numbers transferred into sound or space create mysterious patterns. I will write about this in a future article- please sign up here to be notified once that goes live or bookmark this page and check back for the update.
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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here