A sanctuary was a haven for lovers.
A long time ago, this meant the marriage of our mirrored natures: female and male, lunar and solar, chaos and cosmos. Only by embracing the darkness could we eventually unite the anima with the anima mundi:
Egyptian temples were places where the gods lived on Earth. For thousands of years, these sanctuaries celebrated the wedding of spirituality and sexuality in the Great Work. These alchemical forces sustained the gods and allowed them to play their reproductive roles. Ecstatic temple rituals were seen as necessary for the gods to uphold Ma’at, the divine order of the universe.
This blog then, is really an attempt to stoke a fire which in Egypt burned through the rise and fall of empires. Happily, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the temples of the Nile preserve this legacy. Most famously, Luxor hints at the Anthropocosm—cosmic man. If you read on, this tradition may start to blossom inside you.
The kingdom of heaven is within you
And whosoever shall know himself shall find it.
Religion is an attempt to know God by thought; to describe divinity. In Hermeticism this effort is abandoned and replaced by a union with God directly—the balance of faith and truth, love and power, life and death. Nowhere is this alchemical marriage better depicted than in Gemini by the Dutch artist Johfra Bosschart:
Above: Gemini rules the throat, lungs and breath
We know very little about the ancient people that gave birth to dynastic Egypt. Were they white, brown or black? Delightful, dangerous or devout? If they enslaved the Jews, one of the smartest races on Earth, how advanced were they? How did the opposing yet complimentary forces of a river and a desert give rise to one of the highest cultures on Earth?
The Nile was always been a fickle mistress. Later dynasties had to deal with feasts and famines even as the desert advanced. Like a mirage, Egypt has always been a mystery. After all, what are we referring to—the Old Kingdom? Egypt under the Persians? The Greeks? The Romans? Like a shimmering enigma, the secrets of this empire have been steadily receding for thousands of years—the last glimmer was the Temple of Isis at Philae, six centuries after Christ:
Much later, when the bones of Egypt were bleached white by the desert sun, there was still something left behind—their sacred geometry. This informed not just their art and architecture but also their understanding of consciousness itself. Geometry, it turns out, has more profound applications than just the profane realms of mathematics.
I searched for God and found only myself.
I searched for myself and found only God.
While this road can now be accessed by anyone, it used to be the exclusive domain of the elite. No longer! Once you have taken the fertile principles of the universe to heart, then you will come to understand its true nature.
I am an adventurous traveller, a midnight blogger and a mad foodie. On August 22, 2022 I took this photo of Palenque, México. This amazing temple complex reminded me that enlightenment is not a journey towards the light, rather a voyage into the darkness. This insight happened at Temple XIX which you can access if you’re willing to break a few rules. The atmosphere of this Sun Emergence House is profound.
Western culture is all about doing. Since my time in México however, I have begun to accept that life is actually about being; I’m coming to trust that my presence is the most valuable part of me. Slowly, I am developing the courage to be grateful—in spite of it all. We are all just living fractals in a self-similar universe.
You are marvellous
The gods wait to delight in you.
Sacred geometry allows me to access the most profound truths. Long derided as the legacy of primordial man, its real benefit is how to live life—a modality based on balance. Because it involves the spiritual interpretation of geometry, it is the least corruptible of all the holy teachings. No surprises then, that the Soul Star can still be seen in places like the Minnesota State Capitol (below) and the Pantheon in Rome.
So salvation is based on our willingness to embrace the darkness and discover that psychological opposites are really complimentary. This is a path to enlightenment.
Scribe. Geometer. Magician. King.