Welcome to the sonic temple!
A sanctuary was a haven for lovers. A long time ago, this meant astronomy and astrology, physiology and psychology, sexuality and spirituality. All initiates had to venture into the darkness on their primordial journey towards enlightenment. Only in the pitch black of a sanctum could anyone come to know the dazzling light of their inner nature:
Egyptian temples were places where the gods lived on Earth. For thousands of years, these sanctuaries celebrated the marriage of the subconscious and the superconscious as part of the Great Work. These alchemical forces sustained the gods and allowed them to play their reproductive roles. 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 still preserve this legacy. Most famously, Luxor hints at the Anthropocosm—man as the cosmos. If you read on, you may feel the blooming of this tradition inside you.
The kingdom of heaven is within you
And whosoever shall know himself shall find it.
In traditional theology an attempt is made to know God by thought; to describe divinity. In Hermeticism this effort is abandoned and replaced by a union with God directly—enlightenment that comes from the fusion of the profane and profound, cosmos and chaos, male and female. Nowhere is this alchemical marriage better depicted than in Libra by the Dutch artist Johfra Bosschart:
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? What was it like to live in a river society when the climate was wet and the influence of Memphis could be felt on three continents?
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 Nubians? The Persians? The Greeks? 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 spirituality and sexuality. If you become a member, you too can explore this ancient path that leads to resurrection.
While this road can now be accessed by anyone, it used to be the exclusive domain of the spiritual elite. No longer—once you have taken the fertile principles of the universe to heart, then you will come to understand its true nature. For a small contribution you can now tread the path of the immortals.
The author is an adventurous traveller, a midnight blogger and a mad foodie. Recently I was in the Big Easy, a town Anthony Bourdain described as a “glorious mutation”. Leaving aside the culinary arts, who can forget that New Orleans and Cairo are sister cities based on a stereographic projection of the Earth?
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. The search for meaning remains the most sacred of quests and western mythology must be celebrated in the face of renewed threats.
Sacred geometry allows me to access the most profound truths. Long derided as the legacy of prehistoric 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 religious teachings. No surprises then, that the Soul Star is still a popular design:
Salvation is the triumph of heartfelt coherence—the power, the truth and the life.
Richard James Donald
Scribe. Geometer. Alchemist.